By Andrew Downie
a gorgeous new biography of Socrates, the long-lasting captain of the best Brazil aspect by no means to win the realm Cup.
Socrates was once continuously exact. 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 through his inch-perfect passes, his coolness in entrance of aim and his again heel, the trademark movement that singled him out because the most original footballer of his generation.
Off the pitch, he was once simply as unique, with a commitment to politics and social motives that no participant has ever emulated. His largest influence got here as chief of Corinthians Democracy - a circulation that gave each person from the kitman to the president an equivalent say within the working of the membership. At a time whilst Brazil was once governed by means of an army dictatorship, it used to be really revolutionary.
Passionate and principled, wonderful and erudite, Socrates used to be as contradictory as he used to be complicated. He used to be a socialist who voted for a go back of Brazil's monarchy, a fiercely self sufficient person who was once the last word workforce 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Armed with Socrates' unpublished memoir and hours of newly stumbled on interviews, Andrew Downie has prepare the main finished and compelling account of this iconic determine. according to conversations with relations, shut buddies and previous team-mates, it is a fantastic biography of a guy who constantly stood up for what he believed in, regardless of the cost.
'Brilliantly written and researched. striking life.' Alex Bellos, writer of Futebol: The Brazilian method of Life
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