José Ribamar de Oliveira

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Canhoteiro
Personal information
Full name José Ribamar de Oliveira
Date of birth (1932-09-24)September 24, 1932
Place of birth Coroatá, Maranhão, Brazil
Date of death August 16, 1974(1974-08-16) (aged 41)
Playing position Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949-1954 América FC (CE) ? (?)
1954 Paissandu EC (São Luis, MA) 415 (103)
1954-1963 São Paulo FC ? (?)
CD Nacional (Guadalajara, MX) ? (?)
Toluca FC, MX ? (?)
Nacional AC (SP) ? (?)
Saad EC (SP)
National team
1956–1959 Brazil 15 (1)

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


José Ribamar de Oliveira, best known as Canhoteiro (24 September 1932 - 16 August 1974) was a Brazilian footballer, who played most notably for São Paulo FC. Canhoteiro means essentially "left footed."

Canhoteiro was one of Brazil's greatest dribblers and played during a time of exceptional talent in that country. He had epic games against Pelé of Santos FC, one in particular in 1958, played under heavy rain at Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo - the game ended tied at two goals each, with Pelé and Canhoteiro scoring both goals for each of their clubs. Canhoteiro, died pennyless and an alcoholic, the fate of many a footballer in the early years of the game.

One of his nicknames was "the Garrincha of the left"

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