Brazilâs 1958 World Cup-Winning Captain Bellini Dies
The defender led a team including 17-year-old Pele to a 5-2 victory against host nation Sweden in the final to claim the trophy for the first time.
He is credited with being the first World Cup captain to lift the trophy high into the air.
âBrazilian football is mourning the death of a great man and captain,â said Brazilian Football Confederation president Jose Maria Marin.
âI had the opportunity to meet him during his time at Sao Paulo where he proved, as well as being an excellent defender, he was a gentleman and an exemplary professional.â
you can watch the entire âBrazil v. Franceâ game from the 1958 World Cup here - Bellini was stunning! You also may see a cameo by a young man named Pele`, who you may not have heard of before. Apparently, he was quite a good striker of the ball in his day. Also on that team were Garrincha, and Nilton Santos - two of the arguably greatest players ever to grace a cow pasture.
CompetiÃ§Ã£o (Competition): Copa do Mundo (World Cup)
Local (Place): EstÃ¡dio Rasunda
Cidade (City): Stockholm (SuÃ©cia/Sweden)
Ãrbitro (Referee): Benjamin Mervyn Griffiths (PaÃs de Gales/Wales)
Brasil (Brazil): Gilmar, De Sordi, Bellini, Orlando PeÃ§anha, NÃlton Santos, Zito, Didi, Garrincha, VavÃ¡, PelÃ©, Zagallo. TÃ©cnico (Coach): Vicente Feola
FranÃ§a (France): Abbes, Kaelbel, Joncquet - Lerond, Panverne, Marcel - Wisnieski, Kopa, F