Edvaldo Alves de Santa Rosa

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Dida
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Full name Edvaldo Alves de Santa Rosa
Date of birth (1934-03-26)March 26, 1934
Place of birth Maceió, AL
Date of death September 17, 2002(2002-09-17) (aged 68)
Place of death Rio de Janeiro
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1950 América-AL
1950–1953 CSA-AL
1954–1964 Flamengo (244)
1964–1965 Portuguesa-SP
1966–1968 Atlético Junior Barranquilla
National team
Brazil 6 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Edvaldo Alves de Santa Rosa (born March 26, 1934 in Maceió, AL - September 17, 2002, Rio de Janeiro), better known as Dida, was a Brazilian football player.

Dida is among the greatest players in Flamengo's history such as his idol Zizinho, Domingos da Guia, Leonidas da Silva and Zico. The skillful forward was the first great scorer of Maracanã. His delightful performances at the pitch made him an idol of idols as Zico, Júnior and Carlos Alberto. He led Flamengo to consecutive Carioca championships in 1954 and 1955.

Following his retirement, he remained with Flamengo, working for two decades with the club's youth teams, while staying out of the spotlight and refusing to give interviews.

On September 17, 2002, he died of cancer in a Rio de Janeiro hospital, at the age of 68.

Dida is the 2nd high scorer in Flamengo's history with 244 goals (according to a 2002 ESPN Soccernet article, he scored more than 500 throughout his career). He was capped six times for his country, including the 1958 World Cup, scoring four goals.

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