page title icon S2 EP4: Socrates in Chocolate and Pink

Socrates is one of the icons of Brazilian football. His effortless grace on the pitch, and his political activism off it, made him an unmistakable symbol for a generation of Brazilians. 

Lesser known is the 17 minutes he spent playing for the Corinthian-Casuals. Having just scored for the opposition, he swapped his number 8 shirt and took his place alongside his Spartan League teammates. 

This is the story of this iconic moment in 1988, when the Corinthians travelled to Brazil for the first time in 75 years for a showpiece friendly against their brothers in football, Corinthians Paulista. 

To help tell the tale, Jarek and Dominic are joined by the club’s Community Liaison Officer, John Forrest. We also hear from biographer of Socrates, Andrew Downie; dedicated Corinthians Paulista fan, Dilva Bandeira; and the Casuals goalkeeper who was on the receiving end of some Socrates magic, John Metcalfe.  

Written, produced and presented by Jarek Zaba and Dominic Bliss. 

Editing: Jarek Zaba
Audio engineering: Brent Davies
Title music: John Forrest
Artwork: Matt Alabaster
Website: Chris Kelly