Jair Gonçalves Prates

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Full name Jair Gonçalves Prates
Date of birth (1953-07-11) 11 July 1953 (age 64)
Place of birth Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1981 Internacional
1981 Cruzeiro
1982–1984 Peñarol
1984 Juventus-SP
1985–1986 Barcelona de Guayaquil
1986 ABC
1986 Huracán Buceo
1988 Vitória
1988–1989 Juventude
1990 Lajeadense
1991–1992 Huracán Buceo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jair Gonçalves Prates, (born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, 11 June 1953) is a Brazilian former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

Jair made 137 Campeonato Brasileiro appearances for Internacional.[1]


Son of footballer also Laerte Prates (known as Laertes III), Jair was born in Porto Alegre, but raised in Governador Island in Rio de Janeiro. Depending on the profession of his father, also lived in Bogota and Barranquilla, returning to Porto Alegre in the late 1960.

He began his career in the basic categories of international, having played soccer in Sogipa.

Tri-champion for Inter

In 1974, the formation of the great Inter team headed by Rubens Minelli, Jair was already booking team principal, who had players like Falcão, Figueroa and Carpeggiani.

In the victorious campaign of the Brasileiro 1975, it became a sort of "joker" and is often called to work during the games, at different positions in midfield and attack .

In 1976, the gaucho was octacampeão Inter. In Grenal key in the Olympic Stadium, Inter won 2-0 and the second goal was scored by Dario, completing a release of Jair. As Darius was known as "King Dada," the celebration of the goal led to Jair the nickname "Prince Jajá.

In bi-Brazilian championship 1976, Jair effectively participate in the campaign, playing in 22 of 23 games and scoring 8 goals.

But it was winning the tri-Brazilian championship undefeated in 1979, which Jair reached a peak of his career, playing as a right winger alongside Falcao, Batista and Mário Sérgio. It was the team's top scorer with nine goals, with the last of them in the end, the first goal in the 2-1 victory over the Vasco in Estádio Beira-Rio.

He played just one game for the Brazil squad in Copa América 1979.

Intercontinental Champion at Peñarol

In 1980, after the loss of final Libertadores to National to Montevideo, Jair was a few months on loan at Cruzeiro and was finally negotiated with Peñarol in exchange for the Uruguayan player Ruben Paz.

In Penharol, Jair won the championship titles Uruguay the champion of the Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup 1982. In the decision of this tournament, against the Aston Villa of England, Jair scored the first goal of victory by 2-0 and was considered the best player on the field, winning a car as a prize Toyota hosted by the sponsor.

However, as a result of a quarrel with his colleagues, who hoped to split the prize among all, Jair did not play in 1983 (when the Peñarol lost the final of the Libertadores for the Grêmio) and was removed from the club in 1984.

End of career

After 30 years, Jair returned to Brazil to play for the Juventus of São Paulo, was in Ecuadorian football, passed by other teams in Brazil and ended his career at 39 years of age at Huracán Buceo.

Recently, along with other former gaúcho football players, like Escurinho Tovar Alcindo Ancheta and Tarciso, created a cooperative to teach football, with the support of the Municipality of Porto Alegre. Coordinator of the core of Restinga, Jair is responsible for about 350 boys between 7 and 18 years.


Barcelona de Guayaquil


  1. ^ "Futpedia: Jair (Jair Gonçalves Prates)" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Archived from the original on 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
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