BRAZIL

An outstanding two-footed playmaker, Socrates was capped 60 times for Brazil between 1979 and 1986, scoring 22 goals. He captained a sublime Selecao at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. The romantic-minded may have shed a tear for Brazil, a glorious team of multi-talented midfielders which should have won the tournament but were outfoxed by a stubborn Italian team in one of the best games ever

"Socrates seemed like a player from another era," former Italy forward and Brazilian nemesis Paolo Rossi once remarked. "You couldn't place him in any category -- on the pitch and even more so off it

No-one would deny that Felix wasnt a world beater and fortunately he had one of the best teams ever assembled in front of him, but this shirt just pips Yashins as the most iconic goalkeepers shirt ever

In the 1982 World cup in Spain all eyes were on Brazil. In Zico, Sócrates, Falcão, Éder and Junior, the rejuvenated 'Seleção' boasted an offensive firepower that promised a return to the glory days of 1970. The tri-campeão lived up to all expectations and they strolled into the second round 'group of death' with Argentina and Italy

The match between Brazil and Italy would be a game to remember. Twice Italy went in the lead through Paolo Rossi's goals, and twice Brazil came back. At 2-2, Brazil would have gone through on goal difference, but on 74 minutes, a poor clearance from an Italy corner kick fell to where Rossi and Graziani were waiting. Both strikers reflexively aimed at the same shot, Rossi connecting and sending Italy to the semifinals in one of the all-time great games of World Cup history

Often called the "White Pelé", Zico is commonly considered the world's best player of the late 70's and early 80's. One of the best playmakers and free kick specialists of any generation, he was able to bend the ball in all directions with pace and was deadly inside the final third of the pitch

With 48 goals in 71 appearances for Brazil, Zico is the fourth highest goalscorer in Brazil's history. He represented them in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups, probably the best Brazilian player never to have been on a World Cup winning squad.
In 1999, Zico came eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote

Whenever people talk about great teams of previous World Cups, this Brazilian team of 1982 always seems to be mentioned. They failed to reach the semifinals, but won the hearts of millions of football fans world-wide. Being one of the most elegant sides ever assembled, the memory of their football will linger

In Mexico Jairzinho became one of only 3 players in the history of the World Cup to have scored in every game of the tournament. He was listed at number 27 in World Soccer Magazine's list of the 100 greatest players of the 20th century, one place ahead of Zinedine Zidane

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