Maradona, Kobe Bryant and Paolo Rossi: remember the sport personalities who died in 2020 – Prime Time Zone


Sports journalist and musician Rodrigo Rodrigues, businessman Walter Torre and former Brazilian women’s team coach Vadão are also among the losses this year

Diego Maradona Official Site / ReproductionArgentine football legend Diego Maradona died at age 60

Two thousand and one year was a great loss. THE Covid-19 pandemic it claimed thousands of lives worldwide and changed people’s routine, economy and social life in general. As sport reflects society, it was also a year of mourning for football, basketball and other sports. Not only was the virus responsible for the death of personalities in the area, but also tragic accidents and complications from other diseases. Kobe Bryant, American basketball star and Los Angeles Lakers idol, was the first major loss, still in January, after suffering a helicopter crash with his daughter Gigi. The Argentine Maradona and the italian Paolo Rossi, two great football idols – both world champions for their national teams – left the world touched. check out below some sport losses in this complicated 2020:

Kobe Bryant (basketball)
The Los Angeles Lakers star died in a helicopter accident in the US state of California on January 26. The tragedy took the lives of eight other people, including Gianna Maria, Gigi, 13, one of Kobe’s four daughters. One of the greatest players in basketball history, Kobe had retired in 2016. Supporter of the Lakers, he defended the Los Angeles team throughout his career and won five NBA titles (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010). He also won two awards for best player in the finals (2009 and 2010) and one for best player in the league (2008). For the US basketball team, he was a gold medalist at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Bryant was 41 years old when he died. He would turn 42 on August 23.

Valdir Espinosa (football)
Valdir Atahualpa Ramires Espinosa was a trainer and made history in the Guild, where he won the Libertadores Cup and the Club World Cup, both in 1983. He was also marked for having taken the Botafogo of a 21-year queue with no title at the 1989 Carioca Championship. His last job was precisely at the Rio de Janeiro club, as a football manager. Espinosa died on February 27 due to complications from abdominal surgery. The family revealed, after death, that the Porto Alegre gaucho was battling bowel cancer.

Zoca (football)
The Nascimento family has a great name in football: Edson Arantes, but there was another member who also left his mark: Jair Arantes, known as Zoca. Pelé’s brother died on March 26, at the age of 77, after years of battling prostate cancer. He was admitted to the Casa de Saúde hospital in Santos, on the coast of São Paulo. Zoca also played for Santos in the 60s, but was not as prominent as his brother.

Jorge Luiz Domingos (football)
Known as Jorginho no Flamengo, the club where he worked for 40 years, the masseuse died for Covid-19 on May 4, 2020, at the age of 68. Jorge Luiz Domingos also provided services to CBF. In 2002, he was a member of the technical committee that was crowned world champion at the Japan / South Korea World Cup.

Amauri (football)
Amauri da Silva, but known Amauri, was a fast right-winger who was successful during the 1960s and 1970s. With spells at Flamengo, Guarani, Santos de Pelé and XV de Piracicaba, the former player died on May 20, 2020, leaving three children and two grandchildren. His passage through the red-black carioca was what gave greater prominence to Amauri’s career. He played for Fla between 1964 and 65, participated in 61 games and scored 15 goals.

Vadão (football)
Oswaldo Fumeiro Alvarez, known as Vadão, was a soccer coach and worked with the Brazilian women’s team at the 2019 World Cup in France. Vadão died on May 25, victim of liver cancer, aged 63. With a discreet performance as a player, he became best known for training São Paulo teams in the men’s team, such as São Paulo (when he launched Kaká to the professional team), Guarani and Ponte Preta. At the women’s football, made history by winning the 2014 Copa America, the 2014 International Women’s Football Tournament, the 2015 International Women’s Football Championship and the 2015 Pan American Games, as well as a fourth place finish in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Rodrigo Rodrigues (sports journalism)
The Globo Group journalist was yet another of the 180,000 victims of Covid-19 in Brazil. He was 45 years old, a carioca, a Flamengo fan and a big fan of Zico. At Globo, Rodrigues presented the São Paulo edition of “Globe Sports”And the program“ Troca de Passes ”, from the SporTV channel. He also worked with sports journalism at ESPN Brasil and Esporte Interativo. Another passion of Rodrigo Rodrigues it was music. He had a band, called Soundtrackers, and wrote a book about the musical group Blitz. He died on July 28, at the age of 45.

Ana Paula Scheffer (rhythmic gymnastics)
Ana Paula Scheffer made her career in the Brazilian selection of rhythmic gymnastics. Born in Toledo, Paraná, Ana represented Brazil in many competitions, such as the 2005 and 2007 Pan American Games, in addition to the 2006 and 2010 South American Games. She won six medals, one gold, four silver and a bronze one. The gymnast was found dead at home on October 16, aged 31. According to the family, Ana suffered a massive heart attack.

Carlos Amadeu (football)
Former coach of Brazilian Team under-20 and under-17, Carlos Amadeu, died on November 15 after a cardiac arrest. At 55, he was training the B team of Al Hilal, from Saudi Arabia. Born in Salvador, Carlos spent time in Vitória and Bahia before joining CBF in 2015.

Fernando Vanucci (sports journalism)
The broadcaster and presenter, Fernando Vanucci, died on November 24, at the age of 69. Famous for his sports coverage, Vanucci worked for the biggest broadcasters in the country: Globo, Bandeirantes, Record and Rede TV !. For a long time he presented “Globo Esporte” and “Esporte Espetacular”, winning the affection of the public. Known for his catchphrase “Hello, you“, The journalist participated in the coverage of six World Cups and five Olympics. The reason for his death was not revealed, but since last year, when he suffered a heart attack, he was in poor health.

Diego Maradona (football)
Diego Armando Maradona he died on November 26 after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest at his home, where he was recovering from surgery. At 60, Maradona left a legion of fans around the world. His wake was accompanied by a crowd at Casa Rosada, the seat of the government of Argentina. Several athletes from the world of football and other sports offered their condolences to the greatest player in the history of Argentina. Known as The kid, the eternal shirt 10 won the 1986 World Cup, won the King’s Cup with Barcelona in 1983, won two Italian Championships and a UEFA Cup in Napoli (becoming a divinity in the Italian club), in addition to having accumulated individual prizes such as the Golden Ball of the World Cup in 86, best player of the 20th century, Onze D’or and Guerin D’or.

Alejandro Sabella (soccer)
Argentina was hit by the death of two football idols in just under a month. Alejandro Sabella he was admitted to the hospital the same day he learned of Maradona’s death. The coach has suffered from severe heart disease since 2015, and news of his friend’s loss has aggravated the situation. Sabella did not resist and died on December 8. Technical Albiceleste at the 2014 World Cup, he was runner-up in the tournament held in Brazil. At the edge of the field, he also won the 2009 Libertadores with Estudiantes. In the days of playing, he was a midfielder and made history in Guild.

Paolo Rossi (futebol)
The Italian traumatized many Brazilians in the 1982 World Cup scoring three times against the canarinho team in the game that eliminated the fantastic team of Zico, Falcão and Sócrates from the World Cup. Fate wanted that Paolo Rossi was the owner of that edition: he lifted the trophy, he was the best player and top scorer in the competition. Rossi also won two Italian Championships with the Juventus and a Champions League in the 1984/85 season. Recognized for his delivery in the field, the striker could not resist lung cancer that victimized him on December 9. At 64, he left his wife and three children.

Walter Torre (entrepreneur)
Owner of the company WTorre, responsible for building the Allianz Park, Palmeiras stadium, Walter tower he died on December 11 after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest in São Paulo. Leading the company since 1981, Torre has sometimes fought with Paulo Nobre, ex-president of Palmeiras, on the management of the stadium, but the two got along before the death of the businessman. According to Verdão, Walter Torre “was decisive in making the arena feasible, which has become a landmark in the city of São Paulo”.

Marcelo Veiga (football)
São Bernardo FC coach, Marcelo Veiga died on December 14, at the age of 56, victim of Covid-19. An outbreak hit the team on which Marcelo worked, and he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) earlier this month. Born in São Paulo, the coach is an idol of Bragantino, team for which he made 500 games and won the title of Series C of the Brazilian Championship, in 2017.

Orlando Duarte (sports journalism)
One of the greatest sportswriters and former member of the Group Young pan, Orlando Duarte died, aged 88, on December 15th due to complications caused by Covid-19. Born in Rancharia (SP), the journalist went through various information vehicles in the country, such as the newspaper “O Tempo”, TV Gazeta, TV Cultura, SBT, Bandeirantes, Globo and Record. Covered 14 world Cups e 10 Olympic Games throughout your career. “Our brother, great friend and companion Orlando Duarte, died. Taught us a lot ”, lamented the narrator of Young pan Nilson Cesar. Duarte leaves four children and six grandchildren.