Andrew Downie

Andrew Downie

He is a foreign correspondent based in Brazil. He published ‘Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend,’ which is a biography of the most revolutionary footballer of all time.

Armed with Socrates’ unpublished memoir and hours of newly discovered interviews, Andrew Downie has put together the most comprehensive and compelling account of this iconic figure. Based on conversations with family members, close friends and former team-mates, this is a brilliant biography of a man who always stood up for what he believed in, whatever the cost.

Socrates was always special. A hugely talented athlete who graduated in medicine yet drank and smoked to excess. The attacking midfielder stood out – and not just because of his 6’4″ frame. Fans were enthralled by his inch-perfect passes, his coolness in front of goal and his back heel, the trademark move that singled him out as the most unique footballer of his generation.

Andrew writes about sports for Reuters. He has written about Brazil for a host of publications including Time magazine, The Financial Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times. He has been writing about Brazil to draw attention to the country.