Domingos da Guia

Brazilian footballer and manager (1912-2000)

Domingos Antônio da Guia (born in Rio de Janeiro, November 19, 1912 – died in Rio, May 18, 2000) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team. He is regarded as one of the best defenders of all time. He is considered one of the greatest idols in the history of Flamengo and Corinthians and the best central defender in Brazil in the 1930s. Nicknamed "The Divine Master". The way he played he led a revolution in football, he liked to keep the ball next to his foot and he never punted away. Watching him was true entertainment, and if isn't enough, he was solid and consistent in his marking.

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Domingos da Guia in 1937
Personal information
Full name Domingos Antônio da Guia
Date of birth (1912-11-19)19 November 1912
Place of birth Rio de Janero, Brazil
Date of death 18 May 2000(2000-05-18) (aged 87)
Position(s) Defender (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1932 Bangu 57 (2)
1932–1933 Vasco da Gama 14 (0)
1933–1934 Nacional 25 (0)
1934–1935 Vasco da Gama 12 (0)
1935–1937 Boca Juniors 56 (0)
1936 Flamengo → (loan) 17 (0)
1937–1943 Flamengo 139 (0)
1943–1947 Corinthians Paulista 77 (0)
1947–1950 Bangu 20 (0)
Total 417 (2)
National team
1931–1946 Brazil 30 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Early daysEdit

Domingos was born into a very humble family in the Bangu neighborhood. He worked for a few years in a textile factory before starting to play for Bangu in the Rio de Janeiro tournament.

Club careerEdit

He quickly gained fame as one of the main players (central defender) of Bangu between the years 1929-1932. Despite the fact that Bangu had a history of black players ( Francisco Carregal was the first in 1905) Domingos witnessed racism in soccer as he grew up. Seeing the brutality some of the black players received is believed to have inspired Domingo's extraordinary ability to dribble the ball around defenders, a trait Brazilians would become famous for around the world. After Bangu, Domingos moved to Uruguay 's National Football Club for just one season, after brief spells at Vasco da Gama (Brazil), in theClub Atlético Boca Juniors (Argentina) and then finding a home in Flamengo (between the years 1935-1943). A brief spell at Corinthians saw Domingos return to his beloved Bangu in 1947 where he would stay until his retirement in 1950.

International careerEdit

In the Brazilian national team, Domingos played 30 matches, of which the team won 19, drew 5 and lost 8. He made his debut for the national team on July 2, 1931, when the Brazilian national team defeated Ferencváros 6-1. He wasn't selected to play for the 1934 FIFA World Cup. He was left out to be in the Brazilian squad that took part for the Copa América in 1937. He played in the 1938 FIFA World Cup, with Brazil taking third place. With the national team as a team captain and he was selected as one of the best defenders during that tournament, he won the Rio Branco Cup in 1931 and 1932, and the Roca Cup in 1945 as team captain. And he participated in three Copa América tournaments in 1942 when Brazil finished third, 1945 and 1946 when Brazil finished as runners-up.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "IFFHS' Century Elections". www.rsssf.com.
  2. Copa América Best Players