Captain Carlos Alberto (center) and Pele (far left) led Brazil to the 1970 World Cup title in Mexico City. Carlos Alberto – Brazil superstar, World Cup-winning captain, friend and contemporary of Pelé, scorer of one of the greatest World Cup final goals ever, and re-inventor of the right back position – died of a heart attack at the age of 72 on Tuesday. After an endless spell of possession, Jairzinho squared the ball at the edge of the box to Pele, who spotted to his right the streaking Carlos Alberto, who met the slow pass in its path and hammered it past Italian goalkeeper Enrico Albertosi.
A survey of more than 4,000 people, conducted by BBC Radio 5 Live, has found that 82% of soccer fans in England, Scotland and Wales would have no problem with having a gay player on their team. A lack of acceptance of gay players has made headlines in the NFL in recent years, and it remains a taboo subject in the European game. The first player to come out in England was Justin Fashanu in 1990.
Wayne Rooney‘s future at Manchester United seems increasingly uncertain. A report in the Sun newspaper states that United’s captain and talisman, 31, has been told by manager Jose Mourinho that he can leave if it’s regular game time he wants. Rooney hasn’t started any of United’s last four Premier League games and was left out of their squad for the 4-0 thumping at Chelsea last weekend with a small injury. Per the report, Mourinho has spoken to Rooney’s advisers and has told them he can not guarantee the England national team captain a starting role. There’s no doubting Rooney’s huge impact at United over the past 12 years since he arrived at Old Trafford. He’s won five Premier League titles,