In Erinnerung an andere Zeiten des brasilianischen Fußballs: Socrates und die Democracia Corinthiana

How Brazil’s football legend turns every Corinthians’ match into a political meeting for democracy.

In 1980 during the military dictatorship in Brazil, the hugely popular Socrates, the captain of the Seleção and of Corinthians, used football to promote democracy while scoring goals.
Popularly known as “The Doctor”, Socrates was a brilliant player, an intelligent revolutionary and a hero who stood up for what was right.
With the help of his fellow teammates, “The Doctor” transformed every match into a political statement. His support for democracy helped a country under authoritarian rule to remember that the people too could have a voice.
He said: „We started discussing things and it created a really convivial atmosphere. Each of us started giving his opinion and expressing his feelings …. Basically our aim was to democratise expression. Our group worked in the football world and we decided to vote … on everything. Everything needed to be discussed …. Compare it with what happens in society. You take several unhappy couples and in with them you put a really happy couple who are in love. It contaminates the whole group. That’s how it was with us.“


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