Sylvio Pirillo

Sylvio Pirillo
Personal information
Date of birth (1916-07-27)27 July 1916
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Brazil
Date of death 22 April 1991(1991-04-22) (aged 74)
Place of death Porto Alegre, Brazil
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936-1937 Americano-RS
1938-1939 Internacional
1939-1941 Peñarol
1941-1947 Flamengo
1948-1952 Botafogo
Teams managed
1952 Botafogo
1953–1955 Bonsucesso
1955 Náutico
1956–1958 Fluminense
1957 Brazil
1959 Internacional
1959–1960 Corinthians
1962 Brazil Olympic
1963–1964 Palmeiras
1965 Juventus
1967–1968 São Paulo
1969 Ferroviário-PR
1970 Náutico
1972 Bahia
1974 Desportiva Ferroviária
1974–1975 Corinthians
1977 Paysandu
1979 Santo André
1980 Rio Claro

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

Sylvio Pirillo (or Sílvio Pirillo) (27 July 1916 in Porto Alegre 22 April 1991 in Porto Alegre) was a Brazilian football striker.

Pirilo's first professional club was Americano-RS. His good performances granted him moves to Internacional and then Peñarol. In 1941 he transferred to Flamengo with the hard task to replace Leonidas da Silva—who had been 1940 Rio State Championship's top scorer with 30 goals.[1]

Pirilo became an idol when by the end of 1941 Rio State Championship he had been its top scorer with 39 goals—an unbeaten record until today. He was also a very important player at 1942-1943-1944 Rio State Championships titles. Pirilo is the 4th high scorer in Flamengo's history with 204 goals.

In 1948 he signed with Botafogo and once again he had a difficult assignment: to replace Heleno de Freitas. In the same year he won the Rio State Championship with Botafogo, becoming an idol in another major club.

After retiring as a player, Pirilo began a successful career as a coach. As Brazil's coach, he was the first one to draft Pelé in 1957, for the Roca Cup, a match against Argentina, at Maracanã Stadium.


1942, 1943, 1944 - Flamengo
1948 - Botafogo


  1. Placar Magazine -No. 1167 Sep 2000 - Page 100 "... única temporada é Sílvio Pirillo, do Flamengo, que anotou 39 gois no Campeonato Carioca de 1939."
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