Friday, June 11, 2010

A World Cup Legend

Pelè leads Brazil to victory in the FIFA World Cup on 22 June 1970 in Mexico City after a 4-1 defeat of Italy in the final. It was Brazil`s third World Cup in 12 years.

Mel Edson Arantes de Nascimento, better known as Pelè, was born in Brazil in 1940. A passionate football player even as a child he was technically brilliant and a high-scoring forward. Between 1959 and 1968 while playing for FC Santos, they were the Brazilian champions five times.

He played for Brazil when they became South American champions twice and World champions three times. Crowned the King of the Strikers, he scored in just about every international match he ever played in; Pelè is an icon and an idol.

Over an eighteen year period between 1956 and 1974 he was the world’s most outstanding soccer player scoring 1220 goals. In 1970 Pelè was elected Athlete of the Year and helped transform soccer tournaments into emotional events affecting football fans around the world. Following his career as a player he became a television commentator, president of the Brazilian Soccer League and Minister of Sports.

Surrounded by team members, fans and policemen, Brazilian captain Pelè carries the Jules Rimez trophy around the stadium. His enthusiasm and delight is evident from his flashing smile. That photograph taken 40 years ago of Pelè holding the Jules Rimet trophy aloft, captured one of the most memorable moments in the history of sports.

2010 ........ FEEL IT, IT IS HERE !

Pieter Rautenbach


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