Moacyr Barbosa is Brazils victory



How the Vasco da Gama team became known between 1944 and 1953, initially led by Ondino Vieira and at their peak by Flavio Costa.

They were the first Brazilian team to play with the tactical formation as 4-2-4, influencing Brazilian football in the 1950s.

They achieved 18 titles in 10 years. The team was the foundation of the Brazilian Team between 1947 and 1950.


The South American Champions Tournament

In 1948, in Chile, against the Argentinian team River Plate, Barbosa defended Vasco for the first international title Brazil had ever achieved abroad.


“Barbosa was a natural-born goalkeeper. His style impressed even the Argentinians, which know so much about the position. He achieved a superior level of technical sophistication, mastering his craft in its entirety. Precise when coming forward to cut down the angles. Incomparable when putting the ball into play. Ingenious when using little taps and his fingertips. And also the best and most exciting when diving and leaping. He was motionless, at the center of the goal, and at the same time was quick as lightning. He described a feline leap in the air, and with his body horizontally, he reached out and made the catch. The ball was in his hands and the play ended”.

Duarte Gralheiro, journalist, in Jornal dos Sports, 1974.



The first summoning was in 1945, to play Copa Roca. He was the Champion.

He also won the Rio Branco Cup in 1947 and 1950.

The great title with the National Team was the South American in 1949, the foundation of the team that player the 1950 World Cup.



He joined the team in 1955 and was Pernambuco’s vice-champion the following year.

The club did not have the resources to pay his star salary, and the fans contributed with donations, such was the recognition of the idol.



In 1953, Barbosa fractured his leg in a collision with attacker Zezinho, from Botafogo. The accident kept him out of the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland.

The athlete’s injuries during his career were not only a few. Without protecting the hands with gloves, it was very common for goalkeepers to play with broken fingers.



In 1964, Barbosa became an employee of the Administration of the Stadiums of the State of Guanabara (ADEG). He was responsible for starting training with women in the stadium pools.

He retired from ADEG in the 1980s.


TEREZA BORBA, Barbosas daughter

“He said he found the daughter he didn't have: me. And I said he was the father I would like to have."

In the 1990s, Barbosa moved from Rio de Janeiro to Praia Grande, on the coast of São Paulo. There he met Tereza Borba, who had a kiosk on the beach, frequented by the goalkeeper. It was Tereza's husband, Mauro, a fan of Vasco, who recognized him: “Barbosa, from my Vasco da Gama! My idol!" They became great friends.

Tereza promised Barbosa that she would change the way the goalkeeper was remembered: “My fight is daily for Barbosa's memory. Oh, dear... to you, my dear! It's all yours!"



The goalkeeper is featured in the documentary Passe-livre, by Oswaldo Caldeira, 1974.

Also, he’s a character in the short film Barbosa, by Ana Luiza Azevedo and Jorge Furtado, inspired by the book Anatomy of a Defeat, by Paulo Perdigão, from 1988.