I grew up playing only cricket. What else do you expect for a kid growing up in the ’70s in central Mumbai and attending a quintessential Maharashtrian school? I thought of football as a game played only in convent schools. It was only later that it dawned on me that India was a world champion in a game played in only eight countries; and that the real global game was football. Ithink my interest in football started in 1982 when the World Cup was telecast live. I was in medical college and the idea of a doctor captaining the Brazilian team was captivating. With his cool, intense manner and courageous politics, Socrates was a hero of my youth. Then came Maradona. Though perhaps not as intense as Socrates, he shared that Latino flair and courage. Like Socrates, when this short beguiling footballer with a chequered after life, passed away last week, the entire world mourned. Rene Favaloro was born in 1923. The lone member of his family to have university education was a doctor uncle and Rene followed his path. After graduating from medical school, he agreed to work as a country surgeon in an impoverished village. There he saw… Read full this story
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