Valdo Filho

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Valdo
Valdo Cândido Oliveira Filho.jpg
Personal information
Full name Valdo Cândido Oliveira Filho
Date of birth (1964-01-12) 12 January 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Siderópolis, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Retired
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983 Figueirense
1984–1988 Grêmio 96 (18)
1988–1991 Benfica 78 (11)
1991–1995 Paris SG 115 (10)
1995–1997 Benfica 60 (9)
1997–1998 Nagoya Grampus Eight 26 (4)
1998–2000 Cruzeiro 56 (7)
2000–2001 Santos 19 (1)
2001–2002 Atlético Mineiro 23 (1)
2002 Juventude 12 (2)
2003 São Caetano
2003–2004 Botafogo 44 (2)
National team
1987–1993 Brazil 45 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Valdo Cândido de Oliveira Filho, simply Valdo (born 12 January 1964), is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a central midfielder.

In a senior career which spanned more than two decades, he played professionally – other than in his own country – in Portugal, France and Japan.

Having appeared more than 40 times for Brazil, Valdo represented the nation in two World Cups and as many Copa América tournaments.

Club career[edit]

Born in Siderópolis, Santa Catarina, Valdo began playing football with Figueirense Futebol Clube, making his professional debuts with Grêmio Football Porto-Alegrense, with which he won four consecutive Rio Grande do Sul Leagues.

In the 1988 summer, he signed with S.L. Benfica of Portugal, alongside compatriot Ricardo Gomes, a central defender. Both were important elements in their debut season, as the Reds won the national championship, a feat which was again accomplished in 1991, with the midfielder netting five goals in 26 matches.

Both Valdo and Gomes left for Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in the 1991 summer, and both would return four years later to the Lisbon side, having won a total of four titles, namely the 1993–94 first division title. In his second Benfica spell, he played in 30 league matches in each of his two seasons, winning the domestic cup in 1996.

Aged 32, Valdo joined J. League Division 1 club Nagoya Grampus Eight, and returned to his country after two slow years. He would continued to play until the aged of 40, representing six teams in quick succession (he ended his career after having helped Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas achieve its return to the top division).

International career[edit]

Valdo gained 45 caps for the Brazilian national team, during six years. He was called as an uncapped member to the 1986 FIFA World Cup, but did not play one single second.

In the 1990 edition in Italy, Valdo was already a starter, and played in the national side's four matches in the tournament, including the round of 16 0–1 loss against Argentina.[1]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup Total
1984 Grêmio Série A 5 0 5 0
1985 19 4 19 4
1986 27 6 27 6
1987 15 2 15 2
1988 30 6 30 6
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Total
1988/89 Benfica Primeira Liga 28 3 28 3
1989/90 24 3 24 3
1990/91 26 5 26 5
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Total
1991/92 Paris Saint-Germain Ligue 1 32 3 32 3
1992/93 28 3 28 3
1993/94 30 1 30 1
1994/95 25 3 3 2 28 5
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Total
1995/96 Benfica Primeira Liga 30 4 30 4
1996/97 30 4 30 4
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1997 Nagoya Grampus J. League 1 16 2 1 0 4 0 21 2
1998 10 2 0 0 4 1 14 3
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup Total
1998 Cruzeiro Série A 30 6 30 6
1999 16 1 16 1
2000 Santos Série A 19 1 19 1
2001 Atlético Mineiro Série A 23 1 23 1
2002 Juventude Série A 12 2 12 2
2003 São Caetano Série A 0 0 0 0
2004 Botafogo Série A 44 2 44 2
Country Brazil 240 31 240 31
Portugal 138 19 138 19
France 115 10 3 2 118 12
Japan 26 4 1 0 8 1 35 5
Total 519 64 1 0 8 1 531 67

International[edit]

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1987 11 4
1988 6 0
1989 17 0
1990 7 0
1991 0 0
1992 2 0
1993 2 0
Total 45 4

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Personal[edit]

Upon retiring from football, Valdo settled in Portugal, with his Portuguese wife. The couple had one daughter, Tatiele, who died in a car accident at only 13.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Valdo FilhoFIFA competition record

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