Afonsinho, Paulo Cézar Caju and Nei Conceição started their careers in football in the mid-1960s, a historic time of severe political repression in Brazil. As team-mates in the golden generation of Botafogo, they decided not to give up freedom when the Brazilian dictatorship tried to make inroads on the football pitch. When the routine of clubs began to be governed by the same codes that repressed civil society, these three players were faced with a certain way of being imposed by the clubs, as embodied in the law of transfers, concentrated schedules, control over activities away from the field of play, etc. From that time on, the three consciously practised civil disobedience. This is their story.