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Brazil World Cup star Marinho Chagas dies aged 62

Pelé played with Marinho Chagas at New York Cosmos

Brazil’s 1974 World Cup left-back, Marinho Chagas, died on Sunday, in hospital in Paraíba.

According to ESPN.com.br, the 62-year-old was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

Francisco das Chagas Marinho was born in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, on February 8, 1952. He began his professional career at local club ABC in 1969 and also played for América-RN and Nautical before a transfer to Botafogo in 1972.

Marinho Chagas went on to compete at the highest level, playing for Brazil at the World Cup in 1974.

Three years later he moved to Botafogo’s Rio de Janeiro rivals, Fluminense. In 1979, Marinho Chagas joined Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer at New York Cosmos.

His colourful career then took him to the Florida Strikers, ahead of a move back to Brazil in 1981, with São Paulo, Bangu, Fortaleza and América-RN once more.

In 1986, he returned to the United States to play for Los Angeles Heat and finally went to Europe to join Augsburg in Germany.


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