Edílson da Silva Ferreira (born 17 September 1971) is a former Brazilian footballer who played as a forward.

Personal information
Full name Edílson da Silva Ferreira
Date of birth (1971-09-17) 17 September 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Salvador, Brazil
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position(s) Second striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990 Industrial 0 (0)
1991–1992 Tanabi 0 (0)
1992 Guarani 33 (11)
1993–1997 Palmeiras 41 (18)
1994–1995Benfica (loan) 31 (17)
1996–1997Kashiwa Reysol (loan) 54 (44)
1997–2000 Corinthians 57 (20)
2000–2003 Flamengo 60 (18)
2002Cruzeiro (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2003Kashiwa Reysol (loan) 16 (7)
2004 Vitória 35 (19)
2004–2005 Al Ain 20 (22)
2005 São Caetano 27 (7)
2006 Vasco da Gama 10 (0)
2006 Nagoya Grampus 0 (0)
2007 Vitória 9 (1)
2010 Bahia 27 (2)
2016 Taboão da Serra 0 (0)
Total 411 (176)
National team
1993–2002 Brazil 21 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dubbed as Capetinha, Edílson was a second striker who was known for his dribbling skills, and is mainly known for his stand-out performances with Brazilian clubs Palmeiras and Corinthians. In 1998, he received the Bola de Ouro, the award given to the best player of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.

At international level, he received 21 caps with the Brazil national team, scoring 6 goals, and taking part in the nation's 2002 FIFA World Cup victory.

Club careerEdit

Born in Salvador, Edílson youth development was spent in several amateur clubs of his home town. In 1990, he received an invitation of manager Jaime Braga to join Industrial Esporte Clube, which played in the Campeonato Capixaba, where he became a professional footballer. A year later, he moved to Tanabi in the Paulista A2, with his performances attracting attention of larger clubs in the São Paulo region, first Guarani in 1992, and latter Palmeiras in 1993, momentarily breaking the Série A transfer record, being surpass two weeks later by Edmundo.[1]

At Palmeiras, Edilson played alongside Edmundo, Zinho, Roberto Carlos, Mazinho, César Sampaio, in a team that won two consecutive league titles, in 1993 and 1994, plus two Campeonato Paulista and the Torneio Rio – São Paulo. During this time, he received his first callup to the national team.[1] In 1994, Edilson moved abroad for the first team, joining Benfica in the Primeira Liga on a loan deal. He made his debut on the 21st of August, replacing Abel Xavier, in a 2–0 home win against S.C. Beira-Mar.[2] Although Artur Jorge, only made him a regular starter from December onwards, Edilson still finished the 1994–95 season as the club top scorer, with 17 goals.[3] He returned to Palmeiras for the remainder of 1995, only to move to Kashiwa Reysol in the J1 League in 1996, in a second loan deal. In the two seasons in Japan, Edílson finished both as runner-up in Golden Boot ranking, scoring 21 goals in 1996, and 23 in 1997.[4]

Back to Brazil, Edílson joined Palmeiras old rival, Corinthians in 1997.[4] He remained a goalscorer, and partnered with Marcelinho Carioca, and latter Luizão; he helped the team win the league title in 1998 and 1999, adding accolades for Bola de Ouro in the first of those years. A notable event of his period at Corinthians was the 1999 Campeonato Paulista Final against Palmeiras, with the title already in Corinthians hands, Edilson started taunting his opponents by playing with the ball, which led to a brawl that ended the match.[1][4] A repercussion of this, was the annulment of his call up for the 1999 Copa América, which was given to Ronaldinho instead. In the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup, in 2000, Edílson was involved in a controversy with Real Madrid player, Karembeu. Edilson months earlier claimed that the French was not a player for Real Madrid, to which Lorenzo Sanz replied that "Who is Edilson?".[1] In the match against Real Madrid, a 2–2 draw, Edilson scored both goals of Corinthians, the first after giving a nutmeg to Karembeu. Later in the competition, won by Corinthians, Edilson was named Golden Ball of the tournament. However, his spell at the club ended only a few weeks later, after a semi-final loss to Palmeiras in the Copa Libertadores, fans stormed the training session and started a brawl.[5]

Edilson then moved to Flamengo, helping the team win the Rio de Janeiro State Championship and the 2001 Copa dos Campeões. Yet, he did not perform to expectations in the Brasileirão, and after starting a brawl with Petković, the club shipped him to Cruzeiro in 2002. After a second stint in Japan, in 2002 and 2003, he returned to Flamengo in 2003, performing better in the Brasileirão, scoring 13 times, while also helping the team reach the final of the Copa do Brasil.

In 2004, Edilson changed teams again, signing with Vitória, where he won another State Championship, the Campeonato Baiano. In the Brasileirão, he scored 19 goals, but could not prevent his team from being relegated. Faced with late salaries, Edílson moved to United Arab Emirates, joining Al Ain, where he won local Cup tournament, and helped the club finished second in the 2004–05 UAE Football League.[1] In the final years of his career, he passed through São Caetano, Vasco da Gama, Nagoya Grampus and Bahia, finally retiring in 2010, at 39.[4]

International careerEdit

Edilson debuted for Brazil on 24 June 1993, in a 3–0 win against Paraguay.[1] He then spent several years without playing, returning in 2001, when he became an important player in the final stages of the CONMEBOL qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was a used substitution in the games against China and England and started in the matches against Costa Rica and Turkey.[4][5]

Career statisticsEdit


Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1992 Guarani Brasileirão Série A 0 0
1993 Palmeiras Brasileirão Série A 20 8
1994 0 0
Portugal League
1994–95 Benfica Primeira Liga 22 7
Brazil League
1995 Palmeiras Brasileirão Série A 21 10
Japan League
1996 Kashiwa Reysol J1 League 29 21
1997 25 23
Brazil League
1997 Corinthians Paulista Brasileirão Série A 9 1
1998 28 15
1999 20 4
2000 Flamengo Brasileirão Série A 16 2
2001 17 3
2002 Cruzeiro Brasileirão Série A 0 0
Japan League
2002 Kashiwa Reysol J1 League 16 7
2003 0 0
Brazil League
2003 Flamengo Brasileirão Série A 27 13
2004 Vitória Brasileirão Série A 35 19
United Arab Emirates League
2004–05 Al Ain UAE League 20 22
Brazil League
2005 São Caetano Brasileirão Série A 27 7
2006 Vasco da Gama Brasileirão Série A 10 0
2007 Vitória Brasileirão Série B 9 1
Country Brazil 239 83
Portugal 22 7
Japan 70 51
United Arab Emirates 20 22
Total 351 163



Brazil national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 2 0
1994 0 0
1995 0 0
1996 0 0
1997 0 0
1998 0 0
1999 0 0
2000 2 0
2001 7 4
2002 10 2
Total 21 6









Al Ain





  1. ^ a b c d e f "Edilson, eterno irreverente: 'O apelido Capetinha não combina comigo'" [Edílson, the eternal irreverent: 'The nickname Capetinha does not match me']. Globoesporte (in Portuguese). 6 November 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. ^ Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almaneque do Benfica (1 ed.). Portugal: Lua de Papel. p. 533. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.
  3. ^ Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica. Portugal: Lua de Papel. p. 539. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Edílson Capetinha". Terceiro Tempo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Edilson". Esporte- UOL (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Edílson". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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