CALIFORNIA SURF

Widely regarded as one of the best defenders of all time, Brazilian World Cup winning captain Carlos Alberto was not only renowned for his great tackling and reading of the game, but also for his outstanding ball control, dribbling and playmaking abilities, which were quite rare at the time for a defender
And of course he scored 'that goal' in the 1970 World Cup final, personally I haven't seen better

In 1977, despite his success in Brazil with Santos, Fluminese and Flamengo, Alberto decided to move to the New York Cosmos where he was reunited with his friend Pelé, pictured above with Beckenbauer and Cruyff, and helped the Cosmos capture two consecutive NASL titles in 1977 and 1978

After spending one year as the marquee signing with the California Surf before they went bust, he returned to the Cosmos in 1982 where he won his third NASL title. He played his farewell game on 28 September 1982 in an exhibition match between the Cosmos and his former club Flamengo. In 119 regular season games and 26 playoff games, Alberto scored a total of 8 goals and was an NASL All-Star five times

Originally the St. Louis Stars, the California Surf were an NASL club based in Anaheim, California who played four outdoor and two indoor seasons between 1978 and 1981
However Anaheim never turned into the kind of boom town that the NASL hoped for, and with the more attractive LA Aztecs down the road, and despite the inclusion of Brazilian legend Carlos Alberto in 1981, the Surf were folded later that year

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