Domingos da Guia

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Domingos da Guia
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Full name Domingos Antônio da Guia
Date of birth (1912-11-19)November 19, 1912
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of death May 18, 2000(2000-05-18) (aged 87)
Place of death Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1932 Bangu 59 (2)
1933 Nacional 33 (0)
1934 Vasco da Gama 21 (0)
1935–1937 Boca Juniors 56 (0)
1937–1943 Flamengo 223 (0)
1943–1947 Corinthians 116 (0)
1947–1948 Bangu 20 (0)
National team
1931–1946 Brazil 30 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Domingos Antônio da Guia (born in Rio de Janeiro, November 19, 1912 – died in Rio, May 18, 2000), nicknamed "the Divine Master" was a Brazilian footballer. He is regarded as one of the greatest players in Flamengo and Corinthians history, as well as the all time best Brazilian defender.

He quickly rose to fame as one of Bangu's key players (central defender) between 1929–1932. Despite the fact Bangu had a history of fielding black players (Francisco Carregal was the first in 1905) Domingos might have witnessed racism in football. After Bangu, Domingos moved to Uruguay's Nacional de Montevideo for a season, before brief periods at Vasco da Gama (Brazil), Boca Juniors (Argentina) and then finding a home at Rio giants Flamengo (1937–1943). A brief spell at Corinthians left Domingos to return to his beloved Bangu where he stay until he retired in 1948.

Domingos also enjoyed a successful international career, getting 30 caps for Brazil. He came to the world's attention in the 1938 FIFA World Cup finals, where he was the linchpin of Brazil's defence. Domingo's son Ademir da Guia also played for Bangu 1959–1961 before becoming an idol at São Paulo's Palmeiras.

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