Monday, March 24, 2014

Brazil’s first World Cup winning captain Bellini dies

Champions: Bellini (left) with Cup-winning captains Mauro Ramos (1962) and Carlos Alberto Torres (1970)
  • Former Brazilian international footballer Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini died on Thursday aged 83.
  • Bellini had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and died in the Hospital 9 de Julho from complications following a heart attack on Tuesday.
  • Bellini captained the national team during Brazil’s first World Cup win in 1958, in Sweden, and famously became the first captain to hold the trophy above his head in celebration.
  • There is a statue in his honour in the pose outside the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
  • In 1962 Bellini was part of the team which successfully defended the trophy in Chile and he also played at the 1966 World Cup in England.
  • Bellini played for three clubs in his career and enjoyed spells with Vasco da Gama and Sao Paulo before finishing with Atletico Paranaense.

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