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Full nameManoel Rezende de Mattos Cabral
Date of birthJuly 26, 1950(age 66)
Place of birthRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Playing positionRight back

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Nelinho, real name Manoel Rezende de Mattos Cabral, (born July 26, 1950 in Rio de Janeiro) is a former association footballer who played right back. He played in the 1974 FIFA World Cup (three times) and the 1978 FIFA World Cup (four times), and scored one of the most stunning goals in World Cup history, in the third place match against Italy in 1978: he struck it into the far corner with the outside of his right foot, bending it round the sprawling Dino Zoff. He was capped 28 times by Brazil, between April 1974 and June 1980, and scored eight international goals. According to an interview with FIFA Futbol Mundial, Nelinho said he scored 210 goals in his career, with over 100 coming during his time at Cruzeiro.

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