Born in the Bahia state capital Salvador, 48-year-old Jose Roberto Gama de Oliveira, better known as Bebeto, earned global acclaim as one of the architects of Brazil’s 1994 FIFA World Cup USA™ triumph.
Scorer of three goals at the tournament, where A Seleção ended a 24-year world title drought, Bebeto also featured at the 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, taking runners-up spot in the latter. In addition, he was a key component of the side that won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1997.
As a member of Brazil’s Olympic teams, the former striker helped his country to a silver medal at Seoul 1988 and bronze eight years later in Atlanta.
During his playing days in Brazil, Bebeto won a raft of titles in the colours of Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Botafogo and Vitoria-BA, while in Europe he excelled with Spanish outfit Deportivo, who he helped to Copa del Rey glory in 1995.