Carlos Alberto Torres

 

Carlos Alberto Torres

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Carlos Alberto while playing for the NY Cosmos

Personal information

Full name

Carlos Alberto Torres

Date of birth

17 July 1944

Place of birth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of death

25 October 2016 (aged 72)

Place of death

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Height

1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

Playing position

Right back

Senior career*

Years

Team

Apps

(Gls)

1963–1966

Fluminense

98

(9)

1966–1974

Santos

445

(40)

1974–1976

Fluminense

53

(4)

1976–1977

Flamengo

28

(3)

1977–1980

New York Cosmos

80

(6)

1981

California Surf

19

(2)

1982

New York Cosmos

20

(0)

Total

 

743

(64)

National team

1964–1977

Brazil

53

(8)

Teams managed

1983–1985

Flamengo

1985–1986

Corinthians

1987–1988

Náutico

1988

Miami Sharks

1989–1990

Once Caldas

1991–1992

Monterrey

1992

Tijuana

1993–1997

Botafogo

1994

Fluminense

1998

Atlético Mineiro

1998–1999

Querétaro

2000–2001

Unión Magdalena

2000–2001

Oman

2001–2002

Flamengo

2002

Botafogo

2004–2005

Paysandu

2005

Azerbaijan

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos Alberto “Capita” Torres (17 July 1944 – 25 October 2016), also known as “O Capitão do Tri”, was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking right-sided full-back or wing-back. A technically gifted defender with good ball skills and defensive capabilities, he is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of all time. He also stood out for his leadership, and was an excellent penalty taker. Nicknamed O Capitão, he captained the 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.

Carlos Alberto was a member of the World Team of the 20th Century, and in 2004 was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. He was an inductee to the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame, and was a member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

In January 2013, Carlos Alberto was named one of the six Ambassadors of 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, others being Ronaldo, Bebeto, Mário Zagallo, Amarildo and Marta.

Contents

  • 1Personal life
  • 2Club career
    • 2.1Brazil
    • 2.2NASL
  • 3International career
  • 4Coaching career
  • 5Death
  • 6Career statistics
    • 6.1Club
    • 6.2International
  • 7Honours
    • 7.1Player
      • 7.1.1Club
      • 7.1.2International
      • 7.1.3Individual
  • 8Notes
  • 9External links

Personal life

Carlos Alberto was born in Rio de Janeiro. His son is fellow player Carlos Alexandre Torres.

Club career

Brazil

Carlos Alberto joined Fluminense at the age of 19. 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 and playmaking abilities, which were quite rare at the time for a defender. In 1966, he moved to Santos, where he became Pelé’s teammate. In 1974, he returned to Fluminense and helped the team capture two consecutive Campeonato Carioca championships. In 1977, he moved to Fluminense’s arch-rivals Flamengo.

NASL

In 1977, despite his success in Brazil, Carlos Alberto Torres decided to move to the New York Cosmos. 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. After spending one year with the California Surf, he returned to the Cosmos in 1982 where he won his third NASL title. He played his farewell game on 28 September 1982 in an exhibition match between the Cosmos and his former club Flamengo. In 119 regular season games and 26 playoff games, Carlos scored a total of 8 goals and was an NASL All-Star five times.

International career

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Carlos Alberto with the Brazil national team in 1970

From 1964 to 1977, Carlos Alberto was capped 53 times and scored 8 goals. He was included in the 44-man training squad for the 1966 FIFA World Cup but did not make the final 22. 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. 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 1970 FIFA World Cup Final in Mexico City. That squad also included Clodoaldo, Gérson, Jairzinho, Roberto Rivelino, Tostão and Pelé. Carlos Alberto’s goal against Italy in the final is considered one of the best goals ever scored in the tournament. 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. He was unable to participate in the 1974 World Cup due to a persistent knee injury. When he eventually regained match fitness, his speed had been compromised. 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. In 1977, he was selected by Claudio Coutinho to captain the national team for the first three qualifiers for the 1978 World Cup. He acquitted himself well despite those being the first competitive internationals he had played for almost seven years. 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.

Coaching career

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Carlos Alberto in 2011

His career as a football manager started in 1983, when he managed Flamengo. 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.

He was also an assistant manager for national teams such as the Nigeria national football team and the Oman national football team. On 14 February 2004 he was appointed manager of the Azerbaijan national football team. He resigned on 4 June 2005 after losing a match against Poland, during which he assaulted the technical referee and ran on the pitch suggesting the referee was bribed.

Death

Torres died in Rio de Janeiro on 25 October 2016 due to a sudden heart attack. He was a sports commentator at a Brazilian channel SporTV, having appeared live on studio only two days before his death, which occurred exactly one month after his twin died.

Career statistics

Club

Club performance

League

Season

Club

League

Apps

Goals

Brazil

League

1971

Santos

Série A

2

0

1972

20

2

1973

28

6

1974

Fluminense

Série A

16

1

1975

18

0

1976

19

3

1977

Flamengo

Série A

0

0

United States

League

1977

Cosmos

NASL

4

0

1978

25

2

1979

New York Cosmos

NASL

28

2

1980

23

2

1981

California Surf

NASL

19

2

1982

New York Cosmos

NASL

20

0

Country

Brazil

103

12

United States

119

8

Total

222

20

International

Brazil national team

Year

Apps

Goals

1964

3

0

1965

1

0

1966

3

0

1967

0

0

1968

18

5

1969

9

0

1970

14

2

1971

0

0

1972

1

1

1973

0

0

1974

0

0

1975

0

0

1976

1

0

1977

3

0

Total

53

8

Honours

Player

Club

Fluminense

  • Campeonato Carioca: 1964, 1975, 1976
  • Taça Guanabara: 1966

Santos

  • Recopa Sul-Americana: 1968
  • Taça de Prata: 1968
  • Paulista Championship: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973

New York Cosmos

  • NASL Soccer Bowl Championships: 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982

International

Brazil

  • FIFA World Cup: 1970

Individual

  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1970
  • World Team of the 20th Century: 1998
  • National Soccer Hall of Fame: 2003
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
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