Waldo Machado

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Machado and the second or paternal family name is Da Silva.
Personal information
Full name Waldo Machado da Silva
Date of birth (1934-09-09) 9 September 1934
Place of birth Niterói, Brazil
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1954 Madureira ? (22)
1954–1961 Fluminense 403 (314)
1961–1970 Valencia 216 (115)
1970–1971 Hércules 19 (1)
Total 638 (452)
National team
1960 Brazil 5 (2)
Teams managed
1989 Alzira

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

Waldo Machado da Silva (born 9 September 1934), known simply as Waldo, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a forward.

He was best known for his time at Fluminense and Valencia, being top scorer in the former club's history by scoring 314 goals in 401 matches.[2]

Club career

Waldo was born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. After joining Madureira Esporte Clube's youth setup in the early 1950s, he made his debuts as a senior in 1953.

On 11 April 1954 Waldo signed for Fluminense FC,[1] being the top goalscorer of all tournaments which his team won. In the 1957 edition of the Torneio Rio – São Paulo, he was one of the most important players as Flu was crowned champions without losing one game.[3]

Waldo left Fluminense on 1 July 1961 with a record of 314 goals in only 403 matches, being the club's top goalscorer of all time.[1] He immediately moved to La Liga's Valencia CF, signing as a replacement to compatriot Walter Marciano who had just died at the age of 29 in a car accident[4][5] after a friendly between the two sides.[6]

Waldo made his debut in the main category of Spanish football on 3 September 1961, in a 0–3 away loss against Real Zaragoza.[7] Six days later he scored his first goals for the club, netting a brace in a 3–0 home win over Real Oviedo.[8]

On 19 November, Waldo scored four times in a 6–2 home routing of FC Barcelona,[9] and finished his first season abroad with 14 goals from 30 appearances. On 12 June 1963, he equalised as Valencia came from behind to win 2–1 at GNK Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of the Fairs Cup Final (4–1 on aggregate).[10]

Waldo netted a career-best 24 league goals in the 1966–67 campaign, also starting in the 2–1 Spanish Cup Final win against Athletic Bilbao on 2 July 1967.[11] He represented the Che until 1970, scoring 157 goals in 294 games overall.

In the 1970 summer Waldo joined Valencian Community neighbours Hércules CF, retiring after one season in Segunda División at the age of 36.

International career

Waldo gained five caps for Brazil and scored two goals, being a part of the squad which won the 1960 Taça do Atlântico.[12]

International goals

Scores and results lists Brazil's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Final Competition
1.29 June 1960Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Chile
Superclásico de las Américas[13]

Personal life

Waldo's younger brother, Wanderley, was also a footballer and a forward. He spent most of his career with Levante UD and CD Málaga, and the pair were teammates at Hércules.[14]







  1. 1 2 3 "Waldo… o quebra balizas" [Waldo... the goal-breaker] (in Portuguese). Tardes de Pacaembu. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  2. "History". Fluminense F.C. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  3. "Waldo" (in Portuguese). Flumania. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  4. "Maior goleador do Flu visita o Rio e sonha com ida ao Pão de Açucar" [Biggest goalscorer of Flu visits Rio and dreams with Pão de Açucar trip] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  5. "El Valencia recibe innumerables expresiones de condolencia por el trágico accidente que costó la vida a su jugador Walter" [Valencia receives countless condolences for accident that cost their player Walter his life] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 23 June 1961. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  6. "Valencia, 2 – Fluminense, 3" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 2 July 1961. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  7. "Zaragoza, 3 – Valencia, 0" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 4 September 1961. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  8. "Valencia, 3 – Oviedo, 0" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 10 September 1961. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  9. "Valencia, 6 – Barcelona, 2" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 20 November 1961. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  10. "Dynamo de Zagreb, 1 – Valencia, 2" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 13 June 1963. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  11. "Valencia, 2 – At. Bilbao, 1" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 3 July 1967. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  12. "Grandes mestres da bola – Waldo Machado" [Great masters of football – Waldo Machado] (in Portuguese). Futebol & Cia LTDA. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  13. "Brasil 4 x 0 Chile" [Brazil 4 x 0 Chile] (in Portuguese). Todos os Jogos da Seleção. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  14. "Triunfo con los hermanos Waldo y Wanderley" [Win with brothers Waldo and Wanderley] (in Spanish). Diario Información. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  15. 1 2 "Waldo". SambaFoot. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
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