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Newz Forum: PFL:SOCCER: Pele Sportznewz Football Legend Profile

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posted on Apr, 13 2004 @ 06:31 PM
He dominated soccer for two decades with a passion matched only by that of his fans throughout the world Heroes walk alone, but they become myths when they ennoble the lives and touch the hearts of all of us.Sportznewz take a look at Football Legend Pele.

For those who love football, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, generally known as Pele, is a hero.And there is no name ,perhaps no name in all of sports more recognized than that of Pele, the Brazilian legend who scored a mind bending 1,281 goals in 1,363 games.Playing inside left forward, Pele skillfully lead his native Brazil to three dramatic World Cup titles. He is considered one of the greatest football players of all time. Pele stood out on the field, developing a full range of assets from powerful kicking, to keen vision, skillful ball control with both feet, brilliant passing and field strategy. Many minor leagues were anxious to sign him up.

He was born in an obscure little town called Tres Coraces (Three Hearts) in the huge state of Minas Geras, Brazil. Later Pele and his family would move to Bauru . Pele's father Don Dinho, was a promising footballer whose career was ruined when his knee was smashed in a collision with Augusto, who would captain Brazil in the 1950 World Cup. Edson Arantes Do Nascimento picked up the name of Pele as a child in Bauru but he has never known why. At first he detested it. Kicking around with balls made of old newspaper or rags stuffed in socks, he graduated to the boy's team of the local club and there another Brazilian World Cup star would play his role, the coach Waldemar de Brito who had played in th 1944 World Cup in italy. A bit of a shouter, Pele has always paid tribute to his teaching.Four years later, De Brito brought Pele to Sao Paulo and declared to the disbelieving directors of the professional team in Santos, "This boy will be the greatest soccer player in the world." By the next season, he was the top scorer in his league.

Pele became an international celebrity almost overnight as a result of his performances in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. There at the tender age of 17, he scored one goal against Wales, three against France and then two against Sweden in the World Cup Final. He missed the 1962 World Cup final in Chile through injury, but won his second World Cup medal in 1970 when Brazil beat Italy 4-1 in Mexico. In between Pele led his club team from the port of Santos to the World Club title in 1962 and 1963 and his presence made Santos the most famous club in the world until his first retirement in 1974.During his career he played in 93 full internationals for Brazil and in all first class matches scored a remarkable 1,280 goals, second only to Artur Friedenreich, another Brazilian, who holds the world record with 1,329.

In 1966 Pele arrived for the World Cup in England, despite vowing, after the disgraceful treatment he had endured previously, never to play World Cup football again. Brazil had an ageing team and his own physical condition was in some doubt. He was disgracefully fouled, first by the Bulgarians then the Portuguese who put him out of the second game. "It was", he said later "Only when he saw the film of the World Cup that he realised just how brutally he had been treated." Perhaps a player, one of total versatility, acrobatic capability, astoundig reflexes and flawless technique, Pele may best be defined by the goals he scored. And by the goals he made for others, for he was utterly unselfish. In the 1970 World Cup final in Mexico City He put Brazil ahead against Italy with another of his majestic headers, soaring high above his markers to thump the ball in to the goal. Late in the second half he created two goals, one for the winger Jairzinho and one for the right back Carlos Alberto, with two exquisite lay-offs to the right which his colleaguse thundered in.

Pele's retirement at Santos in 1974 was thought to be final but in 1975 he stunned the world by signing for the New York Cosmos. His arrival produced a surge in interest and participation in soccer throughout the United States. Attendance at NASL games in which Pele played attracted record crowds. Other world famous players discovered the NASL and followed Pele to the USA including such international superstars as Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens, Eusebio, Carlos Alberto, and George Best.Pele said he came not for the money but to popularize the sport in America. He did that and then some, selling out stadiums wherever he played before retiring again in 1977.This resulted in the media giving stronger support for soccer and the development of the American players so that the US Men's National Team became strong enough to qualify for the 1990 World Cup in Italy for the first time since 1950. The NASL propelled by Pele's arrival spawned youth leagues for boys and girls across the country helping soccer become a major sport in high schools and colleges nationwide. There can be no doubt that Pele had a massive impact on soccer in the United States.

Pele is revered around the world not only for his extraordinary talent, but also for his sportsmanship and his unfailing respect for the game of football and those who play it. To his exceptional athletic gifts, such as deceptive strength and a powerful spring, Pele added courage, sublime control and a touch of fantasy that made him both a feared opponent and a hero to football fans around the world. If Brazil's World Cup winning team of the 1970 is widely regarded as the greatest ever, Pele's contribution surely represents the "beautiful game" at its most captivating, displaying the grace and imagination that have become part of football legend. His style, scoring, vision, playmaking ability aside, Pele managed to do what no other soccer player had ever accomplished: He popularized the sport in the United States and left legions of youth soccer programs in his wake.

Quick Stats

1940 born in Tres Coracoes, Brazil
1950 begins playing for local team Bauru Athletic Club, where his father was a coach
1956 transferred to Santos, scores on his debut against Corinthians; finishes the season as top scorer with 32 goals
1957 scores on his debut for Brazil against Argentina
1958 at 17, becomes the youngest ever World Cup winner in Sweden; scores twice in the final (5-2 versus Sweden)
1962 misses the World Cup through injury but helps Santos to World Club Cup crown
1969 scores his 1000th first-class goal, a penalty against Vasco de Gama
1970 inspires Brazil to win the Jules Rimet trophy for the third time in Mexico
1971 makes his 111th and final appearance for Brazil against Yugoslavia
1974 plays his final game for Santos against Ponte Preta
1975 comes out of retirement to appear for New York Cosmos in NASL
1977 retires after helping Cosmos win a third successive Soccer Bowl plays one half each for Santos and Cosmos in an emotional testimonial match


1956-1974 Santos
1975-1977 New York Cosmos

Club Titles

1956 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1957 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (17 goals)
1958 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1958 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (58 goals)
1959 Copa America finalist
1959 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (45 goals)
1960 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1960 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (33 goals)
1961 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1961 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (47 goals)
1961 Copa Libertadores (Santos)
1961 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1962 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1962 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (37 goals)
1962 Copa Libertadores (Santos)
1962 World Club champion (Santos)
1962 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1963 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (22 goals)
1963 World club champion (Santos)
1963 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1964 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1964 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (34 goals)
1964 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1965 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (49 goals)
1965 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1965 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1967 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1968 Sao Paulo state champion(Santos)
1968 Brazilian Cup winner (Santos)
1969 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1969 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (26 goals)
1973 Sao Paulo state champion (Santos)
1973 Top goalscorer in Sao Paulo league (11 goals)
1977 USA champion (Cosmos New York)

International Honors

1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden: winner
1959 Copa America: finalist
1959 Top goalscorer in Copa America (9 goals)
1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile: winner
1966 FIFA World Cup in England: first round
1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico: winner

92 caps, 97 goals


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[Edited on 5/8/04 by TRD]

posted on Apr, 13 2004 @ 06:45 PM
great article, is pele the youngest player to ever score a world cup goal?


posted on Apr, 13 2004 @ 07:04 PM
Just as a guess i would say yes..

He is the youngest to play in a world cup final and get a winners medal.Off the top of my head i can't think of anyone else that young who has done that so yea i would say he was the youngest to score in a final..

posted on Apr, 13 2004 @ 07:31 PM
when i was living in roswell new mexico in the mid 70;s there was a guy who wanted to start a city soccer team, the guy claimed to be a cousin to peles business manager and was going to bring him to town....he never did make it and i decided that it was too darned hot to play soccer in that part of the


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