Today in 2011 Brazilian footballer Sócrates passed away. This is a story about the role he and his team played in restoring democracy to Brazil.
Born in exile, excelled in football and played for two national teams.
Player who commanded Hannover-Ahlem, a Nazi concentration camp.
A “Russian Pele”, but his career was ruined by years in the Gulag.
An East German who escaped to West Germany.
Hungarian captain who took refuge and became a superstar in Spain.
Football player in resistance to fascism.
Eusebio came from a poor background in Mozambique and became a superstar.
Gyula Grosics was a national sporting hero who tried to defect from Communist Hungary in 1949.
Playing football and ice hockey at high levels, one of his teams was disbanded by Josef Stalin.