Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto

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Edmundo
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Personal information
Full name Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto
Date of birth (1971-04-02) 2 April 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Niterói, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Second striker, Right Winger
Youth career
1982–1986 Vasco da Gama
1987–1989 Botafogo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Vasco da Gama 23 (8)
1993–1995 Palmeiras 180 (74)
1995 Flamengo 14 (2)
1996 Corinthians 0 (0)
1996–1997 Vasco da Gama 44 (38)
1997–1999 Fiorentina 37 (12)
1999–2000 Vasco da Gama 16 (13)
2000 Santos 20 (13)
2001 Napoli 17 (4)
2001 Cruzeiro 12 (3)
2001–2002 Tokyo Verdy 31 (18)
2003 Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (0)
2003–2004 Vasco da Gama 20 (7)
2004 Fluminense 19 (7)
2005 Nova Iguaçu 2 (1)
2005 Figueirense 31 (15)
2006–2007 Palmeiras 49 (14)
2008 Vasco da Gama 26 (13)
Total 402 (190)
National team
1992–2000 Brazil 39 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto (born 2 April 1971 in Niterói), better known simply as Edmundo, is a retired Brazilian footballer.

Nicknamed as Animal, Edmundo played for Brazil at the 1998 World Cup. For Palmeiras, he won the Campeonato Brasileiro in the beginning of the Nineties. For Vasco da Gama he won 1997's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, scoring 29 goals. In that same year, Vasco da Gama scored 69 goals. Edmundo also scored 6 goals in the same game in 1997, against a club from São Paulo, União São João.

In 1999 he faced prosecution by animal welfare groups after hiring an entire circus to perform in his back garden to celebrate his son's first birthday. At the party he was accused by some individuals of the press of having a chimpanzee called Pedrinho drunk on beer and whiskey. Subsequent images of this appeared in the media (including the February, 2004 issue of the UK version of FHM magazine) and have passed into football legend.[1] Days later, Edmundo proved those accusations were false. He also escaped a prison sentence for drinking driving during carnival of the same year after being involved in an accident that resulted in the deaths of his three passengers, for his behaviour he received seven day suspended sentence and was two days late returning to Florence according to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Current information[edit]

During the end of his career, Edmundo had good performances, although he was not physically so strong as in the mid-90s. That is why he alternated great appearances with bad ones. Even though, his football skills were fundamental to avoiding relegation with Figuerense in the 2005 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and with Palmeiras in the 2006 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.

He was the main footballer of Palmeiras (along with Valdivia and Marcos) in the 2007 season, but his contract was not renewed. There are two versions of this fact: according to the "official" one, his salary was too high for his irregular performances. But it is more possible that the actual reason was that Caio Júnior, who was favorable to this permanence, was sacked and Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who has personal problems with Edmundo, was hired.

In January 2008, Edmundo returned to Vasco da Gama. Unfortunately, he could not do anything when Vasco da Gama was relegated to 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B.

In the middle of 2009, he became a football pundit in Rede TV!. In the beginning of 2010, Rede Bandeirantes hired him. He was part of the broadcaster's jornalstics team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012 coverages.

Edmundo and Vasco da Gama: A Complicated History[edit]

The history of Edmundo, as a football player, is strongly intertwined with Vasco da Gama. In that club he started his first steps in amateur divisions and as professional.

In 1997, when Vasco won the Brazilian National Championship, he was the season's top scorer, his 29 goals breaking a record set by Reinaldo of Atlético-MG 20 years earlier.

Edmundo always says that his love for Vasco da Gama is like a son-mother love. On 28 March 2012, he played his farewell match when Vasco da Gama hosted Barcelona de Guayaquil in a friendly match. The game ended 9–1 with Edmundo scoring twice.[2]

Honours[edit]

Club
International
Individual

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1991 Vasco da Gama Série A 0 0
1992 Série A 23 8
1993 Palmeiras Série A 19 11
1994 Série A 21 9
1995 Flamengo Série A 14 2
1996 Corinthians Série A 0 0 27 27 10 5
1996 Vasco da Gama Série A 16 9
1997 Série A 28 29
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Fiorentina Serie A 9 4
1998–99 28 8
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1999 Vasco da Gama Série A 16 13
2000 Santos Série A 20 13
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Napoli Serie A 17 4
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2001 Cruzeiro Série A 12 3
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2001 Tokyo Verdy J. League 1 5 2 3 2 0 0 - 8 4
2002 26 16 0 0 6 5 - 32 21
2003 Urawa Red Diamonds J. League 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 2 0
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2003 Vasco da Gama Série A 20 7
2004 Fluminense Série A 19 7
2005 Nova Iguaçu 0 0
2005 Figueirense Série A 31 15
2006 Palmeiras Série A 29 10
2007 20 4
2008 Vasco da Gama Série A 25 13
Total Brazil 291 143
Italy 54 16
Japan 31 18 3 2 8 5 - 42 25
Career total 376 177

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Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1992 4 1
1993 5 1
1994 0 0
1995 12 5
1996 1 0
1997 5 2
1998 8 1
1999 0 0
2000 2 0
Total 37 10

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Common ground". observer.theguardian.com. 5 May 2002. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Edmundo marca duas vezes, ouve gritos de 'fica', e Vasco goleia: 9 a 1" (in Portuguese). globoesporte.globo.com. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto". National Football Teams. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 

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