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Socrates R.I.P.

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 It was the long, long legs
And the short, short, shorts
The unconventional beard
The chain smoking
The philosopher’s soubriquet
The intelligence
The doctorate
The appearance for Garforth Town at age 50
But above all
The elegance, the sublime class
That set you apart
Easy to understand then
Why we salute you from the heart

Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira
b. 19 Feb 1954
d. 4 Dec 2011 at the age of 57.

BBC Obituary:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/16017071.stm

In 2004 aged 50, Socrates made a 12 minute appearance as sub for Garforth Town in the Northern Counties League

Socrates was part of the Brazil team that lost 3-2 to Italy in the Quarter-finals of the 1982 World Cup.
In a celebrated midfield of Falcao, Eder, Socrates and Zico – generally considered to be the best National team never to have won the World Cup.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/socrates-r-i-p/