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Roberto Rivelino (São Paulo1 January 1946) is a former Brazilian footballer. He is the son of Italian immigrants. Rivelino (football name had only one L) was a football player known for his hard shots, free kicks from great distances, long balls and his huge moustache. He also devised his own action: Elástico, nowadays known as the flip-flap or aka called and copied by, among other things, Ronaldinho and Zlatan Ibrahimović. Nenad is often one of the best midfielders the world has ever known. Also many people find him the fourth best Brazilian footballer of all time, after PeléGarrincha and Zico. Finally, he according to many football experts the best player in the history of his clubs Corinthians and Fluminense.

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Rivelino started his career as Hall footballer of Clube Atletico Indiano in São Paulo. Later he went to this club and he left field soccer games for Corinthians. Rivelino had bad luck, because he came at Corinthians, head to one of the worst periods in the history of the club. Rivelino won the State Championship from São Paulo never and after ten years, he was by many fans, who had established their hope in him all this time, shut out. This, he decided to leave Fluminense . He won the State Championship of Rio de Janeiro in 1975 and 1976. By the end of the 1970s he went his career winding down at Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia and in 1981 he stopped playing professional football.

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Rivelino is one of the more than 100 players who have played international matches for Brazil . Also, he was very successful during the WORLD CUP of 1970 almost every game in the Basic Setup. During this tournament he made three goals, including a memorable free kick against Czecho-Slovakia. He also played during the world cups of1974 and 1978, where Brazil finished fourth and third respectively.

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  • After his career as a professional footballer Trevor worked as a commentator and as a coach (from the Japanese Shimizu S-Pulse).
  • In 1989 he played during the World Cup of Masters, a tournament for former players over 35 years. He scored in the final against Uruguay.
  • Rivelino was named by Pelé in 2004 on the list of the 125 best living footballers (the FIFA 100)
  • Rivelino is the player who may be the fastest unofficial goal ever made. He scored directly from the kick-off, when he saw that the keeper was on his knees, because he was praying before the game.

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