Oscar Cox

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Oscar Cox
Oscar Cox
Born Oscar Alfredo Cox
(1880-01-20)January 20, 1880
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died October 6, 1931(1931-10-06) (aged 51)
Clermont-Ferrand, France
Resting place São João Batista Cemetery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Known for pioneering football in Brazil and founding Fluminense Football Club
Title President of Fluminense Football Club
Term 1902 – 1903
Successor Francis Walter

Oscar Alfredo Cox (20 January 1880 – 6 October 1931) was a Brazilian sportsman who introduced football to the city of Rio de Janeiro and founded Fluminense, one of Brazil's most traditional and popular football clubs.[1]

Born to a wealthy family of English Brazilian heritage, Oscar did his studies in Lausanne, where he got acquainted with the practice of football.[2] Upon returning from Switzerland, Oscar tried to disseminate this activity in the city of Rio de Janeiro. On the 22nd of September 1901, Oscar was able to organize the first football match in the history of the state of Rio de Janeiro.[2] He then proceeded to São Paulo, with some friends, to play against a group led by Charles Miller, who had started the process of disseminating football in São Paulo back in 1894.[2] The groups played two times against each other, and both matches ended in a draw.[2]

On July 21, 1902, Oscar, aged 22, founded Fluminense Football Club. Fluminense remains as one of the most popular and traditional sports institutions still in existence in the history of Brazilian football.[1][3]

After his death in France his remains were transferred to Rio de Janeiro.


  1. ^ a b "Oscar Cox" (in Portuguese). Fluminense Football Club. Archived from the original on December 19, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d Nogueira, Cláudio (2006). Futebol Brasil memória: de Oscar Cox a Leônidas da Silva (1897-1937). SENAC. pp. 15, 16, 18. ISBN 978-85-87864-96-3. 
  3. ^ "Fluminense - Forever Flu". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Retrieved 2009-06-07. 

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