||1 Jan 1946
1970, 1974, 1978
Born in Sao
Paulo, Roberto Rivelino made his name famous world wide with his viscous cannon-like
free-kicks, long range shooting and dribbling skills. One particularly famous move of his,
called the elastic dribble, is still imitated today. It consists of running your foot over the top
of the ball, making it appear before going in another direction. He scored many times with
this move often leaving his opponents open-mouthed and wrong footed in his wake.
Rivelino was 24 at the time of the World Cup in Mexico.
The Brazilian winning team of 1970 is regarded by many as the best soccerteam ever and it
displayed some of the finest soccer ever seen with Rivelino as one of the best players. He
scored three great goals including a trademark thunderous free-kick against Czechoslovakia
in their first match. Four years later in West Germany, the Brazilians lacked the flair of 1970,
and failed to shine thus had to settle for fourth place. Rivelino was one of few Brazilians to
play up to the required level. In 1978, he was kept on the bench for most of the time. Young
players like Zico waited in line to take over from the man with the moustache. Rivelino was
approaching the end of his great career, but showed in a few flashes what he was capable of
doing. He was instrumental when Brazil came from behind to beat Italy in the bronzematch.
Rivelino was one of the greatest offensive midfielders in
the world in his prime and spent most of his career in Corinthians. However, despite staying
there for ten seasons, Rivelino failed to win the domestic Sao Paulo championship. His fans
appreciated his loyalty and nicknamed him Reizinho do Parque (Little King of the Park). He
had a three year spell with Fluminense before going to El Helal in Saudi Arabia towards the
end to make some extra money. He retired in 1981 and is today a respected TV
commentator in Brazil.
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