With a nickname like The Genius, you’d expect to find this former FIFA midfielder leaning over library books or toying with boiling beacons in a university laboratory.
The origin of this brilliant player’s nickname came from his spectacular play on the soccer pitch in Serbia and Montenegro as well as throughout Europe.
Few American sports fans may know Montenegro’s Dejan Savicevic.
But, all European football (soccer) fans, and especially those in northern Italy, carry vivid memories of this fantastic midfielder.
Today’s Throw Back Thursday or TBT FIFA sports blog focuses on Manuel Garrincha, one of Brazil’s most decorated soccer heroes and a two-time World Cup champion.
My TBT post is an excerpt from my book FIFA Favorites…….
……These words are written on the tombstone of our next nicknamed athlete. “Here rests in peace one who was the Joy of the People.”
Sadly, Manuel Garrincha passed away as a mystery. He was a brilliant footballer, beloved by Brazilians, yet he died as a poor alcoholic.
Today’s Throw Back Thursday FIFA sports blog should bring a little cheer to disheartened Italian soccer fans who witnessed their beloved Azzurri get eliminated this week from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Italy’s exit came at the heels of 1 – 0 losses to a powerful Uruguay side and to an upstart Costa Rica team.
So, let’s throw back time eight years and remember a rock solid defender who thwarted all opposing strikers with sites on goal.
While soccer fans across the globe focusing on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, this sports comic book on my all-time FIFA Favorites should pique their interest.
My soccer selections include five former footballers, four current stars and probably the most passionately debated play in the history of the World Cup.
All ten selections positively impacted international football. Even the diminutive, chubby Argentine striker responsible for the most famous botched call of World Cup play gets a spot in FIFA Favorites.