Corinthians announced its third shirt for the 2023 season, and the uniform pays beautiful tribute to one of the most important milestones of the team and the country. The mantle alludes to the rally held in Vale do Anhangabaú, in São Paulo, calling for the end of the Military Dictatorship, in a movement known as “Diretas Já”.
Despite the nobility of the reference to this historical fact so important for Brazil, fans on the internet were not very satisfied with the color of the shirt, predominantly yellow, and which was even confused with green in the first images that were leaked a few years ago. weeks.
The color of the new Corinthians shirt is also a reference to the clothing worn by members of the movement on April 16, 1984. On that occasion, symbols of Corinthians history such as Dr Sócrates and Wladimir, the greatest right-back in the club’s history , alongside singer Rita Lee, were part of the movement, which led to the country returning to direct elections.
Shortly before, in 1982, the same Corinthians led another important movement in football, in what was known as “The Corinthian Democracy”. Led by coach Jorge Vieira, the players had complete freedom to address what was, or was not, right on the field. The technical command was respected, but above all the player’s will too.
When this team appears in Vale do Anhangabaú, something historic happens. In the 80s, a resistance movement.
Today, the launch of Corinthians’ new III shirt. Inspired by one of the most memorable moments in the history of the club and the country, Timão’s new mantle is already… pic.twitter.com/ogjRBIonVu
— Corinthians (@Corinthians) September 20, 2023
Corinthians fans on Twitter are divided over the third uniform
Some of Fiel Torcida liked, some not so much, the 3rd uniform presented by Corinthians on the afternoon of this Wednesday (20). The colors do not resemble the club’s traditional colors at all, but the movement it represents was a positive point worked on by Corinthians marketing.
In Alvinegro’s official publication announcing the number three shirt, there were still reports of fans outraged by the team’s position in the Brazilian Championship table, and took the opportunity to criticize the current management.
Other internet users took the opportunity to mock the announcement made by Timão, and associate the shirt with the uniform used by Brasileirão referees, which also uses yellow in some games.
Corinthians’ fight for democracy is one of the most beautiful episodes in the club’s history. I feel very proud and I’m loving this moment of remembering the milestones with the shirts.
Long live Corinthian democracy!
— Amanda Porfirio (@amandaporfirios) September 20, 2023
It’s beautiful, for a Palmeiras shirt…
Incompetent board and soft-assed president give that right there! I saw Jô being criticized for a boot, but this shirt is free! They are destroying the club and the “fans” of democracy are clapping!
— André (blue seal) #ForaDuílio (@RockandSkate13) September 20, 2023
Beautiful homage pic.twitter.com/ZGAhubRijX
— mauro diacronico (@diacronico) September 20, 2023
How did Corinthians influence the country’s politics between 1982 and 1984?
Traditionally known as “the people’s team”, Sport Club Corinthians Paulista has always been considered the club of minorities, of the less financially well-off people, and who, like good Brazilians, fight hard to achieve their goals.
Timão spent 23 years in line for a title, between 1954 and 1977, when Basílio, “Pé de Anjo”, wrote his name in the history of Corinthians, and took the team out of the trophy drought, when they won the Campeonato Paulista against the Ponte Preta in Morumbi.
Despite the long period without titles, the Corinthians fans increased considerably, mainly because people identified with the club’s struggle, which was the same as that of a large part of Fiel on a daily basis. Two years later, in 1979, Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, or just Sócrates, arrived at Alvinegro de Parque São Jorge to revolutionize how Corinthians were seen.
Not only at the state level, but also on the national scene. Already in his first year at the club, Dr. Sócrates, as he was affectionately called by sports announcer Osmar Santos, the “Father of Matter”, won the Campeonato Paulista, and three years later, in 1982, he would perform a gigantic feat in favor of democracy.
Alongside Casagrande, Wladimir, Ataliba and company, Democracia Corintiana was established, and with the second Paulista championship in 1982 and 1983 against São Paulo, a mobilization around this movement reached the top level of politics, dominated by the Military Dictatorship .
It was in this way that voting freedom was restored in the country, and Corinthians consolidated itself as a club that fights for the rights of the less privileged. Sócrates’ engagement with politics and social causes in society at the time inflamed the people’s feelings, who used football as a form of expression, and returned freedom of expression to society.