Sidney Pullen

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Sidney Pullen
Personal information
Full name Sidney Pullen
Date of birth (1895-07-14)14 July 1895
Place of birth Southampton, England
Date of death 1950s
Place of death Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1910–1914 Paysandu - (-)
1915–1925 Flamengo 116 (41)
Fluminense - (-)
National team
1916–1917 Brazil 3 (0)
Teams managed
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Sidney Pullen (14 July 1895 – 1950s), was an English football Midfielder,[1] who played for Flamengo, a club based in Rio de Janeiro.


Born in Southampton,[1] Sidney migrated to Brazil after his father, Hugh Pullen, was transferred to a factory in Rio de Janeiro.[2] When Paysandu closed their football department, he moved to Flamengo, and his father imported from Germany the kit known as coral snake.[2] During World War I, he left Flamengo to fight for England.[2] Sidney Pullen died in the 1950s, in Rio de Janeiro.[2]


He started his career in 1910, defending Paysandu,[3] a Rio de Janeiro team founded by English expatriates, winning the Campeonato Carioca in 1912,[2] then, after the club closed their football department in 1914,[3] he moved to Flamengo in 1915, where he played 116 matches and scored 40 goals,[2] winning the Campeonato Carioca five times[2] before leaving the club in 1925.[4] He has also worked as Flamengo's head coach.[4]

Brazilian national team[edit]

Sidney Pullen was the first, and only one of the five foreigner to play for the Brazilian national team.[4][5] He played five matches between 1916 and 1917, thereof three 1916 Copa América matches in July 1916. In 1917 he played for Brazil in two test matches against the club sides Dublin FC from Montevideo and Sportivo Barracas from Buenos Aires.

Refereeing career[edit]

He worked as a referee in one match of the 1916 Copa América.[6] The match was played on 6 July, between Argentina and Chile.[6]



  1. ^ a b Napoleão, Antônio Carlos; Assaf, Roberto (2006). Seleção Brasileira 1914-2006. São Paulo: Mauad X. p. 300. ISBN 85-7478-186-X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Um súdito da rainha no país do futebol" (in Portuguese). UOL. Retrieved 30 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Sidney Pullen" (in Portuguese). CBF. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Assaf, Roberto; Martins, Clóvis (2001). Almanaque do Flamengo (in Portuguese) (1st ed.). Editora Abril. p. 511. OCLC 837719185.
  5. ^ "Após 76 anos, Andreas Pereira é 5º estrangeiro na seleção brasileira" (in Portuguese). R7. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Sidney Pullen" (in Portuguese). O Gol. Retrieved 29 August 2009.