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Carlos Alberto

Brazil

Full name: Carlos Alberto Torres
Date of birth: 17/07/1944
Position: Defender
International caps: 53
International goals: 8
World Cups: 1970 - Champions
Clubs: Fluminense
Santos
Fluminense
Flamengo
New York Cosmos
1963-1966
1966-1974
1974-1977
1977
1977-1982

Carlos Alberto started on his football career late, joining Fluminense at the age of 19. In 1966, he joined the successful Santos of Pele, after which he was finally installed as a regular for the national team.

Carlos Alberto scoring that goal

It was at the World Cup in Mexico in 1970 that Carlos Alberto really made his name, captaining one of the more exceptional teams ever to grace football. Brazil won the title with a 4-1 demolition of Italy, but the moment Carlos Alberto will be remembered for is his late goal in that game, which is widely considered one of the greatest of all time. It epitomised the sublime individual skill and almost telepathic teamwork that came to symbolise that great 1970 team. The move started with Tostao and passed through all but two of the team's outfield players before reaching it's climax. Midfielder Clodoaldo dribbled past four Italians before passing to Rivelino, who lifted it forward to Jairzinho on the left. He in turn passed to Pele who, standing just outside the "D", paused momentarily before stroking the ball into what appeared to be empty space. From nowhere, Carlos Alberto arrived at pace, hitting the ball like a bullet into the far corner of the net. He modestly acknowledges his part in the goal saying - "it was the most beautiful World Cup goal not because of the goal, but because of how we created it". (See the goal via my YouTube links page).

Carlos Alberto lifting the cup in 1970

In 1974, Carlos Alberto returned to Fluminense, helping the club capture two consecutive Campeonato Carioca championships. After a brief spell at Fluminense rivals, Flamengo in 1977, he moved to New York Cosmos where he once again lined up along Pele and won the NASL title in both 1977 and 1978. In his final season in 1982, Cosmos won the NASL for a third time. His testimonial was a match between Cosmos and Flamengo.

After retiring as a player, Carlos Alberto entered the world of management, starting with former club Flamengo in 1983. After spells as manager/coach of several other Brazilian club, including Corinthians (1985-6), Nautico (1986-7), Botafogo (1993-4, 1997-8, 2002-3) amd Fluminense (1995-6), he managed the Azerbaijani national team from 2003-5. Carlos Alberto currently coaches at club level back in South America.