A former Brazilian footballer with an elegant style, Sócrates was born on February 19, 1954.
He played as an attacking midfielder and was popular for his passing ability.
Sócrates started his senior career at Botafogo-SP in 1974.
He became the leading goal-scorer with 15 goals in the 1976 Campeonato Paulista.
Spending 5 years with Botafogo, Sócrates netted 35 goals in 99 games before he joined Corinthians.
Corinthians was the team where he spent 6 years, netting 74 goals in 135 matches.
During his tenure, Corinthians won the Campeonato Paulista 3 times (in 1979, 1982 and 1983).
Sócrates moved to Italian side Fiorentina for the 1984-85 season.
After scoring 6 goals in 25 Serie-A games, he returned to Brazil and joined Flamengo in 1986.
In the same year, Flamengo won the Taça Rio, and then the Campeonato Carioca with a 4-2 victory over Vasco da Gama.
Sócrates ended his playing career in 1989, after playing for Santos and Botafogo-SP.
In 2004, he signed a contract with Garforth Town as a player-coach and played once.
Socrates played for Brazil from 1979 to 1986.
He represented his country in the 1979 Copa América, scoring 3 goals, where they finished in the 3rd place.
In the 1982 World Cup, Brazil got eliminated in the group stage with Sócrates being the team’s captain.
The following year, Socrates took part in the 1983 Copa América, in which they finished runners-up to Uruguay.
In 1986, Sócratees played in his last World Cup, scoring 2 goals. He missed a penalty in the quarter-final loss to France.
Doctor Sócratess won 60 caps for Brazil and scored 22 goals until he ended his international career in June 1986.
He died on December 4, 2011, of several health issues, when Corinthians won a trophy.