1954 - 2011

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Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, (19 February 1954 – 4 December 2011), simply known as Sócrates, was a Brazilian footballer who played as a midfielder. His medical degree and his political awareness, combined with style and quality of his play, earned him the nickname "Doctor Socrates". Easily recognizable for his beard and headband, Sócrates became the "symbol of cool for a whole generation of football supporters". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sócrates has received more than 1,470,384 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Sócrates is the 27th most popular soccer player (down from 26th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Brazil (down from 14th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Brazilian Soccer Player.

Socrates is most famous for his dialectic method of inquiry, which he used to teach his students.

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Among soccer players, Sócrates ranks 27 out of 16,923Before him are Mário Zagallo, Josef Bican, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raymond Kopa, László Kubala, and Sándor Kocsis. After him are Ronaldo, Vavá, Gunnar Nordahl, Francisco Gento, Rivellino, and Carlos Alberto Torres.

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Among people born in 1954, Sócrates ranks 10Before him are Alexander Lukashenko, John Travolta, Denzel Washington, Hugo Chávez, François Hollande, and James Cameron. After him are Emir Kusturica, Shinzō Abe, Viktor Yushchenko, Jean-Claude Juncker, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Oprah Winfrey. Among people deceased in 2011, Sócrates ranks 13Before him are Peter Falk, Otto von Habsburg, Cesária Évora, Sathya Sai Baba, Wangari Maathai, and Joe Frazier. After him are Svetlana Alliluyeva, Ramiz Alia, Dennis Ritchie, Simon van der Meer, Ágota Kristóf, and Burhanuddin Rabbani.

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Among people born in Brazil, Sócrates ranks 15 out of 1,947Before him are Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (1945), Michel Temer (1940), Didi (1928), Pedro II of Brazil (1825), Jorge Amado (1912), and Mário Zagallo (1931). After him are Ronaldo (1976), Vavá (1934), Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927), Rivellino (1946), Paulo Freire (1921), and João Havelange (1916).


Among soccer players born in Brazil, Sócrates ranks 6Before him are Pelé (1940), Garrincha (1933), Zico (1953), Didi (1928), and Mário Zagallo (1931). After him are Ronaldo (1976), Vavá (1934), Rivellino (1946), Carlos Alberto Torres (1944), Ronaldinho (1980), and Nílton Santos (1925).