Altair Gomes de Figueiredo

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Full name Altair Gomes de Figueiredo
Date of birth (1938-01-22)22 January 1938
Place of birth Niterói, Brazil
Date of death 9 August 2019(2019-08-09) (aged 81)
Place of death São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1971 Fluminense 551 (2)
National team
1959–1966 Brazil 18 (0)
Teams managed
1992 Fluminense (interim)
1996 Fluminense (interim)
1997 Fluminense (interim)
1998 Fluminense (interim)
Men's Football
Representing  Brazil
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1962 Chile
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Altair Gomes de Figueiredo, usually referred to as Altair (January 22, 1938 – August 9, 2019),[1][2] was a football defender and a World Champion for Brazil in the 1962 World Cup.[3]

He spent his entire career at Fluminense, for which he played 551 games, scoring twice. He was called “magro” (slim) because he was skinny and despite his modest physical appearance, was a tough tackler and tremendous marker. His duels with Garrincha were legendary. He retired from playing in 1971 aged 33.


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