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The Myth of Garrincha 

A profile of Brazilian association football icon Mané Garrincha.




Episode credited cast:
Joao Batista da Cruz Joao Batista da Cruz ... Self
Ruy Castro Ruy Castro ... Self - Garrincha's biographer
Malvino Freire Malvino Freire ... Self
Garrincha ... Self (archive footage)
Juca Kfouri Juca Kfouri ... Self - Sports journalist
Glória Maria Glória Maria ... Self (as Glória Maria Matta da Silva)
Joao Maximo Joao Maximo ... Self - Sports journalist
Pelé ... Self
Elza Soares Elza Soares ... Self
Gerson Suares Gerson Suares ... Self (son of Elza Soares)


In Brazil, Pelé is "The King." But his teammate, Mané Garrincha, is also remembered as the one of the best soccer players of all time. In a country where the sport grants its protagonists such royal deference, Garrincha is the jester -- an entertainer who amused crowds and turned soccer into an irresistible spectacle, all while helping Brazil capture two World Cups. This, despite his legs being so bent that early in his career doctors deemed him unfit to play professionally. Match after match, he proved them wrong. But his unpredictable moves were of little assistance after his playing career came to an end. Abandoned by the soccer establishment, Garrincha died a victim of alcoholism in 1983. But his fans did not forget him. His body was brought to a cemetery, in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Garrincha's relatives had to borrow a grave, which turned out to be too small for his coffin. Thousands of people flooded the tiny burial ground, much more than the place could accommodate. ...

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