Photo Caption: Palhinha playing for Corinthians during the 1970’s. He represented Brazil at the 1979 Copa América. Image: Corinthians Archive
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Bolivia, 1963, and the hosts took full advantage of the altitude to clinch a first ever continental title. Corinthians defender Cláudio Danni was part of the Brazil national team that took part in the competition in Bolivia, helping the side to a fourth-place finish. The defender was an integral part of the Timão defence, playing at the club between 1963-1965.
In the 1979 edition, and with no host nation, Brazil finished in third place with Paraguay taking the title.
Corinthians stars Sócrates, Amaral and Palhinha, were the main attraction at the competition along with Argentina’s Diego Maradona. Considered the leading light at the 1978 World Cup, defender Amaral was known for his technique and ball carrying skills, helping Timão to the Paulistão in 1979.
Another crucial player for both club and country, Palhinha was one of the best players of the title winning outfit of 1977. Overall, Palhinha made 148 appearances for Timão and scored 44 goals.
Sócrates netted three goals during the 1979 Copa América, finishing behind Chile’s Jorge Peredo and Paraguay’s Eugenio Morel in the scoring charts.
The superstar went on to represent Brazil at the 1983 Copa América as well as representing Cortinthians during a golden age of success. You can check it out during the next chapter of four Copa América specials.