Carlos Alberto Torres also known as “O Capitão do Tri”, was a former Brazilian footballer. He was widely regarded as one of the best defenders of all time. He captained Brazil national team to victory in the 1970 World Cup, scoring the fourth goal in the final, considered one of the greatest goals in the history of the tournament.
Let’s find out some intriguing facts about him!
1. Carlos Alberto Torres was born July 17, 1944 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2. His son is fellow player Carlos Alexandre Torres.
3. Carlos Alberto joined Fluminense at the age of 19.
4. He made a name for himself in his first season, not only because of his great tackling and reading of the game, but also for his outstanding ball control, dribbling andplaymaking abilities, which were quite rare at the time for a defender.
5. In 1966, he moved to Santos, where he became Pelé’s teammate.
6. In 1974, he returned to Fluminense and helped the team capture two consecutiveCampeonato Carioca championships. In 1977, he moved to Fluminense’s arch-rivals Flamengo.
7. In 1977, despite his success in Brazil, Carlos Alberto Torres decided to move to the New York Cosmos.
8. He arrived on the day of the New York City blackout where he was reunited with his friend and partner Pelé and helped the Cosmos capture two consecutive NASL titles in 1977 and 1978.
9. After spending one year with the California Surf, he returned to the Cosmos in 1982 where he won his third NASL title.
10. He played his farewell game on 28 September 1982 in an exhibition match between the Cosmos and his former club Flamengo.
11. In 119 regular season games and 26 playoff games, Carlos scored a total of 8 goals and was an NASL All-Star five times.
12. From 1964 to 1977, Carlos Alberto was capped 53 times and scored 8 goals.
13. He was included in the 44-man training squad for the 1966 FIFA World Cup but did not make the final 22.
14. As it turned out, Brazil were knocked out at the Group stage in England, and when João Saldanha was tasked with restoring pride and passion to the seleção, he recognised the leadership ability that Carlos Alberto was consistently demonstrating at Santos, and made him national captain.
15. Thus, Carlos Alberto is remembered holding aloft the Jules Rimet trophy after Brazil secured the cup for good after an impressive victory over Italy in the final of the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.
16. That squad also included Clodoaldo, Gérson, Jairzinho, Roberto Rivelino, Tostão and Pelé.
17. Carlos Alberto’s goal against Italy in the final is considered one of the best goals ever scored in the tournament.
18. In 2002 the UK public voted the goal No. 36 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.1970 would prove to be the only time he would play at that level.
19. He was unable to participate in the 1974 World Cup due to a persistent knee injury.
20. When he eventually regained match fitness, his speed had been compromised.
21. However, his ability to read the game compensated for his loss of pace and when he moved to centre back, he found the form to warrant a recall to the national team.
22. In 1977, he was selected by Claudio Coutinho to captain the national team for the first three qualifiers for the 1978 World Cup.
23. He acquitted himself well despite those being the first competitive internationals he had played for almost seven years.
24. He was approaching 33 years of age and retired from international football, immediately prior to joining New York Cosmos in the NASL. Today he is widely considered one of the finest Brazilian footballers of all time.
25. His career as a football manager started in 1983, when he managed Flamengo.
26. He also managed several other clubs, like Corinthians in 1985 and 1986, Náutico in 1986, 1987 and 1988, Once Caldas on 1989, 1990, Monterrey in 1991, 1992, Club Tijuana in 1992, Fluminense in 1994 and 1995, Botafogo in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003, Querétaro F.C. in 1999, Unión Magdalena in 2000, 2001 and Paysandu in 2005.
27. Torres died in Rio de Janeiro on October 25, 2016 due to a sudden heart attack.
28. He was a sports commentator at a Brazilian channel SporTV, having appeared live on studio only two days before his death.