Antero Greco (1956-2024)

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By ERIK CHICONELLI GOMES*

Antero left us a clear example of how journalistic practice can and should be aligned with the values ​​of social justice and democratic commitment

Antero Greco, one of the great names in Brazilian sports journalism, recently left us, a victim of cancer. Throughout his career, Antero Greco not only covered sporting events with unquestionable competence, but also brought to journalism a historical and sociological awareness that was rare in his field. This text seeks to honor his legacy, highlighting his importance not only as a journalist, but as an intellectual committed to democratic struggles.

Antero Greco began his journalistic career at a troubled time in Brazilian history, during the years of military dictatorship. His work has always been guided by the incessant search for truth and justice, qualities that have made him a reference not only in sports journalism, but also in journalism as a whole. Antero Greco was known for his ability to contextualize sporting events within a larger narrative, recognizing and exposing the intrinsic relationships between sport, politics and society.

In his texts and comments, Antero Greco frequently addressed topics such as racism, social inequality and the fight for democracy. He understood that sport is not isolated from the social and economic dynamics that shape reality. His analyzes went beyond the four lines of the field, involving discussions about the social impacts of major sporting events and public policies related to sport. This critical and engaged approach made him stand out in a medium often dominated by superficial and depoliticized analyses.

Antero Greco worked for many years at the newspaper The State of S. Paul and ESPN Brazil, where he established himself as one of the main names in sports journalism. His relationship with other critical personalities in journalism, such as José Trajano and Juca Kfouri, was marked by a partnership that transcended the professional sphere, united by a worldview that always prioritized social justice and the defense of democracy. These ties strengthened their voices in an often adverse scenario.

His passion for Italy, his family's country of origin, was notable and influenced many aspects of his personal and professional life. Antero was not only a great connoisseur of Italian culture and football, but he also maintained a vast library of books, reflecting his love of reading and knowledge. This erudition was evident in his texts, where he frequently cited relevant works and authors, offering a rare depth in his analyses.

Antero Greco was also a fervent supporter of democratic struggles in Brazil. He did not shy away from criticizing arbitrariness and abuses of power, whether in the sporting field or in the broader political sphere. His firm and ethical stance served as an inspiration to many young journalists, who saw him as an example to be followed. His voice stood out at crucial moments in the country's recent history, always in defense of freedom of expression and human rights.

Unfortunately, the battle against cancer prematurely deprived us of a journalist who still had a lot to contribute. However, Antero Greco's legacy lives on. His work continues to influence and inspire those who believe that journalism has a fundamental role in building a more fair and equal society. Antero Greco left us a clear example of how journalistic practice can and should be aligned with the values ​​of social justice and democratic commitment.

The death of Antero Greco is an immense loss for Brazilian journalism and for all those who believe in the transformative power of information. His legacy, however, lives on, reminding us daily of the importance of journalism committed to truth, justice and democracy. May his memory inspire us to continue fighting for a better world, where information is an instrument of social transformation.

*Erik Chiconelli Gomes is a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Law at USP.


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