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.
Spain’s football federation has fined Valencia about $1600 for the water bottle tossed at celebrating Barcelona players on Saturday. It’s also criticized Barca’s reaction to Neymar being hit with the water bottle. Lionel Messi in particular flipped out at fans, who were furious after Barca scored a match-winning penalty and celebrated near the touch line. From the BBC: Spain’s football federation criticised the Barca players for their “exaggerated reaction” and for celebrating in front of home fans, but added “nothing justified” the reaction of the Valencia supporters. There’s an easy joke to make about playacting/diving here, as Luis Suarez hits the deck despite not appearing to be hit. But