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Legendary Jairzinho believes the current Brazil team lack stars

The 1970 World Cup winner
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1970 World Cup winner Jairzinho believes the current Brazil team lacks the quality that the teams he played in possessed, although he feels passionate support during this summer's tournament will be key.

Jairzinho was speaking in an exclusive interview with AFP, with FIFA quoting the 69-year-old’s views on the current Seleção side.

"I can only say today there is a lack of stars in Brazilian football,” said Jairzinho.

"In 1970, we had practically 11 stars out there on the field. We were the only team in the world who had five No10s out there playing together. But football has changed - it was much more attack-minded then.

"The strength of support is very important for the morale of the group."

Three years ago the Brazilian launched his talent factory in a northern Rio de Janiero favela know as “Gaza strip”. Jairzinho admits when he coaches his youngsters his past memories come flooding back.

The World Cup winner remains the only footballer in history to have scored in every round of a World Cup tournament, scoring seven goals in six games during Brazil’s 1970 triumph.

He added: "The memories come flooding back every time I see these kids looking for their place in the sun.

"Many people considered me the best player at that World Cup. I'm in the history books as the only player to score in every game at a World Cup - seven goals in six matches."


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