25 Facts About Arthur Friedenreich

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Arthur Friedenreich was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward.

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Arthur Friedenreich was nicknamed The Tiger or The Original "Black" Pearl, and was arguably the sport's first outstanding mixed-race player.

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3.

Arthur Friedenreich played when Brazilian football was still amateur, which lasted until 1933.

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Arthur Friedenreich is occasionally identified as one of the all-time top scorers in football history, although this is highly disputed.

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Arthur Friedenreich was the first professional football player of Afro-Brazilian origin, because at that time football was dominated by Whites, and Blacks were not accepted.

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Arthur Friedenreich faced many barriers because of racism, and he could not attend the same places where white players were, such as swimming pools, tennis courts and parties.

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Also Arthur Friedenreich found it hard to make connections and friends in the world of Brazilian football due to the color of his skin.

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8.

Arthur Friedenreich played football from his early childhood and then on.

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9.

Arthur Friedenreich's father was very supportive of his skills and really helped him on his path to the great player he became.

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10.

Arthur Friedenreich started his career influenced by his father, playing for SC Germania, a Brazilian football team composed of German immigrants.

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11.

Arthur Friedenreich played twenty-two internationals, including wins in the 1919 and 1922 editions of the South American Championship, scoring ten goals.

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12.

Arthur Friedenreich was the top scorer in the Sao Paulo League in 1912,1914,1917,1918,1919,1921,1927 and 1929.

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13.

Arthur Friedenreich was very young when he developed his own style of play and was 17 when he first became a part of an elite club.

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14.

Arthur Friedenreich played for the club CA Paulistano for 12 years before the club disbanded.

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15.

Arthur Friedenreich wasn't picked by Brazil for the 1930 FIFA World Cup because there was a serious misunderstanding between the football Leagues of the States of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo; only players from Rio travelled.

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16.

Arthur Friedenreich continued to grow older and play for less and less elite clubs.

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17.

Arthur Friedenreich was against the professionalization of football in the country.

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18.

Arthur Friedenreich then started working in a liquor company and retired while there.

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19.

When he retired Arthur Friedenreich got Alzheimer's disease and the treatment took most of his money while trying to treat this disorder.

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20.

Arthur Friedenreich lived in a house ceded by Sao Paulo football club until he died on 6 September 1969 at 77 years old.

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21.

Arthur Friedenreich was born of Afro-Brazilian origin making him a person of mixed race.

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22.

Arthur Friedenreich did not embrace his culture to an extreme, even using tactics to appear more white.

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23.

Arthur Friedenreich did this by dressing, acting, and behaving like many other white players.

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24.

In many instances Arthur Friedenreich would spend much time straightening his hair before games to look "white".

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25.

Arthur Friedenreich was top scorer of the Liga Paulista in the following years:.

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