UltimateXI Profile: Jairzinho

By April 30, 2020
Jairzinho Jairzinho

Jair Ventura Filho (Jairzinho) was not a striker per say, but was used as a winger. What he did have was a striker’s instinct for goal though and from his right-wing position, scored a remarkable number of goals. The quick, skillful and certainly powerful winger was part of the Brazil 1970 team that many believe constitutes the greatest XI in the history of football. Jairzinho, outside of his physical prowess, was brilliant and could be used in any of the attacking positions on the field with a seamlessness that would have to be seen to be believed. Idolizing Garrincha, who held the position at right wing for Brazil, Jairzinho became just as important to Brazil and led to a long-held belief that you had to be Brazillian to play that position well. He replaced Garrincha in the Botafogo XI before doing the same in Brazil set up and ended up at three World Cups, 1966, 1970, and 1974. In 1970, Jairzinho made history when he scored in every game of the World Cup. In most World Cup years, scoring seven goals would be good enough for the Golden Boot award, but in 1970, another great from this list was not to be undone, Gerd Müller.

Playing Career

Full name: Jair Ventura Filho (Jairzinho)

Date of birth: 25 December 1944 (age 75)

Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height: 1.73m (5 ft 8 in)

Playing position: Winger

Club 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

Club Honours

  • Botafogo - Torneio de Caracas: 1967, 1968 and 1970; Taça Brasil de Futebol: 1968; Rio-São Paulo Tournament: 1964 and 1966; Campeonato Carioca: 1967 and 1968
  • Cruzeiro - Copa Libertadores de América: 1976

International Career

  • 1964-1982 Brazil 81 (33)

International Honours

  • FIFA World Cup: 1970
  • Taça Independência: 1972

Individual Honours

  • FIFA World Cup Silver Boot: 1970
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1970
  • South American Player of the Year: Bronze award 1972
  • World Soccer: 27th Greatest Player of the 20th Century
  • IFFHS Brazilian Player of the 20th Century (19th place)
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
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