Tuesday, June 23, 2009



Full Name: Manuel Francisco dos Santos
28 October 1933 – 20 January 1983
World Cups: 1958, 1962 & 1966

Without a Doubt the Greatest Right Winger The Game of Football has ever seen. The dribbling wizard was a regular match winner for Brazil. In 1958, both Garrincha and Pele were left out of the opening 2 Group Games that Brazil played. However in the 3rd after pressure from their Brazilian team mates both players started for Brazil. The results were evident from the 1st game. Garrincha constantly teased and mesmorized opposition defences. He was the greatest ever dribbler the World has ever seen. Cutting and Sliding through defences with such ease. Garrincha was one of the stars of Brazil’s first World Cup success in 1958. His best performance was left for the final where his brilliance with the ball tormented the Swedish Defence leaving them clueless on many occasions. In 1962 Brazil defended their title with great success solely due to Garrincha’s Brilliance. Garrincha alone led Brazil to victory. His performances in against England in the quarterfinals and Chile in the semi-finals were breathtaking. He scored 2 goals in both of those games and dictated the game. There is no doubt that he was the Greatest Ever Right Winger the World has ever seen. In 1966 an ageing Garrincha helped Brazil to a victory over Bulgaria but ultimately Brazil departed the tournament in the first round.
After Pele, Garrincha is considered the greatest Brazilian player. Garrincha however had several birth defects which included a deformed spine, a bent right leg and a shorter left leg (6cm). A successful operation allowed him to pursue a career in football. It would be the fact that his left leg was shorter that assisted Garrincha in his football as it would throw many defenders off when he was on his many dribbling runs.
Garrincha was known by the Brazilian people as “Alegrio do Povo” (Joy of the People) and “Anjo de Pernas Tortas” (Angel with Bent Legs).

Full Name: Jair Ventura Filho
Born 25 December 1944
World Cups: 1966, 1970 & 1974
Jairzinho was the follow up Right-Winger for Brazil in their most dominant and successful era. He played a bit part role in Brazil’s disappointing 1966 campaign. In 1970 Jairzinho was instrumental in Brazil’s total dominance of the tournament. Jairzinho scored in every single game of the tournament. Jairzinho along with Pele, Tostao and Rivelino were considered the most deadliest forward line ever. In 1974 Jairzinho again featured for Brazil, scoring twice in the tournament, but Brazil were not the same force without Pele. Jairzinho and Brazil finished 4th after losing to Poland in the 3rd Place Playoff.

16 August 1929 – 14 August 2003
World Cups: 1954, 1958
Helmut Rahn was part of the West German team that won the 1954 World Cup against all odds against Hungary in the final. This game is known as The Miracle of Bern. Rahn was instrumental in West Germany’s revival after their group game loss of 8-3 to the very same Hungarians. Rahn was involved in all 3 goals in the Final by creating the 1st and scoring both the equalizer and the winner. This achievement by Rahn has forever held him is a hero and a legend in Germany. Rahn also assisted West Germany to the semi-finals in the 1958 World Cup. In total Rahn scored 10 goals at FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Born 8 April 1950
World Cups: 1974, 1978 & 1982

Lato was the main player for Poland’s greatest World Cup successes. In 1974 Lato finished top scorer in the tournament with 7 goals. He helped Poland to finish 3rd in the 1974 World Cup with match winning performances against many of their opposition. In the 1978 World Cup Lato and Poland failed to have the same success as in 74 but still competed well finishing 3rd in their Group behind Argentina and Brazil. Lato was back with Poland in the 1982 World Cup to get yet another Bronze Medal. Alongside Boniek, Lato led Poland to a victory in the 3rd place playoff against the mighty French. Lato was a brilliant Right Winger who is a Polish Football Legend.

What was the main reason for Noberto Alonso and Osvaldo Ardiles, both outfield players, wearing the Number 1 Jersey for Argentina in the 1978 & 1982 World Cup Tournaments respectively?

Same rules as Last section applies with the exception that you can now vote for any 1 player you like instead of 2. You are not limited to the ones mentioned above. Voting procedure is same as last: Send your vote and answer via email to galactico786@gmail.com as well as email/cell phone number.

The prize for the overall winner of the competition which is the person who correctly guesses the correct World XI and answers all Trivia Questions Correctly will be Copies of The Complete Set of World Cup Highlights DVD’s from 1954-2006, a total of 14 Discs. At the end of the Forwards section the leader of the Forward Section will win a copy of a Selected World Cup DVD of your choice.

The answer to last months question of which players have the unique record of appearing for 2 different countries from different continents is:
Luis Monti for Argentina in 1930 and Italy in 1934
Jose Santamaria for Uruguay in 1954 and Spain in 1962
Jose Altafini for Brazil in 1958 and italy in 1962.


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