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Brazil’s 1982 World Cup Keeper Waldir Peres Dies

Waldir Peres, the goalkeeper of ’s feted 1982 World Cup team, died on Sunday, his former club Sao Paulo said.

Brazil 1982 World Cup Keeper Waldir Peres Dies

Peres, who was 66, suffered a heart attack after eating lunch with his family in the southeastern Brazilian city of Mogi Mirim.

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“We express our solidarity with Waldir’s family and friends at this sad time,” Sao Paulo said in a statement on the club’s official website.

Peres suffered a heart attack

Peres was capped 39 times for his country. He is best remembered for being a part of the Brazil side that exhilarated football fans with their victories over the Soviet Union, Scotland, New Zealand and during the 1982 World Cup in .

The team, which also included football legends such as Falcao, Socrates, Eder, Zico and Junior, was eventually eliminated from the tournament after a 3-2 loss to Italy in the second round.

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