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Jair Ventura Filho (born 25 December 1944), better known as Jairzinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒaˌiʁˈzĩɲu]), is a retired Brazilian footballer. A quick, skillful, and powerful right winger, known for his finishing ability and eye for goal, he was a member of the legendary Brazilian national team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup. In that tournament he joined Alcides Ghiggia, György Sárosi and Just Fontaine as one of the only four players in the history of the World Cup to have scored in every game his country played, and was thereafter nicknamed "The Hurricane".

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Jairzinho in 1974
Personal information
Full name Jair Ventura Filho
Date of birth (1944-12-25) 25 December 1944 (age 74)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1974 Botafogo 413 (186)
1974–1975 Marseille 18 (9)
1975 Kaizer Chiefs 3 (7)
1976 Cruzeiro
1977 Portuguesa 10 (2)
1978–1979 Noroeste 2 (0)
1979 Fast Club 19 (17)
1980–1981 Jorge Wilstermann
1981–1982 Botafogo
1982 9 de Octubre
National team
1964–1982 Brazil[1] 81 (33)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Kalamata
2003–2005 Gabon
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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. [2][3]

Due to the economic and political situation of the time[clarification needed], as well as the Sport Legislation, he played most of his club football in South America where he spent eleven years at Rio de Janeiro club Botafogo. He went on to play in Europe during the final years of his career, a common pattern for South American players until the 1980s, when the economic and political situation changed. Jairzinho replaced his footballing idol Garrincha in both the Botafogo and Brazil teams, and played in three consecutive World Cups: 1966, 1970 and 1974.

Regarded as one of Brazil's best players ever, and as one of the greatest players of all time, [4][5] he was listed one place ahead of Zinedine Zidane, at number 27 in World Soccer Magazine's list of the 100 greatest players of the 20th century. [6][7][8][9][10]



Jairzinho was born in Rio de Janeiro, where he went through the youth setup at local club Botafogo. He made his professional debut with the club as a striker at the age of fifteen. His hero Garrincha, whom he would eventually replace for both club and country, also played at Botafogo, albeit in Jairzinho's preferred position on the right wing. This resulted in Jairzinho spending most of his early games playing on the left wing or as a centre forward. However, he would fill in as a right winger, by far his strongest position, when Garrincha was injured.

He made his international debut as a 19-year-old in 1964 against Portugal, again when Garrincha was injured. He played in the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England, however, and with Garrincha back in the side, he played as a left winger. Jairzinho struggled to be effective in this position, and he couldn't prevent Brazil from exiting the competition at the first round. When, after the tournament, Garrincha announced his retirement from international football, Jairzinho finally took over his idol's role for Brazil on the right wing.

Now in his favourite position, Jairzinho became a far more effective and consistent performer for country. At the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, Jairzinho was one of Brazil's star players, and made history by scoring in every game for the Seleção, for which he received the epithet "Furacão da Copa" (World Cup Hurricane). 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 at the finals were not enough to win the Golden Boot, which went to Germany's Gerd Müller, who scored ten goals. Jairzinho has claimed that FIFA awarded him a "best body on the planet" prize for his athleticism; however, FIFA has no record of this award.[11] Following his display in Mexico, Jairzinho moved to Europe to play for French side Marseille. However, he struggled with Marseille and soon returned to Brazil to play for Cruzeiro, with whom he won the Copa Libertadores in 1976. The Cruzeiro team at the time included the likes of Nelinho and Dirceu Lopes.

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

Jairzinho finished his career playing for Portuguesa in Venezuela, making it one of the greatest teams in Venezuelan history, helping Portuguesa win a record 16 games in a row and their fourth of five championships. After retiring as a footballer, Jairzinho became a coach and managed a number of youth teams in his native Brazil. He also worked in Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In 1997, Jairzinho began his first journey as manager In Europe being appointed at Greek Super League club Kalamata. He was sacked due to poor results, his side relegated at the end of the season.[12] Jairzinho was named head coach of the Gabon national team.[13] However, he was sacked by Gabon's Football Federation after a crushing defeat against Angola in a World Cup 2006 Qualifier held in Luanda.[14] Perhaps his greatest achievement as a coach was spotting Ronaldo as a 14-year-old whilst he was coaching São Cristóvão. He kick-started the career of the future three-time FIFA World Player of the Year by recommending him to Cruzeiro, his former side, and the Brazil youth team.[15] Jairzinho is currently the manager of Esprof Atletico futebol Clube, a team based in Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro state who play in the Campeonato Carioca.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first.[16]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 June 1964 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Portugal 2–0 4–1 Taça das Nações
2. 12 June 1968 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Uruguay 4–0 4–0 1968 Copa Río Branco
3. 20 June 1968 10th-Anniversary Stadium, Warsaw, Poland   Poland 4–2 6–2 Friendly
4. 5–2
5. 14 July 1968 Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru   Peru 3–3 4–3 Friendly
6. 17 July 1968 Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru   Peru 4–0 4–0 Friendly
7. 7 August 1968 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Argentina 4–0 4–1 Friendly
8. 3 November 1968 Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil   Mexico 1–0 2–1 Friendly
9. 7 April 1969 Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil   Peru 1–0 2–1 Friendly
10. 12 June 1969 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   England 2–1 2–1 Friendly
11. 17 August 1969 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay   Paraguay 2–0 3–0 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification
12. 21 August 1969 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Colombia 6–1 6–2 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification
13. 24 August 1969 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Venezuela 4–0 6–0 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 8 March 1970 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Argentina 1–0 2–1 Friendly
15. 3 June 1970 Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico   Czechoslovakia 3–1 4–1 1970 FIFA World Cup
16. 4–1
17. 7 June 1970 Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico   England 1–0 1–0 1970 FIFA World Cup
18. 10 June 1970 Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico   Romania 2–0 3–2 1970 FIFA World Cup
19. 14 June 1970 Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico   Peru 4–2 4–2 1970 FIFA World Cup
20. 17 June 1970 Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico   Uruguay 2–1 3–1 1970 FIFA World Cup
21. 21 June 1970 Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico   Italy 3–1 4–1 1970 FIFA World Cup
22. 30 September 1970 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Mexico 2–1 3–1 Friendly
23. 04 October 1970 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile   Chile 3–0 5–1 Friendly
24. 4–0
25. 2 July 1972 Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil   Yugoslavia 3–0 3–0 Brazil Independence Cup
26. 5 July 1972 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Scotland 1–0 1–0 Brazil Independence Cup
27. 9 July 1972 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Portugal 1–0 1–0 Brazil Independence Cup
28. 13 June 1973 Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria   Austria 1–1 1–1 Friendly
29. 21 June 1973 Central Lenin Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union   Soviet Union 1–0 1–0 Friendly
30. 31 March 1974 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Mexico 1–1 1–1 Friendly
31. 14 April 1974 Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Bulgaria 1–0 1–0 Friendly
32. 22 June 1974 Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen, West Germany   Zaire 1–0 3–0 1974 FIFA World Cup
33. 30 June 1974 Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover, West Germany   Argentina 2–1 2–1 1974 FIFA World Cup

Personal lifeEdit

Jairzinho's son, also known as Jair Ventura, was also a former footballer who managed Corinthians and Santos.[17]


Jairzinho in 2010







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  12. ^ Greece First League 1997–1998. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved April 21, 2008.
  13. ^ "Jairzinho to coach Gabon". BBC News. October 18, 2003. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  14. ^ "Gabon sack Brazilian coach Jairzinho after defeat – FIFA World Cup". ESPN Soccernet. September 11, 2005. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  15. ^ "El Fenomeno – Ronaldo Biography". Archived from the original on April 13, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  16. ^ "Arquivo da Seleção Brasileira Principal". RSSSF. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  17. ^ "Jairzinho aponta virtudes de Jair Ventura: 'Não por ser meu filho'" [Jairzinho points out virtues of Jair Ventura: 'Not because he is my son'] (in Portuguese). Terra. August 13, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  18. ^ Pequeña Copa del Mundo and Other International Club Tournaments in Caracas.
  19. ^ IFFHS' Century Elections

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