Eternal in the fans’ hearts – Sicupira’s death increases the list of idols who have recently left football

Also meet the biggest idols in the history of the main clubs in the country

The 7th of November 2021 was a day of mourning for the fans of Athletico-PR. Striker Sicupira, the biggest idol in the club’s history, died aged 77 due to lung problems. The death of the “King of Bicycles” was widely commented on in the main sports newspapers in the country, as he had also acted as a football commentator.

In the last ten years we also had other important losses of great national football idols. In the list below, remember more about Sicupira and these other stars who have been missed by the fans of the respective clubs in which they were successful:

  • Sicupira
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Born in Curitiba, Barcímio “Sicupira” Júnior, born in 1944, made history at Athletico-PR, where he played from 1968 to 1975. He is the greatest scorer in the club’s history with 156 goals, and became known as the “King of Bicycles “, for having scored several goals in this way during his career. The striker also had relevant spells for Botafogo and Corinthians.

  • Dirceu Krüger

Coritiba Football Clube

Athletico-PR’s biggest rival is Coritiba, and the club also recently lost its biggest idol: Dirceu Krüger. “Flecha Loira”, as he was known, died in 2019, at the age of 74, due to complications after surgery for intestinal obstruction. The former midfielder played in Coxa from 1966 to 1975 and participated in the historic campaign for the fifth championship in Paraná (1971-1975).

  • Carlos Alberto Torres
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Correio da Manhã

One of the greatest right-backs of all times in the history of football, Carlos Alberto died in 2016, aged 72, from a massive heart attack. Considered one of the greatest idols in the history of Fluminense and Santos, he lifted the cup for the Brazilian team’s three-time world championship in the 1970 World Cup.

  • Djalma Santos
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Djalma, like Carlos Alberto, was also a right-back and is considered one of the position’s historical masters. He was two-time World Cup champion with the Brazilian team, winning the 1958 and 1962 tournaments. He played for only three clubs in his career, but was successful in becoming an idol in all of them: Portuguesa, Palmeiras and Athletico-PR. He died in 2013, aged 84, from cardiorespiratory arrest.

  • Nílton Santos
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Nílton Santos or the “Football Encyclopedia”, as he was affectionately known. This nickname came about because of his knowledge of football. He played at left-back, a position that revolutionized, and is considered one of the greatest idols in the history of Botafogo, a club he defended throughout his career between 1948 and 1964. He was two-time World Cup champion with Brazil (1958 and 1962) and died aged 88 in 2013, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The Fogão stadium was named in honor of the ace.

  • Socrates

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Touted by many as the greatest idol in Corinthians history, Sócrates died in 2011, aged 57, due to an upper digestive hemorrhage. The ace played in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups with the Brazilian team and was a three-time champion in São Paulo for Timão (1979, 1982 and 1983), a club he defended between 1978 and 1984.

Biggest idols of Brazilian clubs

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Placar Magazine

Check in the table below which are considered the biggest historical idols of the twelve biggest Brazilian clubs according to their giant fans:


Maior idol


Main Achievements

Atlético-MG Reinaldo 1973 à 1985 4 X champion Mineiro (1979-1983)
Botafogo Garrincha 1953 à 1965 3 X champion Carioca (1957, 1961 et 1962)
Corinthians Sócrates 1978 à 1984 3 X champion Paulista
Cruzeiro Tostão 1964 à 1971 Champion Brésilien 1966
Flamengo Zico 1971 à 1983 e 1985 à 1989 Mondial des Clubs 1981
Fluminense Castilho 1946 a 1965 3 X Champion Carioca (1951, 1959 et 1964)
Grêmio Renato Gaúcho 1980 à 1986, 1991 e 1995 Mondial des clubs 1983
Internacional Falcão 1973 à 1980 3 Championnat brésilien (1975, 1976 et 1979)
Palmeiras Ademir da Guia 1962 à 1977 5 X champion brésilien (1967, 1967, 1969, 1972 et 1973)
Santos Pelé 1956 à 1974 2 X Mondial des Clubs en 1962 et 1963
São Paulo Rogério Ceni 1990 à 2015 Mondial des clubs 2005
Vasco Roberto Dinamite 1971 à 1979 e 1980 à 1982 Champion brésilien de 1974

In addition to Sócrates, Garrincha and Castilho also died in 1983 and 1987, respectively.

The biggest idol figure can change over the years. Several stars shone for the clubs mentioned and threaten the number one position of idolatry of these former players. Cases such as Ronaldinho Gaúcho in Galo, Cássio in Timão, Fábio in Raposa, Gabigol in Fla and Fred in Flu are some of these examples. So, who do you consider your club’s biggest idol?

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