Brazil’s Da Silva Dies
One of the first great players for Brazil, Leônidas da Silva died in 2004 on this day in soccer history.
In only 19 matches for the national team, which included appearing in two FIFA World Cups, da Silva scored 21 goals. He was well known and one of the first to use the bicycle kick.
Da Silva won the golden boot at the 1938 FIFA World Cup as the tournaments leading scorer with seven goals although was rested in the semifinal 2-1 loss to Italy.
1961 – Guido Buchwald, German football player
1975 – Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer
1983 – Shaun Maloney, Scottish footballer
2004 – Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (b. 1913)