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José Carlos Bauer (November 21, 1925 – February 4, 2007), commonly known as "Bauer", was a Brazilian football player and manager.

Personal information
Full name José Carlos Bauer
Date of birth (1925-11-21)21 November 1925
Place of birth São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Date of death 4 February 2007(2007-02-04) (aged 81)
Place of death São Paulo, Brazil
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Youth career
1938–1945 São Paulo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1956 São Paulo 429 (70)
1956 Botafogo 60 (30)
1957 São Bento 20 (20)
Total 509 (120)
National team
1949–1955 Brazil 29 (5)
Teams managed
1959 Juventus-SP
1960 Ferroviária
1960 Atlas
1965 Millonarios
1973 Comercial-MS
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early lifeEdit

Born in São Paulo, he was the son of a Swiss man and an African-Brazilian woman. He was normally a defensive midfielder, Bauer was one of the finest Brazilian midfielders of his generation.[1]


In career he played for São Paulo and Botafogo. He won six São Paulo State Championship (1943, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1949 and 1953).

For Brazil national football team he played 29 matches, won Copa América 1949 and participated at two FIFA World Cup finals, in 1950 and 1954. His last match in this tournament is famous Battle of Berne.

After he retired he managed Ferroviária de Araraquara. Curiously, in a trip of Ferroviária in Mozambique, Bauer saw a young Eusébio. Very impressed with him, Bauer indicated Eusébio to São Paulo, which denied him.[2] Then, he talked with his former coach in São Paulo, Béla Guttmann, about Eusébio. Guttmann, who was coaching Benfica at the time, brought him to the Estádio da Luz.[2]


He died on February 4, 2007, in São Paulo.[3]



São Paulo




  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1950
  • IFFHS Brazilian Player of the 20th Century (16th place)
  • IFFHS South American Player of the 20th Century (45th place)


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  2. ^ a b "Os vice-campeões", Max Gehringer, Especial Placar: A Saga da Jules Rimet fascículo 4 - 1950 Brasil, dezembro de 2005, Editora Abril, págs. 46-47
  3. ^ Bauer, Brazil midfielder who played in two World Cups, dies at 81 - International Herald Tribune