Olivio Lacerda Pinto Neto was born on January 20, 1936 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 150-pound inside forward started his career with Palmeiras in Brazil. In April 1961 Olivio joined the Concordia club in Montreal. As well as entering a team in the National Soccer League, the Concordia club were also members of Bill Cox’s International Soccer League. They also competed in the Dominion Challenge Cup.
On Sunday May 7 Concordia opened their National Soccer League season against Serbian White Eagles in Toronto. 5,000 fans watched Concordia defeat Toronto White Eagles 5-2 at Stanley Park with Olivio scoring two of the goals. The following day Concordia defeated Toronto Roma 2-0 in Toronto.
On Friday night May 2 Concordia knocked Ulster United out of the Dominion Cup by winning 1-0 in Toronto. The next day Concordia beat Toronto Hungaria 3-0 at Stanley Park. Olivio scored two of the goals against Toronto Hungaria.
Olivio played mostly on the wing for Concordia, but when star player Ken Leek returned to England he was moved to the centre-forward position. On Saturday September 9 Olivio scored 5 goals in a 12-0 win over Ulster United. During the last five games Olivio had scored 13 goals. In the last home match of the 1961 season he scored four goals in a 6-2 win over Toronto White Eagles. He finished the season as the leading goalscorer in the National Soccer League with 34 goals.
The Concordia club decided not operate in the 1962 season and Olivio joined the Cantalia-Kickers. The Montreal clubs opted to not play in an Inter-Provincial League and instead operated their own Quebec National Soccer League. Olivio ended the season as joined leading goalscorer in the league, leading his Cantalia team to the league championship.
After spending the winter of 1962-63 playing in the United States Olivio returned to Montreal and joined Cantalia. The Cantalia club joined the Eastern Professional Soccer League. Olivio scored 15 goals for Cantalia in the 1963 season.
In September 1963 Olivio joined Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals in the American Soccer League. Later that year he joined Nacional in the Mexican League. Then followed spells in the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League with Hamilton Steelers, Hamilton Primos and Montreal Italica. In 1967 he joined Portuguese United in the National Soccer League.
On August 2, 1967, Olivio joined Pittsburgh Phantoms of the National Professional Soccer League on a try-out. He played as a centre-forward against New York Generals in a league game on August 6. As he failed to impress Olivio was dropped by the Phantoms after game. In the beginning of September 1967 Olivio joined Rochester Lancers in the American Soccer League. However, Olivio did not stay with the Lancers and returned to Canada. He later played with Hellas and Hamilton Croatia in the National Soccer League.
Hello Christian. I was wondering if you have more photos of my father Olivio lacerda pinto neto. He’s is my father. I was born 1965. So I didn’t get to see him play for Montreal.would it be possible for you to send me pictures? He is in his final moments now and I would Luke some pictures please. He is not doing well. I would like to show him. I thank you in advance if you could please.