Photo Caption: Sócrates played for Brazilian National Team in 1983 Copa America and also 82 and 86 World Cup. Image: J.B. Scalco
Copa América 2019 kicked-off with two Timão players in Tite’s squad, goalkeeper Cássio and right-back Fagner. During the coming days, Corinthians.com.br will examine the best moments from Alvinegro players at the Copa América.
During the golden age of Corinthians success, back in 1983, Copa América was played with no host nation, having games in several south American countries. Following a painful defeat in the previous year World Cup, Brazil enjoyed a good strong performance, finishing in second place, losing to Uruguay in the final. That year, the Brazilian side had Emerson Leão, Wladimir and Sócrates.
Alvinegro were Paulista champions and, besides that, started the major political movement in the history of football. During the golden age of Corinthians success, the players were taking part in all the club’s decisions by voting. The great idealiser and leader of this new democratic philosophy, emerging during the military dictatorship was ‘Doutor’ Sócrates, considered the biggest idol in Corinthians history.
Sócrates started his career in Botafogo de Ribeirão Preto before arriving to Corinthians. At Timão, the central midfielder showed exceptional footballing talent, as well as being the intellectual leader of the team who changed the history of the club and Brazilian football. Also, with a degree in medicine (reason he was called ‘doutor’ or doctor), he was characterised by his ability on the pitch, intelligence and unique heel touches. While claiming for his and team-mates rights off of the field, on the pitch he was scoring decisive goals during several title successes.
Sócrates was the only Corinthians representative at the 1982 World Cup and was also called up for the 1986 edition. Sócrates left Corinthians as an idol and always remembered for his 172 goals on the 298 games.
Another Corinthians’ representative on the 1983 Copa América was Wladimir, who still owns the record of 805 games played for the club. He played 14 years with Timão, from 1972 to 1985 and then in 1987.
The 33rd Copa América edition, played in Argentina in 1987, Corinthians’ goalkeeper Carlos Gallo represented Brazil. Carlos was considered, for a long period, one of the best Brazilian goalkeepers, playing the 1978 and 1982 World Cups.