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Nildeson "Nenei" da Silva Melo (born 29 October 1968 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a retired Brazilian and naturalized Salvadoran football player, who played as a striker.

Personal information
Full name Nildeson da Silva Melo
Date of birth (1968-10-29) 29 October 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Grêmio
1989–1990 Luis Ángel Firpo
1990–1991 Atlético Marte
1991–1992 Luis Ángel Firpo
1992–1993 Herediano
1993–1994 Toluca 27 (12)
1994–1995 Correcaminos 23 (6)
1996–1997 Toros Neza 26 (20)
1998–1999 Luis Ángel Firpo
2002 Chalatenango
2003–2004 Águila (4)
2004 Luis Ángel Firpo
2004–2005 Atlético Balboa (8)
Total 76 (50)
National team
1997–2004 El Salvador 10 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 August 2011

Club careerEdit

He arrived in El Salvador in 1989 to play for Luis Ángel Firpo after a couple of seasons at home with Grêmio. He had a season at Atlético Marte in between two seasons with Firpo and he would go to Costa Rica to play for CS Herediano scored 21 goals in 1992.


His success caught the attention of Mexican club Toluca of the Mexican Primera División that year. He would end up playing for various clubs in Mexico. In 1997, he would reach the finals with Toros Neza but end up losing the finals. While still at the books of Toros Neza, Nildeson was jailed and prosecuted by his former girlfriend over not paying up alimony.[1]

Back in El SalvadorEdit

In 1998, he returned to El Salvador to have his second stint with Luis Ángel Firpo. He became a Salvadoran citizen and was able to represent El Salvador. He was later cut by Armando Contreras who had taken the position after Juan Ramón Paredes stepped down of the national team. He would later play for Chalatenango,[2] FAS and Águila but the latter clubs dismissed him because of indiscipline and apparent drugs abuse.[3] Then, he was give a chance by Atlético Balboa where he would eventually retire in 2005 after reaching the final of the 2004 Apertura.[4] After a knee operation in January 2005 he was dismissed by Balboa citing he would not recover to get back to his former best.[5]

International careerEdit

After his naturalisation, Nildeson made his debut for El Salvador in an August 1997 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Costa Rica and has earned a total of 10 caps, scoring 3 goals. He has represented his adopted country in 6 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[6][7]

His final international game was a September 2004 World Cup qualification match against Jamaica.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list El Salvador's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 September 1997 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador   Canada 1-0 4-1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 9 November 1997 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador   Jamaica 1-0 2-2 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 16 November 1997 Sullivan Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA   United States 1-3 2-4 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal lifeEdit

Nildeson has four younger brothers who also play football: former Flamengo midfielder Nélio, Cruzeiro- and Brazilian World Cup defender Gilberto,[8] Nilberto[9] and Edmilson who both played in Honduras.


  1. ^ De Mello salió de prisión – El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish)
  2. ^ De Mello dio show La Prensa Gráfica (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Nenei", otra vez a las andadas La Prensa Gráfica (in Spanish)
  4. ^ El Salvador 2004/05 – RSSSF
  5. ^ Nenei también fue separado El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish)
  6. ^ NildesonFIFA competition record (archived)
  7. ^ NildesonFIFA competition record (archived)
  8. ^ Gilberto segue tradição de família na lateral esquerda da seleção – Globo esporte (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ Llegó "Nenei II", Nilberto de Mello Archived 2012-08-24 at the Wayback Machine – La Prensa Gráfica (in Spanish)

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