Brazil’s 1982 World Cup Goalkeeper Dies Of Heart Attack

Wladir Peres, a former Brazilian goalie has passed on at the age of 66 his family announces.

A member of three world cup teams, Peres was said to have died on Sunday after a heart attack. Peres was having a lunch with his friends in the city of Moggi Mirim in Sao Paulo state when he passed out and was taken to the hospital.

Peres featured in the 1982 world cup alongside greats Zico, Socrates, Falcao but Brazil were knocked out in the second round by eventual winner Italy.

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While also representing Brazil at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups, Peres made his name in the 1982 World Cup.

Brazil 1982 World Cup Team: from the left, late Wladir Peres the goalkeeper standing.

He was initially criticized for a mistake in the opening match against the Soviet Union, but Brazil eventually won 2-1 and his performances improved until the 3-2 defeat against the underdog Italians.

Peres becomes the second player in the 1982 team to die, after Socrates in 2011.

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He had a long spell at club level for Sao Paulo representing the club from 1973 to 1984.

Peres will be buried on WednesdayHeart Attack, his family said.

 

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