Célio Silva

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Célio Silva
Personal information
Full name Vagno Célio do Nascimento Silva
Date of birth (1968-05-20) 20 May 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Miracema, RJ, Brazil
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Americano
1988–1990 Vasco de Gama 47 (1)
1991–1993 Internacional 26 (0)
1993–1994 Caen 34 (1)
1994–1998 Corinthians 47 (7)
1998 Goiás 20 (0)
1999 Flamengo 8 (1)
2000 Atlético Mineiro 10 (0)
2001 Universidad Católica 8 (0)
2003 Americano 0 (0)
National team
1992–1997 Brazil 11 (0)
Teams managed
2009 Tupy
2010 São Mateus
2010 Londrina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:40, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:40, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

Vagno Célio do Nascimento Silva (born 20 May 1968) is a Brazilian former football defender, who retired from professional football in 2003.

He was nicknamed by fans "O Canhão do Brasileirão" (The Cannon of the Brazilian Championship) for his extremely potent right-foot shot. One of his shots was measured at 136 km/h (84.5 mph) during a test organized by Globo Esporte.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Revealed in the small Americano - RJ in 1986, he won the Brazilian Championship playing for Vasco da Gama in 1989.

He got famous after scoring the goal (shooting a penalty) that gave the Copa do Brasil (Cup of Brazil) title for Internacional - RS at 1992.

The defender also played for Flamengo, Atlético Mineiro and Universidad Católica de Chile, between others. But it was in Corinthians that he achieved more titles in his career.

While at Corinthians, Célio Silva agreed a £4 million move to Premier League champions Manchester United in July 1997. However, United could not obtain a work permit, as the Home Office claimed that, despite Silva being a regular for Brazil for the past two years, he hadn't played enough matches for Brazil, and the move fell through.[2] United bought Henning Berg instead.[3]

He represented Brazil national football team in 11 matches, winning the Copa América title in 1997.



  1. ^ Globo Esporte - Lembra dele? Célio Silva o canhão do Brasil
  2. ^ Nixon, Alan (14 July 1997). "Work permit problem for United's Brazilian". The Independent. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  3. ^ Nixon, Alan (12 August 1997). "Berg makes £5m move to United". The Independent. Retrieved 3 July 2014.