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Who is Pele? On 23 October 1940 Edson Arrantes de Nascimento was born in Tres Coracoes, Brazil. He is known to the world by his nickname Pele.
Clubs, Teams, Countries At age 15, his career began in the Santos Football Club. In 1956, Pele joined the Brazil national team Retired in 1974 Returned to football in 1975, with a 7 million dollar contract for 3 years in the North American Soccer League (NASL) Played in the New York Cosmos between 1975 -1977.
Background Football player Dondinho was Pele’s father. He was raised in a poor family that loved soccer. He skipped school to play soccer. At age 6, his family moved to Bauru. In Bauru, he formed a team the “Shoeless Ones” with his friends. They would run barefoot, kicking a stuffed sock.
Playing Position and Period Pele’s playing position was striker. Stayed in Santos Football Club for 20 years. Played for the Brazil national team for 15 years. Played for the New York Cosmos for 2 years. Total score 1, 281 goals in 1, 363 matches.
Playing Characteristics Born with the gift of speed, great balance, controlling the ball excellently, and shooting precisely and powerfully. He had a tremendous sportsmanship. Salutes the crowd after scoring a goal. Fans would stand chant his name. Goalkeepers would wave or bow to Pele after a goal. If a keeper stopped his shot, Pele would shake hands with him. He tolerated players who fouled, harassed or injured him.
Passages of Great Play Knew numerous tactics to dribble around defenders. He mastered the in-swinger shot. It is a swerving shot that would turn sharply away from the goalie. Expert in the drop/rainbow shot. The ball would appear to go over the crossbar, then it dives into the net. Pele’s famous shot was the bicycle kick goal. He trapped a long pass with his chest, sent it into the air with his left foot, tossed it over his shoulder, then flipped backwards and volleyed the ball in mid-air. http: //www. youtube. com/watch? v=8 QEmn. P 48 PEc&feature=player_embedded #
Achievements Trophies 3 x World Cup (1958, 1962, 1970) 2 x Intercontinental Cup (1962, 1963) 2 x Copa Libertadores (1962, 1963) 6 x Brazilian Championship 1 x U. S. Champion (1977) Honors 1 x Most Valuable Player of NASL (1976) 1 x International Peace Award (1978) Placed in the United States Soccer Hall of Fame 1 x IFFHS Player of the Century 1 x Jules Rimet Trophy Title of “The King of Soccer”
3 Interview Questions If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be? I am interested to know what would, Pele change regarding his career choices or personal life. What is the most memorable game in your life? Why? The reason behind this question is I want to know what extraordinary performance did he display in that game. What advice would you give to the football players of our generation? I want to know his advice about match fix-ups, bribery and drug problems that football player face today.
Chronology 1940: Pele was born 1970: Won his final World Cup 1946: Moved to Bauru 1974: Retires from Santos 1956: Enters Santos Football Club 1975: Plays in New York Cosmos 1956: Picked for Brazil national team 1958: Won 1 st World Cup for Brazil 1962: Leads Brazil to 2 nd World Cup victory 1977: Retires from Cosmos
Quotes "It seems that God brought me to Earth with a mission to play soccer. " (Pele) "When football stars disappear, so do the teams, and that is a very curious phenomenon. It is like in theatre, in a play, where there is a great star. If the star is not well, the whole cast suffers. " (Pele) "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. " (Pele)
Interesting Facts Pele had many nicknames. Gasoline for his energy, Executioner for his brilliant scoring ability, and The Black Pearl (Perola Negra) because he was precious. "If you weren't Pele, King of Soccer, what great man would you like to be? " a reporter once asked him. "Dondinho, my father" Pele replied. Pele said that he came out of retirement, not for the money, but to “make soccer truly popular” in the United States. President Janio Quadros declared Pele a ‘national treasure’.
Information Sources Encyclopedias Websites Online Power Point Presentation
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