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Heleno de Freitas

Personal information
Date of birth12 December 1920
Place of birthSão João Nepomuceno, Brazil
Date of death8 November 1959
Place of deathBarbacena, Brazil
Playing positionStriker

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Heleno de Freitas (born 12 December 1920 in São João Nepomuceno, Brazil; died 8 November 1959 in Barbacena) was a Brazilian footballer.

The striker spent most of his career with Botafogo, scoring 209 goals for the club, most with his head. In 1948 he transferred to Boca Juniors in Argentina, but returned to Brazil the following year, winning the 1949 Campeonato Carioca with Vasco. He ended his career with América in Rio, he played only one match for the club and it was the first and last game in Maracana. He died in 1959 in a sanatorium in Barbacena.

De Freitas scored 15 goals in 18 appearances for Brazil as the team finished runners-up in both the 1945 and 1946 Copa America championships. He was joint top goalscorer in the 1945 tournament.

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