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Personal information
Full name Edvaldo Izídio Neto
Date of birth (1934-11-12)12 November 1934
Place of birth Recife, Brazil
Date of death 19 January 2002(2002-01-19) (aged 67)
Place of death Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1950 Sport Recife
1951–1958 Vasco da Gama 456 (191)
1958–1961 Atlético Madrid 71 (31)
1961–1963 Palmeiras 142 (71)
1964–1967 América
1967–1968 Toros Neza
1968 San Diego Toros 28 (5)
1969 Portuguesa
National team
1955–1964 Brazil 20 (15)
Teams managed
1971–1972 Córdoba
1974–1975 Córdoba
1977–1978 Granada
1984–1985 Al Rayyan
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1958 Sweden
Winner 1962 Chile
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Edvaldo Izidio Neto (12 November 1934 – 19 January 2002), commonly known as Vavá, was a Brazilian footballer who is widely considered one of the best strikers of his generation. His nickname was "Peito de Aço" (Steel Chest). He played as a main striker (or centre forward) for Sport Club do Recife, C.R. Vasco da Gama, S.E. Palmeiras and the Brazil national football team.

International career

Vava earned 20 caps with the Brazil national football team between 1955 and 1964, scoring a total of 15 goals. He was in the side that won both the 1958 and 1962 World Cup, in which he scored 5 and 4 goals, respectively. Furthermore, he was a joint recipient of the 1962 World Cup Golden Shoe award, as one of the tournaments top scorers. He was also part of Brazil's squad for the 1952 Summer Olympics.

Vavá scored in the final of both 1958 (twice) and 1962 (once), thus becoming the first player to score in the final of two different world cups. To this day, only five players have achieved this feat, the other four being Pelé, Paul Breitner, Zinedine Zidane, and Kylian Mbappé. He remained the only player to have scored in two consecutive World Cup Final matches until Kylian Mbappé achieved the feat in the 2022 World Cup Final, having also scored in the Final in 2018.

Club statistics

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Spain League
1958–59 Atlético Madrid La Liga 27 16
1959–60 29 10
1960–61 15 5
Country Spain 71 31
United States League
1968 San Diego Toros North American Soccer League 28 5
Country United States 28 5
Total 99 36



Sport Club do Recife

  • Campeonato Pernambucano: 1949

C.R. Vasco da Gama

  • Campeonato Carioca (Rio de Janeiro State championship): 1952, 1956, 1958
  • Torneio Rio - São Paulo (Rio – São Paulo Tournament): 1958
  • Quadrangular Tournament of Rio: 1953
  • Rivadavia Corrêa Meyer's Tournament (Rio): 1953
  • Oswaldo Cruz Cup: 1955, 1958
  • Santiago de Chile Tournament: 1957
  • Paris Tournament: 1957
  • Theresa Herrera Trophy: 1957

Atlético de Madrid

Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras

  • Campeonato Paulista (São Paulo State championship): 1963
  • Oswaldo Cruz Cup: 1962
  • Guadalajara Tournament: 1963

Club América


Brazil national football team


  • FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe: 1962
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1962
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

See also

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