Name: Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos
Growth type: Standard/Lasting
Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Balanced
A rock-solid right back for the great Brazilian Cup teams of 1958 and 1962, Djalma Santos was the first Brazilian player to make 100 caps and was one of the best and most complete RB's of all time. A physical specimen While primarily known for his defensive skills, he found time to raid down the right flank and was steadfast in support of the attacking game. He was a tough, rugged and uncompromising right back, Known for his soccer sense and intelligence on the pitch, he was often given the role of marking the opponent's fastest wing player, Djalma was also a deadball specialist and the designated penalty taker for Brazil in the early 1960s.
Djalma Santos played in all three of Brazils games in 1954. However, the team were over compensating for their defensive frailties four years before and, without any real attacking sparkle, lost to the great Hungarian side in the quarter finals.
In 1958, it looked as if Santos would be a non-playing member of the squad. However, for the final against Sweden, the Brazilian manager, Feola, called upon Santos to use his excellent positioning skills to mark the winger Skoglund. Brazil won the game 5-2, and lifted the trophy, and despite only playing one game Santos was still voted best right back in the competition
During the 1962 finals, the Brazilian team, with an average age of 30, looked a little old, especially against the pacey Spanish side in the group stages. However, with the help of their rock-solid right back, they won their way through to the final, where they beat Czechoslovakia 3-1. Djalma Santos even set up the third goal.
The defence remained virtually the same for the 1966 World Cup tournament, with Djalma Santos being called into action in the twilight of his career. However, this time they were too old and complacent, believing the cup was theirs by right. They could not overcome the passing of Hungary, and with a little help from well placed kicks by the opposition, Brazil offered only a whimper, and left the tournament after the first stage.
Santos played in 8 of the 9 World Cup matches from 1962 to 1966 (playing at the age of 37 in his final World Cup tournament). Djalma Santos played in four World Cups and was the first Brazilian to make 100 caps. The length of his career is a testament to his skill and shows that he truly was a world class player.
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