For other people with the given name, see Edílson (given name).
This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Silva and the second or paternal family name is Ferreira.
Personal information
Full name Edílson da Silva Ferreira
Date of birth (1971-09-17) September 17, 1971
Place of birth Salvador, Brazil
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Second striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990 Industrial 0 (0)
1991–1992 Tanabi 0 (0)
1992 Guarani 33 (11)
1993–1997 Palmeiras 41 (18)
1994–1995Benfica (loan) 22 (7)
1996–1997Kashiwa Reysol (loan) 54 (44)
1997–2000 Corinthians 57 (20)
2000–2003 Flamengo 60 (18)
2002Cruzeiro (loan) 0 (0)
2002–2003Kashiwa Reysol (loan) 16 (7)
2004 Vitória 35 (19)
2004–2005 Al Ain 20 (22)
2005 São Caetano 27 (7)
2006 Vasco da Gama 10 (0)
2006 Nagoya Grampus 0 (0)
2007 Vitória 9 (1)
2010 Bahia 27 (2)
2016 Taboão da Serra 0 (0)
Total 411 (176)
National team
1993–2002 Brazil 21 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Edílson da Silva Ferreira (born 17 September 1971) is a former Brazilian footballer.

Dubbed as Capetinha, Edílson was a second striker known by his dribble skills, standing out mainly in Palmeiras and Corinthians. He received the Bola de Ouro – given to the best player in Brasileirão Série A – in 1998.

He received 21 caps, scoring 6 goals with the Brazil national team, taking part in the conquest of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Born in Salvador, Edílson youth development was spent in several amateur clubs of his home town. In 1990, he received an invitation of manager Jaime Braga to join Industrial Esporte Clube, which played in the Campeonato Capixaba, where he became a professional footballer. A year later, he moved to Tanabi in the Paulista A2, with his performances attracting attention of larger clubs in the São Paulo region, first Guarani in 1992, and latter Palmeiras in 1993, momentarily breaking the Série A transfer record, being surpass two weeks later by Edmundo.[1]

At Palmeiras, Edilson played alongside Edmundo, Zinho, Roberto Carlos, Mazinho, César Sampaio, in a team that won two consecutive league titles, in 1993 and 1994, plus two Campeonato Paulista and the Torneio Rio – São Paulo. During this time, he received his first callup to the national team.[1] In 1994, Edilson moved abroad for the first team, joining Benfica in the Primeira Liga on a loan deal. He made his debut on the 21st of August, replacing Abel Xavier, in a 2–0 home win against S.C. Beira-Mar.[2] Although Artur Jorge, only made him a regular starter from December onwards, Edilson still finished the 1994–95 season as the club top scorer, with 17 goals.[3] He returned to Palmeiras for the remainder of 1995, only to move to Kashiwa Reysol in the J1 League in 1996, in a second loan deal. In the two seasons in Japan, Edílson finished both as runner-up in Golden Boot ranking, scoring 21 goals in 1996, and 23 in 1997.[4]

Back to Brazil, Edílson joined Palmeiras old rival, Corinthians in 1997.[4] He remained a goalscorer, and partnered with Marcelinho Carioca, and latter Luizão; he helped the team win the league title in 1998 and 1999, adding accolades for Bola de Ouro in the first of those years. A notable event of his period at Corinthians was the 1999 Campeonato Paulista Final against Palmeiras, with the title already in Corinthians hands, Edilson started taunting his opponents by playing with the ball, which led to a brawl that ended the match.[1][4] A repercussion of this, was the annulment of his call up for the 1999 Copa América, which was given to Ronaldinho instead. In the inaugural FIFA Club World Cup, in 2000, Edílson was involved in a controversy with Real Madrid player, Karembeu. Edilson months earlier claimed that the French was not a player for Real Madrid, to which Lorenzo Sanz replied that "Who is Edilson?".[1] In the match against Real Madrid, a 2–2 draw, Edilson scored both goals of Corinthians, the first after giving a nutmeg to Karembeu. Later in the competition, won by Corinthians, Edilson was named Golden Ball of the tournament. However, his spell at the club ended only a few weeks later, after a semi-final loss to Palmeiras in the Copa Libertadores, fans stormed the training session and started a brawl.[5][6]

Edilson then moved to Flamengo, helping the team win the Rio de Janeiro State Championship and the 2001 Copa dos Campeões. Yet, he did not perform to expectations in the Brasileirão, and after starting a brawl with Petković, the club shipped him to Cruzeiro in 2002. After a second stint in Japan, in 2002 and 2003, he returned to Flamengo in 2003, performing better in the Brasileirão, scoring 13 times, while also helping the team reach the final of the Copa do Brasil.

In 2004, Edilson changed teams again, signing with Vitória, where he won another State Championship, the Campeonato Baiano. In the Brasileirão, he scored 19 goals, but could not prevent his team from being relegated. Faced with late salaries, Edílson moved to United Arab Emirates, joining Al Ain, where he won local Cup tournament, and helped the club finished second in the 2004–05 UAE Football League.[1] In the final years of his career, he passed through São Caetano, Vasco da Gama, Nagoya Grampus and Bahia, finally retiring in 2010, at 39.[4]

International career

Edilson debuted for Brazil on 24 June 1993, in a 3–0 win against Paraguay.[1] He then spent several years without playing, returning in 2001, when he became an important player in the final stages of the CONMEBOL qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was a used substitution in the games against China and England and started in the matches against Costa Rica and Turkey.[4][5]

Career statistics


Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1992GuaraniBrasileirão Série A00
1993PalmeirasBrasileirão Série A208
Portugal League
1994–95BenficaPrimeira Liga227
Brazil League
1995PalmeirasBrasileirão Série A2110
Japan League
1996Kashiwa ReysolJ1 League2921
Brazil League
1997Corinthians PaulistaBrasileirão Série A91
2000FlamengoBrasileirão Série A162
2002CruzeiroBrasileirão Série A00
Japan League
2002Kashiwa ReysolJ1 League167
Brazil League
2003FlamengoBrasileirão Série A2713
2004VitóriaBrasileirão Série A3519
United Arab Emirates League
2004/05Al AinUAE League2022
Brazil League
2005São CaetanoBrasileirão Série A277
2006Vasco da GamaBrasileirão Série A100
2007VitóriaBrasileirão Série B91
Country Brazil 23983
Portugal 227
Japan 7051
United Arab Emirates 2022
Total 351163



Brazil national team




Al Ain




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Edilson, eterno irreverente: 'O apelido Capetinha não combina comigo'" [Edílson, the eternal irreverent: 'The nickname Capetinha does not match me']. Globoesporte (in Portuguese). 6 November 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  2. Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almaneque do Benfica (1 ed.). Portugal: Lua de Papel. p. 533. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.
  3. 1 2 "Nº17 - Edilson Da Silva Ferreira". Vedeta ou Marreta (in Portuguese). 3 October 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Edílson Capetinha". Terceiro Tempo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 "Edilson". Esporte- UOL (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  6. "Edilson". Todo Poderoso Timão (in Portuguese). Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  7. Edílson at National-Football-Teams.com
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