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The number of caps and number of goals mentioned below are as of May 15th 2006, when the Brazilian roster was announced.
The number after Caps represent the number of times the player was rostered, and, between parenthesis, the number of times he actually played.
Place of birth refers to city and State.
The titles won refer only to the titles with the Brazilian team.
Full name: Nelson Jesus da Silva
Date of birth: October 7th 1973.
Place of birth: Irará, Bahia
Height: 1.95 m
Clubs and teams: Vitória, Cruzeiro, Lugano (Swizerland), Corinthians and Milan (Italy)
Caps: 135 (85)
Goals conceded: 65
World Cups: 1998 and 2002
Titles won: World Cup (2002); America Cup (1999), Confederations Cup (1999 and 2005), bronze medal in the Atlanta Summer Olympics(1996)
Dida was substitute of Taffarel, in 1998, and of Marcos, in 2002.
Since after the World Cup, Dida has been the principal goalkeeper of the Brazilian team.
Tall (1.95 m) and agile, Dida is an better than average penalties kicks catcher.
It is a consensus that he is the best Brazilian goalkeeper today.
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