*Museum Gem* JAIRZINHO Brazil National Team Winners Medal WITH BOX for Brazil Independence 1972 Cup.
*Provenance: Tournament Referee Collection*
The Brazil Independence Cup was an international football tournament held in Brazil, from 11 June to 9 July 1972, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Brazilian Declaration of Independence. It was called the Minicopa by the Brazilians and the final was between Brazil and Portugal, in the Maracanã Stadium. Brazil won 1–0, with Jairzinho scoring in the 89th minute. Brazil no longer had Pelé but still had Tostão, Jairzinho and Rivelino, the later two also played in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, in West Germany. Despite Portugal's quality results and team, including Benfica players such as Eusébio, Jaime Graça, José Henrique, Humberto Coelho, Rui Jordão, and Toni, the team missed the World Cup 1974 and 1978 qualifying matches, so this tournament was their best result until the 1984 European Football Championship.
Jairzinho replaced his footballing idol Garrincha in both the Botafogo and Brazil teams, and played in three consecutive World Cups: 1966, 1970 and 1974. Regarded as one of Brazil's best players ever, and as one of the greatest players of all time, he was listed one place ahead of Zinedine Zidane, at number 27 in World Soccer Magazine's list of the 100 greatest players of the 20th century.
Medal Details: Medal diameter 5 cm (Centimeters)