Fenerbahce’s legendary soccer player Alex de Souza has announced that his father has died.
De Souza shared a moving message to his father on his Instagram account. “Thank you for everything you gave me. We will definitely meet in another dimension. For all. I loved your old man. And I always love you. “
Palmeiras, one of Alex de Souza’s former clubs, said, “I was very sad to receive the news of the death of idol Alex’s father, Adenil Rodriguez de Souza. I deeply regret this pain and regret it. Condolences. Our family and friends. “
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While talking about Alex de Souza in 2011, Ertuğrul Özkök also included details about his family in his article. Here is the article:
At the age of nine, he found a family
It was the year of the “vampire” invasion
1977 was an interesting event that moved into the history of Brazil. In October of that year, people living in the state of “Para” in the northern part of the country claimed to have seen bright objects of various sizes in the sky. This situation continued in November and December. What happened has appeared not only in Brazilians, but also in world history as “one of the biggest UFO incidents.” There were hundreds of witnesses claiming to have seen the flying saucers and what came out of them.
People called what they saw “chupachupa”. These words meant “vampires”. The case became so violent that the Brazilian Air Force formed a committee to investigate the case, and the delegation had to produce a 2000-page report backed by 500 photographs. (1)
He played soccer in the womb
Alex, who has made a name for himself in Brazilian history as a legendary soccer player, was born on September 14, 1977, two weeks before the event, in the town of “Colombo”, 18 km from the city of Curitiba. The neighborhood where he was born was one of the most striking photographs of Brazil’s social reality at the time.
It was as poor as Rio’s shantytown, but a little better. His mother is a cook and she gave birth to her son at a hospital in Curitiba. More precisely, she went to the hospital for her delivery and returned home the next day.
His father was a washing machine.
Alex was born in Colombo. But when asked where he was born, his true place of birth was “poverty” and “soccer.”
Even his mother was playing soccer. He had a soccer team founded with his sister and aunt. His father also played soccer when he was young, but he was more of a soccer fan than he was.
So when I asked him, “When did you start playing soccer?” Alex replied “in the womb.” It was true. His mother, Lenny, was playing soccer when she was pregnant with him.
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There was no beach, but there was a sandbox
On July 14, just two months before Alex was born, the Brazilian national team played against Colombia and won 8-0. Zico, who will become Alex’s biggest hero the following year, will score four goals in this unforgettable match. And fate will connect them at Fenerbahce in Istanbul, thousands of kilometers away from Brazil 27 years later.
In Brazil, every child wakes up on the beach. Thousands of “Little Pele” photos playing on the sandy beaches imprint such clichés in the memory of the world.
The town where Alex was born was not by the sea. So there was no beach. But there was also a simple soccer “field” in the neighborhood with sand on the ground. I went to see the sandbox with Alex. I took a picture before that. It is in an abandoned state. Alex was preparing a project to fix it.
The life of soccer began like “Brazilian Yesil Cham movie”. That is, barefoot among poor children. There are teams in every neighborhood, but Alex doesn’t. So he started playing soccer with the Upper Neighborhood team.
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Do not close your eyes while shaking your head
Talent is not easy to find in your neighborhood. But if a person has a father like Alex and his character is a character like Alex who “knows what he wants”, things will work. His first training was done by his father. “Whenever my left foot was weak, he was always throwing the ball at my left foot,” he says.
He will be remembered for the rest of his life and will take lessons from his father at that age that will be most useful to him:
“Once the ball comes to your head, you don’t close your eyes. A headshot will tell you where you’re throwing the ball.”
This is the first “Principioouro” in his life. So the golden rule …
Thus, when he was seven, the boy who became a man was clear. Now, Alex’s “Fusbal”, or “closed period,” has begun. Indoor is a kind of soccer school in Brazil. Most of the big stars start on the wooden floor.
His father takes Alex to the “AABB fusbal club” at the entrance to the city of Curitiba. This is a club funded by “Bancode Brasil”, one of Brazil’s largest banks …
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He was getting $ 50 with today’s money
It was at this school that he had his first big chance, but it was also one of the most dramatic events in his life.
1986 was a good start for Alex. He was nine years old and his teachers were beginning to see “soccer player lights” in him. He felt that he was receiving special attention from the people around him. But that year, something he didn’t expect was about to happen. Brazil has experienced how much economic crisis it knows in its history, and her parents lost their jobs on the same day.
The crisis struck the city, but it came down like a nightmare in the slums of Colombo. The De Souza family has no income and some children were born under the lucky stars. God earned Alex’s family income, but he opened an unexpected door to this nine-year-old golden boy. Three weeks after his parents lost their jobs, their coach invited Alex to a “club team.” This meant that a small amount of money would fit in his pocket.
Today’s money costs about $ 50 a month. That was half the minimum wage of the day. I was short of money, but for some time it was enough to support an unemployed family. In fact, the de Souza family will live on this money for five months and his father will find a job again.
But his father still speaks with the same pride about his son’s contribution.
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Teacher: Futsal or soccer
1994 will be one of the most important years in Alex’s life. He has reached the age of 16 and two very important decisions are waiting for him.
One day he comes home a little earlier, confronts his father and mother and tells them that they have been waiting for a long time.
“School and football don’t go together. I have to let go of one of them. I choose football.”
His mother was kicked out without waiting for the end of the sentence. “No, you can’t drop out of school. Stop playing soccer.”
His father disagrees. Like any Brazilian father, he sees his son’s illustrious football career in front of him. Of course, he knows this very well. Soccer is gambling. You can succeed, you can’t succeed, you can be disappointed.
However, the dice are rolled and Alex drops out of high school in the second grade of the year.
What would he want to be if he continued?
“I don’t know, I didn’t even have time to think about it, but I was very good at geography, history and Portuguese,” she says.
Shortly thereafter, he faces a second decision. At that time, the coach of indoor football was Carpezian, who is now the coach of the “Sao Paulo” team. He takes Alex in front of him and asks:
“Now you have to make a decision. Futsal or football …”
In other words, you will run the ball either on the wooden floor of the indoor hall or on the grass field.
Alex chooses the latter and therefore begins his first truly professional experience.
Here it came out of the field
Alex is one of the Brazilians who grew up in the sand, like thousands of little Perez. But this wasn’t the beach, it was the sand of a town without beaches. Alex came out of this sandbox, posed in front of him, and became a world star. His father’s words, “Don’t close your eyes while hitting the ball,” were also engraved on his head here. Now, in this abandoned sandbox where the wire mesh has been torn, other children are hitting the ball in pursuit of their dreams and engraving “Daddy”‘s advice in their heads.
Mom, white washer dad, cook pickled slacks
When our car stops in front of the 1011 house, it feels like we’ve arrived in Akhisar as a kid. I’m in front of a house painted in light green. There is a small courtyard and a barred gate. You can hear the dog barking from the inside.
Alex rings the bell and a smiling woman in a hat and coat appears from the inside. The woman on the other side of us is Alex’s mother, Lenny Viera dos Santos de Souza.
Her expression is exactly Alex. He hugs his son. She crosses a small courtyard and enters the house. The right side is a small room. The walls are adorned with pictures taken by Alex when he first started playing football. He was shot in the jersey of the city team, Curitiba.
Right next to it is the open kitchen section cut out by a small counter. The benches and shelves are full of pickled paprika jars.
Like my father, a typical Aegean villager
His father is coming while we are looking there. A typical Aegean villager. He shakes and can octopus in his hand. His father’s name is Anedir Rodriquez de Souza. He is wearing a red sweater. Speaking of taking a picture, he goes inside and puts on a coat.
When I say “Are you making pickled cucumbers?”, I immediately say “yes” and immediately take out the two jars, wrap them in a plastic bag and give them to us. Then go to the other side of the hall. There is a small bar with a selection of drinks on the back shelf. Of course, you can see the most “Kakacha” bottles. A type of Brazilian Rakı.
When you sit down and chat, think about the questions that everyone comes up with. But I don’t think it’s polite to ask there. How does Alex, who has received millions of dollars in remittances, allow her parents to live here?
On my way back to Curitiba, I’ll soon get the question and answer to this question.
I want to go back to my neighborhood.
Alex wanted to move his parents from Colombo to a lovely home in Curitiba. They bought a house and settled there, but after a while they returned here saying “I want to go back to my neighborhood.” Alex moved his house three times and returned all three times.
Her parents are opening their homes to journalists for the first time. It’s clear how proud they are when they pose together in front of their son’s poster.
Colombo, where they live, was once a low-population place. It is now almost integrated with the city of Curitiba. Its population is growing and crime rates are much higher than before. Alex’s grandmother also lives in the neighborhood below.
His mother works as a cook at a hotel in Curitiba. His father is a white washer. Both are still working. They are too honored to ask their son for help. His mother once came to Turkey. His father did not come. The reason is very simple. He is afraid to fly.
I grew up in this house
I’m in this pose in front of Alex’s house. In the courtyard of the house is another white-painted one-story house with two wood-covered blue doors.
He never missed school
Carlos Roberto Socha, President of AABB, one of the most important places in ALEX’s football life, greets us at the front door.
He is visiting the hole where he plays the ball. The school is proud of Alex. They prepared a special poster for him. He will give us a tour of the school. The locker room is pure white. The sink and shower are covered with glittering tiles. Even low urinals are prepared for very young children. There, I learned that Alex paid to renovate the dressing room.
The club president describes Alex as follows:
“He came to the gym every day to train. It wasn’t easy to get here from Colombo. He waited for a long time and came back by bus.”
It will take you to a small place like the back house. One was the kitchen and the other was the room. “Alex was having lunch here. This house will have three children’s soccer players from different cities. We were at school soon because they were staying here. The school was very close, but they still planted it. Alex’s school was in Colombo, but he never dropped out. He was a very disciplined kid. was.”