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Batista (footballer, born 1995)

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João Batista da Silva (born 8 March 1955 in Porto Alegre), commonly known as Batista, is a former Brazilian footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He competed in the men's tournament at the 1976 Summer Olympics and won a gold medal in football at the 1975 Pan American Games.[1]

Personal information
Full name João Batista da Silva
Date of birth (1955-03-08) 8 March 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Brazil 38 (0)


International careerEdit

Batista won 38 international caps for Brazil from April 1978 to June 1983, but did not score a goal. He played also in two editions of the FIFA World Cup, in 1978 and 1982.[2] In the 1978 tournament, Batista played throughout all seven of Brazil's matches, with the team not losing a single match, and only conceding three goals. Brazil failed to qualify for the final on goal difference.

In the 1982 World Cup, Batista was a reserve. He played once as a substitute for Zico, coming on in the final minutes against Argentina. Famously, Diego Maradona was sent off for his foul on Batista after Batista had flattened Juan Barbas.

After retirementEdit

Since retiring, Batista has been working as a commentator for Brazilian television channel RBS, which is part of the Globo TV circuit.




  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Batista (João Batista da Silva)". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2 December 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  2. ^ João Batista da Silva Statistics FIFA; Retrieved 2 February 2010

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