#FavouriteBookFriday: finishing this school year with Assistant Head, Mr Pieri who has chosen ‘Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend by Andrew Downie’.
 
A brilliant book telling the extraordinary story of a talented footballer who wanted a simple life but through the power of his morals led one that was anything but. My first memories of Socrates were of a teammate of my favourite player of the fabled 1982 Brazil team, Zico, and while I was enchanted by Zico’s skills I could not ignore the gangly, long haired star and of course that goal v Russia. The chapters about the 1982 World Cup team before, during and after are great and allowed more than a few moments to reminisce the first time I shed a tear over football (I was 8 btw!) As a book there is plenty to enjoy – so many stories and quotes. A fantastic read that gives you an insight into Brazilian club football and Socrates’ role in instilling democracy to football in an era when this was alien to the Brazilian people.
 
“For the first time in Brazil’s history, a sportsman had a megaphone and fans were listening,”
 
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