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Gérson, full name Gérson de Oliveira Nunes, (born January 11, 1941 in Niteróimarker), nickname Canhotinha de ouro (literally: Golden left foot) is a Brazilianmarker footballer who played for Brazil in the 1966 and 1970 FIFA World Cups.

Gérson played for Botafogo, Flamengo, São Paulo FC and Fluminense.

Gérson is considered one of the best passers in World Cup history. Although he didn't play well in 1966, he was the mastermind behind the whole Brazilian national team in the 1970 tournament. He is regarded as the best passer and midfielder in that Cup and the best player in the final against Italy. Overall, he played 70 times, scoring 14 goals for his country, including one in that 1970 final.

Gérson had his name unfortunately associated with the infamous Gérson's law (lei de Gérson in Portuguese). He starred in a cigarette advertising campaign in the '70s which had a tagline I like to take advantage of everything and became a codeword for the traditional Brazilian disregard for Laws & Rules. He later repudiated the sentiment.

References and notes

  1. Global Integrity - Brazil Notebook


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