Carlos Alberto Torres “O Capitao”

O Capitao

Carlos Alberto Torres

Carlos Alberto Torres. One of the greatest Brazilian players, “O Capitao” was born in Rio de Janerio on July 17, 1944. Carlos was such a talented defender that he inspired his son to become a footballer.

Carlos in Clubs

He started football in 1963 at Fluminense. Carlos managed to draw attention in his 1st season with the performance he showed. He was a smart playmaker and a dribbler. Carlos kept showing his great skills for 3 years at Fluminense.

The next club was Santos for him; he joined in 1966 when Pele also played for the club. Torres was a player of Santos until 1974, as he appeared in 445 matches for the team.


In 1974, he signed with Fluminense again. Carlos played in 53 games during the time he was at the club. He also contributed his club’s victory of Campeonato Carioca tournament, as they won it twice.

Carlos signed with Flamengo in 1977, the old rivals of his former club.

New York Cosmos

After staying for a year and played in 28 games at Flamengo, he planned to play at New York Cosmos.

Carlos stayed at the club until 1980. He was at the squad when the club won 1977 and 1978 NASL titles.

After playing for California Surf in 19 appearances for a year; he turned back to NYC in 1982. Carlos won his 3rd NASL in the year he started.

His last game was on September 28, 1982; a match against Flamengo.

Carlos appeared in 743 matches during his club career.

Brazil National Team

World Cup 1978

Carlos played for Brazil national team until 1977. He showed great performance especially during World Cup 1970; when he scored the final goal against Italy. His goal then got in the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments list. However, he couldn’t play at other World Cups, except in 1978 when he got selected for the three qualification games.


Following the times he began to perform poorly; Carlos retired from football at the age of 33.

He appeared in 53 games and scored 8 goals for the national team.

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