Sócrates - midfielder and anti-dictatorship resister
February 19, 2017
On this day in 1954 the Brazilian footballing legend and dictatorship-resistor Sócrates was born. Playing for Corinthians, a historically working class team, Sócrates co-founded the Corinthians Democracy movement opposing the brutal US-backed dictatorship. In 1982 they won the state championship with "Democracia" on their shirts. When he moved to Italy and was asked which Italian he respected the most, Mazzola or Rivera (football players of Inter and AC Milan, respectively), he responded: "I don't know them. I'm here to read Gramsci in original language and to study the history of the workers' movement."