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Full name Edvaldo Jizídio 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)
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1950 Sport Recife
1951–1958 Vasco da Gama
1958–1961 Atlético Madrid 71 (31)
1961–1963 Palmeiras
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

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Vavá, real name Edvaldo Jizídio Neto, (born 12 November 1934 in Recife, Brazil; died 19 January 2002 in Rio de Janeiro) was an association 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 full striker (center forward) whose only role was to score goals, which he did for Sport Club do Recife, C.R. Vasco da Gama, S.E. Palmeiras and the Brazilian national team.


Vava earned 20 caps with the Brazilian national team, scoring a total of 15 goals. He was on 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.

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 four players achieved this feat, the other three being Pelé, Paul Breitner and Zinedine Zidane.

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




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Preceded by
Just Fontaine
FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe
Shared with:
Dražan Jerković,
Garrincha, Flórián Albert,
Leonel Sánchez and
Valentin Ivanov
Succeeded by