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Mauro Geraldo Galvão (born 19 December 1961) is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a sweeper, and a current manager.

Mauro Galvão
Personal information
Full name Mauro Geraldo Galvão
Date of birth (1961-12-19) 19 December 1961 (age 57)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Sweeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1986 Internacional 124 (0)
1986–1987 Bangu 46 (0)
1987–1990 Botafogo 34 (0)
1990–1996 Lugano 202 (22)
1996–1997 Grêmio 23 (0)
1997–2000 Vasco da Gama 63 (6)
2001 Grêmio 4 (0)
Total 496 (28)
National team
1986–1990 Brazil 24 (0)
Teams managed
2003 Vasco da Gama
2004 Botafogo
2005 Náutico
2005 Vila Nova
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Olympic medal record
Representing  Brazil
Men's Football
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles Team Competition

Playing careerEdit

In his country Galvão played for Sport Club Internacional, Bangu Atlético Clube, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense (two spells) and CR Vasco da Gama. In 1990–91 he moved to FC Lugano in Switzerland, where he would remain for the following six seasons,[1] winning the 1993 Swiss Cup after having reached the final of the competition the previous year.

After contributing rarely to Grêmio's fifth place in the 2001 Série A, also winning his second Brazilian Cup – the first was also conquered with that club, four years before – Galvão retired from football, at the age of 40.

He gained 24 caps for Brazil, his debut coming in 1986.[2] After being an unused squad member at that year's FIFA World Cup, he was a starter under Sebastião Lazaroni in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, partnering Ricardo Gomes, Carlos Mozer and Ricardo Rocha – all four stoppers saw time during the tournament, Galvão played all four games, three complete – in a 5–3–2 formation, in an eventual round-of-16 exit.

Additionally Galvão helped the national team win the 1989 Copa América, also appearing in all the matches at the 1984 Summer Olympics tournament, which ended with silver medal conquest.[3][4]

Managerial careerEdit

In 2003 Galvão replaced Antônio Lopes as Vasco's head coach, starting his coaching career.[3] He managed the club in 28 games, finally preventing its relegation to the Série B, after finishing 17th.[3] The following year he was appointed at Botafogo taking Levir Culpi's place, but was himself fired before the end of the season.[3]

In 2005 Galvão briefly managed Clube Náutico Capibaribe, coaching Vila Nova Futebol Clube in the same year.[3]


  1. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 2. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 300. ISBN 85-88651-01-7.
  2. ^ "Mauro Galvão". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Eternamente jovem – Mauro Galvão" [Forever young – Mauro Galvão] (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Mauro GalvãoFIFA competition record

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