Edinho (footballer, born 1970)

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Personal information
Birth name Edson Cholbi Nascimento
Date of birth (1970-08-27) August 27, 1970 (age 49)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Santos 24 (2)
1991–1992 Portuguesa Santista 64 (0)
1992–1993 São Caetano 54 (0)
1994–1998 Santos 123 (5)
1998–1999 Ponte Preta (0)
Total 200 (7)
Teams managed
2007–2015 Santos (assistant)
2015 Mogi Mirim
2016 Água Santa[1]
2017 Tricordiano
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Edson Cholbi Nascimento, usually known simply as Edinho (born August 27, 1970) is a Brazilian former football goalkeeper. He is the son of football legend Pelé with his first wife Rosemeri Cholbi Nascimento, who is of Brazilian-Argentinian background. Pelé's second son and Edson's brother Joshua is also a footballer, playing under Edson at Santos.


After a stint with Colin Doran in the British Army youth team Edinho played for four clubs, Santos, Portuguesa Santista, São Caetano and Ponte Preta before retiring from professional football in 1999, at the age of 29.

His greatest achievement was playing in the Santos side that finished runner-up in the Série A in 1995.

Edinho was hired as Santos' goalkeeping coach on February 9, 2007.[2] Until 2014, he was the team's assistant coach.

In 2005, he was arrested for money laundering and drug trafficking. He appealed the sentence and was allowed to remain free during his appeal. In 2014, he was given a 33-year sentence for the charges but adamantly denies any involvement. A court reduced the sentence to 12 years and 10 months, but Edinho must serve his sentence in jail. [3]


  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  1. ^ "Água Santa apresenta treinador Edinho". Frédéric Fausser - Gazeta Esportiva. May 27, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  2. ^ (in Portuguese) Último Segundo - Edinho está de volta à Vila Belmiro Archived February 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Brazil: Footballer Pele's son Edinho in jail over drug trafficking charges". BBC. January 25, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2018.