Nickname: "Queixada" ("Jaw")
Growth type: Standard
Ademir was a Brazilian football player, regarded as one of the best centre forwards in the history of the Brazil national team. His prominent jawbone earned him the nickname Queixada, which means "Jaw".
He is best known for his exploits in the World Cup 1950 held in his native Brazil. Playing in an outstanding forward trio involving Zizinho and Jair he won the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the competition.
Ademir also enjoyed success in the Copa America. He played in the 1945, 1946, 1949, and 1953 editions of the tournament, scoring 12 goals in 18 appearances in the competition, including a tournament-winning hat-trick in the final play-off against Paraguay in 1949. He also won the Pan-American Tournament with Brazil in 1952. In total, Ademir played 39 times for his country, scoring 32 goals between 1945 and 1953.
He was a fast and despite his size he was pretty powerful, with a strong shot in both feet. Ademir began his career as a left winger before moving to the centre, causing havoc in opposing defences with his skill and sublime finishing. People at the time considered him an unequalled ball juggler who knew every trick in the book. He used to wreak havoc among defences with his quick changes in tempo, fooling his opponents with deceptions carried out almost at lightning speed, his mastering of the ball in all situations and the ability to accelerate rapidly.
Vasco Da Gama:
6 Times Brazil State Championship
38 Caps 31 Goals
1949 Copa America Winners
1950 FIFA World Cup Runner-Up
2 Times Brazilian League Top Scorer
1949 Copa America Best Player
1950 FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe
1950 FIFA World Cup bronze Ball
1950 FIFA World Cup All Star Team
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