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Mauro Silva

Mauro Silva
Personal information
Full name Mauro da Silva Gomes
Date of birth (1968-01-12) 12 January 1968
Place of birth São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 Guarani 1 (0)
1990–1992 Bragantino 61 (0)
1992–2005 Deportivo La Coruña 369 (1)
Total 431 (1)
National team
1991–2001 Brazil 59 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Mauro da Silva Gomes (Brazilian Portuguese: ; born 12 January 1968), known as Silva, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.

He was best known for his spell with Deportivo de La Coruña. Over the course of 13 seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 369 games and one goal, winning six major titles.

Silva represented Brazil at the 1994 World Cup and two Copa América tournaments, winning the former. In 1994, he was named by FIFA as the ninth best player in the world.[1]

Football career

Silva was born in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo. After starting playing with Guarani Futebol Clube he moved to Clube Atlético Bragantino in 1990, where he spent the following two seasons. Subsequently he was acquired up by Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña, for 250 million pesetas (approximately 1.6 million), arriving at the same time as countryman Bebeto.

With the Galicians Silva was an everpresent fixture, only suspensions and injuries preventing him from being cast into the starting XI – in the 1994–95 campaign he only appeared in six La Liga matches and, already 36, was limited to 20 in his final year – as he helped the club to one league, two cups and three supercups, adding to this the team's five participations in the UEFA Champions League, reaching the semifinals in 2003–04: after a 0–0 away draw against FC Porto, he missed the second leg due to suspension, and Depor lost 0–1.

On 22 May 2005, after 13 years with Deportivo, Silva was replaced by longtime understudy Aldo Duscher during a 0–3 home loss against RCD Mallorca, bidding farewell to the club and football in the same match as another club legend, Fran. With Brazil he collected 58 caps in ten years, playing all the matches and minutes (except for the second half of the group stage match against Sweden) in the nation's victorious campaign at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Style of play

A workhorse with incredible stamina, as well as tackling and leadership skills, welsh manager John Toshack remarked that Silva is "He's the best in the world on his position. When he's in form, he works like a horse".



Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Brazil League
1987 Guarani Série A - -
1988 1 0
1989 - -
1990 Bragantino Série A 18 0
1991 21 0
1992 22 0
Spain League
1992/93 Deportivo La Liga 37 0
1993/94 35 1
1994/95 6 0
1995/96 22 0
1996/97 32 0
1997/98 31 0
1998/99 36 0
1999/00 33 0
2000/01 31 0
2001/02 27 0
2002/03 32 0
2003/04 27 0
2004/05 20 0
Country Brazil 62 0
Spain 369 1
Total 431 1


Year Apps Goals
1991 13 0
1992 7 0
1993 11 0
1994 11 0
1995 1 0
1996 1 0
1997 10 0
1998 4 0
1999 - -
2000 - -
2001 1 0
Total 59 0








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External links

  • Mauro Silva profile at BDFutbol
  • Mauro Silva at
  • Mauro Silva – FIFA competition record
  • Deportivo archives

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