Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade
(born 25 January 1947 in Belo Horizonte), better known as Tostão, is a
In his prime he
was one of the best strikers in the world and also contributed with
many assists thanks to his great passing.
Like the majority of Brazilian footballers he was given a nickname
early in his football career. His was Tostão, the little coin.
it that as a 6 year old school boy, Tostão netted 47 goals in one
game for his primary school football team.Tostão was an intelligent
forward who played for the Brazilian club Cruzeiro and formed a lethal partnership with Pelé in the national team which won the 1970 FIFA World Cup.
World cup he played for Vasco da Gama
Tostão suffered a detached retina
in 1969 when he was hit in the face by a ball during a match
This injury almost stopped him playing in the 1970 World Cup, and
when he damaged his eye again in 1973
decided to retire from football at the age of 26.
Weary of football and fame he became a medical
. In the last ten years he has rejoined the football
world by working as a journalist and a pundit on TV.
46 goals in just 22 starts for his first club, América MG, and then he
joined Cruzeiro where he became a cult hero, netting no less than
249 goals in 378 matches.
After the World Cup
, he joined Vasco da Gama
, again proving
his ability as a prolific striker by netting 71 goals in just 35
matches. In total, Tostão scored 366 goals in 435 career league
and Coritba Footbal Club 1976