Mauro Ramos de Oliveira (30 August 1930 – 18 September 2002), known as Mauro Ramos or simply Mauro, was a Brazilian professional association footballer. He played as a central defender for São Paulo FC, Santos FC and the Brazil national team.

Mauro Ramos
Mauro Ramos en 1962.jpg
Mauro Ramos in 1962
Personal information
Full name Mauro Ramos de Oliveira
Date of birth (1930-08-30)30 August 1930
Place of birth Poços de Caldas, Brazil
Date of death 18 September 2002(2002-09-18) (aged 72)
Place of death Poços de Caldas, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947 Sanjoanense 343 (23)
1948–1959 São Paulo 210 (11)
1960–1967 Santos
1967–1968 Toluca
International career
1948–1965 Brazil 28 (0)
Managerial career
Deportivo Oro
1971 Coritiba
1971–1972 Santos
1973–1974 Jalisco
1984 Coritiba
Medal record
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1958 Sweden
Winner 1962 Chile
South American Championship
Winner 1949 Brazil
Runner-up 1959 Argentina
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Regarded as one of the best Brazilian centre backs of all time, he was praised throughout his career for his aerial ability and tackling.

Italian sports journalist Gianni Brera believed Mauro to be the best sweeper in the history of the game.[1]

Club careerEdit

Born in Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais, Mauro began his career playing for amateur clubs in his hometown in the 1940s. Notably representing Caldense, he joined São Paulo FC in 1948 from Sanjoanense.[2]

Signed as a replacement to club idol Armando Renganeschi, Mauro immediately became a starter and relegated Renganeschi to the bench. He represented the club in 489 matches, scoring two goals.[3]

Ahead of the 1960 season, Mauro moved to Santos FC for a fee of five million cruzeiros.[2] He was also a first-choice at his new club, being a part of the team who was widely known as Os Santásticos'.

In 1967, Mauro moved abroad for the first time in his career and joined Mexican side Toluca. He retired with the club in the following year, aged 38, due to a groin injury.

International careerEdit

Mauro received 28 caps with the Brazil national team. He was an unplaying member of the Brazil squad at the 1954 World Cup. He was also an unplaying member of the squad that won the 1958 World Cup. At the 1962 World Cup he finally made his World Cup debut and as team captain he lifted the World Cup Trophy after victory in the final over Czechoslovakia.

Managerial careerEdit

After starting it out at C.D. Oro, Mauro was appointed manager of Santos in 1971. He left the club in the following year.

Mauro also took over Coritiba in 1971 and 1984.[4]


Mauro died on 18 September 2002, due to an intestinal cancer.[4]






  1. ^ Gianni Brera (3 January 1992). "IL FURORE SPORTIVO SOVIETICO CI MANCHERA'". La Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Craques do Passado" [Past stars] (in Portuguese). AA Caldense. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Mauro Ramos de Oliveira... um nobre que não se sujava" [Mauro Ramos de Oliveira... a gentleman who did not get dirty] (in Portuguese). Tardes de Pacaembu. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Morre Mauro Ramos, o capitão do bi" [Dies Mauro Ramos, the captain of the bi] (in Portuguese). Tribuna PR. 19 September 2002. Retrieved 26 November 2018.

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