Ademir da Guia

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Ademir da Guia
Ademir da Guia (1974).jpg
Ademir da Guia (1974)
Personal information
Full name Ademir da Guia
Date of birth (1942-04-03) 3 April 1942 (age 76)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Youth career
1952–1956 Ceres
1956–1960 Bangu
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1961 Bangu[1] 11 (0)
1961–1977 Palmeiras[2][3][4] 366 (60)
National team
1965–1974 Brazil 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ademir da Guia (born 3 April 1942) is a retired professional footballer who played during the 1960s and 1970s for Palmeiras, a leading association football team in Brazil, where he is still regarded as one of the club's all-time best players. Usually a playmaker, he was known for his fantastic close control and passing ability. He was nicknamed O Divino, which means The Divine One, by his supporters.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Da Guia was born in Rio de Janeiro.[5] His father, Domingos da Guia was a former national team member who played at the 1938 FIFA World Cup. His uncle, Ladislau da Guia, had pursued the same career path at an earlier stage, playing for Bangu Atlético Clube, and becoming their all-time best scorer with 215 goals.[6]


In the 16 years Ademir da Guia spent playing for Palmeiras, he holds the record for the most appearances for the club and is the third best goalscorer ever,[7] and won, amongst other titles, both the Campeonato Paulista and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A five times.[5]

Unlike many distinguished football players in his country, Ademir did not have a prolonged and constant participation with the Brazilian national team; playing in nine matches for Brazil in the total, the first six in 1965 and the other three in 1974, including at the 1974 FIFA World Cup when he got the chance to play in the runner-up match for third place against Poland.[8] His lack of playing time was partially a result of the presence of playmaker Rivelino on the Brazil team.

Da Guia played his farewell match on 18 September 1977 at Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo in a Campeonato Paulista match between his club Palmeiras and Corinthians, which the latter won 2–0.[9]

Political career[edit]

He was elected in 2004 for the legislative period of 2005–2008 as councilman for the city of São Paulo as a member of the Communist Party of Brazil, joining the Liberal Party later.[5]



  1. ^ [1] Almanaque do Bangu (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ " - Acervo". Acervo Estadão (in Portuguese). 
  3. ^ [2] BrFut (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ [3] Fut80 (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ a b c d "Biografias - Ademir da Guia" (in Portuguese). UOL. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ídolo palmeirense, Ademir da Guia afirma: 'Quero ser lembrado hoje'". Globo Esporte (in Portuguese). 1 April 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ademir da Guia - O Divino do Palmeiras" (in Portuguese). Estadão. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Ademir da GuiaFIFA competition record
  9. ^ Marcelo Duarte; Marcelo Damato (2009). Lancepédia - A Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro (in Portuguese). 1. Rio de Janeiro: Lance! Publicações. p. 21. ISBN 978-85-88651-14-2.