'BETO' MENDES SILVA
Mendes Silva, better known as BETO, is one of the most successful
foreigners in the Indian football scene. The Brazilian jogador
has made a great impact in India, while playing in Calcutta
IndianFootball.Com Founder & Editor-in-Chief Arunava Chaudhuri
had the chance to speak to Beto about his playing career in
India and his views on the domestic game.
Congratulations for having made a good start into the I-League!
Dempo had problems in the Federation Cup and Durand Cup early
in the season. But then you and your teammates were back at
your best for the I-League. Any explanation for that?
Thanks. I guess that we were not prepared for all the difficulties
that we would find, after winning the National League.
What are the aims with Dempo for the I-League?
I believe that we have a experienced team, and if we use those
experiences on the ground we could be victorious again. We
shoud be united as a team!
Many say Dempo’s biggest strength is its team spirit.
Would you agree?
Yes I agree, because in football today you have to play with
quality, but the most important thing is to have a team that
is committed to fight to be winners.
You played for Mohun Bagan in Calcutta and now for Dempo SC
in Goa. What is the difference between Calcutta and Goa? Where
do you prefer to play?
The difference is that in Goa, they give us time for playing
the best in us, and in Calcutta unfortunatelly thay don't
have this vision.
When you first came to India you played as a striker for Mohun
Bagan. Now you play as playmaker for Dempo. Which position
do you prefer?
In India I prefer to play as a playmaker, if i was in Brazil,
i would like to play as striker.
You now have been playing over three years in India. Has Indian
football improved while you have been playing here? How would
you rate the standard of Indian football?
Surely Indian football improved. Specialy Indian players improved
as well, they are getting international exposure and it have
been showing in the National League. I think that the Indian
players have a lots of talent, and what they really need is
more structure and system.
Who do you think are the best Indian players? The best goalkeeper?
The best defender? The best midfielder? The best striker?
Has any of the Indian players the capabilities to play abroad?
Subrata Pal as goalkeeper, Mahesh Gawli as defender, Climax
Lawrence as midfielder, Ashim Biswas as striker (if he is
not injured)... This four surely can play abroad and we have
also players with high quality like Sunil Chetri, Alvito D'Cunha,
Surkumar Singh, Renedy Singh, Robert Lalthalma (Churchil left
If you could change one thing about Indian football what would
I couldn't say change, but we have to fulfill all the areas
of Indian football to get better day by day.
Dempo SC will this year once more play in the AFC Cup? What
are the aims for the AFC Cup this time around?
Well, like most of the Brazilians when playing, I would like
to be a champion, even that my chances is lower then others.
I believe, I dream, I will work very hard to achieve this.
Tell us a little about the private Roberto Mendes Silva. About
your family, your likings.
I am married with Alini and I have two daughters Gabrieli
and Julia they are my gift from GOD (In my free times I like
to listen gospel music and read the Bible and that make me
Like many Brazilian players you have short form of your name.
You are called Beto. How did it come about that you where
It is common in Brazil that you are called by a short name,
My name is Roberto and when i was young my family start to
call me "Beto" then Beto took the place of Roberto.
Today even my mother calls me Beto.
What do you think about IndianFootball.Com?
It is really important for Indian football and not only for
Indians but also for those who are in other countries to follow
football in India like my friends and family!
Thank you for talking to us at IndianFootball.Com!