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.
|Full name||João Batista da Silva|
|Date of birth||8 March 1955|
|Place of birth||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
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. 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.
Since retiring, Batista has been working as a commentator for Brazilian television channel RBS, which is part of the Globo TV circuit.
Batista had a daughter in the 90's with the journalist and director Francesca Guidato Berger, wife of the international actor Helmut Berger. His daughter – Salomè da Silva – is an actress, who lives in Italy.
- Batista – FIFA competition record
- Batista at Sambafoot
- Batista at ForaDeJogo
- Batista at FootballDatabase.eu
- Joao Batista da Silva at the International Olympic Committee
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