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John Souza

Full name: John Benevides Souza (Sousa-)
Nickname(s): Clarkie
Gender: Male
Born: July 12, 1920 in Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 11, 2012 in Dover, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Ponta Delgada SC, Fall River (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Football

Biography

John Souza played for the United States in football at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, but may be best known as a member of the 1950 US World Cup team that upset England 1-0. He was considered the most talented ball handler and playmaker on that team, by consensus of the other players. Nicknamed Clarkie because his handsome good looks and wavy black hair made him resemble Clark Gable, he was born as John Sousa, but used the name Souza throughout his life. He was born in Fall River, Massachusetts to immigrants from the Azores. During World War II he served in the US Navy in the South Pacific, working as a Morse code operator on a supply ship. He was inducted into the US Soccer Federation Hall of Fame in 1976.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 28 London Football Men's Football United States USA 9T
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Football Men's Football United States USA 17T

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1948 Summer 28 London Football United States USA Final Standings 9T 1948-07-26 0 0 0
1948 Summer 28 London Football United States USA Round One Match #7 2 1948-08-02 ITA 9, USA 0 0
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Football United States USA Final Standings 17T 1952-07-15 0 0 0
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Football United States USA Qualifying Round Match #7 2 1952-07-16 ITA 8, USA 0 0