Brazil Football In Mourning As World Cup Star Coutinho Dies Months Before Copa America

South American continental tournament is just months away, but the Brazil football federation is in mourning as former World Cup winner and Santo striker Coutinho died on Monday at the age of 75. The former Santos Player died in his home on Monday.

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Born Antonio Wilson Vieira Honorio on June 11, 1943, the striker went on to become a legend with Santos, where he made 457 total appearances while scoring 370 goals for the Brazilian club. He is the third highest goalscorer in Santos history, with 368 goals in 457 matches, behind only Pele and Pepe in the club’s history.

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He was a member of the historic Santos squad that dominated world football at the time with Coutinho, Pele, Pepe and Dorval leading the squad. During his time with the club, he was a two-time Copa Libertadores champion while winning two Intercontinental Cups and six Campeonato Paulista titles.

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The forward was also a member of Brazil’s 1962 World Cup-winning squad, but was sidelined by injury just before the tournament. Coutinho did not make any appearance, although he remained in the squad as Brazil went on to top Czechoslovakia to win the title.

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The former striker was hospitalized in January with pneumonia, but eventually left the hospital. Cause of death has yet to be confirmed. His funeral will take place at Vila Belmiro at a time to be confirmed at a later date.

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