Jairzinho

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Jairzinho
Jairzinho in 1974
Personal information
Full name Jair Ventura Filho
Date of birth (1944-12-25) 25 December 1944 (age 79)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1958–1960 Botafogo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1974 Botafogo 413 (186)
1974–1975 Marseille 18 (11)
1975–1976 Kaizer Chiefs 3 (7)
1976–1977 Cruzeiro 32 (19)
1977–1978 Portuguesa 24 (22)
1978–1979 Noroeste 25 (10)
1979–1980 Fast Club 18 (10)
1980–1981 Jorge Wilstermann 26 (16)
1981–1982 Botafogo 3 (1)
1982 9 de Octubre 5 (1)
Total 575 (283)
National team
1964–1982 Brazil[1][2][3] 81 (33)
Teams managed
1988–1989 Al-Wehda[4]
1997–1998 Kalamata
2003–2005 Gabon
Honours
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1970 Mexico
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jairzinho (born 25 December, 1944) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team. A quick, skillful, and powerful right winger known for his finishing ability and eye for goal, he was a key member and top scorer of the legendary Brazil national team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup.[5] He is nicknamed The Hurricane (Portuguese: o Furacão) in reference to the way his jersey would shake as he ran down the wing during his playing days. 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.[6][7] Jairzinho was known for his large afro towards the later stages of his career, as well as his burst of pace, dribbling, ball skills, finishing ability, shot power and devastating strength due to his large muscular build. Regarded as one of the greatest Brazilian football players of all time. [8]

Club career[change | change source]

He was a member of one of the best Brazilian forwards of all time. He succeeded Garrincha at both Botafogo and the Brazil national football team. During his sports career, he played for Botafogo (with which he won three championships in the youth category and seven titles in the Rio de Janeiro Championship), he also won two Roberto Gomes Pedrosa tournaments (the Brazilian league at the time) and was part of the great team from Botafogo that achieved 3 consecutive editions of the Little World Cup in 1967, 1968 and 1970, where they beat teams like Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Trnav. In addition, he played for Olympique de Marseille, Cruzeiro (club with which he was proclaimed champion of the Minas Gerais League and won the 1976 Copa Libertadores), Portuguesa Fútbol Club de Acarigua (he joined in his last active years and in which he won two Venezuelan Leagues) and Jorge Wilstermann (where he won two national titles and qualified for the semifinals for the first time for a Bolivian team in the Copa Libertadores de América).

International career[change | change source]

Jairzinho in 1970

Jairzinho made his international debut aged 19 in 1964 against Portugal, again when Garrincha was injured. He played in the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, however, with Garrincha back in the team, he played as a left winger. Jairzinho struggled to be effective in this position, especially at his young age, and was unable to prevent Brazil from crashing out of the competition in the first round. When, after the tournament, Garrincha announced his retirement from international football, Jairzinho finally assumed the role of Brazil's idol on the right wing. Jairzinho scored 2 goals in the 6 qualifying games for the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

Now in his favorite position he became a much more effective and consistent player for his country. At the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, Jairzinho was recognised one of the stars of the tournament. He made history by scoring in all the matches the Brazil National Team played, for which he received the epithet "Furacão da Copa" (Hurricane World Cup). His second goal against Czechoslovakia was one of the best goals of the tournament, completing an incredible solo run, getting past 3-4 players to unleash a powerful low shot to undulate the bottom left corner, which goes down as one of the most memorable goals in history of the World Cup. 

He scored his seventh goal of the tournament in Brazil's 4–1 World Cup win over Italy in the final. However, his impressive goals tally in the finals were not enough to win him the Golden Boot, which went to Germany's and Gerd Müller, who scored ten goals. Jairzinho has claimed that FIFA gave him an award for the "best body on the planet" for his athleticism; however, FIFA has no record of this award. 

Jairzinho scored two goals in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, which would be his last World Cup for Brazil. The 3rd place final was his last game for Brazil until he was given a one-time farewell cap against Czechoslovakia on March 3, 1982 in a game that Brazil drew 1-1. He scored 33 goals in 81 games during his international career.

Club career statistics[change | change source]

[9]

Club statistics League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
BrazilLeague
1971 Botafogo Série A 10 5
1972 19 9
1973 13 5
1974 0 0
FranceLeague
1974-75 Olympique Marseille Division 1 18 9
BrazilLeague
1975 Cruzeiro Série A 0 0
1976 8 3
1977 0 0
VenezuelaLeague
1977-78 Portuguesa Primera División 0 0
BrazilLeague
1978 Noroeste Série A 0 0
1979 Nacional Fast Série A 2 0
BoliviaLeague
1980 Jorge Wilstermann Liga de Fútbol Profesional 0 0
BrazilLeague
1981 Botafogo Série A 0 0
EcuadorLeague
1982 9 Octubre Serie A 0 0
Country Brazil 52 22
France 18 9
Venezuela 0 0
Bolivia 0 0
Ecuador 0 0
Total 70 31

International career statistics[change | change source]

[10]

Brazil national team
YearAppsGoals
1964 1 1
1965 6 0
1966 10 0
1967 0 0
1968 13 7
1969 9 5
1970 14 11
1971 0 0
1972 5 3
1973 6 2
1974 16 4
1975 0 0
1976 0 0
1977 0 0
1978 0 0
1979 0 0
1980 0 0
1981 0 0
1982 1 0
Total 81 33


Honours[change | change source]

Jairzinho in 1974

Club[change | change source]

Botafogo

Cruzeiro

International[change | change source]

Brazil

Individual[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 "The Hurricane that never blew out". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  8. "Pelé and the 20 greatest Brazilian footballers of all time". bleacherreport.com. Archived from the original on December 5, 2020. Retrieved 2020-11-14.
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  11. Pequeña Copa del Mundo and Other International Club Tournaments in Caracas Archived October 9, 2022, at the Wayback Machine. rsssf.org
  12. "IFFHS' Century Elections". Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2023.