Jairzinho 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 with Garrincha back in the side he played as a left winger. Jairzinho struggled to be effective in this position especially at his young age, 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. Jairzinho scored 2 goals out of the 6 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.
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 stars of the tournament. He made history by scoring in every game Brazil played in for the Seleção, for which he received the epithet “Furacão da Copa” (World Cup Hurricane). His second goal vs Czechoslovakia was one of the goals of the tournament, completing an incredible solo run, beating 3 or 4 players to unleash a powerful low driven shot to ripple the bottom left corner, which goes down as one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history.
“Jairzinho was a very strong player, and he just enjoyed a perfect World Cup. I don’t think you can give him any less than a 10 out of 10. He was fantastic”
Jairzinho scored two goals in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, which would prove to be his last World Cup for Brazil. The third-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.
- Full Name: Jair Ventura Filho
- Position: Forward
- Date of Birth: 25.10.1944
- Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
- Nation: Brazil
- Full Caps: 81
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- 1959-74, Botafogo (413/186)
- 1974-75, Marseille (18/9)
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