Carlos Alberto Torres, the captain of Brazil’s World Cup-winning team in 1970 and scorer of one of the sport’s most memorable goals, died Oct. 25 at his home in Rio de Janeiro. He was 72.
TV Globo, which employed Mr. Torres as a soccer commentator for its cable channel SporTV, said he died after a heart attack.
Mr. Torres was one of the best defenders of his generation and one of the first to play box-to-box soccer. That style of play allowed him to score his famous goal in the 1970 World Cup, blasting in a pass from Pelé in the 4-1 win against Italy in the final in Mexico City.
That goal, scored after a touch by almost every Brazilian on the pitch, is seen as the pinnacle of a team that was so dominant that it made the players’ yellow shirts into a global brand.
At the end of that 1970 final, the 25-year-old Mr. Torres became the last captain to lift the Jules Rimet trophy, which Brazil earned the right to keep as the first three-time World Cup winner.
After those glorious days in Mexico, Brazil won two more World Cups in much less impressive fashion. This made Mr. Torres one of the biggest advocates among his countrymen of a return to an attacking style of football.
For many Brazilians, he was just “The Captain” — even to his friends and family. He made 53 appearances for Brazil.
“He was more than a leader, he was an innovative player. That is why he is our eternal captain,” said Carlos Albert Parreira, a physio on that 1970 team and later the coach when Brazil won the 1994 World Cup.
Mr. Torres was born in Rio on July 17, 1944. His club career in Brazil was primarily with Santos, but he later played in the United States for the New York Cosmos. His friendship with Pelé was built around their years at Santos. He also played for Rio de Janeiro clubs Fluminense, Botafogo and Flamengo. He retired in 1982.
His coaching career was not as impressive, but he won a Brazilian championship with Flamengo in 1983. The former footballer also had a brief appearance as a city council member in Rio from 1989 to 1993.
His twin brother, Carlos Roberto, died last month. No information on survivors was immediately available.
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