5 December ~ The former Brazil player Socrates died on Saturday, aged 57. The man who captained Brazil in World Cup 1982 had been suffering from alcoholism for some time. In last month's magazine (WSC 297), Robert Shaw reflected on how his illness fits into a wider pattern of alcohol abuse within Brazilian football

Brazilian football legend Socrates left hospital on September 22 after two stays for stomach haemorrhaging and liver-related problems that could yet necessitate a transplant. Given that doctors admit that the 57-year-old’s condition was life-theatening, the relief among friends, family and the better part of 190 million football fans is tangible. Read more

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