- NAME: Garrincha
- OCCUPATION: Soccer Player
- BIRTH DATE: October 28, 1933
- DEATH DATE: January 20, 1983
- Did You Know?: Garrincha has been the subject of multiple films, including the 2003 drama "Garrincha - Estrela Solitária" ("Lonely Star")
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Pau Grande, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- PLACE OF DEATH: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Originally: Manuel Francisco dos Santos
- Nickname: Garrincha (Wren)
- Nickname: Alegria do Povo (Joy of the People)
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Brazilian soccer star Garrincha overcame birth defects to lead his country to victories in the 1958 and 1962 World Cups.
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He killed his mother-in-law in a car crash in 1969, and separated from Soares in 1977 after attacking her in a drunken rage.
Penniless and stricken by liver cirrhosis, Garrincha died on January 20, 1983, after lapsing into an alcoholic coma. Despite his late-life troubles, thousands of fans came to view his body at Estádio do Maracanã and to pay their respects to the man who once inspired so much joy on the soccer pitch.
With Brazil named the host country of the 2014 World Cup,
administrators set about repairing Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in time for tournament matches. Renovated to hold more than 70,000 fans, the stadium had its official inauguration in May 2013.
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