Brazilian football icon Mário Sérgio dies in Colombia plane crash
Editor's Note: This is a translation from ESPN Brazil: Multicampeão como jogador, Mário Sérgio foi um ícone do futebol brasileiro
The plane crash that took the lives of most of the Chapecoense football team also claimed the life of a Brazilian football icon. Mário Sérgio, former player, manager and FOX Sports Brazil broadcaster, also died in the tragic accident.
Known as "Vesgo," Sérgio was a talented player and successful athlete who made the Brazil national team in the 1980s. He was a two-time champion with Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro in 1975 and 1976, he won with Sao Paulo in 1981, and he came away victorious in the Campeonato Baiano with Victoria in 1972. He won the Campeonato Brasileiro and Campeonato Gaucho with Internacional in 1981 and 1984 and took the Intercontinental Cup with Gremio in 1983.
Sérgio kicked off his career with local club Flamengo in the late 1960s and quickly claimed the Taça Guanabara in 1970. He featured for Botafogo, Rosario Central, Ponte Preta, Palmeiras and Bellinzona, among others, before finishing his playing career with Bahia in 1987.
After hanging up his boots, Sérgio had a short managerial stint with Vitoria. Then his career took a turn as a sportscaster.
Sérgio would return to the sideline to coach Corinthians in 1993 before moving on to Sao Paulo, Vitoria, Atlético Paranaense (three times), Sao Caetano, Atlético MG, Figueirense (twice), Botafogo, Portuguesa, Internacional and Ceará, where he ended his coaching career in 2010.
Beyond his extensive résumé as a manager and gloried stint as a member of the Brazil national team, Sérgio was always controversial, with strong and authentic statements such as the one he made in 2001 while coaching Atlético: "Or Atlético finishes the night or the night finishes Atlético."
In 2012, Sérgio returned to television as a commentator for FOX Sports. Loved or hated, he left no one indifferent -- on the field, as a coach or behind the mic. Brazilian football has lost one of its true icons.