Ademir Marques de Menezes

Ademir Marques de Menezes ( born November 8, 1922 in Recife, † 11 May 1996 Rio de Janeiro), often just called Ademir, was a Brazilian football player. He was considered one of the best strikers of his time.

Ademir, who was nicknamed Queixada ( to German wood chin), distinguished himself by his his speed in conjunction with surprising tempo changes and nimble body illusions and excellent ball control from. He was also an artistic swerve shot.


Ademir was born on November 8, 1922 in Vila de Bico do Moto Colombo in Recife, Pernambuco state. His first steps in football he made the Sport Recife, where his father Antonio Rodrigues Menezes served as president.

The club career

The Brazilian center-forward Ademir began his career at Sport Club do Recife, where he played until the 1942 season. From 1942 to 1945 he exhibited at the CR Vasco da Gama his skills, changed 1946/47, to Fluminense Rio de Janeiro, and then return to Vasco da Gama. In 1956 he ended his active career.

Total: 497 games - 396 goals

The National Players

With 18 Ademir was first appointed to the national team. Ademir became one of the stars of the World Cup 1950 in Brazil. On 24 June, he scored two goals against Mexico ( 4-0), against Yugoslavia (2-0), he scored the opening goal after just four minutes played. Right in driving the group first came Brazil but only in the first match of the final round. 160,000 spectators at the Maracana, the reigning Olympic champion Sweden was released on July 9, 7-1. In this game, Ademir made ​​four goals. Four days later in a 6-1 against Spain Ademir scored two goals again. He screwed his yield on nine goals and was top scorer in this World Cup. However, these goals were not enough for the world title. The ultimate game - the so-called Maracanaço - Brazil lost to Uruguay 1-2. A defeat that propelled the country into mourning. Significantly, the decisive game was the only one in which Ademir managed not to score. On the lost playoff Brazil responded hysterically: the white jersey of the Seleceao was never used again, two years found no international match held and almost the whole squad was replaced. In the 1954 World Cup only 4 former World Cup participants were represented. Ademir itself was in 1954 no longer there.

  • Debut: January 21, 1945, at Columbia (3-0) in Santiago de Chile
  • Farewell: March 15, 1953 against Uruguay ( 1-0) in Lima
  • WM: 6 games - 9 goals
  • Stats: 38 matches - 31 goals and 39 caps / 32 goals

Activities after football career

After his career as a football player, he was a popular football reporters in the Brazilian TV and radio, as a newspaper correspondent ( " O Dia ", "A Noticia " ), as a football coach ( Vasco da Gama and Fluminense ), as well as a businessman.


  • Pan American Football Championship: 1952
  • Copa América: 1949
  • FIFA World Cup: 1950 Scorer in the FIFA World Cup 1950 (9 goals )

¹ ) South American Championship of Champions, officially recognized previous competition the Libertadores

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