Palhinha (footballer, born 1950)

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Full name Vanderlei Eustáquio de Oliveira
Date of birth (1950-06-11) June 11, 1950 (age 70)
Place of birth Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1976 Cruzeiro 117 (37)
1977–1980 Corinthians 34 (12)
1980–1981 Atlético Mineiro 32 (11)
1982 Santos 11 (4)
1982 Vasco da Gama
1983–1984 Cruzeiro 10 (4)
1985 América
National team
1973–1979 Brazil 16 (3)
Teams managed
1985 América Mineiro
1987 Atlético Mineiro
1988 Rio Branco-MG
1989 Corinthians
1990-1992 União São João
1993 Ferroviário
1994 Inter de Limeira
1994 Cruzeiro
1995 Villa Nova

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of March 14, 2009.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 14, 2009

Vanderlei Eustáquio de Oliveira, often known as Palhinha, born on June 11, 1950 in Belo Horizonte, is a retired Brazilian football player.

Club career

Palhinha started his football career in Cruzeiro in 1969 and had played for them until 1976. In the last season that he played for Cruzeiro, he was the top scorer of Copa Libertadores and helped the club to win the trophy for the first time. In 1977, he transferred to Corinthians and played there until 1980. In 1980, he transferred to Atlético Mineiro, the main rival of his former club Cruzeiro in the state of Minas Gerais. In the following years, he transferred to various club frequently. In 1982, he played for Santos FC, while he transferred to Vasco da Gama in the same year. In 1983, he was back to Cruzeiro, but only played for the club for two years. In 1985, he played for América in the Campeonato Mineiro and then retired after that year.

International career

Palhinha represented Brazilian national football team sixteen times during his peak era from 1973 to 1979, including leading the national team to the second runners-up in Copa América 1979. He scored three goals for his country in all his national team appearances.


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