Tostão

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Tostão
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Tostão in 1970
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade
Date of birth (1947-01-25) 25 January 1947 (age 76)
Place of birth Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Position(s) Forward / Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1961 Cruzeiro
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1962–1963 América Mineiro 26 (16)
1963–1972 Cruzeiro 378 (249)
1972–1973 Vasco da Gama 45 (6)
Total449(271)
International career
1966–1972 [1] Brazil 54 (32)
Medal record
Men's Football
Representing Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1970 Mexico
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade (born 25 January 1947), generally known as Tostão, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a forward or attacking midfielder.

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Tostão was an intelligent, hardworking and prolific left-footed forward, who was known for his creativity and technical skills, and was considered one of the best players in the world in his prime. [2] He played most of his 11-year career with Cruzeiro.

Tostão represented Brazil in two World Cups, winning the tournament in 1970. He formed a lethal offensive partnership with Pelé in the national team.

Football career

Born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Eduardo Andrade received, like the vast majority of Brazilian footballers, a nickname early into his football career, being dubbed 'Tostão' (little coin). Legend has it that as a six-year-old school boy he netted 47 goals in one game for his primary school football team.

Tostão made his professional debut aged only 15, for local América Mineiro, returning after two years to Cruzeiro, where he had started his youth career. Although being a centre midfielder, he was crowned the Campeonato Mineiro's topscorer on three consecutive occasions, the first in 1966, and left the club as its all-time scorer, with a total of 249 goals. [3]

In the 1970 FIFA World Cup, improvised as a forward, Tostão scored two of his 32 goals for Brazil, and assisted four, as the national team won its third trophy, whilst finding the net on 19 occasions. The previous year, after being hit in the face by a ball during a match against Corinthians, he suffered a detached retina from which he never fully recovered. In April 1972, he signed for Vasco da Gama for a then record fee in the country but, after good overall displays, was forced to retire from the game at only 27, after his sight problems resurfaced, despite attempts at corrective surgery.

Weary of football and fame, Tostão became a medical doctor, but ultimately rejoined the footballing world, working as a journalist and pundit on TV. [4] [5]

Style of play

Tostão was, due to his relatively small stature and slender frame, not particularly skilled in the air; in spite of his lack of pace, strong physical attributes, or long-range shooting abilities, however, he was a mobile, intelligent, and hard-working footballer, who stood out throughout his career due to his anticipation and timing in the penalty area, which made him a prolific goalscorer. [2] [6] A predominantly left-footed player, in his prime, he was considered one of the best players in the world, and was known for his technique, balance, and dribbling skills, while also contributing with many assists thanks to his vision, creativity, precise passing and playmaking abilities, as well as his work-rate, which often saw him drop back into midfield in order to retrieve the ball and start attacking plays. [2] [7] [6] He was also known for his ability to disorient defenders and get onto the end of passes or create space for teammates with his movement and runs off the ball, which saw him act in a role which was essentially functioning as a precursor of the modern false 9 role with Brazil during the 1970 World Cup, despite being deployed as a centre-forward on paper. [8] [9] Due to his versatility and wide range of skills, he was capable of playing in several attacking and midfield positions including as an attacking midfielder, [10] as a second striker, as a left winger, or even as an out-and-out striker. [11]

Career statistics

International goals

No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetitionRef.
1.5 June 1966 Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, BrazilFlag of Poland.svg  Poland 2–14–1 Friendly [12]
2.3–1
3.8 June 1966 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFlag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 2–03–1Friendly [12]
4.30 June 1966 Ullevi, Gothenburg, SwedenFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–03–2Friendly [12]
5.3–1
6.15 July 1966 Goodison Park, Liverpool, EnglandFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1–11–3 1966 FIFA World Cup [12]
7.9 June 1968 Pacaembu Stadium, São Paulo, BrazilFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1–02–0 1968 Copa Río Branco [13]
8.16 June 1968 Neckarstadion, Stuttgart, West Germany Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1–21–2Friendly [13]
9.20 June 1968 10th-Anniversary Stadium, Warsaw, PolandFlag of Poland.svg  Poland 3–26–3Friendly [13]
10.4–2
11.25 June 1968 JNA Stadion, Belgrade, Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 2–02–0Friendly [13]
12.30 June 1968 Estádio da Machava, Lourenço Marques, Mozambique Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2–02–0Friendly [13]
13.17 July 1968 Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 3–04–0Friendly [13]
14.6 November 1968Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil FIFA XI3–04–0Friendly [13] [lower-alpha 1]
15.9 April 1969Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFlag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 2–12–1Friendly [14]
16.12 June 1969Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFlag of England.svg  England 1–12–1Friendly [14]
17.6 August 1969 Estadio El Campín, Bogotá, Colombia Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1–02–0 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification [14]
18.2–0
19.10 August 1969 Estadio Olímpico, Caracas, Venezuela Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg  Venezuela 1–06–01970 FIFA World Cup qualification [14]
20.3–0
21.4–0
22.21 August 1969Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFlag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1–06–21970 FIFA World Cup qualification [14]
23.2–1
24.24 August 1969Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFlag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg  Venezuela 1–06–01970 FIFA World Cup qualification [14]
25.2–0
26.3–0
27.14 June 1970 Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru 2–04–2 1970 FIFA World Cup [14]
28.3–1
29.30 September 1970Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 2–02–1Friendly [14]
30.14 July 1971Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 1–01–0Friendly [15]
31.31 July 1971 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1–12–2 1971 Roca Cup [15]
32.26 April 1972 Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, BrazilFlag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg  Paraguay 2–03–2Friendly [15]
  1. This match celebrated the 10th anniversary of Brazil's 1958 FIFA World Cup victory. In 2001, FIFA decided not to count matches involving its representative team as senior internationals, but the Brazilian Federation continues to recognise it as official. [13]

Honours

Club

Cruzeiro

International

Brazil

Individual

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