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DMU global students meet player who helped set up World Cup's greatest goal

He is renowned for his part in the greatest ever World Cup goal – and De Montfort University (DMU) students got to meet football legend Clodoaldo in person when they visited Brazil.


The midfielder contributed to Carlos Alberto’s goal against Italy in the 1970 World Cup by dribbling past four of the opposition’s players in his own half.

His skill preceded Pele’s to pass to Alberto – who drilled home the fourth goal in Brazil’s famous 4-1 victory over the Italians.

Now that goal has been named the greatest World Cup moment – in a Top-50 countdown being broadcast on BBC Three all this week.

DMU students met him while on a tour of Santos FC’s ground at Vila Bemiro. They were in Brazil with #DMUglobal|, the university’s pioneering internationalisation programme which aims to help students gain valuable experiences and skills through overseas study and travel.

Clodoaldo, who was capped 38 times between 1969 and 1974, chatted to our students Zak Chevin, Cassie Parker, Omas Aswat, Andrew Lager, Natasha Akbar, Uday Keshvala and staff Safwan Ahmedmia and Louis Gavin.

Want to see Clodoaldo’s skills and that goal? Here you go:


DMUglobal is a ground-breaking initiative aimed at securing a global future for DMU students in a fiercely competitive marketplace.

It offers the majority of students a meaningful international experience during their studies, enriching their lives and ensuring that they are better equipped to meet the needs of global employers when they graduate.

In the next academic year, #DMUglobal will embody all international experiences that DMU staff and students can engage with, both on campus and overseas.

The Brazil trip was just one of the experiences offered to DMU students and staff in the pilot phase of the programme.

It also included study trips in China, a summer school in Japan, tailoring in Hong Kong, a Berlin field trip and the chance to be involved in the GREAT| festival in Istanbul. GREAT is the Government’s flagship overseas marketing campaign.

The BBC Three World Cup’s 50 Greatest Moments programme, first broadcast on Sunday night, is on again on Tuesday at 7pm; Friday at 8.35pm and Monday June 9 at 7pm.

Posted on: Tuesday 03 June 2014

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