Snapshot Classic: Socrates and Zico, the coolest football partnership in World Cup history?


29th, October 2007


June 1986 They don’t make players as cool as Socrates and Zico any more. Socrates – is there a cooler name in football history? No, there isn’t – apart from Zico, perhaps. Anyhow, here they are at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, celebrating Socrates’s winning goal against Spain in Group D. Either that or they’re celebrating being so damn cool.
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  1. Matt says:

    Q: Socrates and Zico, the coolest football partnership in World Cup history?
    A: Yes.
    Phew! That was easy!

  2. jameson says:

    Did you see david beckham score a penalty for barca at the weekend . i cant beleive he turned down all that money at la galaxy to go to his former clubs bitter rivals barcelona .. o well he is doing really well at barcelona .. henry should also join barca after not leaving arsenal . y did henry not start against liverpool . is he injured ? could someone please tell me thanks
    from jameson (im really good at football by the way because my grandad and dad sed i was but bullies at school say im not

  3. Joe says:

    Hmmm… don’t be too sure, Cruyff and Neeskens were pretty ‘Reservoir Dogs’ as well. And what about our own Stuart ‘Psycho’ Pearce and Terry ‘No Nickname Needed’ Butcher? Like slightly pastier versions of Stallone and Schwarzenegger.

  4. Murfmensch says:

    The fact that Socrates got a medical degree while playing football and pursued a degree in philosophy after he retired makes him the coolest player of all time.

  5. Alessandro Moraes says:

    Dear Sir editor. I am brazilian, like both soccer player you have mentioned above, and there is a required correction to make in your text.
    Zico and Socrates(in memorian) were one of the best soccer players of all times. They are wearing the official uniform of brazilian soccer team at the world cup of spain in 1982. At that age, we adoted brazilian brands in your shirts (Topper), but not the Nike ones of today. They are celebrating the first goal scored by Socrates against Italy in 5th, july of 1982, in Sarriá stadium, Barcelona.

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