Ex-Brazilian Footballer Fernandão Dies in Helicopter Crash

Sunday, June 8, 2014
By George Hatcher

Fernandao

Ex-Brazilian football hero, Fernando Lucio da Costa, 36, who led Internacional to Copa Libertadores and World Club Cup victories in 2006, died in a helicopter crash in central Brazil on June 7.

The helicopter had five people on board at the time of crash and none of them survived.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Twitter, “I am saddened by the death of Fernandão, a hero to all Internacional fans and all lovers of football….On the field he was world champion, off the field he was an example of a man of character.”

Fernandao played for the Porto Alegre club 190 times and scored 77 goals.

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