Little-known photographs of the “King of Football” of the 20th century by the legendary Pele
Pele – the legendary Brazilian attacking midfielder and the only player in the world, three times became a world champion as a player. At the age of 7, Pele began to play for the local children’s team, where he was distinguished by a very entertaining and productive game, and at the age of 15 he entered the big football arena …
1. Brazilian soccer players
Pele – the legendary Brazilian attacking midfielder and the only player in the world, three times became a world champion as a player. At the age of 7, Pele began to play for the local children’s team, where he was distinguished by a very entertaining and productive game. At that time, the team was coached by a former Brazilian national team player Valdemar de Brito, which largely predetermined the fate of the football player. At the age of 15, Pele joined the later world-famous club Santos.
2. Doctors examine Pele
In September 1956, Pele first entered the field in an official match against Corinthians and scored the first goal. For all the time of playing for Santos, the legendary football player won the title of champion of the state of São Paulo 11 times and became the top scorer of the tournament as many times. Pele won the Brazilian Cup six times, twice the Libertadores Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.
3. Brazilian national team
Pele’s debut in the national team turned out to be as impressive as the first performances for Santos, although he came to the competition injured. In the game against the USSR national team, the newcomer was released in the starting lineup of his team.
June 15, 1958 Pele became the youngest participant in the world championships, this record belonged to him for 24 years. In the quarter finals, Brazil played against Wales. At the 66th minute, Pele opened the scoring and scored the only goal of the match. Brazil reached the semifinals, and Pele entered his name in the book of records, as the youngest player to ever score a goal at the World Championships.
5. First goal
June 24, Pele scored three goals, as a result, the Brazilian national team beat the French national team with a score of 5: 2. French footballer Just Fontaine, holder of the record for the number of goals scored at one world championship, later said: “When I saw Pele’s game, I felt I should go for a well-deserved rest.”
6. Hat trick
June 29, Brazil met in the championship with the host country – Sweden. The home team scored the first goal in the fourth minute of the match, but Brazil seized the initiative and scored twice the ball into the opponents’ goal.
7. Goal against France
At the World Championships in 1962 and 1966, he could not fully express himself on the field due to injuries. The 1970 final tournament was triumphant for the whole team, whose composition in this championship many experts consider the strongest in the entire history of the Brazilian national team. Brazilian footballers, who won the Jules Rome Prize for the third time, won the right to keep it forever, and Pele, after winning the national team in Mexico, became the only three-time world champion in football.
8. On the front page
In 1977, Pele collected a huge collection of awards and titles, played a farewell match and completed a football career. In 1994 he became the ambassador of UNESCO, and in 1995 the minister of sports of Brazil.
9. Before the final fight
Pele said: “Every child in the whole world who plays football wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not only how to be like a football player, but also how to be like a person. ”