Jairzinho

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Date of Birth December 25, 1944
Place of Birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Age 76 years old
Horoscope Capricorn

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Jairzinho

Jair Ventura Filho, better known as Jairzinho, is a retired Brazilian footballer. A quick, skillful, and powerful right winger, known for his finishing ability and eye for goal, he was a member of the legendary Brazilian national team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup. A versatile forward, he was also capable of playing in a variety of other attacking positions, as a main striker, second striker, or even as an attacking midfielder. Due to the economic and political situation of the time, as well as the Sport Legislation, he played most of his club football in South America where he spent eleven years at Rio de Janeiro club Botafogo. He went on to play in Europe during the final years of his career, a common pattern for South American players until the 1980s, when the economic and political situation changed. Jairzinho replaced his footballing idol Garrincha in both the Botafogo and Brazil teams, and played in three consecutive World Cups: 1966, 1970 and 1974.

About Jairzinho

Brazilian legend who led the iconic Brazilian national team to victory at the 1970 World Cup and is credited for discovering another Brazilian legend: Ronaldo. He starred for Botafogo for 16 years, scoring 186 goals in 413 appearances.

Before Fame

He grew up idolizing Brazilian star Garrincho and debuted professionally in 1959.

Achievement

He scored in every round of the 1970 World Cup, seven goals in all, and did it after recovering from a broken right leg.

Family Life

He grew up in the soccer-obsessed capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro.

Associations

He was listed the 27th best player of the 20th century by World Soccer magazine, just ahead of Zinedine Zidane.

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Latest information about Jairzinho updated on January 16, 2021.

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