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Socrates, legend of Brazilian soccer, doctor

SOCRATES SOCRATES
By Tales Azzoni
Associated Press / December 5, 2011
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On and off the field, former Brazil star Socrates stood out above the rest. His elegant style and his deep involvement with politics made him a unique figure in Brazilian soccer, setting him apart from the players of his time and even of today. He was mostly known for captaining Brazil at the 1982 World Cup, regarded by many as the best team ever not to win football’s showcase tournament. But he was also widely known for his heavy drinking, which he publicly admitted caused the health problems which eventually helped lead to his death yesterday.

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