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New York Times Article
(September 23, 2014)

"Brain Trauma Extends Research into Soccer":
Researchers Find Bellini, Star for Brazil, Had Brain Disease C.T.E.

By Sam Borden

"Bellini, a Brazilian soccer star who led the team that won the 1958 World Cup and was honored with a statue outside the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, had a degenerative brain disease linked to dozens of boxers and American football players when he died in March at age 83.

At the time, his death was attributed to complications related to Alzheimer's disease. But researchers now say he had an advanced case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., which is caused by repeated blows to the head and has symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer's."

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