Journalist Alan Neto dies at age 83 – Jogada

Journalist Alan Neto dies at age 83 – Jogada
Journalist Alan Neto dies at age 83 – Jogada

Journalist and sports columnist, Alan Neto, died this Wednesday (3), aged 83. He had been hospitalized since the end of January at Antônio Prudente Hospital, in the Fátima neighborhood, after suffering a domestic accident.

Alan had a fractured femoral neck and underwent surgery. He was discharged, but later returned to the hospital with pneumonia. During Alan’s hospitalization, the main clubs in Ceará and the Ceará Football Federation (FCF) asked their fans to donate blood to the journalist.


Manoel Simplicio de Barros Neto, better known as Alan Neto, occupied a prominent place in Ceará’s sports chronicle for years. He was born in Senador Pompeu on November 27, 1940. At the age of 15, he began working as an amateur reporter at Rádio Iracema in Fortaleza, covering basketball, indoor football (now futsal) and volleyball events.

It was at Iracema that he worked with his cousin Armando Vasconcelos and met Aécio de Borba, who appointed him to join the broadcaster’s sports department. Armando, already recognizing his cousin’s value, considered that the name ‘Simplício’ was not radio friendly and created the pseudonym Alan Neto, with which he soon became identified.

He was a columnist for Diário do Nordeste and was in the newspaper O Povo, where he wrote a daily column and also ran the program Trem Bala, on Rádio O Povo/CBN.

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The governor of Ceará, Elameno de Freitas (PT), publicly mourned the death of Alan Neto. “I received with great sadness the death of journalist Alan Neto, who left a legacy of 60 years of career working in newspapers, radio, television and the internet”, said Elmano.

In the 70s he conducted a historic interview with King Pelé, which yielded an exclusive statement about the retirement of the greatest athlete of all time from the Brazilian national team. My condolences to Alan Neto’s family, friends and fans.

Elmano de Freitas

Governor of Ceará

The mayor of Fortaleza José Sarto also spoke after the death of Alan Neto.

“Journalism today says goodbye to an icon. Alan Neto, the famous Ceará football machinist, has left us. Alan wrote a story of passion for sport, with irreverence and a very unique way of communicating. He passed through the printed newspaper, on the radio , TV and internet, also standing out in the comments about the city and its political developments. I am very sorry to see him go and I dedicate my solidarity to the journalist’s friends, family, fans and editorial colleagues. May God bring comfort in this moment of pain and grief.”

Ceará Sporting Club also published an official note regretting the journalist’s departure.

“It is with the deepest regret that Ceará Sporting Club expresses itself regarding the death of Manoel Simplício de Barros Neto who, after adopting the pseudonym Alan Neto, built one of the most beautiful stories in Ceará sports journalism. With disruptive and Avant-garde, it can be said that Alan Neto revolutionized the way of doing sports journalism in our state. Versatile, the journalist knew how to navigate the countless ways of working in the profession like few others, having success on radio, TV and as a columnist in printed newspapers.”

The Ceará Football Federation released an official statement and decreed a minute of silence in all matches scheduled by the mentor until Sunday (7).

“It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Manoel Simplício de Barros Neto, popularly known as Alan Neto. The journalist and sports columnist passed away at the age of 83 due to health complications this Wednesday (3).
Born in Senador Pompeu, Alan began his career at a young age, at the age of 15, when he worked as an amateur reporter at Rádio Iracema in Fortaleza, covering sports. Possessing his own charisma, Alan has established himself through his writing style and posture in front of microphones. Alan Neto’s name is intertwined with the various moments of football in our state. In memory of him, the president of the Ceará Football Federation, Mauro Carmélio, decrees three days of mourning with flags flying at half-mast and a minute of silence in all matches scheduled by the mentor until Sunday (7).”

The article is in Portuguese

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