Garrincha

Legendary Brazil Footballer
  • Date of Birth
  • October 28, 1933
  • Place of Birth
  • Pau Grande (RJ), Brazil
  • Height
  • 1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)
  • Playing Position
  • Winger

Manuel Francisco dos Santos (28 October 1933 – 20 January 1983), known by the nickname Garrincha (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡaˈʁĩʃɐ], “little bird”),[1] was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward. He is regarded by many as the best dribbler in football history.[2]

The word garrincha itself means wren.[3] Garrincha was also known as Mané (short for Manuel) by his friends.[4] The combined “Mané Garrincha” is common among fans in Brazil. Due to his immense popularity in Brazil, he was also called Alegria do Povo (People’s Joy) and Anjo de Pernas Tortas (Bent-Legged Angel).[5]

In 1958 and 1962, Garrincha won the FIFA World Cup with the Brazil national team. At the 1962 World Cup, with Pelé out injured, he led the team to victory, the Golden Boot as leading goalscorer, and was named in the World Cup All-Star Team. In 1994 he was named in the FIFA World Cup All-Time Team. Brazil never lost a match while fielding both Garrincha and Pelé.[6]

At club level, Garrincha played the majority of his professional career for the Brazilian team Botafogo. In the Maracanã the home team room is known as “Garrincha”.[7] In the capital Brasilia, the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha is named after him. He is credited for inspiring the first bull fighting chants of olé to be used at football grounds.[8]

In 1999, he came seventh in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote.[9] He is a member of the World Team of the 20th Century, and was inducted into the Brazilian Football Hall of Fame.

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