Football: Brazil's 1982 World Cup goalkeeper Waldir Peres dies, aged 66

Goalkeeper Waldir Peres was second on the all-time appearances list for Brazilian club Sao Paulo.
Goalkeeper Waldir Peres was second on the all-time appearances list for Brazilian club Sao Paulo. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE VIDEO

SAO PAULO (REUTERS) - Waldir Peres, the much-maligned goalkeeper in Brazil's 1982 World Cup side, died of a heart attack on Sunday (July 23), his former club Sao Paulo said. He was 66.

Peres will always be remembered for a calamitous mistake in Brazil's opening match against the Soviet Union when he let a 30-metre strike from Andrei Bal squirm through his hands to give the Soviets the lead.

Brazil recovered to win 2-1 and Peres performed competently in victories over Scotland, New Zealand and Argentina. However, they lost 3-2 to a Paolo Rossi-inspired Italy and were eliminated in the second round.

Peres, who won the Brazilian league with Sao Paulo and was second on the all-time appearances list for the club, collapsed while at a family lunch.

He is the second member of the celebrated 1982 team to pass away, after captain Socrates, who died in 2011.