Rui Campos

Brazilian footballer

Rui Campos (born 2 August, 19222 January 2002) was a retired Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team. He played as a defender, more precisely as a free, at the beginning of his career and had good technique, but following his transfer to the São Paulo, he turned into a midfielder, a role he played with a certain offensive propensity, which allowed him to score several goals. He formed an excellent understanding with Bauer and Noronha, nicknamed the "Golden Trio," which made the São Paulo midfield one of the best in the world at the time. Rui was regarded as one of the best ever football players.

Rui Campos
Rui in 1946
Personal information
Full name Rui Campos
Date of birth (1922-08-02)2 August 1922
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Date of death 2 January 2002(2002-01-02) (aged 79)
Place of death São Paulo, Brazil
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1937–1942 Santos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942 Bonsucesso 12 (0)
1942–1944 Fluminense 30 (3)
1944–1952 São Paulo 275 (16)
1952–1953 Bangu 3 (0)
1953–1954 Palmeiras 13 (8)
Total 333 (27)
National team
1944–1950 Brazil 30 (2)
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up 1950 Brazil
Copa América
Winner 1949 Brazil
Runner-up 1945 Chile
Runner-up 1946 Argentina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career


After starting his career in Bonsucesso, he moved to Fluminense, where he remained for two years; on 1 May 1944, he arrived at São Paulo, where thanks to his skills, he first formed part of the defense and then of the midfield, making himself decisive in both positions. He is remembered as one of the club's greatest idols. He left São Paulo in 1952, passing through Bangu and Palmeiras, retiring from the activity with the shirt of the latter team.

International career


Rui played with the Brazilian national team from 1944 to 1950. With the national team, he won the Copa Roca in 1945, two Rio Branco Cups, and the South American Championship in 1949. In 1950, Rui was a team member that reached the final of the World Cup, however, the Brazilians lost to Uruguay. Like many participants in the final, Rui did not volunteer for the national team after this match.

Rui died on January 2, 2002, at the age of 79.[source?]



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