Name: Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior
Club: Torino FC
Junior, an adaptable defender or defensive midfielder, made his name with Flamengo in the mid-1970s and went on to represent his country on 74 occasions, featuring in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.
An unfussy and functional player, Junior represented the shift in the philosophy of Brazilian football that occurred gradually over the course of the 1980s and early 1990s. He was a combative player who was quick to realise (probably because of the time he spent in Italy with Torino) the importance of European-style defensive organisation, something Brazil eventually adopted and used to good effect during their triumph in the 1994 World Cup, just two years after Junior’s international retirement