Brazilian legend passes
Another football legend left the world at the weekend as former Brazilian captain. Sócrates, died in São Paulo on Sunday aged 57.
December 5th, 2011
The leader of the 1982 Brazilian World Cup team, considered by many to be the greatest team never to have won the World Cup, had struggled with excessive drinking and liver problems for some time and was admitted to hospital for the third time in five months on Thursday.
Captain of the Brazil squads that competed in the Spain 82 and Mexico 86 World Cups, both of those sides failed to make it to the semi-final stages, although Sócrates scored twice himself in both tournaments, including this stunning strike against the USSR in ’82.
As well as being a hugely talented footballer, Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira was also a qualified doctor. He first came to prominence whilst playing for Botafogo in the 1970s but he came to prominence whilst playing for Corinthians in the early 1980s, scoring 172 goals from 297 appearances in his time there. He later embarked on a club career that saw him represent Fiorentina, Flamengo, Santos and, in 2004, Garforth Town – a non-league club on the outskirts of Leeds as part of an initiative to promote Brazilian soccer schools.