Marinho Chagas, who played left back for Brazil’s 1974 World Cup team, has died from an intestinal hemorrhage, the Brazilian Soccer Federation, or CBF, said. He was 62.
Chagas, who died on Saturday, was “a back with offensive skill and much talent,” CBF president Jose Maria Marin said.
The retired soccer player was born in the northeastern city of Natal and started his professional career with ABC.
Chagas played for several professional teams in Brazil, but he enjoyed his greatest success with Botafogo from 1972 to 1976.
He later played for Fluminense and was signed by the New York Cosmos of the original North American Soccer League, or NASL, in 1979.
Chagas played for the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1980 and then returned to Brazil, where he signed with Sao Paulo.
He finished his career with Germany’s Augsburg in 1988 and then had an unsuccessful run as a coach.
Chagas worked as a sports commentator for a station in Natal.