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Socrates' son appointed as Sao Paulo football chief

English.news.cn   2013-07-30 11:33:46            

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Sao Paulo have appointed the son of Brazil legend Socrates as the club's new football manager.

Gustavo Vieira de Oliveira, 35, would replace Adalberto Baptista, who resigned from the role last week, Sao Paulo said in a statement on Monday.

The announcement came as the six-time Campeonato Brasileiro winners languished in the top-flight's relegation zone with just nine points from 11 matches.

A solicitor specializing in sports law, Oliveira is one of six children left behind by Socrates, who died from an intestinal infection in 2011 aged 57.

Socrates, a qualified doctor, played in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups and is considered one of the greatest players in Brazil's history.

In 2004 he was named by Pele as one of the top 125 living footballers and he is a member of the Pacaembu Brazilian football museum's hall of fame.

Editor: Fang Yang
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