Advertisement

 Sócrates

Advertisement

Sócrates

Birth
Belém, Município de Belém, Pará, Brazil
Death 4 Dec 2011 (aged 57)
São Paulo, Município de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Burial Município de Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
Memorial ID 81552303 View Source
Suggest Edits

Professional Soccer Player, Activist. Born Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira Sócrates in Belém do Pará, he was a revered Brazilian footballer and co-founder of Brazil's pro-democracy movement advocating rights for players. In the 1970s, he began as a promising soccer player in Ribeirão Preto, where he studied medicine while playing for provincial teams before attaining a medical degree at age 24. After school, he moved to Corinthians, started playing for the São Paulo Club and organized a movement advocating greater rights for Corinthians players. He spoke at public rallies and street protests which helped usher in a transition to end authoritarian military democracy rule. On the field, Sócrates was known as a leader and strategist who could elegantly employ his signature move, a back-heel pass. He played in two World Cups, won 60 caps for his country between 1979 and 1986 and scored 22 goals. As captain of his Brazilian team at two World Cups, he is considered one of the greatest players never to have won football's ultimate prize, losing to Italy in 1982 and France in 1986. He also appeared on television interviews, wrote newspaper columns on subjects as varied as soccer, politics, economics and wrote fiction plays for acting on the stage. He died from an intestinal infection at age 57.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

Flowers

In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was Sócrates?

Current rating:

40 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 5 Dec 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 81552303
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/81552303/s%C3%B3crates : accessed ), memorial page for Sócrates (19 Feb 1954–4 Dec 2011), Find a Grave Memorial ID 81552303, citing Cemiterio Bom Pastor, Município de Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil ; Maintained by Find A Grave .