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Brazil's 1982 World Cup GK dies

Published:Tuesday | July 25, 2017 | 3:44 PM


Former Brazil goalkeeper Waldir Peres, a member of three World Cup teams, died on Sunday at the age of 66 after a heart attack. His death was announced by his family.

Peres was having lunch with friends in the city of Mogi Mirim in Sao Paulo state when he passed out and was taken to hospital.

He was a starter in the 1982 Brazil team that contained greats Zico, Socrates, and Falcao. Brazil were knocked out by eventual winners Italy in the second round.

The goalie was initially criticised for a mistake in the opening match against the Soviet Union, but Brazil eventually won 2-1 and his performances improved until the 3-2 defeat against the underdog Italians.

Peres was the second player in that team to die, after Socrates in 2011.

He also was in the Brazil squads at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups. At home, he was also remembered for his long spell at Sao Paulo FC from 1973 to 1984.

Peres' family said he will be buried today in Sao Paulo.