[VIDEO PICK: Bearded Genius] The depth of Brazil's well of talent 30 years ago is unmistakable after just two minutes of watching the magical Mario Sergio, and learning that a soccer savant such as this never made a single World Cup.
The Guardian tabbed another superb clip from the “Forgotten Footballers” series,
which puts a looking glass upon soccer greats lost through the sands of time.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1950, Mario Sergio played for countless Brazilian clubs in 1971-1985, he had just
eight national team caps, and coached until 2010. The sad tale of why Mario Sergio Pontes de Paiva never made a World Cup team can be found here, which in 1982 meant battling pushovers like Socrates,
Dirceu, Falcao and Zico in Brazil’s midfield.
This clip is all from one game, Gremio’s 2-1 win over Hamburg SV at the 1983
Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, which sounds absurd after seeing Mario Garcia toying with the European Cup champions over and over -- without ever looking down ...