FIFA Confederations Cup
12 days to go: Unbeatable Dida’s outstanding record
05 Jun 2017
During his distinguished career, Dida produced 12 clean sheets in five FIFA Confederations Cup campaigns, of which two ended in victory (1997 and 2005) and another in second place. His first appearance at the tournament was arguably the easiest, as a sparkling Brazil brushed aside all competition in 1997. Dida conceded just two goals in a 3-2 win against Mexico in the group stages, while in his remaining four matches - including the final - he kept his goal intact.
At the 1999 and 2001 editions, Dida had a faultless group-stage as Brazil qualified without conceding, but they went on to lose in the knockout stages on both occasions. The Confederations Cup in 2003 was one to forget for A Seleção, who failed to survive the group phase, but Dida did add another clean sheet to his collection. The outstanding shot-stopper played his final international tournament at Germany 2005 and, while only managing to keep one clean sheet in the opening game against Greece, increasing his total to 12, it did not prevent Brazil from lifting the trophy again.