|Full name||Elpídio Pereira Silva Filho|
|Date of birth||19 July 1975|
|Place of birth||Campina Grande, Brazil|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|2004–2005||→ Vitória Guimarães (loan)||23||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Other than in his country, Silva also competed professionally in Japan, South Korea and Cyprus.
Born in Campina Grande, Paraíba, Silva started his professional career with Clube Atlético Mineiro but quickly moved overseas, joining J1 League club Kashiwa Reysol. After just one season he signed with Portugal's S.C. Braga, where he remained for two seasons.
Silva's most productive period, however, was lived with fellow Primeira Liga side Boavista FC, where he was instrumental in the 2001 league conquest (their only) by scoring in the decisive 3–0 home win against C.D. Aves in the last matchday.
In the subsequent edition of the UEFA Champions League, Silva scored in a 1–1 draw at Liverpool, also finding the net in the second match between the two teams, with the same result. In Boavista's UEFA Cup semi-final run the following campaign, he labelled Celtic a "one-man team" prior to the sides' meeting in the competition's semifinals; the Scots won it 2–1 on aggregate, with Henrik Larsson – the "one man" of Silva's tirade – scoring the decisive goal in Porto.
A move to Sporting Clube de Portugal ensued but, barred by newly signed compatriot Liédson, Silva received few opportunities to shine, although he did net six league goals in his debut season, also being loaned to Vitória S.C. in between.
Released by the Lisbon club in January 2006, Silva subsequently represented Derby County, where he did not appear due to fitness problems, Sport Club Corinthians Alagoano, Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Alki Larnaca FC. In January 2009, he moved to AEK Larnaca FC also in the Cypriot First Division.
|1997||Atlético Mineiro||Série A|
|1997||Kashiwa Reysol||J1 League||12||8|
|2004/05||Vitória Guimarães||Primeira Liga||23||7|
|2006||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||K-League||11||1|
- Boavista crowned champions; BBC Sport, 19 May 2001
- "Finalmente um novo campeão, 55 anos depois: 2000–01, Boavista campeão nacional pela primeira vez" [A new champion at last, 55 years later: 2000–01, Boavista national champions for the first time] (in Portuguese). Mundo Desportivo. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
- Liverpool held by Boavista; BBC Sport, 11 September 2001
- Liverpool held by Boavista; BBC Sport, 24 October 2001
- Silva belittles Celtic; BBC Sport, 6 April 2003
- Larsson strike books final spot; BBC Sport, 24 April 2003
- Pombo, Diogo (11 December 2016). "Elpídio Silva, as pistolas e o dia que tremeu as pernas a Nani: "Os miúdos põem muita coisa na cabeça"" [Elpídio Silva, the pistols and the day Nani's legs trembled: “Kids have a lot on their minds”]. Expresso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 9 November 2018.
- Derby hand Silva one-month deal; BBC Sport, 30 January 2006
- Elpídio Silva at ForaDeJogo
- "Silva". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 26 May 2015.