|Full name||Edílson da Silva Ferreira|
|Date of birth||17 September 1971|
|Place of birth||Salvador, Brazil|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|1994–1995||→ Benfica (loan)||31||(17)|
|1996–1997||→ Kashiwa Reysol (loan)||54||(44)|
|2002||→ Cruzeiro (loan)||0||(0)|
|2002–2003||→ Kashiwa Reysol (loan)||16||(7)|
|2006||Vasco da Gama||10||(0)|
|2016||Taboão da Serra||0||(0)|
|* 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.
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.
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. In 1994, Edilson moved abroad for the first team, joining Benfica in the Primeira Liga on a loan deal. He made his debut on 21 August, replacing Abel Xavier, in a 2–0 home win against S.C. Beira-Mar. 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. 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.
Back to Brazil, Edílson joined Palmeiras old rival, Corinthians in 1997. 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. 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?". 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.
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. 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.
Edilson debuted for Brazil on 24 June 1993, in a 3–0 win against Paraguay. 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.
|Guarani||1992||Brasileirão Série A||0||0|
|Palmeiras||1993||Brasileirão Série A||20||8|
|Benfica (loan)||1994–95||Primeira Liga||22||7|
|Kashiwa Reysol (loan)||1996||J1 League||29||21|
|Corinthians Paulista||1997||Brasileirão Série A||9||1|
|Flamengo||2000||Brasileirão Série A||16||2|
|Cruzeiro (loan)||2002||Brasileirão Série A||0||0|
|Kashiwa Reysol||2002 (loan)||J1 League||16||7|
|Flamengo||2003||Brasileirão Série A||27||13|
|Vitória||2004||Brasileirão Série A||35||19|
|Al Ain||2004–05||UAE League||20||22|
|São Caetano||2005||Brasileirão Série A||27||7|
|Vasco da Gama||2006||Brasileirão Série A||10||0|
|Vitória||2007||Brasileirão Série B||9||1|
- Copa Sul-Minas: 2002
- Campeonato Baiano: 2004
- UAE President's Cup: 2004–05
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- "Edílson Capetinha". Terceiro Tempo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 September 2015.
- "Edilson". Esporte- UOL (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 September 2015.
- "Edilson Capetinha é o novo contratado da Band para Os Donos da Bola - Televisão". NaTelinha (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 October 2020.
- Edílson at National-Football-Teams.com