RIP Socrates-Garforth Town’s Greatest

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Former Brazillian World Cup captain Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira died in a Sao Paulo hospital on Sunday.He captained the Selecao at the 1982 World Cup and also played in the 1986 edition,but never managed to lift the trophy.
Socrates was a gifted playmaker known for his passing and also his ability to read the game.A two footed player,he also managed to score a lot of goals for his club and country.


In 2003,Simon Clifford bought Garforth Town of the Northern Counties East Football League with the promise of investing money into the club. Clifford had strong connections with Brazillian football and so,more than a decade after retiring, Sócrates signed a one month player-coach deal with Garforth Town.


The 1982 Brazillian World Cup team with likes of Socrates,Zico,Eder and Falcao and managed by Tele Santana was considered by some as the best ever.

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