Sunday, 4 December 2011

Sócrates (1954-2011): One of Football's Greatest Artists

Sócrates (1954-2011): One of Football's Greatest Artists


Another gameweek, another footballing death. I have just heard the news that the former Brazilian footballer Sócrates has died at the age of 57. He played 60 times for Brazil scoring 22 goals. His goals were often spectacular as was the case in the 1982 World Cup with Brazil - that team was probably the greatest team never to win the World Cup, as is evident from the video above.  He mostly played football in Brazil apart from a stint in Italy and one-off spectacular return to football with Garforth Town in 2004.  Not only did he go to university, he qualified as a doctor, an absolute rarity in the world of football.  Sócrates will be known for his on-field talent and off-field persona that made him one of the most iconic players of his generation and a great artist to the beautiful game.