|Full name||Roberto Rivellino|
|Date of birth||1 January 1946|
|Place of birth||São Paulo, SP, Brazil|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Roberto Rivellino (also Rivelino, Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁoˈbɛʁtu ʁiveˈlĩnu]; Italian: [roˈbɛrto rivelˈlino]; born 1 January 1946) is a Brazilian football pundit and retired footballer. He was one of the stars of Brazil's 1970 FIFA World Cup winning team. Rivellino currently works as a pundit for Brazilian TV Cultura. He is the son of Italian immigrants. As a footballer, Rivelino (his football name only had one L) was known for his hard shots, long-range free kicks, long balls and huge mustache. He also invented his own action: the Elástico, nowadays also called the flip-flap or aka and copied by Ronaldinho and Zlatan Ibrahimović, among others. Rivelino is often regarded to be one of the best midfielders the world has ever known. Also, many people consider him the fourth best Brazilian footballer of all time, after Pelé, Garrincha and Zico. Finally, according to many football pundits, he is considered as the best player in the history of his Corinthians and Fluminense clubs.
Early personal life[change | change source]
Rivelino was born on New Year's Day 1946 as the son of Italian immigrants from Macchiagodena in the metropolis of São Paulo, where he grew up in poor conditions. He played football from an early age: first in the backyards (“peladas”) of his neighborhood and later indoor football (futsal).
In 1962, the 16-year-old caught the eye of those in charge of the first division club Palmeiras, who invited him to a trial session. Rivelino's entire family was supporters of this club (the club has traditionally been supported by Italian immigrants ) but he was denied a contract. Furious, he tried it a little later at the city rival Corinthians, who recognized his talent and committed him. “Corinthians welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to achieve everything I have achieved in life. The club was my second home,” Rivelino later said.
Club career[change | change source]
In 1965, at the age of 19, Rivelino was promoted to the senior squad. He quickly became one of the top performers in the team and was considered one of the most hopeful players in the country. Rivelino was a classic playmaker who excelled with great ball handling, technique and long-range shots. The dark mustache and hard-hitting free- kicks became his trademarks. He quickly became a fan favorite, who nicknamed him O Reizinho do Parque (Little King of the Park).
But titles and successes were a long time coming. During Rivelino's time at Corinthians, the club endured a 23-year league without a title win. One title could still be won: the Rio-Sao Paulo tournament in 1966, which went to the four semi-finalists Corinthians, Botafogo FR, FC Santos and CR Vasco da Gama due to serious scheduling problems.
In 1974, Corinthians lost the Sao Paulo championship final 0-1 to Palmeiras of all places. From then on, Rivelino was presented by the supporters as a scapegoat for the repeated failure of the team. "That was the saddest moment of my life," he later explained and, when admiration turned to rejection, decided to leave the club after nine years.
The elegant left-footed player joined Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. With "Flu" it quickly became clear that a good catch had been made with him. He won the Rio State Championship with Fluminense in 1975 and 1976. Here he played under coach Mário Travaglini, who had once spurned him at Palmeiras.
After the 1978 World Cup, the now 32-year-old turned his back on Brazil. He signed a well-paid contract with Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia and ended his career there. In 1981 he ended his active career.
International career[change | change source]
Rivelino made his debut for the Seleção in 1965, but it would be three years before he established himself as a regular in the team. Although Rivelino is now considered one of the most admired players in Brazil, he had to fight hard for a place in the national team as there were many candidates for the playmaker position. It was only when Mário Zagallo became national coach that Rivelino's playing times increased. Zagallo wanted to form a team that included all the ball magicians in the country. From then on, Rivelino was used in left midfield.
He was left out for the World Cup in 1966, In 1970, Rivelino was part of Brazil 's World Cup squad. He was part of the outstanding offensive series around Pelé, Tostão, Jairzinho and Gérson, who understood each other almost blindly and constantly swapped positions. At the tournament in Mexico, Brazil's style of play became synonymous with efficient and beautiful football. The team played the best and most offensive football and advanced to the final, in which Italy was clearly defeated 4-1. Rivelino played a good tournament, scoring three times (against Czechoslovakia, Peru and in the semifinals against Uruguay). This world title is Rivelino's most important sporting success.
After Pelé's retirement from the national team in 1971, Rivelino took over his jersey number 10. Brazil held the 1972 Taça Independência , an international tournament in which Rivelino participated and which Brazil won. Brazil traveled to West Germany as defending champions for the 1974 World Cup ; great hopes were pinned on Rivelino. Despite being the best player in his team (three goals), they underperformed and ended up fourth.
The 1978 World Cup in Argentina should be Rivelino's big career finale. As captain, he led Brazil into the tournament. But after disputes with coach Cláudio Coutinho, he was replaced in this function by Leão and was no longer used in the further preliminary round and the first intermediate round games. Only in the last intermediate round game against Poland and in the game for third place against Italy was he substituted on again. His international career ended in third place after 92 games with 26 goals.
In 1989 he was awarded Best Player and Top Scorer at the Pelé Cup for senior teams (over 34).
Career statistics[change | change source]
Club[change | change source]
- As of 26 September 2020
|Club||Season||Saudi Pro League||King Cup||Crown Prince Cup||AFC Champions League||Other||Total|
- Appearance in Saudi Super Cup
Managerial statistics[change | change source]
Honours[change | change source]
Club[change | change source]
- Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1966
- Campeonato Carioca: 1975, 1976
- Al Hilal
- Kings Cup (Saudi Arabia): 1980
International[change | change source]
Individual[change | change source]
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team player: 1970
- Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team: 1971
- CONMEBOL All-Star Team: 1973
- Bronze ball South American Footballer of the Year: 1973, 1976
- Silver ball South American Footballer of the Year: 1977
- FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers: 2004
- Premio Golden Foot Award (Football Legend Award): 2005
- The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50
- World Soccer: 38th Greatest Player of the 20th Century
- IFFHS Brazilian Player of the 20th Century (12th place)
- Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
References[change | change source]
- "World Cup Champions Squads 1930 - 2018". rsssf.com. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
- "Estadao.com.br - Acervo". Acervo Estadão (in Brazilian Portuguese).
-  BrFut (in Portuguese)
- "Futpedia" (in Brazilian Portuguese). Futpedia.globo.com. Archived from the original on 21 May 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
- "Futpedia" (in Brazilian Portuguese). Futpedia.globo.com.
- "Roberto Rivellino – Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
- Rivellino assina com a TV Cultura at TV Cultura
- J.League Data Site(in Japanese)
- "Rivelino: A very special left foot". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- CONMEBOL All-Star Team Retrieved on 17 November 2015
- "South American Player of the Year 1973" Retrieved on 17 November 2015
- "South American Player of the Year 1976" Retrieved on 17 November 2015
- "South American Player of the Year 1977" Retrieved on 17 November 2015
- "Golden Foot - Legends". Golden Foot. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
- "The Best of The Best" Retrieved on 17 November 2015
- IFFHS' Century Elections
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Roberto Rivelino.|
- "Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 6 December 2008.
- Rivellino Sport Center
- Rivellino from the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol[permanent dead link]
- "IMNO Interviews Rivelino". Archived from the original on 6 December 2008.
- "Corinthians All Time Best XI Placar Magazine". Archived from the original on 6 December 2008.
- Archived 28 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Rivellino at J.League (in Japanese)