Gilmar, the best Brazilian goalkeeper in history

Gilmar, the best Brazilian goalkeeper in history
Gilmar, the best Brazilian goalkeeper in history

The now deceased 83 years of age, a 25 August 2013, Gilmar is talk talk about possibly one of the best goalkeepers in the history of Brazil, but most. In a land inauspicious to tackle a player prefers hands before using feet, Gylmar dos Santos Neves was considered by many football experts a true master of the three suits and a rare avis on their land .

And that was born in Santos 1921, its over 100 internationals and three World contest, two of which won (1958 Y 1962), will testify as possibly the best Brazilian goalkeeper in history, perhaps even ahead of illustrious names like Leão, Carlos, Taffarel, Dida, Marcos, Rogerio Ceni, Julio Cesar, Gomes, or large Barbosa and Manga.

Gilmar was not a very loud person, large stops or gestures that are perpetuated in time. Rather the complete opposite. A porter and a sober person, It is combining elegance equally effectively. Never was the hero, but neither goalkeeper being the villain and the phrase takes on a bigger and more important dimension than usual.

Gilmar, the best Brazilian goalkeeper in history
Gilmar, the best Brazilian goalkeeper in history

Apart from the selection, with which he retired in 1969, (a year before the World 70), there were two clubs that spent most of his long career: Corinthians and Santos. In the team arrived in Sao Paulo 1951 with scarcely 21 years and he won three state championships and the Little World Cup before it started having problems with the directive, who accused him of feigning injury despite accumulating more than 486 meetings with the club Sao Paulo. Why precisely in 1961 I would totally disappointed signed for Santos.

But nevertheless, paradoxes of life was to be in the great Santos where he would live the best moments of his sporting life. Coinciding with stars like Pele, Coutinho, Zito and Pepe would champion 5 Sao Paulo State Championships (1962, 64, 65, 67, 68), 4 National tournaments (1962, 63, 64, 65), 2 Copa Libertadores de America (1962 Y 1963) Y 2 Intercontinental Cups, Amen confirmed as the best goalkeeper in Brazil.

An image for history: Pelé cries of excitement for winning the World 58 at Gilmar.
An image for history: Pelé cries of excitement for winning the World 58 at Gilmar.

In 1969, with 39 years, the “Giraffe” (no con j) as his friends called him and left the football. It was the final epilogue for a goalkeeper who was later named by the IFFHS best goalkeeper in the twentieth century and especially Brazil, the “Pele goalkeeper”. And it is his inheritance, It remains in the current Brazilian goalkeepers.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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