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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Fiorentina 1984 - No.8 Socrates.


In 1984, aged 30, the sublimely talented Sócrates had his first experience abroad, playing in Serie A with Fiorentina.
His supreme ability with a football, visually accentuated by his languid style, had allowed him to shine at Corinthians but it never really suited the Italian game.
Moments of genius, his trademark backheels and audacious chips were enough to create a cult following among some supporters yet others were left frustrated with his nonchalant approach.

His former teammate Giancarlo Antognoni recalls 'He struggled to adapt to our football but he was an authentic champion, full of refined class, great charisma and character.'
He returned to Brazil after that sole season, representing Flamengo, Santos and former club Botafogo-SP, before retiring in 1989.

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Away.

Socrates embodied the romantic side of the beautiful game and never took his profession too seriously.
"The way of life is so correct and organised in Europe. It's not like that in Brazil, where things are more spontaneous," Socrates told an interviewer in 2010.
"I was in Florence for a year with Fiorentina and sometimes I didn't want to train, but to hang out with friends, party or have a smoke. There's more to life than football."

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