5 Dec 2011

Sumner saddened by Socrates' death

5:57 pm on 5 December 2011

The former All Whites captain Steve Sumner says it was a privilege for him to play against the Brazilian legend Socrates, who died today.

Socrates, regarded as the leading player of his generation, alongside Zico, died of organ damage, aged 57.

The Brazilian team he led at the 1982 World Cup didn't win, but it was regarded as one of the best line-ups in the country's history.

Sumner walked out onto the pitch alongside Socrates in their clash at the World Cup that year and says it's a sad day for world football.

Sumner says as far as he can remember, it was current Phoenix coach Ricky Herbert who swapped jerseys with Socrates after that match.