Brazil­ian soccer leg­end Car­los Al­berto Tor­res dies

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): ARLOS AL­BERTO Tor­res, the cap­tain of Brazil’s World Cup-win­ning team in 1970 and scorer of one of the sport’s most mem­o­rable goals, died yes­ter­day. He was 72 and died after a heart at­tack at his home in Rio de Janeiro. A state­ment on Car­los Al­berto’s Face­book page con­firmed the death.

“It is in deep sor­row that we in­form that this Tues­day morn­ing our eter­nal cap­tain, Car­los Al­berto Tor­res, passed away

Cin Rio de Janeiro,” the state­ment said. Brazil’s foot­ball con­fed­er­a­tion CBF said that his cof­fin was to be placed at its head­quar­ters in Rio yes­ter­day even­ing, en­abling the pub­lic to visit and pay their re­spects, and that a funeral ser­vice may be held there. He will be buried to­day.

In a state­ment, the CBF said: “Car­los Al­berto Tor­res leaves an enor­mous legacy of achieve­ments and lots of hard work to sup­port our foot­ball.” Last month, his twin brother Car­los Roberto died.

STAL­WART

One of the best de­fend­ers of his gen­er­a­tion, Car­los Al­berto was in­no­va­tive in play­ing box-to-box soccer. That style of play al­lowed him to score his fa­mous goal at the 1970 World Cup, blast­ing in a pass from Pelé in the 4-1 win against Italy in the fi­nal.

That goal, scored after a touch by al­most ev­ery Brazil­ian on the pitch, is seen as the pin­na­cle of a team that was so dom­i­nant that it made their yel­low shirts into a global brand.

Pelé, one of Car­los Al­berto’s clos­est friends, said they had a “win­ning part­ner­ship” as team­mates and re­mained close even after they re­tired.

“I am deeply sad­dened by the death of my friend and brother,” the three-time World Cup win­ner said in a state­ment.

At the end of that 1970 fi­nal, the 25-year-old Car­los Al­berto be­came the last cap­tain to lift the Jules Rimet tro­phy — the first three-time World Cup win­ners earned the right to keep it. The tro­phy that he fa­mously kissed be­fore lift­ing as a cham­pion was later de­stroyed by thieves.

After those glo­ri­ous days in Mex­ico, Brazil won two more World Cups in much less im­pres­sive fash­ion. This made Car­los Al­berto one of the big­gest ad­vo­cates among his coun­try­men of a re­turn to an at­tack­ing style of foot­ball.

For many Brazil­ians, he was just ‘The Cap­tain’ — even to his friends and fam­ily. He made 53 ap­pear­ances for Brazil.

“He was more than a leader, In this Novem­ber 21, 2010 file photo, Brazil’s for­mer soccer cap­tain, Car­los Al­berto Tor­res, kisses the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil tro­phy dur­ing its dis­play in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. he was an in­no­va­tive player. That is why he is our eter­nal cap­tain,” said Car­los Al­berto Par­reira, a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist on that 1970 team and later the coach when Brazil won the 1994 World Cup.

For­mer Ger­many cap­tain Franz Beck­en­bauer, writ­ing on so­cial me­dia, said Car­los Al­berto “was like a brother” to him. Beck­en­bauer played along­side the Brazil­ian in the United States at the New York Cos­mos.

For­mer Ar­gentina cap­tain, Diego Maradona, among many oth­ers, also ex­pressed his con­do­lences.

Car­los Al­berto’s club ca­reer in Brazil was pri­mar­ily with San­tos, but he later played for the Cos­mos and briefly for the Cal­i­for­nia Surf.

His friend­ship with Pelé was built around their years at San­tos. He also played for Rio de Janeiro clubs Flu­mi­nense, Botafogo and Fla­mengo. He re­tired in 1982.

All of those clubs ex­pressed con­do­lences to his fam­ily and fans.

His coach­ing ca­reer was not as im­pres­sive, but Car­los Al­berto still won a Brazil­ian cham­pi­onship with Fla­mengo in 1983. The for­mer foot­baller also had a brief ap­pear­ance as a city coun­cil­lor in Rio from 1989 to 1993.

Car­los Al­berto was work­ing as a soccer com­men­ta­tor for sports chan­nel SporTV and was on the air on Sun­day cov­er­ing a match. LON­DON (AP) : English foot­ball au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing news­pa­per al­le­ga­tions that Wat­ford sup­plied fal­si­fied fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion to al­low Ital­ian busi­ness­man Gino Pozzo to be­come the club's owner.

The Daily Tele­graph re­ported yes­ter­day it has ob­tained a forged bank let­ter sub­mit­ted by Wat­ford to pro­vide proof that Pozzo had enough funds to take over the club be­fore the 2014-15 sea­son. Wat­ford won pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League that sea­son. The English Foot­ball League, which runs the three di­vi­sions be­low the Pre­mier League, says "We im­me­di­ately com­menced a dis­ci­plinary in­ves­ti­ga­tion into se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions made against Wat­ford" after re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion by the Daily Tele­graph.

The EFL has asked Wat­ford to "pro­vide a full and de­tailed re­sponse to the al­le­ga­tions."

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