“In that sport towards Juventus in 1959, the entire road was booing Pele. I was there, I was 9 years outdated, with my father, I was one of the shouters. Pele went there, dribbled everybody and scored that poetic purpose. But, for me, till at this time, Ney is best than Pele… and Coutinho too”.
Apart from watching Pele rating stay and in colour the purpose that was not scored, Luiz Melo is a supporter of Corinthians, who celebrates this Thursday, together with her father from Santos, her grandfather from Palmeiras and her godmother from Sao Paulo. 112 years of existence. The motive? He would not even know.
“I do not know the place he was born. For my age, I was born in the period of Pele, I can solely say that it was ardour. I was 4 when Corinthians gained the championship in 1954 when my uncle took me to a bar to speak about the Corinthians workforce. I do not know the place it got here from,” he mentioned in an interview Sports Gazette.
Born on the east facet of São Paulo, the retired engineer, now 72, has lived in a number of locations in Brazil as a result of of his work. And wherever he went, he at all times took black and white.
“I take the Corinthians in every single place I am going and cross this ardour on. I can say that I accomplished my mission on earth: I planted a tree, wrote a guide and created a Corinthian daughter”, he joked.
Maria Fernanda lives in Spain and, when she visited him, noticed Paulinho rating objectives for Barcelona at the Camp Nou, the identical Paulinho that Luiz has seen so many instances convey pleasure to groups.
“I endured 23 years of fasting, however then I noticed all the achievements. I’ve by no means been to the stadium on title day, I’m very emotional, I maintain to myself”, he mentioned with a snigger. In 2012 I noticed it on tv, as a result of Maria Fernanda went to Japan and I needed to see her there too.
Seu Luiz mentioned her daughter introduced a Corinthians shirt with the World Cup title, written in Japanese, from the different facet of the world. Dressed in Alvinegro apparel, he went to the church of São Judas Tadeu, in the Jabacura neighborhood of São Paulo, to pledge the title he had gained.
“I already did it in 76, towards Fluminense, in Invasão. In 2012, I promised to say thanks. Then I went with the Corinthians shirt, I purchased a candle my measurement (1.75m). As I went to cross the road, a very outdated Japanese girl began studying ‘Corinthians’. I did not even know what it mentioned, I simply wore it. It belonged to the Corinthians”, he mentioned.
Winning the World Cup in 2000 is one other story of his. He was in Manaus on enterprise, two hours away.
“I did not need to watch that sport. I left the dorm I was staying in on the lookout for a quiet place with all the televisions on in the sport. I needed to isolate myself, I did not need to undergo. the place did i am going I hid in the cemetery, at 9 o’clock at evening. When the time got here, I referred to as my spouse and she or he told me: it is on penalties, should you do it now, Corinthians will likely be champions. That’s what occurred, and I danced alone in the road,” he mentioned.
Seu Luiz has already attended Heart Club in Parque São Jorge, Pacaembu, Morumbi and Maracanã, however, paradoxically, he has by no means been to the Arena, which has at all times been filled with many Corinthians followers since its opening in 2014.
“It’s my dream to go there, however I admit I’m a bit biased. I was additionally a companion. I returned to São Paulo in 2017 and since then, I was simply driving and not coming into”, he commented.
All these tales of Seu Louise Mello are not solely in the reminiscence, which remains to be very present. Six folders, every with 50 sheets, comprise 1000’s of tales, together with posters and articles from all Corinthian titles since 1977, along with all state victories, together with earlier ones.
“There is Gazeta Esportiva, LANCE!, Placar journal, Manchete Esportiva, which not exists, Tabloid Coração, which was created by Corinthians followers. Once, after I was working in Manaus, my spouse mailed a poster of the 1999 Brazilian title and the 2000 World Cup. Everyone from work, most of whom have been Corinthians, went to see the poster”.
For Louise, the Corinthians are not solely half of her life, they’re additionally her historical past and her love. The workforce helped overcome his melancholy.
“When my daughter, who lives with us, determined to maneuver to a different nation, I fell into melancholy. Do you understand how I obtained higher? With Corinthians profitable Paulista after which Brasileiro (in 2017). I went to a psychiatrist, sure, nevertheless it was the Corinthians who healed me”, he mentioned with a snigger.
Louise Mello stays agency and robust in her assist for Corinthians, celebrating her 112th birthday (72 of them shared together with her personal life) this Thursday.
He additionally requested, like all good Corinthians followers, for some behind-the-scenes info (“Is this true? But what about what they mentioned? Does that man struggle with that man?”), however, like each good Corinthians fan, He has at all times supported the membership.
“It would not matter who wears the shirt. If it is this, if it is that. He was sporting a membership shirt, I consider it’s good, I’ve to belief him”, he concluded.