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Edmílson – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroBrazilian footballer
A.K.A.Edmilson
Is Athlete 
Football player 
Association football player 
From Brazil 
Type Sports 
Gendermale
Birth 10 July 1976, Taquaritinga, Brazil
Age:44 years
Star sign Cancer
Stats
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 75 kg

José Edmílson Gomes de Moraes (born 10 July 1976), known simply as Edmílson, is a Brazilian former professional footballer.

Either a defensive midfielder or a central defender, he played in three countries in his professional career, representing with team and individual success São Paulo, Lyon and Barcelona (four seasons each in the last two clubs).

Having won 39 caps with Brazil, Edmílson represented the nation at the 2002 World Cup, helping it win the tournament.

Club career

São Paulo, Lyon

Born in Taquaritinga, São Paulo, Edmílson signed for São Paulo FC in 1995, winning two Campeonato Paulista titles during his spell. In 2000 he joined Olympique Lyonnais in France at the same time as compatriot Caçapa, also a stopper, both being important as the club won the League Cup in his first season.

In the ensuing off-season, Juninho Pernambucano also made the move to the Rhône-Alpes, and often partnered Edmílson in central midfield as they went on to win three consecutive Ligue 1 titles.

Barcelona

In July 2004, Edmílson signed with FC Barcelona for a reported €10 million. He made his La Liga debut on 19 September in a 1–1 away draw against Atlético Madrid, and finished his debut campaign with only six matches as the Catalans won the national championship; on 3 October, after having come on as a substitute for Samuel Eto’o during a home fixture against CD Numancia, he himself had to be substituted after only five minutes on the pitch, going on to be sidelined for several months.

Edmílson recovered fully for 2005–06, playing an important part in Frank Rijkaard’s team as they won the league and the season’s UEFA Champions League. In the latter competition, he appeared in nine matches – six complete – including the first half of the final against Arsenal.

After a poor 2007–08 campaign, both individually and collectively, 32-year-old Edmílson left Barcelona as his contract was not renewed.

Later years

On 23 May 2008, Edmílson signed for one year with Villarreal CF. After only a couple of months, however, he returned to his country, joining Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras on a two-year deal and scoring his first goal in the first stage of the Copa Libertadores against Club Real Potosí, on 29 January 2009, just eight days after his arrival.

After not having appeared in the São Paulo championship in 2010, Edmílson cut ties with Palmeiras and, on 31 January, returned to Spain, agreeing to a five-month contract with struggling Real Zaragoza – at that time, he was already the bearer of an Italian passport, thus not counting as a foreign player. He appeared regularly during the remainder of the campaign, as the Aragonese managed to finish out of the relegation zone, and saw his link being extended for another year.

On 12 September 2010, Edmílson scored his first goal for Zaragoza, who lost 3–5 at home against Málaga CF. In June 2011, after having contributed with only 12 games to the club’s final escape from relegation, he returned to his country and joined Ceará Sporting Club.

International career

Edmílson made his debut for the Brazil national team on 18 July 2000, against Paraguay. Selected to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea, he helped the Seleção win their fifth tournament, appearing in six out of seven games and scoring his first (and only) international goal in the 5–2 group stage win over Costa Rica.

Originally selected to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Edmílson was forced to withdraw from the squad after sustaining a knee injury in training before the tournament.

Internationals goals

#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.13 June 2002World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea Costa Rica0–32–52002 FIFA World Cup

Personal life

Edmílson is a devout evangelical Christian, having converted when he was 16 years old.

Honours

Club

São Paulo

  • Campeonato Paulista: 1998, 2000
  • Copa Master de CONMEBOL: 1996

Lyon

  • Ligue 1: 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04
  • Coupe de la Ligue: 2000–01
  • Trophée des Champions: 2003

Barcelona

  • La Liga: 2004–05, 2005–06
  • Supercopa de España: 2005
  • UEFA Champions League: 2005–06

International

Brazil

  • FIFA World Cup: 2002