The Brazilian was part of the team coached by Frank Rijkaard between 2004 and 2008, playing in defence or in midfield. Despite problems with injury, Edmilson was an important part of the squad during his four seasons with Barça. Always a man with a view of life beyond the football field, Edmilson created his own foundation to promote sport amongst the disadvantage before hanging up his boots in 2012 at Brazilian club Caerá.

José Edmilson came to FC Barcelona in the summer of 2004 after a successful spell with French club Olympique Lyonnais with whom he won three Ligue 1 titles. In his first season Frank Rijkaard’s team claimed a first league title in six years for Barça but unfortunately for the Brazilian his contribution was limited by injury.

The following season he more than proved his value by making 41 appearances, including the Champions League final victory in Paris in 2006 which rounded off a historic double with the league title.

Edmilson’s departure coincided with that of coach Rijkaard in 2008 with the Brazilian joining Villarreal. A spell with Zaragoza followed before he finally hung up his boots back in his native land with Caerá.


2 league titles (2004-2005, 2005-2006)
1 Champions League (2005-2006)
2 Spanish Super Cups (2005-2006, 2006-2007)

World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002
27 caps for Brazil

Place of birth
Taquaritinga (Brazil)
Date of birth
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