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12/4/11

Socrates himself, particularly missed


A sports figure unlike any other passed on today. Socrates was famous worldwide for his role in the 1982 and 1986 world cups, but he was much more besides.
  • A chain smoking heavy beer drinker who didn't like turning up for training.
  • A qualified medical doctor.
  • An off-scale IQ.
  • A man who refused to go for the big bucks and play in Europe until Brazil's dictatorship was lifted and formed a political pressure group around him to help force democratic elections in his country.

And that's just for starters. He died today aged 57 and will be missed not only as a impossibly gifted ball player but as a role model for those who seek a life less ordinary. For quality reports on the man, your author recommends this link and this link for some insightful English language coverage. May he rest in peace.

UPDATE: Corinthians stadium today.