Wanderley Paiva
Personal information
Full name Wanderley Paiva Monteiro
Date of birth (1946-04-07) 7 April 1946 (age 75)
Place of birth Três Corações, Brazil
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1965 Atlético de Três Corações
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1975 Atlético Mineiro
1975–1976 América-SP
1976–1980 Palmeiras
1980 Ponte Preta
1981 Londrina
1981 Comercial
National team
1968–1975 Brazil 7 (0)
Teams managed
1983 São José
1984 Comercial
1985 Joinville
1985 Ferroviário
1992 Juventus-SP
1993 Londrina
1993 Ponte Preta
1995 Figueirense
1997 Comercial
2000 Londrina
2001 Joinville
2002 Marília
2003 Juventus-SP
2004 CRAC
2006–2007 Ponte Preta
2007 União São João
2008 ASA
2009 Ponte Preta
2009 Corinthians Alagoano
2011 CRAC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wanderley Paiva Monteiro (born 7 April 1946), commonly known as Wanderley Paiva or as Vanderlei Paiva, is a Brazilian professional football coach and former player. He was a defensive midfielder who played mostly for Atlético Mineiro, and also represented the Brazilian national team at international level. Paiva won the Bola de Prata in 1971.




Wanderley Paiva was born in Três Corações, in the state of Minas Gerais, and in his youth he played for local side Atlético. After refusing an offer from Rio de Janeiro (state)'s Olaria, he was contacted and signed by Atlético Mineiro in 1966.With the Belo Horizonte club, Paiva became a first-team regular, and was part of the squad which won the first Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 1971. He played 27 matches and scored one goal in that season, and was selected for the team of the tournament, winning the Bola de Prata, awarded by Placar magazine. Wanderley scored Atlético Mineiro's first goal in an official international competition in 1972, and is the second player with most appearances for the club, with 559.[1]

In 1975, he left Atlético and joined América de São José do Rio Preto, where he remained until 1976. He then moved to Ponte Preta, with which he was runner-up of the Campeonato Paulista in 1977. He played for Ponte Preta until 1980, when he was signed by Palmeiras, where stayed for just one season, appearing 19 times and scoring one goal. Wanderley then moved to Londrina, and subsequently to Comercial from Ribeirão Preto, where he ended his career.[2]

National team

Paiva was first capped for the Brazil national football team on 19 December 1968, when Atlético Mineiro represented the Seleção against Yugoslavia and won 3–2.[3] He only returned to the national side in 1975, when he was called up for that year's Copa América, in which he played six games, as Brazil finished in third place.[4]


After retiring from playing, Wanderley Paiva became manager of the Ponte Preta youth squads. In the 2000s, he coached professional sides Juventus, CRAC, Ponte Preta, União São João and Corinthians Alagoano. His best season was in 2004 with CRAC, when he led the club to victory in the Campeonato Goiano, the state league of Goiás, for the second time in its history.[5]




Atlético Mineiro





  1. ^ "Wanderley Paiva Monteiro" (in Portuguese). Galo Digital. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  2. ^ Micheletti, Rogério; Grohmann, Gustavo. "Vanderlei Paiva - Que fim levou?" (in Portuguese). Terceiro Tempo. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  3. ^ de Arruda, Marcelo; Pereira, André (25 September 2015). "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 1967-1968". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  4. ^ de Arruda, Marcelo; Pereira, André (25 September 2015). "Seleção Brasileira (Brazilian National Team) 1974-1975". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Com nova diretoria, Crac inicia pré-temporada nesta quinta-feira" [With new board, Crac starts pre-season this Thursday]. Globoesporte.com (in Portuguese). 3 January 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2015.