Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  

Brazilian legend Jaja no more

Brazilian football legend Jair Rosa Pinto who was known as "Master Jaja" has died at the age of 84 at his home here after suffering from a lung related disease, local press reported on Thursday.

Jaja, who gave advice to players like Pele and Didi, was known for his small feet (size 4/37) but it failed to hinder his talent as he was the player who invented the dead ball free-kick and step-over.

During his final years with Santos, Jaja spent time coaching a certain youngster by the name of Pele who at 19 was already a world champion with Brazil.

Jair Rosa Pinto never experienced World Cup fame like Pele, he played 41 matches and scored 21 goals for the national team.

Jaja was a member of the Brazilian World Cup team that played in the "final of all finals" at the Maracana stadium in 1950 in which they lost 2-1 against Uruguay.

He couldn't understand how they had lost after leading 1-0 and he often asked God for an explanation.

Born in 1921 in Barra Mansa, near Rio, Jaja started his career in Madureira before playing for a number of big Brazilian clubs, Flamengo, Vasco de Gama, Santos, Ponte Preta and Palmeiras with which he experienced his greatest moments on the pitch.