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Oscar Cox
Oscar Cox
Born Oscar Alfredo Cox
January 20, 1880(1880-01-20)
Rio de Janeiro
Died October 6, 1931 (aged 51)
Resting place Cemitério São João Batista
Nationality Brazilian
Ethnicity British-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 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 British heritage, Oscar did his studies in Lausanne, where he got acquainted with the practise 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 the 21st of July 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]


  1. ^ a b "Oscar Cox" (in Portuguese). Fluminense Football Club. 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 9788587864963.  
  3. ^ "Fluminense - Forever Flu". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Retrieved 2009-06-07.  

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