JOÃO SALDANHA - THE BRAIN BEHIND THE GAME

JOÃO SALDANHA

By Andre Iki SIQUEIRA, Beto MACEDO

TV ZERO - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2012

Head of the Brazilian soccer team during the 60's, João Saldanha led the country to win the 1970 World Cup in Mexico when Brazil became three times champion. An activist of the Brazilian Communist Party since the 40's, he was the odd man out of the Confederation of Brazilian Football (CBF).

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Festival de Cannes 2012
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    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Biography
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • PORTUGUESE
    • Duration
    • 94 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Andre Iki SIQUEIRA, Beto MACEDO
    • Producer(s)
    • Rodrigo LETIER (TvZERO), Roberto BERLINER (TvZero)
    • Synopsis
    • Polemic, unpredictable, irreverent and revolutionary, João Saldanha (1917-1990) was known as commentator that whole country listened to. João conquered Brazil in the 1930's, alongside Heleno de Freitas, at the matches on Copacabana Beach. Devoted to his club Botafogo, Saldanha was a player and coach on the team that had Nilton Santos, Garrincha and Paulo Valentim. He was always good with fighting and debating. An outspoken critic of the national team, João accepted the challenge and became the team's coach, he called up the stars and the team qualified to the 1970's world cup. Historical militant of the Brazilian communist party, he was fired from his job by the military government when he wouldn't publicly denounce communism. He followed working in journalism, where he became the most popular sports commentator in the country. Unforgettable by his friends, and feared by his enemies.
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