Marinho Chagas

Marinho Chagas, real name Francisco das Chagas Marinho, (born february 8, 1952 in Natal) was a football player from Brazil. He played left-back with Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas and the Brazilian national team. He played the Football World Cup 1974. He was a skillful and innovative left lateral who was considered at the time one of the top players at his position. He was a complete player who was strong on defense but also enjoyed joining the attack and did so very effectively, and is considered a pioneer, becoming very influential in helping the lateral position evolve into what it is in today's Brazilian football.

He travelled the world and played for many different clubs in Brazil, the USA and Germany, always showing great skill and quality, but not settling anywhere for too long. His longest stint was at Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas where he stayed four years from 1972 to 1976. In 1981 at São Paulo FC he won the Paulista title.


He received the “Brazilian Silver ball” in 1972, 1973 and 1981.

National team

With Brazilian national team's national team he played 36 matches(8 non-official) and scored four goals. He was a starter for every match during the 1974 FIFA World Cup, part of a very solid defense which allowed 4 goals in 7 matches in their way to a 4th place finish.


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