Another true football great passed away today. Carlos Alberto The guy who scored what many regard as the greatest team goal ever scored.

When Brazil scored their fourth goal the in the 1970 world cup final. Me and my mates were in in raptures we talked about it all night . .then all week. In fact 46 years on, we are still talking about it. but was it what it seemed ?

Until I recently watched a Sky tribute which included interviews with most of the players involved, I was convinced this iconic goal was a result of some wonderful pieces of improvisation from half-a-dozen truly world class players. It seems I was wrong. Astonishingly the whole thing was planned by the Brilliant Brazil Manager Mario Zagallo . .Rivelino tells us he even went through it piece by piece BEFORE the game.

Zagallo was viewed as a bit of a nutter by many Brazilians at the time. They were baffled when he decided to play Gerson, Tostao, Jairzinho, Rivelino and of course Pele all in the same team. That may seem obvious when you consider how brilliant they all were, but not so obvious when you consider that all five players were Number 10s. They all played Number 10 for their club sides; I never knew that.
We all knew that Rivelino was moved to the Left and Jairzinho the right, Gerson and Tostao played off Pele. But FIVE Number 10s in the same team?

Back to the goal. when Clodoaldo did his legendary dribble in front of his own penalty area, he saw Rivelino had dropped deep on the left. Zagallo`s outrageous plan was on.

Rivelino knocked the ball down the left flank, he knew Jairzinho had moved all the way across to the left and was waiting for it. Tostao and Gerson took defenders away Jairzinho drilled it into Pele, who knew he need only delay for a second. They all knew Carlos Alberto would be powering forward into the space vacated by Jairzinho.

Pele delayed just long enough, then without looking, plays an inch perfect pass straight into the path of Alberto who now resembles an Olympic sprinter. Zagallo`s plan was almost complete: The Brazilian captain was to get the honour of scoring THAT goal – he knew ten seconds before he made the run that he was going to make it... he knew it was his job to complete "The plan"! He batters it unceremoniously into the bottom corner!!!

RIP Carlos Alberto


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