22 Facts About Bebeto


Bebeto entered politics in the 2010 Brazilian general elections and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro representing the Democratic Labour Party.


Bebeto was the top scorer for Brazil at the 1989 Copa America when they won the tournament.


Bebeto generated headlines at the tournament for his goal celebration where he began rocking an imaginary baby after scoring against the Netherlands; his wife had given birth to their third child just days before.


Bebeto was a member of the Brazilian team that won the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, while he won Olympic silver and bronze medals with Brazil at the 1988 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games respectively.


In 1989, Bebeto was named South American Footballer of the Year.


In January 2013 and August 2014, Bebeto was named as one of the six Ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Rio 2016 in Brazil, others being Ronaldo, Amarildo, Marta, Carlos Alberto Torres, Mario Zagallo.


Bebeto, who was born in Salvador, Bahia, started his career in 1983 with Vitoria.


Bebeto played for Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Cruzeiro and Botafogo in Brazil, Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla in Spain, Toros Neza in Mexico, Kashima Antlers in Japan, and Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, finally retiring in 2002.


Bebeto spent four years in Spain at Deportivo La Coruna, scoring an impressive 86 goals in 131 games.


In 1996 Bebeto returned to play for native club Flamengo, but after just 15 games, Bebeto returned to Spain to play for Sevilla, for whom he never scored.


In 1997, Bebeto joined Cruzeiro for just one match, the 1997 Intercontinental Cup final against Borussia Dortmund.


Bebeto returned to goalscoring form at native clubs Vitoria in late 1997 and Botafogo in early 1998, which saw him being picked for Brazil's World Cup defence in 1998.


For Brazil, Bebeto scored 39 goals in 75 caps after making his debut in 1985.


Bebeto played in three World Cups: 1990,1994, and 1998.


Bebeto became a household name for his goal celebration in the 1994 World Cup in the United States.


Bebeto's wife had delivered their third child just days before a quarter-final match against the Netherlands in the scorching heat of Dallas.


Bebeto won a silver medal for Brazil in the 1988 Summer Olympics.


Bebeto was later chosen to be an over-23 player at the 1996 Summer Olympics, scoring a hat-trick in the Bronze medal match against Portugal.


Bebeto was later deployed as a striker or as a centre-forward where he excelled, due to his eye for goal, and remained in this position for the rest of his career.


Bebeto was hired on 16 December 2009 as the America Football Club's head coach.


Bebeto had a record of three wins, one draw and four losses.


Bebeto is married to Denise Oliveira, who played volleyball for Flamengo in 1988, with whom he has two sons and one daughter, Stephannie who is married to Carlos Eduardo.