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Jairzinho

Brazil

Full name: Jair Ventura Filho
Date of birth: 25/12/1944
Position: Winger
International caps: 82
International goals: 38
World Cups: 1966 - First Round
1970 - Champions
1974 - Second Round
Clubs: Botafoga
Olympique Marseille
Cruzeiro
Portuguesa de Acarigua
Sao Paulo
J Wilstermann Cochabamba
1962-1974
1975-1975
1975-1976
1977
1978-1979
1980-1981

Jairzinho in action

Jairzinho made his Brazil debut in 1964, against Portugal, as a deputy for Garrincha. He was a tall, powerful and pacy winger with incredible skill and accuracy. In his first tournament, the 1966 World Cup, he looked like a promising talent, but Brazil were knocked out in the first round after rough treatment by the opposition. He played in all three games, but failed to score - a statistic he would put striaght in 1970.

By the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, Jairzinho was in his prime. Brazil cruised through the group stages, starting with a 4-1 trouncing of Czechoslovakia; a game which saw Jairzinho score two marvellous individual goals, first by flipping the ball over the onrushing keeper before slamming it into the empty net, and secondly, by dodging two sliding tackles before shooting low into the corner. In the next two games, Jairzinho scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over England and netted another in the 3-2 win over Romania. After scoring in the quarter final defeat of Peru, he produced another individual goal in the 3-1 win over South American rivals Uruguay in the semi-final. Jairzinho put the icing on the cake by bundling in Brazil's third goal in the 4-1 victory over Italy in the final. He finished second in the golden boot competition with 7 goals - Gerd Muller had scored 10 - but more importantly, he became one of only two men to have scored in every round of the World Cup (the other being Uruguayan Ghiggia in 1950, although he only had to play in 4 matches - Juste Fontaine scored in the third place play off and not the final, so he doesn't count).

Jairzinho celebrating

In the 1974 World Cup, with many of Brazil's senior players out through injury or retirement, Jairzinho was one of only a handful of men surviving from the team of four years before. Rather than his usual right wing position, Jairzinho played as a centre forward (his old club position) and was unrecognisable, and not just for his new afro! Brazil scraped through with 2 draws and an unconvincing 3-0 win over Zaire, in which Jairzinho scored. In the second round group game against East Germany, a glimpse of the old Jairzinho was seen as he skilful ducked out of the wall during a free kick, to allow Rivelino to score the only goal. Jairzinho scored in the 2-1 win over Argentina, but a defeat to Cruyff's Holland consigned them to the third place play off, which they promptly lost 1-0 to Poland.

Jairzinho

Even though Jairzinho moved from Brazilian side Botafogo to Marseille in 1974, he would remain a South American enigma, as he failed to recreate the form that made him an icon in Brazil and soon returned home. In 1976, he led Cruzeiro to the Libertadores Cup Championship. After he retired, Jairzinho maintained his links with Cruzeiro and recommended a talented 13 year old to the club who would later be known worldwide as Ronaldo.

Jairzinho played in all 16 of Brazil's World Cup games from 1966-74, scoring 9 goals. In all he scored 38 times for his country, which put him third overall at the time (behind Zico and Pele).