When he was young, Moacir was a die-hard Corinthian fan – some say every Corinthian fan is a fanatic. But that is not why he told the report that Palmeiras needed to keep an eye on Emelec, for the sake of the Libertadores, facing the end of April. “Emelek always plays well against Brazilian teams here in Guayaquil,” confirmed Pipes Claudino Pinto, who turned 68 on Wednesday and was a replacement for Didi in Sweden’s historic 1958 World Cup campaign, when Brazil won their first world championship.
The former player, who lives in the Ecuadorean city, half an hour away from the stadium, added: “I know the strength that Palmeiras has, I have been following the matches here and I know that the team is currently the best next to Atletico Mineiro.” It is located in the Parque Centro Cívico and has a capacity of 40,000 fans.
“I wish I had gone to the game (Palmeiras win 3-1), but I’m not even kidding because of COVID-19. Here we still wear masks and avoid a crowded environment,” commented the midfielder, who tried to play for Corinthians and Sao Paulo, but ended up getting a chance at Flamengo, on the recommendation of the home manager for street children, where he spent his childhood, in Osasco.
“I was a fan of Zizinho, Cláudio, Luizinho and Baltazar, but I ended up in Rio de Janeiro, where I became a Flamengo player. It’s a pity that my team plays a good game today, and then plays another bad way. Elevator: up and down,” he jokes. At eighteen, he is 86 years old. Moacir is one of six players surviving from the 1958 World Cup. The others are Pele, Zagallo, Pepe, Dino Sani and Mazzola.
It was the revelations of the Flamengo in 1957 that caught the attention of coach Vicente Viola, who summoned the Reds and Blacks Joel, Pipes, Dida and Zagallo. “When the call came in 1958, I didn’t introduce myself. I couldn’t believe they could call me. I was training in Javea, when a manager arrived from the old CBD wanting to know why I didn’t. Playing with the other guys, I asked, ‘Would you Am I really me?”
The little Moacir made it to the selection with a height of 1.60 meters, a weight of 56 kilograms and a 21-year-old. “My nickname among the guys was jockey, because I had the body and size of a horseracing jockey. Just imagine, I’m that big against Bellini, 1.80 meters tall, with his physical strength. But I faced it. I wanted it to be better than anyone else. I didn’t want in being the same. I wanted to be better.”
He didn’t play in the World Cup in Sweden just because Didi was a sacred monster for the team. However, Mwasire did participate in some friendlies before leaving for Europe. Formed into Attack of Dreams alongside Garrincha, Mazola, Pele and Canhotero (who ended up being fired). “It’s left-handed to leave opposing sides in trouble. He dodges a lot. And since he plays guitar…I had a lot of fun with him.”
On May 18, 1958, the Brazilian national team faced Bulgaria at the Estadio do Bacaembu. “Boy, how we were booed when we entered the stadium that day. The crowd said there were many players from Rio de Janeiro in the team. They didn’t know I was from Sao Paulo, I tried to play for Corinthians, but they wouldn’t even let me participate. In the sieve. Not even in Sao Paulo. But as the match progressed, they saw that the team was doing well. That day, I scored two goals. One of them was a penalty. I was in good spirits. They said ‘You’re going to hit’, and I did. On my birthday twenty-second.”
After that World Cup in Sweden, the nickname and conquest of Jules Rimet, Pipes spent another two years in the Brazilian national team until he began his journey to South America. “Believe me: I played with the great River Plate and Penarol before I came to Ecuador.”
This is why Moacir can give an opinion like few others about the Libertadores Cup and its secrets. At River Plate, he played with goalkeeper Carrizo and defender Ramos Delgado, two of Buenos Aires FC legends. “Our attack was the only one in River’s history that there was no Argentine. It was formed by Uruguayan Domingos Perez and myself, Spain’s Pepelo, Brazilians Delem and Roberto.” In Penarol, the attack was more like a movie. “Abby, me, Sasya, Spencer and Joya.”
Few today know the history of these former players, as few know the history of Pipes himself, who was already along with Pele and Garrincha and is proud to have participated in Brazil’s first winning campaign in the World Cup. On his travels across South America, Moacir also wore the Everest and Barcelona de Guayaquil jersey. He finished his career with Carlos Manucci from Peru.