Wanderley Machado

Wanderley Machado da Silva (3 June 1938 – 5 March 2020), known simply as Wanderley, was a Brazilian footballer who played as a forward.

Personal information
Full name Wanderley Machado da Silva
Date of birth (1938-06-03)3 June 1938
Place of birth Niterói, Brazil
Date of death 5 March 2020(2020-03-05) (aged 81)
Place of death Massanassa, Spain
Playing position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1961 Vasco
1961–1962 Elche 0 (0)
1962–1967 Levante 94 (47)
1967–1970 Málaga 56 (22)
1970–1972 Hércules 9 (0)
Total 169 (69)
National team
1960 Brazil Olympic 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Wanderley began his career at CR Vasco da Gama. Profiting from his brother's signature with Valencia CF he also moved to Europe, but after being shown the door by the latter club, joined neighbouring Elche CF.

In 1962 Wanderley signed for Levante UD also in the Valencian Community, being only registered on 1 January 1963.[1] He enjoyed a prolific first season, scoring 12 goals in only 16 matches and being promoted to La Liga.

Wanderley made his debut in the Spanish top division on 15 September 1963, in a 4–4 away draw against RCD Español.[2] He scored his first goal in the competition on the 28th, but in a 3–5 loss at Valencia.[3]

Wanderley was an ever-present figure for the Granotes in the following campaigns, scoring a hat-trick in a 4–2 home victory over Atlético Ceuta on 15 January 1967.[4] He left the club in that year's summer, and subsequently represented CD Málaga and Hércules CF, retiring with the latter in 1972.

International careerEdit

Wanderley appeared with the Brazilian under-23s at the 1960 Summer Olympics, appearing in all of his country's matches and scoring in a 4–3 win against Great Britain.[5] The nation was eliminated in the group stage, by hosts Italy.

Personal life and deathEdit

Wanderley's older brother, Waldo, was also a footballer and a forward. He spent most of his career with Fluminense FC and Valencia, and the pair were teammates at Hércules.[6]

Wanderley settled in the Valencian municipality of Massanassa after retiring. On 5 March 2020, he died due to Alzheimer's disease at the age of 81.[7]


  1. ^ "Wanderley 'El Mochila'" [Wanderley 'The Backpack']. Las Provincias (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Español 4–4 Levante". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 16 September 1963. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Valencia 5–3 Levante". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 29 September 1963. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Levante 4–2 Ceuta". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 16 January 1967. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Wanderley". FIFA. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Triunfo con los hermanos Waldo y Wanderley" [Win with brothers Waldo and Wanderley]. Diario Información (in Spanish). 15 February 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Fallece Wanderley, el goleador que llevó al Levante a 1era" [Death of Wanderley, the scorer who took Levante to the 1st] (in Spanish). Prensa Libre Online. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.

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