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Edmílson training with Barcelona in 2008
Personal information
Full name José Edmílson Gomes Moraes
Date of birth (1976-07-10) 10 July 1976 (age 46)
Place of birth Taquaritinga, Brazil
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder, centre back
Club information
Current team
São Caetano (technical consultant)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 XV Jaú 58 (3)
1995–2000 São Paulo 72 (1)
2000–2004 Lyon 104 (3)
2004–2008 Barcelona 71 (0)
2008 Villarreal 6 (0)
2009 Palmeiras 22 (0)
2010–2011 Real Zaragoza 29 (1)
2011 Ceará 11 (2)
Total 373 (10)
International career
2000–2007 Brazil 39 (1)
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 2002 Korea & Japan
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

José Edmílson Gomes de Moraes (born 10 July 1976), known simply as Edmílson, is a Brazilian football executive and former professional footballer. He's currently a technical consultant for São Caetano.[1]

Either a defensive midfielder or a central defender,[2] he played in three countries in his professional career, representing with team and individual success São Paulo, Lyon and Barcelona (four seasons each in the last two clubs).

Having won 39 caps with Brazil, Edmílson represented the nation at the 2002 World Cup, helping it win the tournament.

Following the 2022 World Cup; Edmílson has been mentioned as one of the favourites to succeed Tite as Head Coach of Brazil.

Club career[edit]

São Paulo, Lyon[edit]

Born in Taquaritinga, São Paulo, Edmílson signed for São Paulo FC in 1995, winning two Campeonato Paulista titles during his spell. In 2000 he joined Olympique Lyonnais in France at the same time as compatriot Caçapa, also a stopper, both being important as the club won the League Cup in his first season.

In the ensuing off-season, Juninho Pernambucano also made the move to the Rhône-Alpes, and often partnered Edmílson in central midfield as they went on to win three consecutive Ligue 1 titles.[3]


In July 2004, Edmílson signed with FC Barcelona for a reported 10 million.[4] He made his La Liga debut on 19 September in a 1–1 away draw against Atlético Madrid,[5] and finished his debut campaign with only six matches as the Catalans won the national championship; on 3 October, after having come on as a substitute for Samuel Eto'o during a home fixture against CD Numancia, he himself had to be substituted after only five minutes on the pitch, going on to be sidelined for several months due to injury.[2][6]

Edmílson recovered fully for 2005–06, collecting 41 appearances across all competitions, and playing an important part in Frank Rijkaard's team as they won the league and the season's UEFA Champions League. In the latter competition, he appeared in nine matches – six complete – including the first half of the final against Arsenal.[2][7]

After a poor 2007–08 campaign, both individually and collectively, and following the departure of he club's manager Rijkaard, 32-year-old Edmílson left Barcelona as his contract was not renewed.[2]

Later years[edit]

On 23 May 2008, Edmílson signed for one year with Villarreal CF.[8] After only a couple of months, however, he returned to his country, joining Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras on a two-year deal[9] and scoring his first goal in the first stage of the Copa Libertadores against Club Real Potosí, on 29 January 2009, just eight days after his arrival.[10]

After not having appeared in the São Paulo championship in 2010, Edmílson cut ties with Palmeiras and, on 31 January, returned to Spain, agreeing to a five-month contract with struggling Real Zaragoza – at that time, he was already the bearer of an Italian passport, thus not counting as a foreign player.[11] He appeared regularly during the remainder of the campaign, as the Aragonese managed to finish out of the relegation zone, and saw his link being extended for another year.

On 12 September 2010, Edmílson scored his first goal for Zaragoza, who lost 3–5 at home against Málaga CF.[12] In June 2011, after having contributed with only 12 games to the club's final escape from relegation, he returned to his country and joined Ceará Sporting Club, where he remained until his retirement at the end of the year.[2][13]

International career[edit]

Edmílson made his debut for the Brazil national team on 18 July 2000, against Paraguay. Selected to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea, he helped the Seleção win their fifth tournament, appearing in six out of seven games and scoring his first (and only) international goal in the 5–2 group stage win over Costa Rica.[14]

Originally selected to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Edmílson was forced to withdraw from the squad after sustaining a knee injury in training before the tournament.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Internationals goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 June 2002 World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea  Costa Rica
2002 FIFA World Cup

Personal life[edit]

Edmílson is a devout evangelical Christian, having converted when he was 16 years old.[16]


São Paulo





  1. ^ "Edmilson, pentacampeão, assume o comando do futebol do São Caetano". ISTOÉ (in Brazilian Portuguese). 15 May 2021. Archived from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e "José Edmílson". www.fcbarcelona.com. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
  3. ^ "Histoire de l'Olympique Lyonnais" [Olympique Lyonnais history] (in French). Olympique et Lyonnais. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Edmílson bound for Barcelona". UEFA. 29 July 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Torres deja al Barcelona sin el liderato en solitario" [Torres thwarts Barcelona plans for first place without company]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 19 September 2004. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Edmílson faces six months out". UEFA. 4 October 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Barça comeback denies Arsenal". UEFA. 18 May 2006. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Edmilson ficha por el Villarreal" [Edmilson signs with Villarreal]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 23 May 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Edmilson se marcha al Palmeiras" [Edmilson goes to Palmeiras]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 21 January 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Primera fase: Palmeiras goleó sin complicaciones a Real Potosí" [First stage: Palmeiras had no problems routing Real Potosí] (in Spanish). Copa Libertadores. 29 January 2009. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Edmilson, nuevo jugador del Real Zaragoza" [Edmilson, new Real Zaragoza player] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 1 February 2010. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  12. ^ "Five star Malaga romp home in thriller". ESPN Soccernet. 12 September 2010. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Edmílson é apresentado à imprensa e se mostra motivado" [Edmílson is presented to the press and feels motivated] (in Portuguese). Ceará SC. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  14. ^ "Brazil's hot springs leave coach cold". The Guardian. 14 June 2002. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Edmilson will miss the World Cup". BBC Sport. 31 May 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
  16. ^ Martin, Dan (15 June 2013). "Testemunho: Ex-jogador da seleção do Brasil, Edmílson conta a história de sua conversão" (in Portuguese). Gospel Mas. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

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