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In the history of world football, Brazilian soccer has produced some of the most iconic players. With Pelé, Garrincha, Ronaldo, and Kaka, the country has a long history of soccer stars.

It is unmatched by any other nation. In terms of star power and status, Italy, Germany, and Argentina cannot compare to Brazil’s football pedigree.

The names Zico and Socrates are still known to children around the world. Even though they have no idea where they played or who they were, their elders have spoken these names with reverence.

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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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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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Djalma Santos: Best Ever Right-Back and World Cup Winner

Djalma Santos is regarded by many as the best right-back ever in the history of soccer. He was a two-time FIFA World Cup winner with Brazil in Sweden in 1958 and Chile in 1962. Twice a Rio-São Paulo Tournament winner …

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Pelés First Game: Playing Sheffield Wednesday At Hillsborough

Pelé is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player the world has ever seen, yet he played in just a handful of games in England and never at the country’s home of football, Wembley Stadium. Pele’s first game in the …

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Mane Garrincha: The Forgotten Brazilian Soccer Superstar

The mighty Pelé often overshadowed Brazilian players of bygone generations. Still, there were some whose stars shone just as bright and sometimes brighter than their legendary teammate. One of these iconic athletes was Mane Garrincha, a tricky speedster who defined …

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