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In terms of footballing heritage, South America is one of the richest, with Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay all having won the World Cup multiple times.

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Magico Gonzalez: Best Salvadorian Soccer Player For 20 Years

For his achievements and renown, Magico Gonzalez has been considered the best player in CONCACAF history. He lived by and for the party. He could have been Diego Maradona’s replacement at Barcelona and could have played for PSG, but booze …

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Jairzinho: The 1970 World Cup Star Nicknamed The Hurricane

Jair Ventura Filha, better known as Jairzinho, was born in the northern Rio suburb of Duque de Caxias on Christmas Day in 1944. The coaches quickly spotted his prodigious speed and strength on the ball at Botafogo, where he signed …

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Rivellino: The Bending Free Kick Specialist With The Mustache

Rivellino was born in the Sao Paulo suburb of Aclimacao on New Year’s Day, 1946 but grew up in the neighboring district of Brooklin Paulistana. In the 1950s, Sao Paulo was still a city of open spaces. As a kid, …

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Alfredo Di Stefano: Regarded As One Of The Best Of All Time

On 4th July 1926, Alfredo di Stefano was born to a first-generation Italian-Argentine father and an Argentine mother of French-Irish descent. Alfredo’s early years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were spent working on his parents’ farm and helping other Italian immigrants, …

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Diego Simeone: Atletico Madrid Coach For More Than A Decade

Diego Simeone, one of Argentina’s greatest football stars, has had an illustrious playing career spanning two decades. As manager of Spanish club Atlético de Madrid, Simeone has written a new and enchanting chapter in the club’s history. ‘El Cholo’ Diego …

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Leonidas Da Silva: The ‘Black Diamond’ Of Brazilian Soccer

Born near the center of Rio de Janeiro in 1913, Leonidas Da Silva started playing in 1930, before soccer became a professional sport. Two years later received his first national call-up. At the 1934 World Cup in Italy, he scored …

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Ricardo Rocha: The Former Defender Known As The Sherriff

For Santa Cruz, one of the big three soccer clubs in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, the deal struck back in early 1983 for Ricardo Rocha was just one of many done with smaller clubs from the interior. Yet even …

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Romario: The Brazilian And His Prized Goalscoring Ability

People watch and enjoy soccer for a multitude of reasons. There is a sense of identity and connection to a town, city, or family member. There is the primitive sense of tribalism that can come with belonging to a band, …

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Dunga: Brazil’s Technically Gifted Defensive Midfielder

Dunga is the nickname given to Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri. A former professional soccer player from Brazil, he played as a defensive midfielder. In 1994, Brazil won the World Cup final under his captaincy. He and Spanish midfielder Xavi are …

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Claudio Taffarel: Former Brazil Goalkeeper And Now Coach

Brazilian soccer player Claudio Taffarel played as a goalkeeper. He played professional soccer for five clubs in Brazil and Europe during an 18-year career. His senior career began with Internacional in 1985, while his later clubs were Parma, Reggiana, Atlético …

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