UltimateXI Profile: Djalma Santos

By April 23, 2020
Djalma Santos Djalma Santos

Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos could very have been the prototype from which Brazillian legend Cafu fashioned himself. The first great wing back from the country, Santos was a veteran of four World Cups, playing in 1954, ’58, ’62, and ’66. Of course, history tells us that the man considered one of the greatest right-backs of all time, was a World Cup winner in ’58 and ’62. What is also interesting, is that Santos has the fairly unique distinction of making three FIFA World Cup All-Star teams. Only Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer and Philipp Lahm can lay claim to also achieving this. His longevity was remarkable, the right-back having had more than 1,000 club appearances in his career. Pele also named Santos as on the top 125 greatest living footballers in 2004. Santos died in 2013 at 84 years old. Before his playing days would come to an end, Santos had played in 98 matches for Brazil over the course of 16 years.


Playing Career

Name: Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos (Djalma Santos)
Date of birth: 27 February 1929
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil


International career

  • Brazil: 1952-1968 (98 caps)



  • 1952 Panamerican Championship
  • 1958 FIFA World Cup™
  • 1962 FIFA World Cup™


  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1954, 1958, 1962
  • World Soccer World XI: 1962, 1963, 1965[9]
  • FIFA XI: 1963[10]
  • FIFA World Cup All-Time Team: 1994
  • FIFA 100[11]
  • The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50[12]
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

FIFA World Cup appearances

  • 15 caps; 11 wins; 4 draws; 3 losses


Switzerland 1954

  • Brazil 5-0 Mexico
  • Brazil 1-1 Yugoslavia
  • Brazil 1-1 Sweden
  • Brazil 2-4 Hungary


Sweden 1958

  • Brazil 3-0 Austria
  • Brazil 0-0 England
  • Brazil 2-0 Soviet Union
  • Brazil 1-0 Wales
  • Brazil 5-2 France
  • Brazil 5-2 Sweden


Chile 1962

  • Brazil 2-0 Mexico
  • Brazil 0-0 Chechoslovakia
  • Brazil 3-1 England
  • Brazil 4-2 Chile
  • Brazil 3-1 Chechoslovakia


England 1966

  • Brazil 2-0 Bulgaria
  • Brazil 1-3 Hungary
  • Brazil 1-3 Portugal


Club Career

  • 1948-1959 Portuguesa
  • 1959-1968 Palmeiras
  • 1969-1970 Atlético Paranaense




  • Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1952, 1955


  • Campeonato Paulista: 1959, 1963, 1966
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 1960, 1967, 1967
  • Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1965
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