João Coelho Neto - Preguinho Brazil National Team FIFA Jules Rimet World Cup 1930 Bronze Medal issued for the team captain.
Provenance: Unique museum piece Full LOA from 1930 World Cup Museum.
Even before Garrincha, Pelé, Romário, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Neymar and so many other top scorers, even before Brazilian football was the power it is, he was the forerunner, the player who opened the gate for the 210 goals scored by. Brazilian team in World Cups. But he was not an ordinary footballer, he was an athlete, and a complete athlete. You may never have heard of João Coelho Neto, from Rio de Janeiro, born in 1905.
Known as Preguinho, a reference to his father's surname, writer Coelho Neto, this iconic character from the heyday of Brazilian football carries with it a love-for-sport story and the mark of being the first national team goal in the World Cup.
Brazil's first goal in World Cups - On July 14, 1930, Brazil, the only country to participate in all World Cups, faced Yugoslavia at the Parque Central stadium in Montevideo.
Profile: João Coelho Neto, known more commonly as Preguinho (February 8, 1905 – October 1, 1979) was a Brazilian footballer in the striker position. He was born in Rio de Janeiro. Son of Brazilian writer Coelho Neto, Preguinho was born on February 5, 1905. He played from 1925-1938 for Fluminense and scored 184 goals. A varied athlete, (playing volleyball, basketball, waterpolo, swimming, hockey, track & field and ornamental jumps) he received in 1952 the title of "Grande Benemérito Atleta". For Brazil he participated in the 1930 FIFA World Cup and was the first captain of the Brazilian national team, scoring the first goal ever from Brazil in a FIFA World Cup in a match against Yugoslavia, and two further goals in a match with Bolivia. He died at the age of 74 on September 29, 1979. In his honour, Fluminense dedicated a statue. A Brazilian TV-programme of his life was produced by Carlos Niemeyer for Canal 100 and directed by Carlos Leonam and Oswaldo Caldeira.
Medal details: Bronze material.