Saturday, April 22, 2006


Telê Santana died

Tele SantanaTelê Santana, the coach of the Brazilian team in the World Cups of 1982 and 1986, died yesterday, at age 74. Telê had been for nearly a month under intensive care of abdominal infection.

Telê had a mentality that football should be a show: fair play, but goal oriented. Zagallo, Parreira and Felipão, who won World Cups, are known for having a pragmatic mentality: winning by 1 x 0 is enough.
Much because of Tele's mentality Brazil lost the Cup in 1982: Brazil had the advantage of the tie against Italy, the game was tied, but Telê ordered the team to go ahead to win (and Brazil lost). He was recognized; in 1986, he was again invited to command the squad.

Telê had some success as player, defending Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. Starting his career as a coach, he was Brazilian champion in 1971. A series of successes led him to the Brazilian team, in 1980.

After the two failures in World Cups, he went to São Paulo FC. In 1992 and 1993, São Paulo was bi-champion of the World Clubs Championship.

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