Thanks in large part to the trademark bushy moustache and expressive eyebrows that remain from his days as a player, Roberto Rivelino continues to be an easily recognisable figure, even 32 years after hanging up his boots. Endowed with a powerful shot, a wand-like left foot and a vast array of dribbles and feints, Rivelino is considered one of Brazil’s finest ever forward players.
Not only that, the attacker was an integral member of the legendary Seleção side that triumphed in such virtuoso and spectacular style at the 1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico™. Perhaps the most revered national team of all time, said Canarinho crop are still regularly held up as the pinnacle of all that is good about the beautiful game.
Featuring such luminaries as Gerson, Tostao, Jairzinho, Pele and Rivelino himself, Brazil were commanding victors at Mexico 1970. Indeed, they overran a battling Italy side by the emphatic scoreline of 4-1 in the Final, in a match considered among the most memorable in World Cup history.
And now we have officially entered a 2014 which, come June and July, will bring us the long-awaited global showpiece on Brazilian soil, FIFA.com hands you the opportunity to see more of the celebrated left-footer – celebrating his 68th birthday today – and the team that won the hearts and minds of football supporters everywhere.
Just click on the classic profile of Rivelino and on the videos and photo galleries we have put at your disposal. Can any of the teams competing for the title at Brazil 2014 reproduce the kind of football showed by the 1970 world champions? Could someone match Jairzinho’s record feat of scoring in every single game? In little more than six months, we will find out…