I decided to translate this post about Esporte Clube Bahia. For those who do not know Bahia, it is a traditional Brazilian soccer club from Salvador (in the state of Bahia) that play their home games in the “Arena Fonte Nova” (hosted several 2014 World Cup games) and that have won two times the Brazilian Championship, in 1959 (beating Pele’s Santos) and 1988. The team has some nicknames like “Esquadrão de Aço (steel squadron) and Tricolor. Anyway, let’s move to the original post.
I am a Esporte Clube Bahia supporter and a football history fan. Because of that, initially I decided to make an all-time Bahia XI with its best players ever. However, since I could not pick only 11, I decided to make a squad with 27 players. Nonetheless, even that number was not enough, and, because of some manu unforgetable athletes, I ended up making a list with the 125 greatest footballers in the history of the “Tricolor”: 27 in the main squand and 98 in the “honorable mentions” section.
I chose as criteria of chice the performance of the player and his importance in the main titles of the club and not just his talent and “name” in football. Thus, great names of the sport like Daniel Alves and Rodolfo Rodrigues, because of the small period that they have played for the “Esquadrão”, will not be in the main squad, despite being more talented and greater in the history of the sport than others there.
I hope this list helps younger fans to know a little bit about the great players who have worn the club’s jersey.
Let us go then to the all-time XI, squad and the complete list with the 125 players.
Nadinho (starter). Greatest goalkeeper in the history of Bahia, “O Macho” (nickname) defended the club from 1958 to 1968. He won several state championships and he started for Bahia on the 1959 Brazilian championship winning team. Nadinho was part of a pre-list to the 1962 World Cup.
Ronaldo. The “tricolor” keeper on the 1988 Brazilian championship winning team had great skills and reflexes. In that year, he began as a reserve for Sidmar. When the later left the team, Ronaldo became a starter. He had memorable games on the final phase of the competition, especially in the final away from home against Internacional, in which he had the best game of his career, helping the team win the Cup. Besides that, he was a 3 time state champion as a starter from 1981 to 1983.
Honorable mentions (in alphabetical order here and in all positions next): Buttice (excellent Argentinian keeper – Rodolfo Rodrigues and him probably were the most talented players in the position to ever wear the “tricolor” jersey); Emerson Ferreti (winner of the “Placar” silver ball for Bahia in 2001 – award given by the most famous Brazilian soccer magazine to the best players by position of the national league); Jair (Nadinho’s reserve in the 1959 Brazilian championship winning team, played a game as a starter against CSA/AL that year); Jean (player who succeeded Rodolfo Rodriguez and was an crowd favorite); Jurandir (bold, he was a two time state champion between 67 and 1970 – he was vital in helping Bahia avoid the 1000th Pelé goal in 1969); Lessa (nicknamed “Uma Garantia” – a guarantee – five time state champion in the late 40’s and early 50’s); Luís Antônio (keeper of great technique, he was five time state champion in a row from 1975 to 1979 – 613 minutes without conceding a single goal in national league games, all time record of the club); Picasso (winner of the “Placar” silver ball for Bahia in 1970); Rodolfo Rodriguez (legendary Uruguayan keeper, he came to Bahia in the late stages of his career in the 90’s and conquered the supporters); Sidmar (starter for most of the campaign of the 1988 Brazilian championship winning team); Teixeira Gomes (keeper of the two first state titles won by the “Esquadrão” in the early 30’s); and “Yoyô” (two time state champion as a starter in 1944 e 1945);
Leone (starter). Classic and defensive right back (rarely wen forward, never scored a single goal for the club), started for the 1959 Brazilian championship winning team. Succeeded in the hard task of marking the legendary left winger Pepe in two of the three final games of that competition.
Perivaldo. The “Peri da Pituba” (Pituba is a neighborhood in Salvador) , natural from Itabuna (a city in Bahia), was a great defended who also could attack with success. He played in Bahia in the mid 70’s and won the “Placar” silver ball in the 1976. While playing for Botafogo, he got called for the Brazilian National teams for 3 games in 1981 and 1982.
Honorable mentions: Bacamarte (great Bahia player from the 50’s – in the end of his career, played just one game in the 1959 Brazilian championship winning team; he could also play as a center back); Clébson (nicknamed “Itiubinha”, because born in Itiuba (small city in the state of Bahia), he was a fast and promising right back – he died in car accident while playing and starting for Vasco); Daniel Alves (Brazil and Barcelona star, he started his glorious career in the “Esquadrão”); Edinho “Jacaré” (multifunctional, could also play as a left back – he was a reserve on the 1988 Brazilian championship winning team and won for times in a row the state titles as a starter from 1981 to 1984); Maílson (tricolor’s idol in the late 80’s abd early 90’s, – state champion in 91 and 93); Tarantini (starter for the 1988 brazilian championship team); Toninho (stater and state champion for the club in the late 70’s); e Zanata (right back with excellent technique and crossing ability – state champion in all years he played for Bahia from 1986 to 1988).
Roberto Rebouças, “O Xerife” (titular). The Sheriff was one of Bahia all-time greatest players. He was tall (6’1) and had a hot temper and virile style (but also elegant at the same time). Rebouças defended Bahia from 1963 to 1967 (signed from rivals Vitória) and for almost all the 70’s. He was the Capitan and helped the team on winning seven state titles.
Henrique (titular). “Henricão” (big Henrique) was an excellent center back from the 1959 Brazilian champions. He was tall, strong and a great header of the ball. The great carioca player defended Bahia for a decade and made his mark. He was also a two-time Brazilian league runner up in 1961 and 1963 (losing both times to Pele’s Santos).
Sapatão. Élcio Nogueira da Silva, the “Big Shoe”, was another great center back from the 70’s. He was famous as a violent player, because he played with a lot of will and determination.
Vicente Arenari. Extremely technical defender, he shone for several clubs like Palmeiras and Bahia. For the “Tricolor”, he started in the 1958 Brazilian championship winning team. Legends like Marito and Nadinho have him as the best player from that tournament. Polyvalent footballer, played as left back for Palmeiras.
Honorable mentions: Arnaldo (four time state champion in the 40’s); Claudir (center back from Vitória da Conquista – city in Bahia – Brazilian champion in 1988); Edson Soares (won several state titles in the 80’s – could aso play as a defensive midfielder); João Marcelo (center back who kept his cool most of the time, won the Brazilian championship with Bahia in 1988); Juvenal Amarijo (two time state champion, defended the club from 1954 to 1959 – while playing for Flamengo, He started for Brazil in all the 1950 World Cup games); Leônidas (state champion in the 30’s); Nildo (defended Bahia in the late 60’s and became famous for personally avoiding the 1000th Pele goal in 1969); Odilon (champion in the early years of the club); Pereira (good free kick taker, he was a starter for most of the games in the 1988 Brazilian championship winning – he did not play in the final games of that league contractual reasons – and actually won the “Placar” silver ball that year); Wagner Basílio (another goo free kick taker, he was the capitan of the “Esquadrão” tha made the Brazilian semi-finals in 1990); Zé Augusto (six time state champion from 1976 to 1982); Zé Grilo (five tame state title winner in the 40’s); e Zé Otto (Roberto Rebouças’s partner in early 70’s team defense).
Florisvaldo (starter). He was probably the Bahia’s greatest left back of all time. Florisvaldo was fast, skillful and had a great potent shot. Because very young back then, he was a reserve of the 1959 Brazilian championship winning team. He was great for Bahia in the 60’s.
Beto. Team leader and capitain of the 1959 Brazilian championship winning team. Multifunctional footballer, played as a right back in some games of that tournament.
Honorable mentions: Jefferson (technical player with great touch – Northeast champion in 2001); Nenzinho (played as a starter in some games of the 1959 Brazilian championship winning team); Paulo César (starter and state champion several times in the early 80’s); Paulo Róbson (starter for the 1988 Brazilian championship winning team); Romero (left back of the great team from the 70’s, he was great offensively) e Serginho (great AC Milan player, he played for Bahia in 1993 and 1994).
Baiaco (starter). This “sheriff” was the Bahia greatest defensive midfielder of all time and is to this day the player of most games played for the club (448 official games). A true idol and crowd favorite between 1967 and 1980, Baiaco won 10 state championships.
Paulo Rodrigues. Starter for the 1988 Brazilian championship team, he was a classic and legant player who could defend and make plays with great passing ability. Unfortunatelly, he became noticed later in his career (he was 30), witch stopped him from achieving greater things in his career.
Honorable mentions: Bebeto Campos (player with great stamina, defended Bahia for six years and won the Northeast title in 2001j); Flávio (starter in the 1959 Brazilian title winning team); Gil Sergipano (starter in the 1988 national title, scored a very important goal against Fluminense in the semifinal); Helinho (starter and multiple state champion in the 80’s); Lima “Sergipano” (folkloric player in the 90’s, known for his potent shots and free kicks – 15th leading scorer in Bahia history with 84 goals); e Preto Casagrande (00’s idol, Northeast champion and “Placar” silver ball winner in 2001).
CENTRAL AND ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS
Bobô (starter). “Quem não amou a elegância sutil de Bobô ?” (Who didn’t love Bobô’s subtle elegance?) Caetano Veloso, singer, songwriter and famous Bahia supporter, summarized what the supporters felt for Raimundo Nonato Tavares da Silva, nicknamed Bobô. He is probably the most idolized player in Bahia history. He was the great leader of the 1988 Brazilian championship winning team with memorable games, including the two decisive goals in the first leg it the final against Inter. While playing for the “Tricolor”, he was called for the Brazilian National team .
Douglas (starter). “O Lorde” (the lord) was one for the club all time greatest players (several fans consider him the best). He is the second leading scorer in Bahia history with 211 goals. Also scored 111 goals for Pele’s Santos in the late 60’s. He was removed from Santos by Coach Ramos Delgado, decision criticized back then. For Bahia, Douglas was the best player in the 70’s alongside Roberto Rebouças.
Eliseu. One of the great “Tricolor” players from the 60’s, “O gênio” (the genius) had an elegant and extremely technical style. He was considered a “pretty boy” by young ladies from that time. He moved to Anderlecht (Belgium) in the early 70’s.
José SanFilippo. This Argentinian legend is considered one of his country greatest players (10th greatest leading scorer in the Argentina national team e 6th in the all time scoring table of the Argentinian League with 226 goals in 330 games). He won two state titles for Bahia in 70 and 71. Despite being in the late stages of his career, SanFilippo had several memorable games and is to this day regarded by older fans as the club’s all-time greatest talent. He certainly was the most famous player to have played for Bahia.
Mário, “O Maestro”: Great playmaker for Bahia from 1959 to 1966. He had excellent dribbling and passing ability. Mário played only the final game against Santos in the 1959 Brazilian championship, signed from Botafogo (where he was a reserve for Didi, greatest playmaker in Brazilian football history), because Ari, the starter, had medical problems.
Honorable mentions: Alberto Leguelé (product of Bahia’s youth system in the 70’s, was once called for the Olympic National Team); Amorim (starter for the club in the late 60’s and early 70’s); Ari (starter most of the games in the 1959 Brazilian championship winning team – could also play as a defensive midfielder); Bombeiro (part of the squad, played in same games in 1959); Emo (five time state champion in the 80’s); Evilásio (skillful midfielder, won 4 state titles in the 40’s); Fabrini, o “Cerébro” (“The Brain”, playmaker in 40’s); Fito Neves (great attacking midfielder of the “Esquadrão” in the 70’s – 23rd leading scorer in club’s history with 61 goals); Léo Oliveira (excellent attacking midfielder who was great for Pele’s Santos in the late 60’s and early 70’s and then for the “Tricolor”); Luiz Henrique (expert in the position in the 90’s – last Bahia player to play for the Brazilian National Team); Maneca (from Salvador, great attacking midfielder and right winger for Bahia and Vasco in the 50’s – while playing for Vasco, he started for Brazil in the 1950 World Cup); Raimundo Mário (attacking midfielder for Bahia in the mid 60’s – 22nd leading scorer in club’s history with 62 goals); Sandro (starter for most of the games for the 1988 Brazilian title winning team); e Washington Luiz (the “Gato Seco” – skinny cat – could play in several positions and was part of the great Bahia of the 70’s).
Marito (starter). This short footballer was the probably the best Bahia player in the 50’s and 60’s. Marito was known as “Garrincha do Bahia” (Bahia’s Garrincha) and “Diabo Loiro” (blonde devil) and was a extremely fast and skillful player. He was famous for his great dribbles that confused opponents and was essential in winning the Brazilian Championship in 1959 and several state titles. 25th leading scorer in club’s history with 65 goals.
Osni. The “Baixinho Infernal” (short hellraiser) was great for Bahia and its rival Vitória in the 70’s and 80’s. He was fast, skillful and used to give lots of trouble for opponent defenses. He scored 138 goals for Bahia (5th greatest scorer of the club) and played some games for the Brazilian National Team.
Zé Carlos. The starting right winger in 1988 was great that year and was the leading scorer of the team in the Brazilian Championship. He was called for the Brazilian National team while playing for Bahia.
Honorable mentions: Bayma (one of the founders of the club, he played in the first 3 state titles and was the first player ever to score with the “Tricolor” jersey); Natal (great player of the legendary Cruzeiro with the likes of Tostão and Dirceu Lopes, was also great for Bahia in the 70’s); Osmar (reserve in the 1988 Brazilian championship winning team, started in the final game against Internacioanl); Pedro Amorim (product of the “Esquadrão” youth system in the 30’s, he played for the Brazilian National Team while he defended Fluminense – 29th leading scorer in club’s history with 55 goals); Tirson (the “Chiquitinha” won several state titles for Bahia in the 70’s); e Velau, “O Inspirado” (“The Inspired” was one of the club stars in the 40’s).
Biriba (starter). Born in Salvador, Biriba was arguably the greatest left winger in Bahia’s history. He was originally a right winger, but changed to the left in order to play with Marito in the 1959 Brazilian title and in several state titles. 10th leading scorer in club’s history with 113 goals.
Jésum. This great winger, who also played for São Paulo and Grêmio, had a great career for Bahia in the 70’s. He was a 3 time state champion and scored 38 goals and also won a “Placar” silver ball in 1978 for the club.
Honorable mentions: Agnaldo Berenguer, o “Canhoteiro” (great scorer whio had a potent shot, played for Bahia in the late 60’s); Gilson Gênio (two time state champion, also part of the team who managed to beat Santa Cruz by 5 after losing the first leg by 4 goals in the Brazilian Championship of 1981); Gilson Porto (defended the “Esquadrão” in the early 70’s and was also great for other big cubs like Corinthians e Fluminense); Izaltino (excellent winger from the 40’s – 11th leading scorer in club’s history); Marquinhos (good free kick taker, starter for the 1988 Brazilian Championship winning team); Naldinho (the short guy of only 5’2 was a crowd favorite in the late 80’s and early 90’s); and Peri (former Corinthians footballer, played in 73 for Bahia and was part of an impressive attack with Natal, Douglas, Picolé and Fito);
Carlito (starter), “O Matador”. “The Killer” was Bahia best player in the late 40’s and early 50’s (1946 to 1959). Carlito is the leading scorer in club’s history with 235 goals. He was a striker with a lot of heart, who had great heading and finishing ability. He was state champion 9 times and, when he was 32, in the end of his career, was a reserve to Alencar in the 1959 team. He is also the Bahia players with most goals (21) in the derby against Vitoria.
Alencar. Another essential great player in winning the 1959 Brazilian Championship (he scored 3 goals in the three decisive games against Santos). This forward from Ceará was called “Bahia’s Pele” and had great speed, pace and precise shots. 9th leading scorer in club’s history with 116 goals.
Beijoca. Jorge Augusto Ferreira de Aragão, Beijoca (smack), was the great striker and club symbol in the 70’s. He was tall, clumsy, violent, nervous, bohemian, but had great heart and scored as few players could. 12th leading scorer in club’s history with 106 goals, he is considered to be among the most folkloric players in Brazilian football.
Charles. For Bahia, he was the striker of the 1988 Brazilian title winning team and leading scorer of the Brazilian League in 1990. Charles was a forward with great skill and scoring ability, despite having a weak shot. 19th leading scorer in club’s history with 68 goals. While playing for Bahia, he was called up for the Brazil National Team.
Léo Briglia. This footballer from Itabuna was a great striker for both Flumiense and Bahia. In addition to great football, his career was known for several problems with alcohol and women. He was meant to play the 1958 World Cup, but a knee injury and dental problems hurt his chances.
He arrived at Bahia in 1959 and had an immediate impact, being the leading scorer of the Brazilian Championship in 1959 with 8 goals. Briglia even scored a goal in the final against Santos in the legendary Maracanã stadium. 18th with 77 goals.
Honorable mentions: Adauri (skillful forward in the late 70’s); Camerino (leading scorer and state champion in 1944); Carlinhos Gonçalves (scored the two goals against Botafogo-BA, game that gave Bahia the state title in 1971 – 35th leading scorer in club’s history with 50 gaols); Cláudio Adão (short, but unforgettable period in Bahia in 86 and 91 – 21st leading scorer in club’s history with 60 goals); Dario, o “Dadá Maravilha” (in the end of his career, shone for Bahia in the early 80’s – 30th leading scorer in club’s history with 50 goals); “Didico” (great scorer in the 60’s – also was great for rival Vitória); Freitas (great scorer in the late 70’s); Gambarrota, “O Gambá” (the “Skunk” was a starter for the first 3 Bahia state titles in the 30’s); Gereco, o “Craque” (another star of the 40’s, 28th leading scorer in club’s history); Hamilton (amazing striker of the “Esquadrão” in the 50’s and 60’s – 3rd leading scorer in club’s history with 154 goals); Jorge (14th leading scorer in club’s history with 85 goals); Jorge Campos (great player in the 70’s, 33rd leading scorer in club’s history with 51 goals); Marcelo Ramos (technical and scored several times for Bahia in the 90’s – 6th leading scorer in club’s history with 128 goals); “Mickey” (nicknamed in honor of the Disney character because of his big ears, he was state champion and leading scorer in 1976 with 26 goals); Nonato (7th leading scorer in club’s history with 125 goals, Nonato was decisive in wining the 2001 Northeast Championship and idol with the supporters in the 00’s); Picolé (striker from the 1970’s – another player signed from the great Pele’s Santos); “Piolho” (the “Louse” scored the goal tha gave the state title to Bahia in 1972); Raudinei (scored the historical goal in the final minutes of the 1994 state final against Vitoria); Robson (played for the “Esquadrão” in the 80’s – 24th leading scorer in club’s history with 60 goals); Robson, o “Robgol” (Northeast champion in 2001 – 31st with 53 goals); Tintas (star in the 30’s– 20th leading scorer in club’s history with 63 goals); Uéslei (the “Pitbull”, arguably the biggest club idol in the last 20 years– 4th leading scorer in club’s history with 140 goals); Vandick (leading scorer and state champion for the “Esquadrão” in 1991); Vareta (top scorer of state league in 1939 e 1940 – 8th leading scorer in club’s history with 121 goals); Zé Eduardo (elegant on field, he won 3 state titles for Bahia in the late 60’s and early 70’s); and Zé Hugo, “El Matador” (idol from the club in th 40’s – 13th leading scorer in club’s history with 96 goals).
Goalkeepers: Nadinho and Ronaldo.
Centre-Backs: Roberto Rebouças, Henrique, Sapatão and Vicente Arenari.
Full Backs: Florisvaldo, Leone, Beto and Perivaldo.
Defensive Midfielders: Baiaco and Paulo Rodrigues.
Center and Attarcking Midfielders: Douglas, Bobô, SanFilippo, Eliseu and Mário.
Wingers: Marito, Biriba, Osni, Zé Carlos and Jésum.
Forwards: Carlito, Beijoca, Charles and Léo Briglia.
ALL TIME BAHIA XI FORMATION
TRIVIA: “Placar” Magainze in 1994, in a voting among experts, chose the following players for the “Tricolor dos Sonhos” (Dream tricolor): Nadinho, Leone, Roberto Rebouças, Henrique and Romero; Baiaco and Mário; Marito, Beijoca, Douglas and Jésum.
BONUS (added in 05/07/2017)
I’ve decided to make another team with the very best players from the list, disregarding the titles they have won for the club. I’ve also considered their national and international projection.
Rodolfo Rodriguez; Daniel Alves, Roberto Rebouças, Juvenal Amarijo and Serginho; Paulo Rodrigues, Luiz Henrique and Bobô; Osni, San Fillipo and Charles.
COMPLETE LIST WITH THE 125 BAHIA ALL TIME GREATEST PLAYERS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
My loved Father, his friends and several others old enough to have seen most of this players .
REVISTA PLACAR. “Os esquadrões dos Sonhos”. Nº 1098, novembro, 1994.
Alencar: taken from: http://terceirotempo.bol.uol.com.br/que-fim-levou/alencar-3061
Baiaco: taken from: http://tradicao31.fotoblog.uol.com.br/photo20040710022020.html
Beijoca: taken from:http://www.esporteclubebahia.com.br/historia/artilheiros/
Beto: taken from:: http://blogdoodir.com.br/2010/03/hoje-faz-50-anos-que-o-bahia-se-tornou-o-primeiro-campeao-brasileiro/
Beto: taken from: http://blogdoodir.com.br/2010/03/hoje-faz-50-anos-que-o-bahia-se-tornou-o-primeiro-campeao-brasileiro/
Biriba: taken from: http://www.esporteclubebahia.com.br/historia/artilheiros/
Bobô: taken from: http://leandrosilva81.blogspot.com.br/2014/02/homenagem-aos-campeoes-brasileiros-de_8.html
Carlito: taken from: http://www.esporteclubebahia.com.br/historia/artilheiros/
Charles:taken from: http://leandrosilva81.blogspot.com.br/2014/02/homenagem-aos-campeoes-brasileiros-de_10.html
Douglas: taken from: http://www.esporteclubebahia.com.br/historia/artilheiros/
Eliseu: taken from: http://receptaculo.blogspot.com.br/2009/10/segura-o-pepino-elizeu.html
Florisvaldo: taken from: http://tradicao31.fotoblog.uol.com.br/photo20041224134909.html
Henrique: taken from: http://jeitobaiano.atarde.uol.com.br/?p=1915
Jésum: taken from: http://tradicao31.fotoblog.uol.com.br/
Léo Brligia: taken from: http://www.esporteclubebahia.com.br/historia/artilheiros
Leone: taken from: http://www.bbmp.com.br/2011/06/
Mário: taken from: http://www.esporteclubebahia.com.br/historia/artilheiros/
Marito: taken from: http://www.esporteclubebahia.com.br/artilheiros/marito/
Nadinho: taken from: http://www.campeoesdofutebol.com.br/primeiro_arqueiro_brasileiro_da_libertadores.html
Osni: taken from: http://www.esporteclubebahia.com.br/historia/artilheiros/
Paulo Rodigues: taken from: http://leandrosilva81.blogspot.com.br/2014/02/homenagem-aos-campeoes-brasileiros-de_7.html
Perivaldo: taken from: http://marcosaurelioitz.blogspot.com.br/2013/11/ex-jogador-da-selecao-brasileira-vira.html
Roberto Rebouças: taken from: http://www.luizberto.com/enxugandogelo-jose-de-oliveira-ramos/a-bola-era-de-couro-e-redonda
Ronaldo: taken from: http://camisadobahia.blogspot.com.br/2012/11/de-goleiro-os-goleiros-sempre-foram.html
SanFilippo: taken from: http://tradicao31.fotoblog.uol.com.br/photo20041202012032.html
Sapatão: taken from: http://terceirotempo.bol.uol.com.br/que-fim-levou/sapatao-2561
Vicente Arenari: taken from: http://jeitobaiano.atarde.uol.com.br/?p=1915
Zé Carlos: taken from: http://www.nacaobola.com.br/tag/campeonato-brasileiro-1988/