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Paulo Roberto Falcão (born October 16, 1953) is a retired Brazilianmarker football. He is widely considered one of the best players in Sport Club Internacional and A.S. Roma history, and one of the most talented midfielders of all time.

Career

Falcão was born in Abelardo Luz, in the state of Santa Catarinamarker of Southern Brazil.

He began his professional career at Sport Club Internacional of Porto Alegremarker, in Rio Grande do Sul, where he played from 1973 to 1980, winning three Brazilian National Championships (1975, 1976, 1979). Falcão also played for A.S. Roma (1980-1985), winning one league title (1983) and losing an UEFA Champions League final match: his nickname in the city was "8th king of Rome". He then played for São Paulo in 1985 and 1986.

Falcão played midfield for Brazil in 1982 FIFA World Cup and 1986 FIFA World Cup. He was capped 29 times between February 1976 and June 1986.

He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 Best Living Players to mark FIFAmarker’s centennial.

Coaching career

Falcão had a short and not very successful career as a coach. From 1990 to 1991 he was the manager of the Brazilian national football team. His second and longest coaching experience was with América from 1991 to 1993. After a brief hiatus, in 1994, he was the manager of the Japanese national football team. Falcão retired as a coach without having achieved anything significant with any of the teams he coached.

Media career

Currently Falcão works as a football commentator for Rede Globo and for its sports oriented branch SporTV.

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