Julinho (footballer, born 1929)

Júlio Botelho, also known as Julinho (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒuˈlĩj̃u]; 29 July 1929 – 10 January 2003) was a Brazilian football player. He was primarily a right winger. Known for his dribbling ability and powerful shot, Julinho was one of the greatest wingers in football history. He was selected by Eric Batty in the World Soccer Magazine world XI in 1960.[1]

Personal information
Full name Júlio Botelho
Date of birth (1929-07-29)29 July 1929
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death 10 January 2003(2003-01-10) (aged 73)
Place of death São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Right winger
Youth career
1948–1950 Juventus-SP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1951 Juventus-SP
1951–1953 Portuguesa 191 (101)
1954Fluminense (loan)
1955 Portuguesa
1955–1958 Fiorentina 89 (22)
1958–1967 Palmeiras 269 (81)
National team
1952–1965 Brazil 24 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Julinho was born in São Paulo. During his career (1951–1967), he played for Portuguesa, Fluminense and Palmeiras. In Italy, he was a team member of Fiorentina and was a key member of the squad which won the Italian title in 1956. In 1957, he participated in the club's 1957 European Cup Final, a 2–0 loss to Real Madrid.

International careerEdit

Julinho played for Brazil at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, scoring two goals. He was also a member of the squad that won the 1952 Panamerican Championship, and that finished runners-up in the 1953 South American Championship and the 1964 Taça das Nações. In total, he made 24 international appearances between 1952 and 1965, scoring 11 goals.

Style of playEdit

A highly creative, talented, and dynamic player, with a slender build, Julinho usually played as a right winger, where he operated as a playmaker, and was known for his speed, vision, tactical sense, powerful shooting ability, and dribbling skills, which enabled him to cut into the centre and shoot on goal or create chances for other players. He was also known for his ability to build attacking plays, or get to the touchline and deliver accurate curling crosses to his teammates. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and as one of Brazil's best wingers ever.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

After retirementEdit

Julinho was nominated the best player in the history of Fiorentina in 1996. He died at the age of 73.






  1. ^ a b "ERIC BATTY'S WORLD XI – THE SIXTIES". beyondthelastman.com. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  2. ^ "CALCIO - I CLUB" (in Italian). Treccani. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Fiorentina 1955/56: la prima cosa bella" (in Italian). Storide di Calcio. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  4. ^ Freddi, Cris (30 May 2014). "The Joy of Six: World Cup classics". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  5. ^ Borgi, Stefano (28 August 2013). "CUADRADO, TRA GARRINCHA E JULINHO..." (in Italian). Firenze Viola. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  6. ^ Glanville, Brian (22 June 2014). "Brazil's clipped wings are a sorry sign of the times". The Times. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  7. ^ "La batalla de Berna". ESPN Deportes. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  8. ^ Glanville, Brian (18 June 2018). "Where Are All The Wingers?". World Soccer. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  9. ^ Cola, Simone. "Julinho, il brasiliano dal cuore viola" (in Italian). www.uomonelpallone.it. Retrieved 20 January 2020.

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