Brazil­ian World Cup goalie dies

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Former Brazil goal­keeper Waldir Peres, a mem­ber of three World Cup teams, died on Sun­day at the age of 66 af­ter a heart at­tack. His death was an­nounced by his fam­ily.

Peres was hav­ing lunch with friends in the city of Mogi Mirim in Sao Paulo state when he passed out and was taken to hospi­tal.

He was a starter in the 1982 Brazil team that con­tained greats Zico, Socrates, and Fal­cao. Brazil was knocked out by even­tual win­ner Italy in the sec­ond round.

The goalie was ini­tially crit­i­cized for a mis­take in the open­ing match against the Soviet Union, but Brazil even­tu­ally won 2-1 and his per­for­mances im­proved un­til the 3-2 de­feat against the un­der­dog Ital­ians.

Peres was the sec­ond player in that team to die, af­ter Socrates in 2011.

He also was in the Brazil squads at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups. At home, he was also re­mem­bered for his long spell at Sao Paulo FC from 1973 to 1984.

“He was a great part­ner of all of us of the 1982 squad,” left wing Ju­nior said dur­ing a broad­cast on TV Globo. “He over­came that mis­take of the de­but and be­came one of the rea­sons we were so con­fi­dent to charge hard against our ad­ver­saries in Spain.”

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