Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Pele (football player)
For us young people, Brazilian soccer great because that's how it's meant to be ... we regard it as the natural order of things, after growing up with the Brazilian soccer team's success at the World Cup in the 1990s.Pelé (right) and Lula (left) and Dona Marisa (middle)
But the myth of Brazilian soccer was born much earlier, in a moment of football began to become "epidemic" in the world and there are many who attribute this internalization of soccer to the Brazilian team the 50's, the success of a team led by one of the best- excelled in sports, the famous soccer player Pele.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele climbed a steep mountain of his youth living in a poor Brazilian family, to become one of the most beloved figures in the history of modern sports. His father was a footballer himself, playing for Fluminense in the Brazilian league, and it is natural that the young Pele would follow his father's footsteps in the game.
He was not always known as Pele though. Rumor has it that the nickname was given to him in elementary school, because he kept misspelling the name of one of your favorite players at the time, Vasco Da Gama's goalkeeper Bile.
His school gave him a new nickname and mostly made fun of him, so he obviously did not like it, so he hit the classmates who created epithet. However, in time, he gradually became accustomed to and even started to like it and it was not long before everyone knows football wonderkid as Pele.
Living in poverty, he was unable to football equipment, or a soccer ball. He shined shoes for an extra coin that will help him and his friends to sew a sock full of paper to be used as a ball. He formed a team with Sete de Setembro neighbors from the street and even participate in a youth tournament, where the team earned the nickname of "the people without shoes" because no children are able to discard their walking shoes (if any) to play football.
A few years later, every member of the team working hard for the extra money to get the right pair of shoes and name their team for Ameriquinha. Participated in many youth tournaments with Ameriquinha, Pele made a name for himself at the tender age to his prowess in front of goal, the top scorer in almost every tournament.
At age 15, he caught the eye of one of the biggest teams in Brazil, FC Santos, offering contracts and 16 he was a member of the senior squad. He spent almost his entire career at Santos, since European transfer it popular again, although the last 2 years of his career was spent at New York Cosmos, Pele retired before him.
Pele made his debut at the Brazilian soccer team in the same year he made his debut in the senior squad Santos, when he was only 16 years old. Remarkably, he was taken to the 1958 World Cup squad, at age 17, became the youngest player in the competition. He even scored important goals in the quarter-final against Wales, a goal that took the Brazilian passed that stage and into the semifinals.
But Pele saved the best for the final: meeting Sweden, he scored a superb goal, throw the ball around a defender and volleying into the net, eventually won the final to Brazil. After the game ended, effort and joy wrapped and Pele 17 years can not accept it, collapsed on the field and in need of medical attention.
As a football player, Pele attended 3 more World Cups, between 1962 and 1970, won the first and second. He was the first player to score in four different World Cup and in 1970 he achieved a unique performance that pushed him to the top of international football: he scored 1,000 goals for club and country official.
Although many dispute this record or try to lower it, saying that football is not as defensive or tactical back than it is today (which is partially true), his kindness became a pillar of the main stand on the stage of international football between the 50's to the mid to late 70 's not to be tampered with. Named the best football players in the world and the athletes of the 20th century, Pele now acts as an ambassador of football and fair play.