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    Socrates - RIP

    Died aged 57. Part of the greatest team never to win the World Cup in 1982.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    Died aged 57. Part of the greatest team never to win the World Cup in 1982.
    For anyone of a certain age, that side will always live on, despite it's relative failure, "the day football died".

    The goal against Russia was fairly decent.

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    Saw him against Argentina in 82. Very sad day. RIP

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    What happened to him? Noticed on SSN last night that he was on life support but didn't really see the story behind.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    What happened to him? Noticed on SSN last night that he was on life support but didn't really see the story behind.
    Been circling the drain before. Was admitted to hospital in August with gastrointestinal bleeding.

    Alky, basically and his smoking was a matter of record.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Been circling the drain before. Was admitted to hospital in August with gastrointestinal bleeding.

    Alky, basically and his smoking was a matter of record.
    Suspected it might be lifestyle related.

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    As grecian said that Brazil side form the 80's will always be remembered, as a kid I always played as Zico but my brother always was Socrates, great player. RIP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    Died aged 57. Part of the greatest team never to win the World Cup in 1982.
    Wonderful, wonderful team, even if Holland and Hungary might have something to say about that particular title. And Socrates was simply outstanding in that particular tournament. Criminally young, but seems to be self-inflicted. It's a good excuse to spend some time youtubing the 1982 Brazil side.

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    Just been reading about how Socrates used his position as a national hero to challenge the military junta ruling Brazil at the time. He persuaded team-mates to wear shirts printed with 'I want to vote for my President' in one game. He challenged them to arrest him in post-match interviews. As well as a fully qualified Doctor he was a classy, elegant, intelligent and frequently explosive player too.

    Nowadays we have Balotelli epitomising modern football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    Wonderful, wonderful team, even if Holland and Hungary might have something to say about that particular title. And Socrates was simply outstanding in that particular tournament. Criminally young, but seems to be self-inflicted. It's a good excuse to spend some time youtubing the 1982 Brazil side.
    France that year as well. The last great World Cup (although 86 was pretty good).

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    Heard it was complications arising from food poisoning although has been known as a heavy drinker for many years.

    Too young ever to see have seen him myself but sounds like a wonderfully romantic player.
    Last edited by Pothas; 04-12-2011 at 05:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keeper View Post
    Just been reading about how Socrates used his position as a national hero to challenge the military junta ruling Brazil at the time. He persuaded team-mates to wear shirts printed with 'I want to vote for my President' in one game. He challenged them to arrest him in post-match interviews. As well as a fully qualified Doctor he was a classy, elegant, intelligent and frequently explosive player too.

    Nowadays we have Balotelli epitomising modern football.
    Hey Mario is cool.

    But yeah Tim Vickery was talking about him yesterday and said he still felt he had an awful lot to offer Brazilian football as a whole.

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    Oh my. What a player.
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    Just been watching some old footage - had quite forgotten what a remarkable player he was

    I suppose he was always destined to fall well short of his three score years and ten, but sad news all the same

    RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by keeper View Post
    France that year as well. The last great World Cup (although 86 was pretty good).
    France were a good side in 82 but were a tad fortunate up until the Semi against Germany. England took them to the cleaners in the first group stage and were rewarded with a second round group with Germany and Spain. France on the other hand celebrated being beaten by England by ending up with Northern Ireland and Austria in their second round group.

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