Top 10 Interesting Facts About the Football (Soccer) Player Sócrates

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Sócrates was a Brazilian football (soccer) player who played as an attacking midfielder and also captained the Brazilian national team in the early 80s. He died in 2011 at the age of 57 (R.I.P.).

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1 Sócrates was a qualified Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), a rare achievement for a professional footballer Sócrates was a qualified Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), a rare achievement for a professional footballer

One of the reasons to be nicknamed "Doctor Socrates". - Metal_Treasure

2 He earned his degree while concurrently playing professional football He earned his degree while concurrently playing professional football
3 Sócrates is a nickname Sócrates is a nickname

Born Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, he earned the nickname "Doctor Socrates", or just "Sócrates", for two main reasons discussed on this list. - Metal_Treasure

4 After retiring as a player he practiced medicine
5 He was a political philosopher and democracy activist who co-founded the Corinthians Democracy movement, in opposition to the then-ruling military government He was a political philosopher and democracy activist who co-founded the Corinthians Democracy movement, in opposition to the then-ruling military government

This explains why Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira was nicknamed "Sócrates".
Socrates was a Greek philosopher credited as the father of political philosophy, ethics or moral philosophy, and as a figurehead of all the central themes in Western philosophy. - Metal_Treasure

6 Doctor Sócrates captained the national team in the 1982 FIFA World Cup but they didn't win Doctor Sócrates captained the national team in the 1982 FIFA World Cup but they didn't win

Many believe that Sócrates was the best captain never to win a World Cup. His intelligence on the pitch and ability to read the game were remarkable. He was definitely a leader of big caliber and he also became the "symbol of cool" in soccer. - Metal_Treasure

7 His younger brother Raí was also a footballer and an attacking midfielder, and was a member of the Brazilian team that won the World Cup in 1994 His younger brother Raí was also a footballer and an attacking midfielder, and was a member of the Brazilian team that won the World Cup in 1994
8 Sócrates was a two-footed player Sócrates was a two-footed player
9 He was a columnist for a number of newspapers and magazines, writing not only about sports, but also politics and economics He was a columnist for a number of newspapers and magazines, writing not only about sports, but also politics and economics
10 He became a writer and at the time of his death (2011), Sócrates was writing a fictional book about the 2014 World Cup in Brazil He became a writer and at the time of his death (2011), Sócrates was writing a fictional book about the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

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11 He was noted for being an intellectual, a heavy drinker and a smoker He was noted for being an intellectual, a heavy drinker and a smoker
12 Sócrates had six children
13 He frequently appeared on Brazilian TV programmes as a football pundit He frequently appeared on Brazilian TV programmes as a football pundit
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2. He earned his degree while concurrently playing professional football
3. After retiring as a player he practiced medicine
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