João Ferreira, usually known as Bigode (April 4, 1922 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state; July 31, 2003 in Belo Horizonte), was a Brazilian football (soccer) left back who played in the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
Bigode started his career playing for Atlético Mineiro
, of his home city Belo Horizonte. He won the Campeonato Mineiro
twice, in 1941 and in 1942. He then moved to Fluminense
of Rio de Janeiro
in 1943, where he won the Campeonato Carioca
in 1946. After leaving Fluminense in 1949, Bigode joined his former club's rivals Flamengo
in 1950, where he stayed until 1952, when he returned to Fluminense, and retired in 1956.
Brazilian national team
Bigode played eleven matches for the Brazil national team
between 1949 and 1950. In 1949
, he won the South American Championship
. He was also part of the Brazilian team that finished as the 1950 FIFA World Cup
's runners-up, after being defeated 2-1 by Uruguay
at Estádio do Maracanã
, in what is known as the Maracanazo
Bigode died in Belo Horizonte on July 31, 2003 after suffering from breathing problems.
Bigode won the following honors during his playing career: