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Gilmar after Brazil's 1958 FIFA World Cup victory
Personal information
Full name Gylmar dos Santos Neves
Date of birth (1930-08-22)22 August 1930
Place of birth Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death 25 August 2013(2013-08-25) (aged 83)
Place of death São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1945–1951 Jabaquara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1961 Corinthians 486 (0)
1961–1969 Santos 266 (0)
Total 752 (0)
International career
1953–1969[1] Brazil 94 (0)
Medal record
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1958 Sweden
Winner 1962 Chile
South American Championship
Runner-up 1953 Peru
Runner-up 1957 Peru
Runner-up 1959 Argentina
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Gylmar dos Santos Neves (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒiwˈmaʁ duˈsɐ̃tuz ˈnɛvis]; 22 August 1930 – 25 August 2013), known simply as Gilmar, was a Brazilian footballer who played goalkeeper for Corinthians and Santos and was a member of the Brazil national team in three World Cups.[2] He was elected the best Brazilian goalkeeper of the 20th century and one of the best in the world by the IFFHS. He is remembered for his sober style on the pitch and his peaceful personality.[3]

Alex Bellos says in his book Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life that Gilmar is named after his parents, Gilberto and Maria. Gilmar was the starting goalkeeper for Pelé's Santos and Brazilian national teams of the 1960s. In 1998, he was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit.[4]

Club career


Gilmar was born in Santos, São Paulo, and started his career playing for hometown side Jabaquara. In 1951 he joined Corinthians, winning three Campeonato Paulista titles with the club in 1951, 1952 and 1954.

In 1961, Gilmar signed for Santos, being a part of the team who was known as Os Santásticos. An immediate starter, he won five Campeonato Paulista (1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968), five Taça Brasil (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965), two Copa Libertadores (1962 and 1963) and two Intercontinental Cups (1962 against Eusébio's Benfica and 1963 against Milan).

International career

Gilmar in 1962

Gilmar played 94 times with the Brazil national team.[3] He was selected to the national squad for three straight World Cups, between 1958 and 1966.[3] He was part of the starting team in the first two World Cups Brazil won, in 1958 and 1962, and is the only goalkeeper to win two consecutive World Cups in the starting position.

Style of play


Regarded by pundits as one of the greatest Brazilian goalkeepers of all time,[5][6] Gilmar was an agile shot-stopper, who possessed excellent reflexes, and who was also known for his composure under pressure, as well as his ability to inspire a sense of calm and confidence in his defenders.[7]



Gilmar died of a stroke on 25 August 2013, three days after his 83rd birthday.[3]







  1. ^ "Gilmar dos Santos Neves – International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ Agência Brasil. "Morre Gylmar, ex-goleiro da Seleção Brasileira das copas de 1958 e 1962 | Agência Brasil". Agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Gilmar (Obituary)". The Telegraph. 1 September 2013.
  4. ^ "FIFA Order of Merit" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Brazil's greatest goalkeepers". Sky Sports. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  6. ^ Christopher Atkins (10 January 2013). "Ranking Brazil's 10 Best Goalkeepers of All Time". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  7. ^ Grahame L. Jones (15 May 2010). "Top World Cup goalkeepers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Gilmar, the definitive custodian". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 9 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.