‘Golden Heel’ Socrates dies at 57

5 Dec

Brazil’s 1982 World Cup captain Socrates, the ‘Golden Heel’ renowned as one of the great playmakers of his generation, died in a hospital on Sunday of septic shock at the age of 57.

Socrates Brasileiro de Souza Viera de Oliveira, a lifelong smoker and drinker, had been on a life support system in a Sao Paulo hospital since Thursday when he was admitted suffering from food poisoning.

The captain of one of the greatest international sides to never win the World Cup, Socrates was a medical doctor, an intellectual, a cultural icon and a political activist who used his celebrity to fight for the end of Brazil’s 1964-1984 military government.

Socrates was a buddy, a great friend, one of those figures football’s going to miss for everything he represented, his former Brazil team mate Junior told Reuters by phone from his Rio de Janeiro home.



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