A Brazilian footballer, swift, adroit, an agile forward and a robust right winger, hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 1970 FIFA World Cup champ, Jair Ventura Filho popularly known as Jairzinho.
The footballing legend is known for the finishing ability and eye for goal. He is nicknamed as the "The Hurricane” for scoring limitless goals. Jairzinho is one of the footballers in the World Soccer Magazine's list of the 100 greatest players of the 20th century.
Jairzinho began his footballing career at the youth setup at local club Botafogo in Brazil. He began playing in the striker and left-wing positions on the field, would the officials released that his performance on the right-wing is unprecedented. He grew up idolising Garrincha.
Jairzinho played his first international match at the age of 19 in the year 1964 where Brazil played against Portugal.
Rise to glory
In the 1970 World Cup, Jairzinho was the star player of the Brazilian national football team. He scored goals in all the matches and earned a title "Furacão da Copa" (World Cup Hurricane).
Brazil pulled off a 4-1 victory over Italy in the World Cup final. He scored a total of seven goals in the tournament.
As he played for Portuguese, he aided them to set a record 16 games in a row and their fourth of five championships. And also earned Portuguese a title of greatest teams in Venezuela. He achieved the FIFA World Cup Silver Boot and FIFA World Cup All-Star Team that year.
In the 1966 FIFA World Cup, he was assigned the left-wing as Garrincha was playing in the right-wing. He grappled at that position and couldn’t aid Brazil to perform satisfactorily in the World Cup.
In the year 1970, Jairzinho moved to Europe and played for Marseille, however soon Jairzinho moved back to his home country and played for Cruzeiro. He also served the football clubs such as Portuguesa, Noroeste, Jorge Wilstermann, 9 de Octubre and of course the senior team of Botafogo.
Jairzinho started playing for the football clubs towards the end of his career and managed to give his best for the same. After quitting playing, he chose to coach and manage a number of youth teams in his native Brazil. He also in the middle-east. At present, he is the manager of Esprof Atletico futebol Clube.