Farewell to Dr. Socrates
Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, the legendary Brazilian midfielder has passed away.
To me and many others, he was and shall remain one of the most significant symbols of true Brazilian soccer, that which was magic and joy in motion.
A qualified doctor, who refused to play football professionally until he completed his medical studies, who practiced medicine when he hung up his boots, Socrates had much more to give to the world than just his unique soccer genius.
As his BBC obituary tells "With philosophical views as strong as his famous Classical Greek namesake, he was never unduly worried about expressing his opinion and became almost as well-known for his political opinions and activism as for his football."
There are many ways to remember this special individual. One can be to take a look at two of his great goals at the 1982 mondeal. Another is to take a look at a photo tribute. A third is to read a little about his political activity.
But I think mine would be a recent quote of his:
"When I named one of my sons Fidel,
my mother said: 'that is a bit of a strong name to give a child!'
'Mother,' I joked: 'look at what you did to me'..."