Former Brazil goalkeeper Gylmar dos Santos Neves passed away this Sunday night (15.08) in São Paulo. Gylmar was in Brazil’s starting eleven when they won the World Cup in 1958 in Sweden and in 1962 in Chile. On Saturday, former right-back Nilton De Sordi, World Cup winner in 1958, also passed away in the town of Bandeirantes in the state of Paraná.
On 22 August, Gylmar turned 83 years of age. According to statistics from the Brazilian Football Confederation, Gylmar earned himself 104 caps for Brazil, with 73 victories, 15 draws and 16 defeats, conceding 104 goals. He played for Corinthians before going to Santos, where he stayed until the end of his career.
He had been in hospital since 8 August due to sequelae from a stroke and heart insufficiency, when his condition worsened as a result of a urinary tract infection and an acute myocardial infarction.
De Sordi was 82 and suffered from Parkinson’s disease and died due to multiple organ failure in the town of Bandeirantes, in the state of Paraná. He was Brazil’s right-back in most of their first World Cup title campaign in 1958. Due to an injury, he did not play in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden, being replaced by Djalma Santos, who died in July this year. He was a hero in São Paulo, club for which he played 536 matches.