Born in the city of Campos in Rio de Janeiro state, the now 73-year-old Amarildo Tavares da Silveira made his FIFA World Cup™ debut against Spain at Chile 1962. Playing in place of the injured Pele, he proved up to the task by scoring both his side’s goals in the 2-1 win that took Brazil into the quarter-finals.
Amarildo went on to score Brazil’s first-half equaliser in the Final against Czechoslovakia and began the move that led to their second, scored by Zito. A Seleção ran out 3-1 winners to retain their FIFA World Cup crown, while front man Amarildo departed Chile with a new nickname, O Possesso (The Possessed One), given to him by the writer Nelson Rodrigues on account of his combative style of play.
His first club were Goytacaz in Rio de Janeiro. Moving on to Flamengo for a brief stay, he then joined Botafogo, where he won the state championship in 1961 and 1962, the year in which O Fogão also won the Rio-Sao Paulo Tournament.
A year later he moved to Italy, where he would run out for AC Milan, Fiorentina and Roma, winning the 1969 Serie A title with the Florence side and a Coppa Italia with Milan two years previously.
After spending nine seasons in calcio, Amarildo returned to Brazil to help Vasco da Gama win the Brasileirao 1974 before calling time on his career.