Brazil: Legend Socrates dies in hospital
Brazilian football legend Socrates has died at the age of 57 it has been reported today.
The former Botafogo, São Paulo, Corinthians, Flamengo and Fiorentina player was taken to hospital on Friday with food poisoning and later died through an intestinal infection.
Socrates was perhaps best known amongst football followers for his performances with the Brazilian national team in the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups and it is sad that he is one of few Brazilians superstar players never to win a major tournament with the Seleção. Nonetheless he was a distinctive creative midfielder who won 60 caps for his country and, in more recent times, had made a surprise one-off substitute appearance in 2004 with English Evo-Stik Northern Premier League (eighth-tier) team Garforth Town.
Stoppage Time wishes to pay its respects to a great footballer who has been cruelly taken away at a young age.