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Formidable left winger Arthur Pereira is no more




Former football player Arthur Pereira died in Mumbai on Monday, after a prolonged battle with cancer over the past one year.

He breathed his last Monday morning in a private hospital at Borivali in north Mumbai, sources said.

He was 70, and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Arthur was a left winger who was dreaded by goalkeepers for the spin in his shot and was known to many in Mumbai as the ‘spin bowler’ of football.

Arthur crated a deadly combination with another Goan – his cousin — Bernard Pereira who was also part of Orkay Mills in the late seventies and eighties. Both hailed from Quitula in Aldona.

“I remember him not only for his sharp crosses but the spin with which he shot at goal. He was a terrific player to have in the team. His shots were unpredictable to goalkeepers,” his former team mate Bernard told The Navhind Times over the phone from Mumbai.

Arthur played for India in Russia and represented Maharashtra in the national championships for the Santosh Trophy from 1971 to 1976. He also played for several clubs in the city, including Orkay Mills.

The Goa Football Association executive committee bereaved the death of Arthur through a message emailed to the media.

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