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  Sócrates dies in hospital at the age of 57
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ContributorNew Jerusalem 
Last EditedNew Jerusalem  Dec 04, 2011 09:16pm
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AuthorThe Guardian
MediaNewspaper - Guardian
News DateMonday, December 5, 2011 03:15:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe former Brazil captain Sócrates has died at the age of 57. Sócrates had been in the Albert Einstein Israeli hospital in São Paulo since Thursday, when he was interned with food poisoning which developed into septic shock. He had been on a life support machine, the newspaper O Estado said.

It was the third time Sócrates had been taken to hospital since August, when he spent nine days there due to a digestive haemorrhage caused by excessive drinking.

Sócrates, who played for Brazil at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, spent 17 days in the hospital in September, with liver trouble. He had been recommended for a transplant.

A qualified doctor, whose full name was Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, he sprang to fame at Corinthians in the early 1980s. The bearded, lanky Socrates was a leading player of his generation, along with the midfielder Zico. He also played in Italy for Fiorentina.

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