João Ferreira, usually known as Bigode – moustache, in Portuguese (April 4, 1922 – July 31, 2003), – was a Brazilian footballer who played left back who played in the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
Bigode started his career playing for Atlético Mineiro, of his home city Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state. He won the Campeonato Mineiro twice, in 1941 and in 1942. He then moved to Fluminense of Rio de Janeiro in 1943, where he won the Campeonato Carioca in 1946. After leaving Fluminense in 1949, Bigode joined his former club's rivals Flamengo in 1950, where he stayed until 1952, when he returned to Fluminense, and retired in 1956.
Brazilian national team
Bigode played eleven matches for the Brazil national team between 1949 and 1950. In 1949, he won the South American Championship. He was also part of the Brazilian team that finished as the 1950 FIFA World Cup's runners-up, after being defeated 2–1 by Uruguay at Estádio do Maracanã, in what is known as the Maracanazo. In this game Bigode was in poor form, as Alcides Ghiggia dribbled him in both Uruguayan goals. However, it was goalkeeper Moacyr Barbosa who was blamed for the defeat.
Bigode died in Belo Horizonte on July 31, 2003 after suffering from respiratory problems.
Bigode won the following honors during his playing career: