Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto, better known simply as Edmundo, is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a forward. Nicknamed as Animal, Edmundo played for Brazil in the victorious 1997 Copa América, and at the 1998 World Cup, where they finished in second place. With Brazilian side Palmeiras, he won the Campeonato Brasileiro in the beginning of the Nineties, while with Vasco da Gama, he won the 1997 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, scoring 29 goals; he also had spells in Italy and Japan. A talented yet controversial footballing figure, he drew attention both for his skill, as well as for his volatile behaviour, both on and off the pitch. At international level Edmundo made 42 appearances for Brazil between 1992 and 2000, scoring 10 goals. He was a member of the team that won the 1997 Copa América, and also made two substitute appearances at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where the team finished in second place to hosts France. Additionally, Edmundo was a member of the Brazil squad that took part at the 1993 and 1995 Copa América tournaments, winning a runners-up medal in the latter edition; he also won a bronze medal at the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Furthermore, he took part in two exhibition tournaments with the Brazil national side, winning the 1995 Umbro Cup, and finishing second in the 1997 Tournoi de France. Despite his talent, however, Edmundo’s turbulent lifestyle off the pitch, as well as extensive competition from several other world-class Brazilian strikers at the time (including Bebeto, Romário, and Ronaldo), are thought to have limited his playing time at international level.