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Socrates (Soccer)
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Soccer Player
    (February 19, 1954-December 4, 2011)
    Born in Belem do Para, Brazil
    Full name is Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vierade Oliveira
    Midfielder for Botafogo (1974-78,1989), Corinthians (1978-84), Fiorentina (1984-85), Flamengo (1986-87), Santos (1988-89) and Garforth Town (2004)
    Played for the Brazilian national team (1979-86)
    His full name is danged long.
    He said two of his childhood heros were Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.
    He complained, 'The way of life is so correct and organized in Europe.... I was in Florence for a year with Fiorentina and sometimes I didn't want to train, but to hang out with friends, party or have a smoke.'
    Fifteen years after retiring, he signed as a player-coach with Garforth Town in England for one month, racking up a total of twelve minutes of playing time.
    He earned a medical degree while playing soccer.
    He organized the Corinthians Democracy movement to protest Brazil's military dictatorship.
    He and his Corinthians teammates wore shirts with 'Democracia' written on them, and, after multiparty elections were allowed, 'Vote on the 15th.'
    He said about soccer, 'For me, beauty comes first, victory is secondary and what really matters is joy.'

Credit: C. Fishel


    In 2018, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 12 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 21 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 77 Votes: 80.52% Annoying
 
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