Edmílson in training with Barcelona
|Full name||José Edmílson Gomes Moraes|
|Date of birth||10 July 1976|
|Place of birth||Taquaritinga, Brazil|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder / Centre back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
José Edmílson Gomes de Moraes (born 10 July 1976), known simply as Edmílson, is a retired Brazilian footballer.
Either a defensive midfielder or a central defender, he played in three different countries in his professional career, representing with team and individual success São Paulo, Lyon and Barcelona (four seasons each in the last two clubs).
São Paulo / Lyon
In the summer of 2000 he signed for 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 joined the team, and often partnered Edmílson in central midfield, with the Rhône-Alpes side going on to win three consecutive Ligue 1 titles.
Edmílson signed for FC Barcelona for a reported €10 million, in July 2004. He made his La Liga debut on 19 September in a 1–1 away draw against Atlético Madrid, 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.
Edmílson recovered fully for 2005–06, playing an important part in Frank Rijkaard's team as it 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.
After a poor 2007–08 campaign, both individually and collectively, 32-year-old Edmílson left Barcelona, as his contract was not renewed.
On 23 May 2008, Edmílson signed a one-year deal with Villarreal CF. After only a couple of months, however, he returned to his country, joining Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras on a two-year deal and scoring his first goal in the season's Libertadores Cup against Club Real Potosí, on 29 January 2009, just eight days after his arrival.
After not having appeared in the São Paulo championship in 2010, Edmílson cancelled his link with Palmeiras and, on 31 January, returned to Spain, signing 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. He appeared regularly during the remainder of the campaign, as the Aragonese managed to finish out of the relegation zone, and saw his contract 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. 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.
Edmílson made his debut for the Brazilian 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 its 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.
|1.||13 June 2002||World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea||Costa Rica||
||2002 FIFA World Cup|
- São Paulo
- Copa CONMEBOL: 1994
- Recopa Sudamericana: 1994
- Copa Master de CONMEBOL: 1996
- Campeonato Paulista: 1998, 2000
- Torneio Rio-São Paulo: 2001
- "Edmílson bound for Barcelona". UEFA.com. 29 July 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- "Edmílson faces six months out". UEFA.com. 4 October 2004. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- "Barça comeback denies Arsenal". UEFA.com. 18 May 2006. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
- "Edmilson, nuevo jugador del Real Zaragoza" [Edmilson, new Real Zaragoza player] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- "Five star Malaga romp home in thriller". ESPN Soccernet. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
- "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.
- Edmílson – FIFA competition record
- "Edmilson will miss the World Cup". BBC Sport. 31 May 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
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