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Carlos Alberto Torres
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Soccer Player
    (July 17, 1944-October 25, 2016)
    Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Nicknamed 'Capita' ('The Captain') by fans
    Played for the Brazil National Football Team (1964 - 77)
    Played for Fluminensee (1963 - 1966; 1974 - 1977), Santos (1966 - 1974), Flamengo (1977), New York Cosmos (1977 - 1980), California Surf (1981), and New York Cosmos (1982)
    Captained Brazil to a World Cup victory, scoring the fourth goal in the final against Italy, in Mexico City (June 21, 1970)
    Later coached and managed Football teams Flamengo (1983 - 85), Corinthians (1985 - 86), Nautico (1987 - 88), The Miami Sharks (1988), Once Caldas (1989 - 90), Monterrey (1990 - 91), Tijuana (1992), and Botafogo (1993 - 1997)
    Later worked for TV Globo, as a soccer commentator for the SporTV cable channel, until his death in 2016
    He had a brief five-year stint in the Rio City Council.
    He was a one-hit 'goal-scoring' wonder (kinda like the Jimmy Glass of Brazilian 'futball').
    He never matched his performance level displayed at the 1970 World Cup final.
    He was unable to participate in the 1974 World Cup due to a persistent knee injury.
    He eventually recovered, regaining match fitness, but his speed was compromised, limiting his dexterity on the field.
    His coaching career was equally shoddy, with most of his stints lasting between 1-2 years (the longest was with Botafogo, at four years).
    He assaulted a referee after a losing match against Poland, running on the pitch and suggesting that the official was 'bribed.' He resigned as Azerbaijan's Assistant Manager shortly thereafter (Feb. 14, 2004).
    He had a reputation for his profanity-laced tirades and caustic remarks as a Globo commentator which frequently got him in hot water (including a brutally honest observation that the Brazil National Team wouldn't be able to 'cut it' for the 2014 Rio World Cup, which proved prophetic).
    He died only a month apart from his twin.
    He was widely regarded as one of the best defenders of all time.
    He was born into Rio's squalid 'favela' district (but offered few details about his early life beyond that).
    He started out as a defender, but his versatility as a player (dribbling, reading, passing) got him over 50 caps with the Brazil team by 1966.
    His scoring the fourth goal in the final is considered one of the greatest goals in World Cup history.
    He was inducted into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame.
    He is a member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.
    At 25, he became the youngest-ever World Cup-winning captain.
    He was remained close with his mentor Pelé, who eulogized him on Twitter as a 'friend and brother.'
    He was chosen as a member of the World Team of the 20th Century, among only four representatives of his home country (1998).
    He was voted into the FIFA 100 list of the World's Greatest Living Players (2004).
    He was appointed one of the six Ambassadors of 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
    His World Cup-winning 'perfect goal,' combined with his youthful and handsome appearance, made him the ideal 'face' of Brazil to the world (an alternative to a military dictatorship mired in corruption/scandal).

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