Preguinho in the Fluminense
|Full name||João Coelho Netto|
|Date of birth||8 February 1905|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Date of death||1 October 1979(aged 74)|
|Place of death||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Son of Brazilian writer Coelho Neto, Preguinho was born on February 5, 1905. He played from 1925-1938 for Fluminense and scored 184 goals. A varied athlete, (playing volleyball, basketball, waterpolo, swimming, hockey, track & field and ornamental jumps) he received in 1952 the title of "Grande Benemérito Atleta".
For Brazil he participated in the 1930 FIFA World Cup and was the first captain of the Brazilian national team, scoring the first goal ever from Brazil in a FIFA World Cup in a match against Yugoslavia, and two further goals in a match with Bolivia.
He died at the age of 74 on September 29, 1979. In his honour, Fluminense dedicated a statue. A Brazilian TV-programme of his life was produced by Carlos Niemeyer for Canal 100 and directed by Carlos Leonam and Oswaldo Caldeira.
Brazil's goal tally first
|1.||14 July 1930||Estadio Gran Parque Central, Montevideo, Uruguay||Yugoslavia||1–2||1–2||1930 FIFA World Cup|
|2.||20 July 1930||Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay||Bolivia||2–0||4–0|
|4.||17 August 1930||Estádio das Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||United States||3–2||4–3||Friendly|