1921 - 2002

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Thomaz Soares da Silva, also known as Zizinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ziˈzĩɲu]; 14 September 1921 – 8 February 2002), was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for the Brazil national football team. He came to international prominence at the 1950 World Cup, where he scored two goals. He was lauded as a complete player, with an array of offensive skills such as his dribbling, passing, and shooting ability with both feet, as well as his accuracy from dead ball situations and extraordinary vision. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zizinho has received more than 169,660 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Zizinho is the 166th most popular soccer player (down from 130th in 2019), the 70th most popular biography from Brazil (down from 61st in 2019) and the 30th most popular Brazilian Soccer Player.

Zizinho is most famous for his time with the Brazilian national team, where he was a key player on the 1958 and 1962 World Cup teams.

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Among soccer players, Zizinho ranks 166 out of 16,923Before him are Kazu Naoki, Cafu, Laurent Blanc, Carles Puyol, Moacir Barbosa Nascimento, and Gyula Grosics. After him are Peter Schmeichel, Nagayasu Honda, Didier Deschamps, Luís Figo, Kenzo Ohashi, and Duncan Edwards.

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Among people born in 1921, Zizinho ranks 62Before him are Alexandra of Yugoslavia, Moacir Barbosa Nascimento, Donna Reed, Paul Schäfer, György Cziffra, and Mario Lanza. After him are Herschel Grynszpan, Dobrica Ćosić, Louis Jourdan, Karel Appel, Harald Quandt, and Peter Benenson. Among people deceased in 2002, Zizinho ranks 35Before him are John Gotti, Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Eduardo Chillida, Jonas Savimbi, Abu Nidal, and Raf Vallone. After him are Yoshio Okada, Max Perutz, Ne Win, René Thom, Archer Martin, and Shigeo Sugimoto.

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Among people born in Brazil, Zizinho ranks 70 out of 1,947Before him are Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco (1897), Fernanda Montenegro (1929), Cafu (1970), Moacir Barbosa Nascimento (1921), Vicente Feola (1909), and Zumbi (1655). After him are Neymar (1992), Tostão (1947), Careca (1960), João Goulart (1918), Leonardo Boff (1938), and Amarildo Tavares da Silveira (1939).


Among soccer players born in Brazil, Zizinho ranks 30Before him are Paulo Roberto Falcão (1953), Ademir de Menezes (1922), Gérson (1941), Kaká (1982), Cafu (1970), and Moacir Barbosa Nascimento (1921). After him are Neymar (1992), Tostão (1947), Careca (1960), Amarildo Tavares da Silveira (1939), Jair Marinho (1936), and Pepe (1935).