Hilderaldo Bellini

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Hilderaldo Bellini
Hilderaldo Bellini.jpg
Bellini in 2008.
Personal information
Full name Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini
Date of birth (1930-06-07)7 June 1930
Place of birth Itapira, Brazil
Date of death 20 March 2014(2014-03-20) (aged 83)
Place of death São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1961 Vasco da Gama 430 (?)
1962–1967 São Paulo 205 (1)
1968–1969 Atlético Paranaense
National team
1957–1966 Brazil 51 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini (June 7, 1930 – March 20, 2014) was a Brazilian footballer of Italian origin who played and was known in Brazil as one of the most solid Central defender.

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During his career he played for Vasco da Gama, São Paulo FC and Atlético Paranaense, and he was the first Brazilian to lift the World Cup in 1958, in fact, He won another World Cup in 1962 and participated also at 1966 FIFA World Cup.[1]

Statue of Bellini at the entrance of Maracanã

He was honored with a statue at the entrance of Maracanã, which depicts him lifting the trophy. At the end of his international career from 1957 to 1966 with Brazil he earned a total of 51 caps[2] being the captain during the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden.

Bellini is credited with starting the tradition of lifting the trophy into the air in football. He initially did this so that photographers could have a better view of the trophy and, as the photos were published around the world, the gesture became associated with victory.

Bellini died on 20 March 2014, aged 83, in São Paulo, due to complications caused by Alzheimer's disease culminating with cardiac arrest.[3]

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