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Brazilian legend Nilton Santos dies

Nilton Santos runs with the Olympic torch
The former World Cup winner died of a lung infection on Wednesday.
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)

TRAGIC SPORTS DEATHS

Remembering the many athletes sports lost way too soon.

Nilton Santos, twice a World Cup winner for Brazil and one of soccer's great left backs, has died. He was 88.

The Brazilian soccer federation said he died Wednesday of a lung infection in a Rio de Janeiro hospital.

Santos played with Pele on the Brazilian teams that won the World Cup in 1958 and 1962.

He was a pioneer at his position, one of the first defenders to take part in the offensive flow of the game. At the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, he scored during a 3-0 victory over Austria.

Born in Rio in 1925, Santos spent his whole career with the Brazilian club Botafogo.

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