Didi | 1957-1959

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Didi | 1957-1959

Postby Brezza » 2008 Dec 10, 17:15

Name: Waldyr "Didi" Pereira

Nickname: "The Prince Ethiopian" ("O Príncipe Etíope")

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Club: Botafogo



Growth type: Standard/Lasting

INFO:

Waldyr Pereira (October 8, 1929 – May 12, 2001), nicknamed Didi, was a Brazilian football midfield player who played in three World Cups: 1954, 1958, and 1962, winning the latter two. He is considered to be one of the greatest midfielders ever. He had incredibly accurate passing, great stamina and strength and he scored many goals.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, he nearly had his right leg amputated when he was 14 due to a severe infection. He recovered and played for some clubs in Campos dos Goytacazes. He became professional playing for Americano de Campos. He came to prominence when he joined Fluminense in 1949. During seven seasons with the club he won the Campeonato carioca in 1951 and Copa de Rio in 1952. He became famous for being an intelligent player and for his "folha seca" ("falling leaf") kicks, where the ball would swerve seemingly downwards at the right time resulting in a goal.

During the 1954 World Cup he scored goals against Mexico and Yugoslavia, before Brazil's defeat to the favorites Hungary. This match was infamously known as the Battle of Berne; Didi was involved with the brawl that followed this bad-tempered match.

At club level, he moved to Botafogo, winning the Campeonato Carioca (Rio state championship) in 1957. Didi had previously promised to walk from the Maracanã to Botafogo's clubhouse in his kit if Botafogo won the championship; 5,000 Botafogo fans joined him as he did so.

His greatest achievement came at the 1958 World Cup where he was player of the tournament. From midfield, he masterminded the first of his two World Cup successes for Brazil. In 68 international matches he scored 20 goals, including a dozen using his trademark free-kicks.

In 1959 he was signed by Real Madrid of Spain. Despite his great reputation after the 1958 World Cup he played only 19 matches (6 goals) for the Spaniards and often clashed with the team leader Alfredo Di Stéfano, who felt offended by the divide in the fan’s attention with this newcomer; this situation precipitated his exit from the club. After success at the 1962 World Cup, he decided to become a coach.


PLAYING HONOURS:

* Campeonato Carioca: 1951, 1957, 1961, 1962
* Copa Rio: 1952
* Pan American Games: 1952
* Atlantic Cup: 1956
* FIFA World Cup: 1958, 1962
* Copa Oswaldo Cruz: 1955, 1958, 1961, 1962
* UEFA Champions League: 1959, 1960
* O'Higgins Cup: 1955, 1961
* Rio-São Paulo Tournament: 1962

* Ramon de Carranza Trophy: 1959
* Mexico City Tournament: 1960
* World Cup's top player: 1958


Coach/Manager Career

After retiring as player he began a coach career with Sporting Cristal, and was called to manage the Peru national team in the 1970 World Cup. That team included stars like Teófilo Cubillas and Héctor Chumpitaz were eventually defeated in the quarter finals by Brazil. In 1971 he managed the top Argentine club, River Plate, when he accepted a lucrative position, and had his apex in his coaching career with Fenerbahçe, guiding the team to two consecutive Turkish First Division (later named Turkish Premier Super League) titles in 1973-1974 and later in 1974-1975.

He also coached important Brazilian clubs like Bangu, Fluminense, Botafogo, Cruzeiro, Peruvian club Alianza Lima, Kuwaiti and Saudi national teams.

In October 2000, he was inducted into the FIFA Hall of Champions. By this time he was quite ill and died the following year in Rio de Janeiro from complications arising from intestinal cancer.


Trivia

On June 16, 1950 in a friendly match involving Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo youth state teams, Didi (aged 20), playing for Rio de Janeiro, scored the first ever goal at the Maracanã Stadium.[4]. He is also known as the first person to call the game The Beautiful Game.

VIDEOS:


(scoring a long range shot on 00:50)




ADDITIONAL LINKS:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valdir_Pereira

http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valdir_Pereira

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didi

http://www.world-cup-betting.me.uk/legend-didi.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/17/sport ... gewanted=1

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Re: DIDI | 1957-1959

Postby jfb33 » 2010 May 27, 22:54

Which FK style should I use for him?

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Re: DIDI | 1957-1959

Postby Danilo Cruz » 2010 Jun 12, 02:06

Didi was nicknamed "The Prince Ethiopian" ("O Príncipe Etíope").

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Re: DIDI | 1957-1959

Postby Dagoods » 2011 Oct 28, 18:16

Here's a video -



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxJmoc3qgQc
(Di Stefano, Puskas, and Didi) during training...

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Re: DIDI | 1957-1959

Postby Deus84 » 2012 Jan 25, 13:17

Didi and Gérson are the two best Playmaker Brazil has ever had. According to football experts and historians Didì was the better player in terms of passing skills: so why he has

Short Pass Accuracy: 93
Short Pass Speed: 86
Long Pass Accuracy: 93
Long Pass Speed: 85

while Gérson has:

Short Pass Accuracy: 95
Short Pass Speed: 85
Long Pass Accuracy: 96
Long Pass Speed: 86

Honestly i think you should swap them. I'm currently reading a book written by Gianni Brera (a famous italian sport journalist and one of the greatest football expert ever: he said that didì was a better playmaker and had slightly better vision than gérson who, on the contrary, had a better shoot.

Cheers ;)

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Re: DIDI | 1957-1959

Postby Brezza » 2012 Jun 27, 18:50

Deus84 wrote:Didi and Gérson are the two best Playmaker Brazil has ever had. According to football experts and historians Didì was the better player in terms of passing skills: so why he has

Short Pass Accuracy: 93
Short Pass Speed: 86
Long Pass Accuracy: 93
Long Pass Speed: 85

while Gérson has:

Short Pass Accuracy: 95
Short Pass Speed: 85
Long Pass Accuracy: 96
Long Pass Speed: 86

Honestly i think you should swap them. I'm currently reading a book written by Gianni Brera (a famous italian sport journalist and one of the greatest football expert ever: he said that didì was a better playmaker and had slightly better vision than gérson who, on the contrary, had a better shoot.

Cheers ;)


Agreed with swapping their SPA. Didi can have better attack to represent his vision and he was much better supporting of other team-mates off the ball as well.

Pretty sure Gerson was better in LPA from what Ive seen though it was pretty much his trademark.I also think he had harder shot but I think Didi showed better placement as you can expect from such a free kick expert)

Overall updated both players to new standards based on their stats from pro evo 4 to represent their slow, sometimes static style. Also adjusted attack/def ratio accordingly especially after previous discussion with ManiacButcher in the Brazil all star thread. Both played in a deep playmaker or 'segundo-volantes' role than a pure DM. Falcao could play this role as well but was far more responsive off the ball and more box-box.

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Re: DIDI | 1957-1959

Postby milanillo » 2012 Sep 16, 12:41

What his free kick style is ?
Which type can I use for him ?

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Re: DIDI | 1957-1959

Postby milanillo » 2012 Sep 16, 12:54

What his free kick style is ?
Which type can I use for him ?

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