Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto

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Full name Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto
Date of birth (1971-04-02) 2 April 1971 (age 44)
Place of birth Niterói, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Second striker
Youth career
1982–1986 Vasco da Gama
1987–1989 Botafogo
1990–1991 Vasco da Gama
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Vasco da Gama 23 (8)
1993–1995 Palmeiras 180 (74)
1995 Flamengo 14 (2)
1996 Corinthians 0 (0)
1996–1997 Vasco da Gama 44 (38)
1997–1999 Fiorentina 37 (12)
1999–2001 Vasco da Gama 16 (13)
2000 Santos (loan) 20 (13)
2001 Napoli (loan) 17 (4)
2001 Cruzeiro 12 (3)
2001–2002 Tokyo Verdy 31 (18)
2003 Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (0)
2003 Vasco da Gama 20 (7)
2004 Fluminense 19 (7)
2005 Nova Iguaçu 2 (1)
2005 Figueirense 31 (15)
2006–2007 Palmeiras 49 (14)
2008 Vasco da Gama 26 (13)
Total 402 (190)
National team
1992–2000 Brazil 39 (10)

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

† Appearances (goals)

Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto (born 2 April 1971 in Niterói), better known simply as Edmundo, is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a forward.

Nicknamed as Animal,[1] Edmundo played for Brazil in the victorious 1997 Copa América, and at the 1998 World Cup, where they finished in second place. For Palmeiras, he won the Campeonato Brasileiro in the beginning of the Nineties. For Vasco da Gama he won 1997's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, scoring 29 goals.

A talented yet controversial footballing figure, he drew attention both for his skill, as well as for his volatile behaviour, both on and off the pitch.[2][3][4]

Club career[edit]

Edmundo and Vasco da Gama: A Complicated History[edit]

Edmundo played for several clubs throughout his career, both in his native country of Brazil, and abroad. However, the history of Edmundo, as a football player, is strongly intertwined with Vasco da Gama. He began his career with the club in the amateur divisions in 1982, also later playing for the Botafogo youth side before returning to the club. He went on to make his debut as professional with the Vasco da Gama senior side, where he remained until 1992.[5]

He returned to the club in 1996, and in 1997, when Vasco won the Brazilian National Championship, he was the season's top scorer, his 29 goals breaking a record set by Reinaldo of Atlético Mineiro 20 years earlier. In that same year, Vasco da Gama scored 69 goals. That season, Edmundo was named the league's player of the year.[6] He also scored 6 goals in a match against União São João. After moving between several clubs abroad, he returned to Vasco da Gama in 1999, where he joined his international team-mate Romário, and was initially handed the captain's armband, reaching the final of the 2000 Club World Championship, defeating Manchester United in the process;[2] he was later kicked off the team in 2000 by vice-president Eurico Miranda for lack of discipline, however, after he left the dressing-room before a game.[5] He returned to Vasco da Gama aagain in 2003, where he remained until 2004, and was released at the end of the season after scoring only 7 goals in 19 appearances.[2] In total, he made 127 appearances with the club.

Regarding his attachment to the club, Edmundo stated that his love for Vasco da Gama was like that between a son and his mother. On 28 March 2012, he played his farewell match when Vasco da Gama hosted Barcelona de Guayaquil in a friendly match. The game ended 9–1 with Edmundo scoring twice.[7]

Career in Brazil[edit]

In 1993, Edmundo left Vasco da Gama and transferred to Palmeiras, where he won the Campeonato Brasileiro twice, in 1993 and 1994, scoring 34 goals in 89 appearances for the club. Despite his success, he had several disputes with his manager Wanderley Luxemburgo, and was involved in an altercation with his team-mate Antônio Carlos, which led to Edmundo being sacked by the club.[5] He later joined Flamengo for a season in 1995 (2 goals in 14 appearances), and subsequently signed for Corinthians in 1996, although he failed to make an appearance for the club, as he reportedly stormed out of a training session after an argument.[5] He later joined Santos on loan in 2000 (scoring 13 goals in 20 appearances),[5] and Cruzeiro in 2001 (3 goals in 13 appearances). After another spell at Vasco da Gama, he joined Fluminense in 2004, scoring 7 goals in 20 appearances,[2] and also scored 1 goal in 2 appearances whilst playing for Nova Iguaçu in 2005.[8]

Time in Italy and abroad[edit]

In 1997, Italian club Fiorentina purchased Edmundo for 13 billion lire, and he remained with the team until 1999. Despite putting on some spectacular performances during his tenure in Florence, which initially endeared him with the fans, his stint in Italy was also marked by inconsistency and controversy, which drew criticism from the press. One particular incident which drew much publicity occurred during the 1998–99 season, under manager Giovanni Trapattoni; Edmundo left the club mid-way through the season in order to attend the Rio Carnival. Although at that point Fiorentina were first in the league, due to his absence, as well as strike partner Gabriel Batistuta's injury, Fiorentina missed out on the league title at the end of the season, and as a result, Edmundo had a falling out with the club, his manager, and his team-mates.[1][5][9]

In January 2001, he was sent out on loan to Napoli, where he remained until June.[6][9] He was injured during his debut with the club against Udinese however, which kept him sidelined,[10] and was unable to prevent the club's relegation to Serie B at the end of the season.

Later that year, he joined J-League club Tokyo Verdy, scoring 18 goals in 31 appearances, and remaining with the club until 2002. He joined Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds in 2003, but did not make a single appearance for the team.[6]

Later years[edit]

During the end of his career, Edmundo still managed to perform well, despite not being as physically strong or fit as he had been during his prime in the mid-90s, although his performances became increasingly less consistent with age. Nevertheless, his football skills and goalscoring proved to be fundamental in helping Figueirense avoid relegation in the 2005 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, as he managed 15 goals in 31 appearances. The following season, he also saved Palmeiras from relegation during the 2006 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.[11]

Along with Valdivia and Marcos, Edmundo was one of the most important footballers for Palmeiras during the 2007 season; however his contract was not renewed at the end of the season. There are two versions of this fact: according to the "official" one, his salary was too high for his irregular performances. But it is more possible that the actual reason was that Caio Júnior, who was favorable to this permanence, was sacked and Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who has personal problems with Edmundo, was hired.[11]

In January 2008, Edmundo returned to Vasco da Gama,[11] although he was not able to prevent the club's relegation to the 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. He officially retired from football on 30 May 2008.[6][12]

International career[edit]

At international level Edmundo made 42 appearances for Brazil between 1992 and 2000, scoring 10 goals.[13][12] He was a member of the team that won the 1997 Copa América,[6] and also made two substitute appearances at the 1998 FIFA World Cup,[14] where the team finished in second place to hosts France.[15] Aditionally, Edmundo was a member of the Brazil squad that took part at the 1993 and 1995 Copa América tournaments, winning a runners-up medal in the latter edition; he also won a bronze medal at the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Furthermore, he took part in two exhibition tournaments with the Brazil national side, winning the 1995 Umbro Cup, and finishing second in the 1997 Tournoi de France. Despite his talent, however, Edmundo's turbulent lifestyle off the pitch, as well as extensive competition from several other world-class Brazilian strikers at the time (including Bebeto, Romário, and Ronaldo), are thought to have limited his playing time at international level.[5]

Style of play[edit]

Edmundo was a quick, powerful, creative, and technically gifted player, who was known for his pace, strength, acceleration, and his outstanding dribbling skills, as well as his use of feints, including the Pelé runaround move; as a second striker, he was capable of both scoring and assisting many goals.[4][16] Despite his talent, he was also a tenacious and controversial footballer,[2] who was criticised for his poor work-rate and lack of consistency at times;[17][18] he was also known for his aggression and poor behaviour on the pitch, which often led him to pick up cards,[4] and earned him the nickname O Animal (The Animal, in Portuguese).[1][16][17]

Outside of football[edit]

In the middle of 2009, Edmundo became a football pundit for Rede TV!. In the beginning of 2010, Rede Bandeirantes hired him; he was part of the broadcaster's jornalstics team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012 coverages.[2]


Known for his tenacious style of play and aggressive behaviour, as well as his skill on the pitch, Edmundo was also involved in several incidents off the pitch throughout his career; he had several disagreements with his managers and officials, and was known for his "partying".[2] In 1999, he faced prosecution by animal welfare groups after hiring an entire circus to perform in his back garden to celebrate his son's first birthday. At the party he was accused by some individuals of the press of having a chimpanzee called Pedrinho drunk on beer and whiskey.[5] Subsequent images of this appeared in the media (including the February, 2004 issue of the UK version of FHM magazine) and have passed into football legend.[3] Days later, Edmundo proved those accusations were false. The same year, during his turbulent time with Fiorentina, he also escaped a four prison sentence for drinking driving during the Rio Carnival of 1995, after being involved in an accident that resulted in the deaths of his three passengers; for his behaviour he received a seven day suspended sentence.[2][19] In 1998, due to his difficult relationship with the Florentine club,[18] he suddenly left for the Rio Carnival half-way through the season, and was two days late in returning to Florence according to the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.[1][17][18][20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1991 Vasco da Gama Série A 0 0
1992 Série A 23 8
1993 Palmeiras Série A 19 11
1994 Série A 21 9
1995 Flamengo Série A 14 2
1996 Corinthians Série A 0 0 27 27 10 5
1996 Vasco da Gama Série A 16 9
1997 Série A 28 29
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Fiorentina Serie A 9 4
1998–99 28 8
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
1999 Vasco da Gama Série A 16 13
2000 Santos Série A 20 13
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Napoli Serie A 17 4
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2001 Cruzeiro Série A 12 3
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2001 Tokyo Verdy J. League 1 5 2 3 2 0 0 - 8 4
2002 26 16 0 0 6 5 - 32 21
2003 Urawa Red Diamonds J. League 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 2 0
Brazil League Copa do Brasil League Cup South America Total
2003 Vasco da Gama Série A 20 7
2004 Fluminense Série A 19 7
2005 Nova Iguaçu 0 0
2005 Figueirense Série A 31 15
2006 Palmeiras Série A 29 10
2007 20 4
2008 Vasco da Gama Série A 25 13
Total Brazil 291 143
Italy 54 16
Japan 31 18 3 2 8 5 - 42 25
Career total 376 177


Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1992 4 1
1993 5 1
1994 0 0
1995 12 5
1996 1 0
1997 5 2
1998 8 1
1999 0 0
2000 2 0
Total 37 10



Vasco da Gama




References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Leonardo Bardazzi (7 March 2015). "Edmundo, O Animal: l’uomo del carnevale" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Tom Beck (25 January 2015). "Romario and Edmundo, the bad boys from Brazil". World Soccer. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Common ground". observer.theguardian.com. 5 May 2002. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Edmundo, una vita in dribbling" (in Italian). Mai Dire Calcio. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Brian Homewood (1 August 2000). "Bad boy Edmundo joins Santos". ESPN FC. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Happy birthday to you!". FIFA.com. 27 March 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Edmundo marca duas vezes, ouve gritos de 'fica', e Vasco goleia: 9 a 1" (in Portuguese). globoesporte.globo.com. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Henrique Santos (22 May 2015). "Figueirense sonha com Edmundo e traz Carlos Alberto" (in Portuguese). ESPN FC. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Animal magic inspires Napoli". BBC News. 7 January 2001. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Gustavo Affinita; Claudio Gregori; Mimmo Malfitano (22 January 2001). "Edmundo esce, l' Udinese colpisce" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c Conrad Leach (29 January 2008). "Bad Boys back in tandem as the Animal returns to Vasco". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Edmundo retires after missing penalty". FIFA.com. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto". National Football Teams. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "World: Americas Soccer star Edmundo jailed". BBC News. 6 March 1999. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  15. ^ Alex Bellos (29 June 2002). "The mystery of Paris that refuses to go away". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Stéphanie Kohler (2 July 2015). "Edmundo, le dribble fou de l'Animal" (in French). L'Équipe. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c Furio Zara (2 April 2000). "Edmundo, «O Animal» che amava il Carneval" (in Italian). Il Corriere dello Sport. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c Alberto Costa (10 February 1999). "Batistuta espelle Edmundo e Cecchi Gori" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Mandato d'arresto per Edmundo" (in Italian). Sport Mediaset. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  20. ^ Raffaello Paloscia (19 February 1999). "Edmundo scappa da Firenze" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  21. ^ "South American Team of the Year". 16 January 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 

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