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Brazil - Alberto 1970


Brazil - Alberto 1970
Brazil - Alberto 1970 Brazil - Alberto 1970


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The perfect goal - It may have been 36 years ago, but Carlos Alberto says he can still remember "everything" about the goal that many consider the greatest ever scored.

It is little wonder. The final goal in Brazil's 4-1 demolition of Italy in the 1970 World Cup final combined sublime individual skill with almost telepathic teamwork in a move that has come to symbolise the wonder of a unique collection of footballers.

Originating with the Brazil centre-forward, Tostao, in the left-back position, the ball passed through all but two of the team's outfield players on its way to the goal's breathtaking climax.

As Carlos Alberto puts it, midfielder Clodoaldo "started the carnival" by dribbling past four Italian challenges in his own half, before passing to Rivelino, who lobbed it forward to Jairzinho on the left wing.

On the left a few metres outside Italy's penalty area, Jairzinho passed to Pele, who was standing to his right just outside the "D".

Brazil's legendary number 10 paused before stroking the ball into what appeared to be empty space to his right.

Then, seemingly from nowhere, Carlos Alberto arrived like an express train and smashed a thunderbolt of a shot into the far corner of the net.