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Socrates

Written by Super User on 24 November 2012. Posted in World Cup Legends

The full name of the famous Brazilian player known as Socrates is actually Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira. He was born in 1954 and died on 4th of December 2011. He will always be remembered for his career as an attacking midfielder with great technical abilities and impressive strength. He was also a two-footed player and a remarkable goal scorer.

Socrates began his career at Botafogo Futebol Clube in his native town, but spent the majority of his time on the field as a player of Corinthians Paulista. He scored 172 goals in 297 matches for this team. In the 1984-1985 season he played for Fiorentina, but returned to his home country after just one season and continued played for Clube de Regatas do Flamenco, Santos and Botafogo. Socrates retired as a soccer player in 1989.

Socrates played 60 matches for the Brazilian national team and scored 22 goals. He was the captain of this team in the 1982 World Cup. At the 1986 World Cup he helped his team win twice against Spain and Poland (when he scored from a special penalty kick without running). Socrates also played for Brazil in two Copa America tournaments in 1979 and 1983.

Socrates will be remembered for his signature move which was the blind heel pass. He was the symbol of a generation of supporters and everyone recognized him on the field because of his beard and headband. In 1983 Socrates was named the South American Footballer of the Year and in 2004 he was included in FIFA 100 list.

Quite unusual for a football player, Socrates was also a doctor in medicine and practiced this profession after he retired from the field. He was also a columnist for various newspapers and wrote on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to sports. At the time of his death he was married and had six children.

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