By Andrew Downie
a beautiful new biography of Socrates, the enduring captain of the best Brazil aspect by no means to win the realm Cup.
Socrates used to be consistently targeted. A highly talented athlete who graduated in medicine yet drank and smoked to excess. The attacking midfielder stood out - and never simply because of his 6'4" body. fanatics have been enthralled by way of his inch-perfect passes, his coolness in entrance of objective and his again heel, the trademark circulation that singled him out because the most unusual footballer of his generation.
Off the pitch, he used to be simply as unique, with a commitment to politics and social factors that no participant has ever emulated. His greatest impression got here as chief of Corinthians Democracy - a move that gave all people from the kitman to the president an equivalent say within the operating of the membership. At a time while Brazil used to be governed by way of an army dictatorship, it was once actually revolutionary.
Passionate and principled, exciting and erudite, Socrates used to be as contradictory as he was once complicated. He used to be a socialist who voted for a go back of Brazil's monarchy, a fiercely self reliant person who used to be the last word crew participant, and a romantic who married 4 instances and fathered six children.
Armed with Socrates' unpublished memoir and hours of newly stumbled on interviews, Andrew Downie has prepare the main finished and compelling account of this iconic determine. in response to conversations with family, shut associates and previous team-mates, this can be a significant biography of a guy who consistently stood up for what he believed in, regardless of the cost.
'Brilliantly written and researched. remarkable life.' Alex Bellos, writer of Futebol: The Brazilian means of Life
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