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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 186,942 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Zizinho is the 152nd most popular soccer player (up from 166th in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from Brazil (up from 70th 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 152 out of 16,880Before him are Kenny Dalglish, José Leandro Andrade, Dennis Bergkamp, Iker Casillas, Franck Ribéry, and Giampiero Boniperti. After him are Gunnar Gren, Felix Magath, José Altafini, Ivica Osim, Wim Jansen, and Berti Vogts.

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Among people born in 1921, Zizinho ranks 62Before him are Seretse Khama, Robert Bruce Merrifield, Alexandra of Yugoslavia, Viktor Kulikov, Gérard Debreu, and Harald Quandt. After him are Dobrica Ćosić, Yoichiro Nambu, Peter Benenson, Franco Corelli, Mary Jackson, and Louis Jourdan. Among people deceased in 2002, Zizinho ranks 34Before him are Jonas Savimbi, Raf Vallone, Abu Nidal, Alexander Prokhorov, Juan Alberto Schiaffino, and Ne Win. After him are George Porter, John Gotti, Max Perutz, Eduardo Chillida, René Thom, and Erwin Chargaff.

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Among people born in Brazil, Zizinho ranks 62 out of 2,067Before him are Tostão (1947), Vinicius de Moraes (1913), Ademir de Menezes (1922), Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil (1846), Zumbi (1655), and Deodoro da Fonseca (1827). After him are José Altafini (1938), Hélder Câmara (1909), Nelson Freire (1944), Gérson (1941), Astrud Gilberto (1940), and Hebe Camargo (1929).


Among soccer players born in Brazil, Zizinho ranks 30Before him are Neymar (1992), Dani Alves (1983), Cafu (1970), Kaká (1982), Tostão (1947), and Ademir de Menezes (1922). After him are José Altafini (1938), Gérson (1941), Careca (1960), Pepe (1935), Moacir Barbosa Nascimento (1921), and Amarildo Tavares da Silveira (1939).