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Full nameManuel Francisco dos Santos
Date of birthOctober 28, 1933
Place of birthPau Grande (RJ), Brazil
Date of deathJanuary 20, 1983(age 49)
Place of deathRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6.5 in)
Playing positionWinger

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Manuel Francisco dos Santos (October 28, 1933 January 20, 1983), known by the nickname "Garrincha" (-ptgar:ĩ´ʃa, "little bird"), was an association football right winger and forward who helped the Brazil national team win the World Cups of 1958 and 1962. He played the majority of his professional career for Brazilian club Botafogo.

The word garrincha itself means wren. Garrincha was also known as Mané (short for Manuel) by his friends. The combined '"Mané Garrincha"' is common among fans in Brazil. Due to his immense popularity in Brazil, he was also called 'Alegria do Povo' (Joy of the People) and 'Anjo de Pernas Tortas' (Angel with Bent Legs).

He is regarded as the best dribbler in football history. In the Estádio do Maracanã the home changing room is known as 'Garrincha', whereas the away changing room is known as 'Pelé'.

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