Garrincha, Brazil

Garrincha, Brazil

Background
Garrincha, real name Manuel Francisco dos Santos, was born in Pau Grande, Brazil, on October 28, 1933. Although he was born with crooked legs, Garrincha was one of football’s greats and was particularly famed for his dribbling skills.

Football career
Garrincha’s footballing career stretched for 19 years from 1953, when he signed for Botafogo, to 1972 where he finished off playing for Olaria. Garrincha stayed with Botafogo for many years, scoring 232 goals in 581 matches with them and winning the Brazilian championship in 1957. He also played for Corinthians, Portuguesa, Flamengo, and Atlético Junior.

World Cup history
Despite his successes in domestic football, Garrincha was not selected for the 1954 FIFA World Cup, but would be on the winning teams of the 1958 and 1962 World Cups, as well as playing in the FIFA World Cup 1966. Garrincha was also the top goal scorer in the ’62 cup with four goals, along with five other players. Brazil only lost one game whenever Garrincha was playing and never lost a game when he and Pele were on the pitch together. In all, Garrincha played sixty international matches for Brazil between 1955 and 1966.

Post playing career
Garrincha died of alcohol abuse in 1983, father to 14 kids and many marital problems. His epitaph reads "Here rests in peace the one who was the Joy of the People — Mané Garrincha".

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