Milton Queiroz da Paixao
Milton Queiroz da Paixão known as “Tita” is a former professional soccer player for the national Brazilian team and severl Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Clubs. He played in 32 international matches for the national Brazil team between 1979 and 1990 and scored six goals. He participated in the 1990 World Cup. In club play, he scored over 135 goals. He has also played for Germany.
He was born on April 1, 1958, in Rio de Janeiro and began playing soccer at about the age 11, when he also joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “All the things I learned in Primary, I learned in seminary, I learned in institute, I took to my soccer life,” he said.
He entered the professional league at age 18 with Flamengo, perhaps the most popular team in the country at the time. Two years later, Paixão was named Brazil’s Soccer Selection. His soccer career took his family around the world — Germany, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Guatemala and the United States. After he retired, he began a managerial career and managed several different clubs. He and his wife are the parents of five children. He spoke at RootsTech Connect 2021.