Carlos Alberto Torres


BornJuly 17, 1944

Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)


RoleRight back

Relation(s)Terezinha Sodre (First Spouse), Graça Garbaccio (Second Spouse)


Carlos Alberto Torres Biography

Carlos Alberto Torres was a Brazilian footballer known for being the best footballer of the side and for his captaincy skills.

Born on July 17 1944 in Rio de Janeiro, Carlos played at defence- right back.

He won various significant titles like, Brazil Championship 1965 and 1968, Sao Paulo Championship in 1966, Paulista Championship -1965,1967,1968,1969 and 1973.

Under his captaincy, Brazil won the World Cup in 1970. Carlos died on October 25, 2016.


Carlos joined the team at the age of 19 and throughout his career span won 53 caps for Brazil. He won his first cap within an year of his debut because of his other impressive skills like leadership, ball control and passing.


Carlos made his debut at the age of 19 when he joined Fluminense team of Brazil in 1963.

Rise to glory

He is best known for his goal in 1970 finals which ultimately led to defeat of Italy. That goal is considered the best World Cup goal where the score stood at 4-1 with Italy losing the match. His nine pass move won him a special Fifa trophy in 2006.

Low points

Carlos’s performance has been spectacular but in 1974, he suffered from a serious knee injury. Due to this he had to miss the 1974 World Cup but he got back soon and was made the captain of Brazil for 1978 World Cup.

Club career

Carlos initially featured for Fluminense from 1963 to 1966 then he joined Pele for Santos in 1966. He also played for New York Cosmos in the United States from 1977 to 1982, during which he won three American Soccer League titles. Apart from these he played for Rio de Janeiro clubs like Fluminense,Botafogo, and Flamingo during early days of his career.


Carlos was made the captain of Brazil for 1970 World Cup which the team ended winning, making him the youngest captain to win the World Cup. He was again made the captain in 1978.


Carlos retired in 1982. After his retirement from international football, he served as a coach for a short duration, but one remarkable achievement during his tenure as a coach was winning the Brazilian Championship with Flamengo in 1983. He was also coach for 15 other teams some of which were, Fluminense,Miami Sharks the Us,Oman and Azerbaijan and ended his managerial career in 2005. He even tried his hands at being a city council member in Rio from 1989 to 1993.

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