Belfort Duarte

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Belfort Duarte
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Personal information
Full name João Evangelista Belfort Duarte
Date of birth (1883-11-27)November 27, 1883
Place of birth São Luís, Brazil
Date of death November 27, 1918(1918-11-27) (aged 35)
Place of death Campo Belo, Brazil
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1902–1905 Mackenzie College
1906–1915 America-RJ
Teams managed
1916 America-RJ
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

João Evangelista Belfort Duarte, commonly known as Belfort Duarte (November 27, 1883[1] – November 27, 1918[1]), was a Brazilian football central defender. The Belfort Duarte Award is named after him.

Playing career[edit]

Born in São Luís, Maranhão state,[1] he started his career in 1902, with Mackenzie College, where he translated the football rules to Portuguese.[1] He was also one of the club's founders.[2] Belfort Duarte worked for Light & Power company in 1906.[1] He joined America-RJ in 1906,[3] changing the club's colors from black to red in 1908.[2] With America, he won the Campeonato Carioca in 1913.[2] Belfort Duarte played his last game in 1915, against Flamengo.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement, he started a coaching career, managing America in 1916, winning the state championship in that year.[2]


Belfort Duarte was murdered on his birthday, November 27, 1918, in a favela located in Campo Belo, Minas Gerais state, when he was trying to hide from the Spanish flu.[1]


The Belfort Duarte Award was instituted in 1946, by the Brazilian National Sports Council, after Belfort Duarte.[3] The award is given to the football player who completes ten years without being booked with a red card.[1] This award was named after Belfort Duarte because in a game he mentioned to the referee that he committed a foul in his club's penalty area.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 35. ISBN 85-88651-01-7.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Belfort Duarte, lorde com ou sem a bola" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. July 22, 2008. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Prêmio Belfort Duarte" (in Portuguese). RSSSF. October 14, 2008. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2009.