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João Coelho Neto, known more commonly as Preguinho (February 8, 1905 – October 1, 1979) was a Brazilian footballer in the striker position. He was born in Rio de Janeiro.

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Preguinho in the Fluminense
Personal information
Full name João Coelho Netto
Date of birth (1905-02-08)8 February 1905
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date of death 1 October 1979(1979-10-01) (aged 74)
Place of death Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1925–1935 Fluminense
1937–1938 Fluminense 174 (129)
National team
1930 Brazil 2 (3)
* 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[1] 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.[2]

He died at the age of 74 on September 29, 1979.[citation needed] 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.

International goalsEdit

Brazil's goal tally first

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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
3. 4–0
4. 17 August 1930 Estádio das Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   United States 3–2 4–3 Friendly


  1. ^ "Especial - 2006 - Copa" (in Portuguese). Folha Online. 2005-12-09.
  2. ^ PreguinhoFIFA competition record