Aldair

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Aldair
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Personal information
Full name Aldair Nascimento dos Santos
Date of birth (1965-11-30) November 30, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Ilhéus, Brazil
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 Flamengo 54 (3)
1989–1990 Benfica 22 (5)
1990–2003 Roma 330 (14)
2003–2004 Genoa 17 (1)
2007–2010 Murata 10 (0)
Total 433 (23)
National team
1989–2000[1] Brazil 81 (3)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Aldair Nascimento dos Santos, known simply as Aldair (Brazilian Portuguese: [awdaˈih]; born 30 November 1965), is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a defender, and who was part of the Brazil national team that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

He spent the most part of his club career at Italian club A.S. Roma, where he later also served as captain, winning the Serie A title with the club in 2001. He is one of eleven members to have been inducted into the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame.

Club career[edit]

Aldair started playing at Flamengo where he won the most important title in Brazil, the Campeonato Brasileiro. He moved to Europe in 1989, playing with Benfica, and subsequently A.S. Roma in 1990. He remained with Roma until 2003, playing over 400 Serie A matches with the club, later serving as captain; during his time in Rome, he won the Coppa Italia in 1991, also reaching the UEFA Cup Final that season, and in 2001, he won a Serie A title and the Supercoppa Italiana. Roma retired his number 6 jersey number when he left the team in 2003; this retirement was not permanent, however, as the shirt number has also been worn by Kevin Strootman, who joined the squad in 2013.

After Roma, Aldair then briefly joined Genoa CFC. On July 2005, Aldair announced plans of playing for Rio Branco Atlético Clube, and play two games, in the estadual championship. Rio Branco was champion in this championship.

Former teammate and good friend Massimo Agostini convinced him to play in San Marino for S.S. Murata in order to boost their Champions League campaign. After S.S. Murata's dreadful 7–1 aggregate defeat to Cypriots APOEL F.C. in the first round of qualifying for the 2006/07 UEFA Cup, Massimo Agostini decided to call upon Aldair to join him on the Italian Peninsula. Aldair took part in the Champions League qualifying stage in July 2007.

In 2013, Aldair was inducted into the A.S. Roma Hall of Fame.[2]

International career[edit]

Aldair was part of the Brazilian squad that took part at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. In 1994, he reached the pinnacle of his career when he played for the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He also played for Brazil in the 1998 World Cup, as Brazil went on to reach the final once again, only to be defeated by France. He took part in three Copa América's with Brazil, winning the title in 1989 and 1997, whilst earning a runners-up medal in 1995. Aldair won a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and was part of the Brazilian team that won the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup. In addition to these tournaments, Aldair also took part in two friendly tournaments with Brazil, winning the 1995 Umbro Cup, and finishing in second place in the 1997 Tournoi de France. In total, he appeared 81 times for Brazil between 1989 and 2000, scoring three goals.[3]

Style of play[edit]

An elegant and tactically versatile defender, Aldair was capable of playing both as a sweeper, and as a centre back, due to his vision, technical ability, and his passing range. His confidence on the ball and, in particular, his adeptness at long balls enabled him advance into midfield and create chances for team-mates. Although he was not particularly quick, he was a strong defender, who excelled in the air, and at anticipating opponents with well-timed challenges, due to his ability to read the game. In addition to his defensive and technical skills, Aldair was also known for his leadership and for being a correct player throughout his career.[4][5][6]

Career statistics[edit]

[7]

Domestic league[edit]

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1985 Flamengo Série A - -
1986 23 1
1987 7 0
1988 24 2
1989 - -
Portugal League
1989/90 Benfica Portuguese Liga 22 5
Italy League
1990/91 Roma Serie A 29 2
1991/92 33 3
1992/93 28 2
1993/94 12 0
1994/95 28 1
1995/96 31 0
1996/97 32 2
1997/98 28 3
1998/99 27 0
1999/00 34 1
2000/01 15 0
2001/02 16 0
2002/03 17 0
2003/04 Genoa Serie B 17 1
San Marino League
2007/08 Murata Campionato
Sammarinese
10 0
2008/09 - -
2009/10 - -
Country Brazil 54 3
Portugal 22 5
Italy 347 15
San Marino 10 0
Total 433 23

International[edit]

Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1989 15 0
1990 3 1
1991 - -
1992 - -
1993 - -
1994 11 0
1995 13 1
1996 1 0
1997 19 1
1998 9 0
1999 3 0
2000 6 0
Total 80 3

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Flamengo
Benfica
Roma
Murata

International[edit]

Brazil

Individual[edit]

  • Golden Foot: 2008, as football legend
  • A.S. Roma Hall of Fame: 2013[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Aldair Nascimentos dos Santos - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  2. ^ a b "A.S. Roma Hall of Fame: 2013". A.S. Roma. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Aldair's profile on sambafoot.com". Sambafoot. July 4, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2007. 
  4. ^ Darwin Pastorin. "ALDAIR, Nascimento Dos Santos" (in Italian). Enciclopedia dello Sport Treccani. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Corrado Zunino (20 August 1998). "La rabbia di Capello" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Franco Melli (26 November 1992). "le paure della Roma passano con Aldair" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Aldair at National-Football-Teams.com

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Abel Balbo
AS Roma Captain
1998
Succeeded by
Francesco Totti