Sylvio Pirillo

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Sylvio Pirillo (or Sílvio Pirillo) (Porto Alegre, 27 July 1916 - Porto Alegre, 22 April 1991) was a Brazilian football striker.

Pirilo's first professional club was Americano-RS. His good performances granted him moves to Internacional and then Peñarol. In 1941 he transferred to Flamengo with the hard task to replace Leonidas da Silva -- who had been 1940 Rio State Championship's top scorer with 30 goals.[1]

Pirilo became an idol when by the end of 1941 Rio State Championship he had been its top scorer with 39 goals—an unbeaten record until today. He was also a very important player at 1942-1943-1944 Rio State Championships titles. Pirilo is the 4th high scorer in Flamengo's history with 204 goals.

In 1948 he signed with Botafogo and once again he had a difficult assignment: to replace Heleno de Freitas. In the same year he won the Rio State Championship with Botafogo, becoming an idol in another major club.

After retiring as a player, Pirilo began a successful career as a coach. As Brazil's coach, he was the first one to draft Pelé in 1957, for the Roca Cup, a match against Argentina, at Maracanã Stadium.



1942, 1943, 1944 - Flamengo
1948 - Botafogo


  1. ^ Placar Magazine -No. 1167 Sep 2000 - Page 100 "... única temporada é Sílvio Pirillo, do Flamengo, que anotou 39 gois no Campeonato Carioca de 1939."

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