|Full name||Mauro da Silva Gomes|
|Date of birth||12 January 1968|
|Place of birth||São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Defensive midfielder|
|1992–2005||Deportivo La Coruña||369||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A workhorse with incredible stamina, as well as tackling and leadership skills, he was best known for his spell with Deportivo. He amassed competitive totals of 458 games and one goal over 13 La Liga seasons, winning six major titles.
Silva was born in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo. After starting playing with Guarani Futebol Clube he moved to Clube Atlético Bragantino in 1990, where he spent the following two seasons. Subsequently, he was acquired up by Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña, for 250 million pesetas (approximately €1.6 million), arriving at the same time as countryman Bebeto.
Silva was an everpresent fixture with the Galicians, only suspensions and injuries preventing him from being cast into the starting XI – in the 1994–95 campaign he only appeared in six La Liga matches and, already 36, was limited to 20 in his final year – as he helped them to one league, two cups and three supercups, adding to this the team's five participations in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the semi-finals in 2003–04: after a 0–0 away draw against FC Porto he missed the second leg due to suspension, and Depor lost 0–1.
On 22 May 2005, after 13 years with Deportivo, Silva was replaced by longtime understudy Aldo Duscher during a 0–3 home loss against RCD Mallorca, bidding farewell to the Estadio Riazor and football in the same match as another club legend, Fran.
With Brazil, Silva collected 59 caps over ten years, making his debut in 1991. He played in every match and minute (except for the second half of the group stage match against Sweden) in his nation's victorious campaign at the 1994 FIFA World Cup; in the same year, he was named by FIFA as the ninth best player in the world. According to the organisation, the lack of attacking play in the final of the tournament against Italy was in part down to strong holding midfield play by Dino Baggio for Italy, and Dunga and Mauro Silva for Brazil; following a 0–0 draw after extra-time, Brazil won the match in a penalty shoot-out.
- Campeonato Paulista: 1990
- "Qué fue de… Mauro Silva" [What happened to… Mauro Silva]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 18 December 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- Alfonso Andrade (8 December 2016). "Mauro Silva: "Me retiré en el club de mi vida y eso es una suerte"" [Mauro Silva: «I retired in the club of my life and that is fortunate»]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "El Deportivo se vuelve a quedar sin Mauro Silva hasta final de temporada" [Deportivo lose Mauro Silva again until the end of the season]. El País (in Spanish). 15 February 1995. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "All eyes on the Riazor". UEFA. 4 May 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- Fabián Bouzas (24 July 2017). "El Dépor, Do Dragao y el drama de un empate envenenado" [Dépor, Do Dragao and the drama of a poisoned draw]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "El Mallorca da un portazo al ciclo de Fran y Mauro Silva" [Mallorca slam door on Fran and Mauro Silva's cycle]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 23 May 2005. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- "Mauro Silva recibirá un homenaje de la afición en el Deportivo-Málaga" [Mauro Silva will be honoured by fans in Deportivo-Málaga]. Marca (in Spanish). 14 April 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "Campeões do Mundo: Mauro Silva, o coadjuvante mais importante do tetra" [World Champions: Mauro Silva, the four-peat's most important assistant] (in Portuguese). Fox Sports. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "FIFA Awards". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
- "1994 FIFA World Cup Final". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2 May 2020.