Carlos Castilho
Castilho in 1956
Personal information
Full name Carlos José Castilho
Date of birth (1927-11-27)27 November 1927
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil
Date of death 2 February 1987(1987-02-02) (aged 59)
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945 Olaria
1947–1964 Fluminense 697 (0)
1965 Paysandu
National team
1950–1962 Brazil 25 (0)
Teams managed
1973–1974 Vitória
1977 Operário (MS)
1977 Internacional
1980 Guarani
1982 Grêmio
1984–1986 Santos
1986 Palmeiras
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1958 Sweden
Winner 1962 Chile
Runner-up 1950 Brazil
Copa América
Runner-up 1953 Peru
Runner-up 1957 Peru
Runner-up 1959 Argentina
Panamerican Championship
Winner 1952 Chile
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos José Castilho (November 27, 1927 – February 2, 1987) was a Brazilian football goalkeeper. He was born in Rio de Janeiro and played for Fluminense from 1947 to 1964 and for Brazil.[1] He was a member of the Brazil squad in four World Cups: 1950, 1954, 1958 and 1962, but he only actually played three games, all of them in the 1954 finals.[1]

He was noted as a goalkeeper for making seemingly impossible saves. Due to his good luck, his opponents' supporters called him "Leiteria" (lucky man) and Fluminense supporters called him "Saint Castilho".[2]

He was daltonic and he believed he was favored because he saw yellow balls as if they were red, though he had trouble at night with white balls.[1]

During his career he appeared in 699 games for Fluminense, a club record.[3] With Fluminense, he won 420 games, conceded 777 goals, and kept 255 clean-sheets; all individual records in Fluminense history.[4]

After his retirement from playing sport, he coached many teams from Brazil.

He committed suicide on February 2, 1987.[5]




  1. ^ a b c d "Carlos Josè Castilho, il fortunatissimo portiere sfortunato della Fluminense" (in Portuguese). Sport Affairs. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  2. ^ "CASTILHO, SON PETIT DOIGT LUI A DIT" (in French). SoFoot. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  3. ^ Lance! newspaper - Em meio à críticas e quase barração, Gum chega a 350 jogos pelo Tricolor - in portuguese.
  4. ^ "Carlos Castilho". Off Beat. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  5. ^ Gazeta Esportiva . Net - Álbum Archived May 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine