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Bellini in 2008
|Full name||Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini|
|Date of birth||7 June 1930|
|Place of birth||Itapira, Brazil|
|Date of death||20 March 2014(aged 83)|
|Place of death||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1952–1961||Vasco da Gama||430|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini (7 June 1930 – 20 March 2014) was a Brazilian footballer of Italian origin who played as a defender and was known in Brazil as one of the nation's most solid central defenders ever.
During his career he played for Vasco da Gama, São Paulo FC and Atlético Paranaense, and he was the first Brazilian to lift the World Cup in 1958, in fact, He won another World Cup in 1962 and participated also at 1966 FIFA World Cup as the team captain again.
He was honored with a statue at the entrance of the Maracanã stadium, which depicts him lifting the 1958 World Cup trophy. At the end of his international career from 1957 to 1966 with Brazil he earned a total of 51 caps being the captain during the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden.
Bellini is credited with starting the tradition of lifting the trophy into the air in football. He initially did this so that photographers could have a better view of the trophy and, as the photos were published around the world, the gesture became associated with victory.
- Vasco da Gama
- Campeonato Carioca: 1952, 1956, 1958
- Torneio Octogonal Rivadavia Corrêa Meyer: 1953
- Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1958
- "Hideraldo Luiz Bellini - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
- "Capitão do primeiro título mundial do Brasil, Bellini morre aos 83 anos" (in Portuguese). UOL. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- washingtonpost.com, 2014/09/23.
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