Monday, December 05, 2011
Sócrates for Brazil (vs USSR), 14th June 1982
Farewell then to Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira. Better known throughout the world simply as Sócrates, captain of perhaps the best side not to win the World Cup. 60 caps and 20 goals for Brazil; drinker; smoker; political activist; humanitarian; surely one of the greatest, coolest players to grace the game.
Check out this goal from the 1982 World Cup match against the USSR.
When asked which of Pele or Maradona was the greater player, Sócrates simply replied, "who cares?"... which is of course the correct answer.
A very, very cool guy, and also the owner of what must surely be the greatest beard football has ever seen.
1954 - 2011.
His namesake had a pretty handy beard too, it must be said. It wasn't the only thing they had in common: both died from complication arising from food poisoning.