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Full name Darcy Silveira dos Santos
Date of birth (1934-05-24) 24 May 1934 (age 85)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1953 Olaria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1955 Olaria
1955–1959 America-RJ
1959–1962 Real Madrid 28 (5)
1962–1963 Sevilla 30 (5)
1963–1968 Zaragoza 117 (35)
1968–1969 Mallorca 24 (2)
National team
1956 Brazil 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Darcy Silveira dos Santos (born 24 May 1934), known as Canário, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a forward.[1]

During nine seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 175 matches and 45 goals, representing most notably Real Madrid and Zaragoza. He won eight major titles the two teams combined.

Club career[edit]

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Canário played for Olaria Atlético Clube and America Football Club (RJ) in his country.[2] In 1959 he moved to Spain where he would remain until his retirement, starting with Real Madrid and being used mainly as a backup during his three-year spell. He appeared in five games and scored one goal for the club in the European Cup, three of those matches being in the 1959–60 edition which ended in victory.[3][4]

After spending the 1962–63 season with Sevilla FC Canário switched to Real Zaragoza, going on to be part of an attacking frontline that was dubbed Los Magníficos (The Magnificent) and also included Carlos Lapetra, Marcelino, Eleuterio Santos and Juan Manuel Villa – he acted as right half in the team's formation. He reached four Copa del Rey finals with the Aragonese during his stint, winning the tournament twice.[5]

Canário retired at the end of the 1968–69 campaign at the age of 33, after helping RCD Mallorca promote from Segunda División.[6] He subsequently settled in Zaragoza.

International career[edit]

Canário won seven caps for Brazil, all in 1956. Barred by Garrincha, however, he never attended any major international tournament.[7]



Real Madrid





  1. ^ "Canário o genial ponteiro do 'Mequinha'" [Canário ‘Mequinha’'s wonder winger]. Jornal Pequeno (in Portuguese). 20 April 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Canário… um pássaro Merengue" [Canário... a Merengue bird] (in Portuguese). Tardes de Pacaembu. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Real Madrid CF – All the players in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Temporada 1960–61" [1960–61 season] (in Spanish). Leyenda Blanca. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  5. ^ Gay, Miguel (23 April 2014). "Los años Magníficos" [The Magnificent years]. Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Brasileños en el Mallorca" [Brazilians in Mallorca] (in Spanish). RCDM. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Canário: do America para o Real Madrid" [Canário: from America to Real Madrid] (in Portuguese). ESPN FC. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  8. ^ "R. Zaragoza, 2 – At. de Madrid, 1". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 6 July 1964. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  9. ^ "El Zaragoza conquistó brillantemente la Copa de S.E." [Zaragoza won the S.E. Cup brilliantly]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 May 1966. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  10. ^ "El Real Zaragoza, campeón de la Copa de Ferias en 1964" [Real Zaragoza, Fairs Cup champions in 1964]. Heraldo de Aragón (in Spanish). 25 June 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2018.

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