Ademir da Guia
Ademir da Guia (1974)
|Full name||Ademir da Guia|
|Date of birth||3 April 1942|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Ademir da Guia (born 3 April 1942) is a retired professional footballer who played during the 1960s and 1970s for Palmeiras, a leading association football team in Brazil, where he is still regarded as one of the club's all-time best players. Usually a playmaker, he was known for his fantastic close control and passing ability. He was nicknamed O Divino, which means The Divine One, by his supporters.
Da Guia was born in Rio de Janeiro. His father, Domingos da Guia was a former national team member who played at the 1938 FIFA World Cup. His uncle, Ladislau da Guia, had pursued the same career path at an earlier stage, playing for Bangu Atlético Clube, and becoming their all-time best scorer with 215 goals.
In the 16 years Ademir da Guia spent playing for Palmeiras, he holds the record for the most appearances for the club and is the third best goalscorer ever, and won, amongst other titles, both the Campeonato Paulista and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A five times.
Unlike many distinguished football players in his country, Ademir did not have a prolonged and constant participation with the Brazilian national team; playing in nine matches for Brazil in the total, the first six in 1965 and the other three in 1974, including at the 1974 FIFA World Cup when he got the chance to play in the runner-up match for third place against Poland. His lack of playing time was partially a result of the presence of playmaker Rivelino on the Brazil team.
- Brazilian Championship: 1967 (Taça Brasil), 1967 (Taça Roberto Gomes Pedrosa), 1969, 1972 and 1973
- São Paulo State Championship: 1963, 1966, 1972, 1974 and 1976.
- Rio-São Paulo Tournament: 1965
- IV Centenary of the City of Rio de Janeiro Tournament: 1965
- Ramón de Carranza Trophy (Spain): 1969, 1974 and 1975.
- Laudo Natel Tournament: 1972
- Mar del Plata Tournament (Argentina): 1972
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- "Ídolo palmeirense, Ademir da Guia afirma: 'Quero ser lembrado hoje'". Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). 1 April 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Ademir da Guia - O Divino do Palmeiras" (in Portuguese). Estadão. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- Ademir da Guia – FIFA competition record (archive)
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