Brazilian soccer star Jairzinho on Sunday (June 28) received Portugal's highest sporting award, the medal of merit in sport, on behalf of Brazil's triumphant World Cup team.
SV PAN Minister of Education talks to officials
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SV Jairzinho being decorated with medal by Minister
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CU Brazil badge and medal on Jairzinho's jacket
SV Jairzinho being congratulated by Minister of Education and officials
SV PAN Jairzinho talks to Minister of Education
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Background: Brazilian soccer star Jairzinho on Sunday (June 28) received Portugal's highest sporting award, the medal of merit in sport, on behalf of Brazil's triumphant World Cup team.
Minister of Education Professor Veiga Simao presented the decoration, the same one given to Portugal's National side when they won 3rd place in the 1966 World Cup.
Jairzinho, whose club side is Botafogo, also played in the 1966 World Cup.
But in 1967 he had to undergo a series of operations to his leg, from which he recovered bravely.
In a peerless Brazilian forward line, he stands out as a very fast, very skilful, strongly finishing player, able to play in midfield, but usually seen on the right wing. The 1970 World Cup in Mexico has added to his considerable fame.
He was told as he received his decoration that Brazil's victory was celebrated by the Portuguese people as if Portugal had won. Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking Republic, discovered in 1500 by a Portuguese Admiral.