Clodoaldo Tavares de Santana, better known as Clodoaldo (Brazilian Portuguese: [klodoˈawdu]; born 25 September 1949 in Aracaju), is a Brazilian former footballer who played as a midfielder.[2]

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Clodoaldo in 2013
Personal information
Full name Clodoaldo Tavares Santana
Date of birth (1949-09-25) 25 September 1949 (age 71)
Place of birth Aracaju, Brazil
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1979 Santos 510 (2)
1980 New York United[1]
1980 Tampa Bay Rowdies
1981 Nacional
National team
1969–1974 Brazil 38 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Clodoaldo usually played as a defensive midfielder for both Santos Futebol Clube and the Brazilian national team, for whom he was capped 38 times (scoring one goal) between 1969 and 1974.[3]

He was part of the Brazil squad that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup, and scored the equalising goal in the semi-final against Uruguay. He then memorably contributed to the famous goal by Carlos Alberto Torres against Italy in the final by dribbling past four of the opposition's players in his own half.[2]

He played his club football for Santos (1966–79), Tampa Bay Rowdies (1980), New York United (1980) and Nacional-AM (1981).[3]



Santos FC




  1. ^ "Clodoaldo a United". Daily News. New York. 1980-07-03. p. 135.
  2. ^ a b "A Celebration Of Brazil 1970: The Finest Football Team Of All Time". The Beautiful Team. Archived from the original on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Clodoaldo". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.