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ADEMIR

FULL NAME:  Ademir Marques de Menezes
BORN:  November 8, 1922 
COUNTRY: Brazil 
WORLD CUP APPEARANCES:  5 games in 1 tournament ('50) 
CLUBS: Recife, Vasco da Gama, Fluminese, Vasco da Gama
INTRODUCTION: Top-scorer of the 1950 World Cup.
CAREER INTERNATIONAL GOALS: 31 in 37 games
1950 World Cup - Brazil
Ademir was Brazil's best attacker since Leonidas.  Ademir's father was Domingos, the famous 1938 World Cup defender.  Ademir was a goal-scoring hero in the Rio state league.  So a lot was expected from him in the 1950 World Cup, especially when Brazil itself was the host nation.

Ademir led a deadly attacking trio that included Zizinho and Jair.  He played center-forward and and combined superbly with the other two.  Attacking from deep positions, they created havoc for the opposing defenses.  He scored 7 goals in 6 games, including 4 against Sweden in the final pool.

Although he played exceptionally well throughout that tournament, Brazil's elusive first victory would not come.  The Brazilian trio was magnificent again in the first half of the final match against Uruguay.  But after taking the lead, the fighting spirit and resilience of their South American neighbours led to a strong come-back for Uruquay.  Uruguay produced a huge upset and the whole nation, including the 200,000 fans in the Maracana stadium, were stunned by their 2-1 victory.  Brazil had lost the Cup.

Four years later, Ademir and most of his teammates were not selected for the tournament in Switzerland.  By then, the responsibility had gone to a new generation of Brazilian stars, led by Didi, Baltazar and Julinho.

HIS GOALS IN THE WORLD CUP - COMPLETE RECORD
1950
1st round: 1st match v. Mexico (2)
1st round: 3rd match v. Yugoslavia
Final Pool: 1st match v. Sweden (4)

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