||25 Dec 1944
Jairzinho was a worthy successor to Garrincha and his devastating bursts
of speed combined with lethal shooting were one of the highlights of the
great 1970 World Cup. Born Jair Ventura Filho in 1944, he began on the
left wing and at centre-forward with Botafogo and gained his chance on
the right when Garrincha was injured. His international debut was against
Portugal in the 1964 "Little World Cup" and two years later he appeared
in the big World Cup in England. With Garrincha recalled, though, Jairzinho
switched to the left flank and was not as effective. Brazil bowed out already in
the first round.
In 1970, however, after recovering from a twice-broken right leg, he became
the only player to score in every round including the final. His seven
goals were second only to Gerd Müller's ten and Jairzinho's came in
many forms - delicate chips and powerful shooting. His winner against England
was one of the tournament's most memorable goals, but he was also a goalmaker
and split defences with superb passing. He appeared in the 1974 World Cup
too, but without players like Pelè in support he was not as effective.
He later played for Olympique Marseille, but soon returned to Rio. Jairzinho
won more than 80 caps, the last when he was in his 38th year.
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