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    Mane Garrincha



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    Manuel Francisco dos Santos (October 28, 1933 – January 20, 1983), known by the nickname "Garrincha" (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡaˈʁĩʃɐ], "little bird"), was an association football right winger and forward who helped the Brazil national team win the World Cups of 1958 and 1962. He played the majority of his professional career for the Brazilian club Botafogo.

    The word garrincha itself means wren. Garrincha was also known as Mané (short for Manuel) by his friends. The combined "Mané Garrincha" is common among fans in Brazil. Due to his immense popularity in Brazil, he was also called Alegria do Povo (Joy of the People) and Anjo de Pernas Tortas (Angel with Bent Legs).

    Garrincha is regarded as the best dribbler in football history.[5] In the Estádio do Maracanã the home team room is known as "Garrincha," while the visiting team room is known as "Pelé."

    Garrincha was born in Pau Grande, a district of Magé, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in 1933. His father was an alcoholic, drinking cachaça heavily, a problem which Garrincha would inherit. He had several birth defects: his spine was deformed, his right leg bent inwards and his left leg six centimeters shorter and curved outwards, none of which impeded his ability to play football at the highest level.


    1958 World Cup

    One month before the 1958 World Cup finals started, Garrincha scored one of his most famous goals, in Italy versus Fiorentina when he beat 4 defenders and the goalkeeper, and then when faced with an open goal, rather than scoring, he waited for another defender to get back and dribbled past him before scoring. Despite his stunning performance his coaches were upset at what they considered an irresponsible move and this likely led to Garrincha not being picked for Brazil's first two matches of the 1958 tournament. However he did start their third match against the USSR; this match marked the debut of both Garrincha and Pelé. The Soviets were one of the favourites for the tournament, and the Brazilians had been nervous about playing them.[3] Their manager, Vicente Feola, decided to attack directly from the kick off. Garrincha received the ball on the right wing, beat three opposing players and took a shot which hit the post. With the match still less than a minute old, he set up a chance for Pelé, who hit the crossbar,[3] and continually caused problems for the Soviet defence. Brazil were so impressive in the opening moments that the games start is often referred to as "the best three minutes of football of all time". Brazil won the match 2–0.

    Following the Brazilians' narrow 1–0 quarter-final win against Wales on June 19, 1958, Mel Hopkins (the fullback who faced him that game) described Garrincha as "a phenomenon, capable of sheer magic. It was difficult to know which way he was going to go because of his legs and because he was as comfortable on his left foot as his right, so he could cut inside or go down the line and he had a ferocious shot too."[4]

    In the final against Sweden, Brazil fell behind 0–1 early, but rapidly equalized after Garrincha surpassed his marker on the right wing and sent a cross for Vavá to score. Before the end of the first half, Garrincha made a similar play, again setting up Vavá to make the score 2–1. Brazil ended winning the match and its first World Cup trophy, with Garrincha being one of the best players of the tournament; he was voted to the "Best XI" for the competition.

    Garrincha never bothered about the 'details' of the game. As his team-mates were celebrating the World Cup win, he was initially bemused, having been under the impression that the competition was more league-like and that Brazil would play all the other teams twice.[10]

    1962 World Cup

    Garrincha was the most outstanding player of the 1962 FIFA World Cup. When Pelé suffered an injury after the second match and was sidelined for the rest of the tournament, Garrincha played a leading role in Brazil's triumph, excelling particularly against England and Chile, scoring 4 goals in those two matches.

    After one win and one draw, Brazil faced Spain, without Pelé. The South Americans were losing 0–1 in the second half. Amarildo, Pelé's substitute for the remainder of the tournament, scored the equalizer. Five minutes before the end, Garrincha took the ball on the right flank, dribbled past a defender and paused. Then he dribbled past the same man and another defender,[15] and sent a cross to Amarildo, who scored again to win the match.

    In the quarter-finals against England, Garrincha opened the score with a header off a corner kick. England equalized before half time. In the second half, Vavá scored Brazil's second goal off a rebound of a shot by Garrincha; minutes later, Garrincha received a ball outside the penalty area, paused, and sent a curved shot – known as the "banana" shot – into the bottom of the net. Brazil won 3–1 and advanced to the semi-finals. The British football press said he "was Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney and a snake charmer all rolled into one."

    During the quarter final, a stray dog ran on to the pitch and evaded all of the players' efforts to catch it until England striker Jimmy Greaves got down on all fours to beckon the animal. Though successful in catching the dog, it managed to urinate all over Greaves' England shirt. Greaves claimed that Garrincha thought the incident was so amusing that he took the dog home as a pet.[16] Ruy Castro's book expands upon this, by clarifying that the dog was captured by an official, and raffled off to the Brazilian squad, a raffle which Garrincha won. The dog was named "Bi".

    He scored two more goals in the semi-final against the hosts, Chile, as Brazil went on to win 4–2. His first goal was a 20-yard left-foot shot; the second one, a header.[17] A subsequent headline in the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio read: "What planet is Garrincha from?"[18] Garrincha was sent off that match after 83 minutes for retaliating after being continually fouled. However, he was not suspended for the following match.

    Brazil faced Czechoslovakia in the final. Garrincha played despite suffering from a severe fever,[19] but that did not prevent Brazil from winning 3–1 and him from getting voted player of the tournament.[18] It was the second consecutive World Cup won by Garrincha and Brazil.


    Better than pele, for me and most people that were able to witness them both playing. But wasn't as midiatic, not to mention his sad ending in obscurity, dying from liver cirrhosis due to his alcohol problems.

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    Thanx Flavia.
    My grandfather used to tell me stories about him. He was a great player, some even say he was better than Pele.

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    I believe he was better than Pele. It was he that was more influential than Pele in helping Brazil win 1958 and 1962 world cups.

    People say Maradona won the world cup on his own with Argentina, well the case could be held for Garrincha winning the world cup on his own too in 1962 as Pele was injured for most of it. Garrincha scored 4 goals and made a number of assists.

    Garrincha is imo the greatest winger to have ever played the game. 85 goals in 236 games for Botafoga and 12 goals in 50 games for Brazil as a winger was great. Brazil never lost when Garrincha and Pele were in the same team.

    He succumbed to alcohol problems which really shortened his football career and ultimately his life.

    Garrincha was the one with the magic, the skills, the beauty of play and his free kicks were amazing.

    Garrincha is among my top 5 of greatest ever. Greatest ever winger. Most influential player for Brazil from 58-62, which some say is the greatest national side ever seen.

    The first time I saw a video of Garrincha in action I fell in love with him and his magnificence on the football pitch. His battles to overcome his birth defects, his personal problems and injuries only made him more endearing to the Brazilian public - moreso than Pele. He was the Brazilian working class hero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnfieldEd View Post
    I believe he was better than Pele. It was he that was more influential than Pele in helping Brazil win 1958 and 1962 world cups.

    People say Maradona won the world cup on his own with Argentina, well the case could be held for Garrincha winning the world cup on his own too in 1962 as Pele was injured for most of it. Garrincha scored 4 goals and made a number of assists.

    Garrincha is imo the greatest winger to have ever played the game. 85 goals in 236 games for Botafoga and 12 goals in 50 games for Brazil as a winger was great. Brazil never lost when Garrincha and Pele were in the same team.

    He succumbed to alcohol problems which really shortened his football career and ultimately his life.

    Garrincha was the one with the magic, the skills, the beauty of play and his free kicks were amazing.

    Garrincha is among my top 5 of greatest ever. Greatest ever winger. Most influential player for Brazil from 58-62, which some say is the greatest national side ever seen.

    The first time I saw a video of Garrincha in action I fell in love with him and his magnificence on the football pitch. His battles to overcome his birth defects, his personal problems and injuries only made him more endearing to the Brazilian public - moreso than Pele. He was the Brazilian working class hero.
    For what I was told by my parents and other relatives, he was. But then he ended up in ostracism, he was forgotten while he was still alive for a long time. And now the world thinks pele is the best brazilian player ever.

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    One of the most talented footballers of all time, and a spectacle outside of the pitch too. Balotelli, Cassano and the rest don't even come close. He had a very tragic private live, however

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    one of the best ever.

    better than Pele???

    Nope, but certainly on his level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatem Ben Arfa View Post


    one of the best ever.

    better than Pele???

    Nope, but certainly on his level.
    I think he was a level above, especially having to deal with birth defects and his alcoholism. Since I didn't watch them live and yt videos don't tell the whole story, I rather listen to the people who did see them both, and Garrincha is always said to be the best for anyone I ask to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flavia View Post
    I think he was a level above, especially having to deal with birth defects and his alcoholism. Since I didn't watch them live and yt videos don't tell the whole story, I rather listen to the people who did see them both, and Garrincha is always said to be the best for anyone I ask to.
    fair enough.

    there are people who have seen both play say Pele is Best Ever though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatem Ben Arfa View Post
    fair enough.

    there are people who have seen both play say Pele is Best Ever though
    Never met one here, as strange as it might seem. Pele's more of a media product than the real thing from all I gathered thru the years. But why don't you start a thread for him?

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    I think it's as simple as Pele having all the stats and a long and successful carreer, and Garrincha being more spectacular and entertaining, more special. He also had lots of problems which meant he was only on the top of his game for a few years (a bit like Ronaldinho). I can't say much since I haven't seen anyone of them play myself, but it's possible that a Garrincha on top form was better, but Pele could still be the greater player because of playing for so much longer, keeping a constantly high level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flavia View Post
    Never met one here, as strange as it might seem. Pele's more of a media product than the real thing from all I gathered thru the years. But why don't you start a thread for him?
    media product?

    I'm not going to bite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatem Ben Arfa View Post
    media product?

    I'm not going to bite.
    I am not joking. He was very good, but not the best ever. This "best ever" label he has is a media product he was smart enough to build very well.
    This discussion shouldnt be on Garrincha thread, though.

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    8 years ago, a local magazine in UAE made a full report about Garrincha. about 13-15 full pages only about him and how he coped well with a shorter leg (I think it was his left). I'll try to find it and translate it here. but from what I remember, Garrincha was the real deal for Brazil in 1958 and 1962 but like Flavia said, media made it all about Pele, as Garrincha was the one who truely led Brazil to glory in those two WCs.

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    Garrincha never bothered about the 'details' of the game. As his team-mates were celebrating the World Cup win, he was initially bemused, having been under the impression that the competition was more league-like and that Brazil would play all the other teams twice.

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