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Full name Manoel Rezende de Mattos Cabral
Date of birth (1950-07-26) July 26, 1950
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970 America
1970–1971 Barreirense 6 (0)
1971 Anzoategui
1972 Bonsucesso
1972 Remo 10 (0)
1973–1980 Cruzeiro 410 (43)
1980–1981 Grêmio 2 (1)
1981–1982 Cruzeiro 17 (4)
1982–1987 Atlético Mineiro 204 (18)
Total 681 (82)
National team
1974–1980 Brazil 28 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nelinho, real name Manoel Rezende de Mattos Cabral, (born July 26, 1950 in Rio de Janeiro) is a former association footballer who played right back.[1] He played in the 1974 FIFA World Cup (three times) and the 1978 FIFA World Cup (four times),[2] and scored one of the most stunning goals in World Cup history, in the third place match against Italy in 1978: he struck it into the far corner with the outside of his right foot, bending it round the sprawling Dino Zoff.[1] He was capped 28 times by Brazil, between April 1974 and June 1980, and scored eight international goals.[2] According to an interview with FIFA Futbol Mundial, Nelinho said he scored 210 goals in his career, with over 100 coming during his time at Cruzeiro.

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  1. ^ a b Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 2. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. pp. 307–309.  
  2. ^ a b Napoleão, Antônio Carlos; Assaf, Roberto (2006). Seleção Brasileira 1914–2006. São Paulo: Mauad X. p. 281.  
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