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Pelé
Image:Pelé.jpg
Personal information
Full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento
Date of birth October 23, 1940
Place of birth Três Corações (MG), Brazil
Nickname Pelé
O Rei (The King)
Pérola Negra (The Black Pearl)
Dico (by his family)
Position Forward
Youth clubs
1952-1956 Bauru EC
Professional clubs*
Years Club Apps (goals)
1956-1974
1975-1977
Santos FC
New York Cosmos
605 (589)<ref name=controversy>The number of goals that Pelé is credited with scoring for Santos and New York Cosmos is controversial. Many of his 1000+ goals came in friendly matches, which in Europe would not count towards a player's professional record. Some of these goals were scored for army teams while Pelé was completing his national service. Others were scored for representative teams. Pelé actually scored approximately 670 goals in competitive club matches and approximately 540 goals in league games [1][2][3][4].</ref>
64 (37)
National team
1956-1971 Brazil 92 (77)

* Professional club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (born October 23 1940 in Três Corações, Brazil), best known by his nickname Pelé, is a former Brazilian football player, and widely regarded to be the greatest of all time. In his native Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments and contribution to the game, <ref>Template:Cite web</ref> in addition to being officially declared a national treasure by the Brazilian government. During his career, he became known as "The King of Football" (O Rei do Futebol) or simply "The King Pelé" (O Rei Pelé). He was given the title Footballer of the Century by FIFA and Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Spotted from a young age, Pelé began playing for Santos Futebol Clube at just 15, his national team at 16, and won his first World Cup at 17. He stayed loyal to his club, remaining with them for two decades until his semi-retirement in 1975, despite numerous offers from European clubs. Pelé played as an inside forward, striker, and what later became known as the playmaker position. Pelé's technique and natural athleticism have been universally praised; he was renowned for his unstoppable dribbling and visionary passing, as well as his pace, powerful shot, and an exceptional heading ability, but above all he was an exceptionally prolific goalscorer.

He is the all-time top scorer in the history of the Brazil national team and is the only footballer ever to win three World Cup titles as a player. His famous number 10 shirt has become traditional among creative attacking midfielders and forwards, and many of the sport's great players have since worn it.

Since his full retirement in 1977 Pelé has been an ambassador for football and has also undertaken various acting roles and commercial ventures.

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[edit] Early life

Born in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil, the son of Fluminense footballer Dondinho (born Joao Ramos do Nascimento) and Celeste.<ref name="MLATBG">Robert L. Fish; Pelé (1977). My Life and The Beautiful Game: The Autobiography of Pelé, Chapter 2. Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York. ISBN 0-385-12185-7</ref> He was named after American inventor Thomas Edison,<ref name="PeleEterno">Anibal Massaini Neto (Director/Producer), (2004). Pelé Eterno [Documentary film]. Brazil: Anima Producoes Audiovisuais Ltda. International: Universal Studios Home Video.</ref> and was originally nicknamed Dico by his family.<ref name="MLATBG"/><ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name=Guardian-nick>Template:Cite web</ref> He did not receive the nickname "Pelé" until his school days, when it is claimed he was given it because of his pronunciation of the name of his favourite player, local Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Bilé, which he misspoke "Pilé".<ref name=Guardian-nick/> He originally disliked the nickname, being suspended from school for punching the classmate that coined it,<ref name="suspended">Template:Cite web</ref> but the more he complained the more it stuck. In his autobiography, Pelé stated he had no idea what the name means, nor did his old friends.<ref name="MLATBG"/> Apart from the assertion that the name is derived from that of Bilé, the word has no known meaning, although it does resemble the Irish language word 'Peile', meaning football, and the Hebrew word פֶּלֶא, meaning "wonder".<ref name="meaning of Pelé">Template:Cite web</ref>

Growing up in poverty in Bauru, São Paulo, Pelé earned extra money by shining shoes at the Bauru Athletic Club on match days. Taught to play by his father, whose own professional football career with Atletico Mineiro ended prematurely due to a knee injury, he could not afford a proper football and usually played with either a sock stuffed with newspaper, tied with a string<ref name="MLATBG" /> or a grapefruit.<ref name="soccerpulse">Template:Cite web</ref>

His first team was called the "Shoeless Ones" formed by himself and other boys from the Sete de Setembro and Rubens Arruda street but, when they entered a local tournament organised by the mayor of Bauru that required footwear, they were no longer shoeless and were renamed Ameriquinha. They reached the final in BAC Stadium in front of thousands of spectators and won with Pele ending up as the tournament top scorer.

In 1954, several members of the Ameriquinha team, including Pele, were invited to join the Baquinho boy's team to be managed by former Brazilian international Waldemar de Brito, who played in the 1934 World Cup in Italy. For the first time, Pele was paid to play football. The team won the 1954 Youth Championship organised by the newspapers Diario de Bauru and the São Paulo Sporting Gazette with Pele scoring 148 goals in 33 games. He is widely considered the best soccer player in all of history. But that statement is debated amongst soccer in this era. Some Soccer experts like David Gareny say that in Pele's era, he played agaisnt some of the worst soccer players in the world. He also said that if Pele was here today (while in his prime) that he might not be as good as we think he is. Undoubtly Pele will always be surronded by controversy.

[edit] Club career

[edit] Santos

In 1956, de Brito took Pelé to Santos, an industrial and port city in the eastern state of São Paulo, to try out for professional club Santos Futebol Clube telling the directors at Santos that the 15-year-old would be "the greatest football player in the world."<ref name="PTA">Edson Arantes do Nascimento (2006). Pelé: The Autobiography, Sleeve. Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, `London. ISBN 0-7432-7582-9</ref>

During his time at Santos, Pelé played alongside many gifted players, including Zito, Pepe and Coutinho; the latter partnered him in numerous one-two plays, attacks, and goals.

Pelé made his debut for Santos in 1956, scoring one goal in a 7-1 friendly victory over Corinthians. When the 1957 season started, Pelé was given a starting place in the first team and, at the age of just 16, became the top scorer in the league. Just ten months after signing professionally, the teenager was called up to the Brazil national team. After the World Cup in 1962, wealthy European clubs offered massive fees to sign the young player, but the government of Brazil declared Pelé an "official national treasure" to prevent him from being transferred out of the country.<ref name="treasure">Template:Cite web</ref>

On November 19, 1969, Pelé scored his 1000th goal in all competitions. This was a highly anticipated moment in Brazil.<ref name=PeleEterno /> The goal, called popularly O Milésimo (The Thousandth), occurred in a match against Vasco da Gama, when Pelé scored a penalty kick, at the Maracanã Stadium.<ref name="PeleEterno" />

Pelé states that his most beautiful goal was scored at Rua Javari stadium on a Campeonato Paulista match against Sao Paulo rivals Juventus on August 2, 1959. As there is no video footage of this match, Pelé asked that a computer animation be made of this specific goal.<ref name=PeleEterno /> In March 1961, Pelé scored the gol de placa (goal worthy of a plaque), a goal against Fluminense at the Maracanã which was regarded as so spectacular that a plaque was commissioned with a dedication to the most beautiful goal in the history of the Maracanã.<ref>Bellos, Alex (2002). Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life. Bloomsbury. ISBN 0-7475-6179-6.</ref>

In 1967, the two factions involved in the Nigerian Civil War agreed to a 48-hour ceasefire so they could watch Pelé play an exhibition game in Lagos.<ref name="Lagos">Template:Cite web</ref>

In a Santos - Cruzeiro match, played in 1968, Pelé broke the leg of Procópio.<ref name="EduLima">(Portuguese) [5], "Fala Edu Lima" - É verdade que Pelé quebrou a perna de 5 adversários?, www.edulima.com.br, accessed August 2, 2006. </ref>

[edit] National team career

Pelé's first international match was a 2-1 victory against Argentina on July 7, 1957. In that match, he scored his first goal for Brazil, three months before his 17th birthday.

[edit] 1958 World Cup

His World Cup debut was against the USSR in the first round of the 1958 FIFA World Cup. He was the youngest player of that tournament, and at the time the youngest ever to play in the World Cup.<ref>The mark was surpassed by Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.</ref> He scored his first World Cup goal against Wales in quarterfinals, the only goal of the match, to help Brazil advance to semifinals, while becoming the youngest ever World Cup goalscorer at 17 years and 239 days. Against France in the semifinal, Brazil was leading 2-1 at halftime, and then Pelé scored a hat-trick, becoming the youngest in World Cup history to do so.

On 19 June 1958 Pelé became the youngest player to play in a World Cup final match at 17 years and 249 days. He scored two goals in the final as Brazil beat Sweden 5-2. His first goal, a lob over a defender followed by a precise volley shot, was selected as one of the best goals in the history of the World Cup. When the match ended, he passed out on the field, and had to be attended by the medical staff.<ref name=PeleEterno /> He then recovered, and was visibly compelled by the victory, in tears as being congratulated by his teammates. He finished the tournament with six goals in four matches played, tied for second place, behind record-breaker Just Fontaine.

[edit] 1962 World Cup

In the first match of the 1962 World Cup, against Mexico, Pelé assisted the first goal and then scored the final 2-0 after a run past four defenders.<ref>"Brazil in the 1962 World Cup" - vbrazil.com</ref> He injured himself while attempting a long-range shot against Czechoslovakia.<ref name=PeleEterno /> This would keep him out of the rest of the tournament, and forced coach Aymoré Moreira to make his only lineup change of the tournament. The substitute was Amarildo, who had a good performance in the tournament; it was, however, Garrincha, who would take the leading role and carried Brazil to their second World Cup title.

[edit] 1966 World Cup

The 1966 tournament was remembered for its excessive physical play, and Pelé was one of the victims of such play. After becoming the first player ever to score in three World Cups, with a direct free kick against Bulgaria, he had to rest, due to tiredness,<ref name=MLATBG12>Robert L. Fish; Pelé (1977). My Life and The Beautiful Game: The Autobiography of Pelé, Chapter 12. Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York. ISBN 0-385-12185-7</ref> for the match against Hungary, which Brazil lost 1-3. He then faced Portugal, and several violent tackles by the Portuguese defenders caused him to leave the match and the tournament. Brazil lost that match and were eliminated in the first round of the World Cup for the first time since 1934. After the tournament, Pelé declared that he did not wish to play in the World Cup again.<ref name=PeleEterno />

[edit] 1970 World Cup

When Pelé was called to the national team in early 1969, he first refused, but then accepted and played in six World Cup qualifying matches, scoring six goals. The 1970 tournament in Mexico was to be Pelé's last.

The 1970 squad featured major changes in relation to the 1966 squad. Players like Garrincha, Nilton Santos, Djalma Santos, and Gilmar had already retired, but the team, with Pelé, Rivelino, Jairzinho, Gérson, Tostão, and Clodoaldo, is widely considered one of the greatest football teams ever.<ref>Andrei S. Markovits, Steven L. Hellerman. (2001) Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism, Princeton University Press. p. 229. ISBN 069107447X.</ref>

In the first match, against Czechoslovakia, Pelé scored the 2-1 after controlling Gerson's pass with his chest. Brazil won the match, 4-1. On the first half of the match against England, he nearly scored with a header that was spectacularly saved by Gordon Banks. On the second half, he assisted Jairzinho for the only goal of the match. Against Romania, he opened the score on a direct free kick goal, a strong strike with the outside of his right foot. Later on the match he scored again to put the score 3-1. Brazil won by a final score of 3-2. In quarterfinals against Peru, Brazil won 4-2, with Pelé assisting Tostão on his team's third goal. In the semi-finals, Brazil faced Uruguay for the first time since the 1950 World Cup final round match. Jairzinho put Brazil ahead 2-1, and Pelé assisted Rivelino for the 3-1. In that match, Pelé hit Uruguayan player Fontes with his elbow,<ref name=PeleEterno /><ref name="FootRums"/> at the same time the latter was fouling Pelé.

Brazil played Italy in the final, with Pelé scoring the opener on a header over defender Tarcisio Burgnich. He then made assists on Jairzinho's and Carlos Alberto's goals, the latter one after an impressive collective play. Brazil won the match 4-1, keeping the Jules Rimet Trophy indefinitely. Burgnich, who marked Pelé during the match, was quoted saying "I told myself before the game, he's made of skin and bones just like everyone else — but I was wrong".<ref name="wrong">Pele, King of futbol, ESPN</ref>

His last international match was on July 18, 1971 against Yugoslavia in Rio de Janeiro. His record with the Brazilian team was 67 wins, 14 draws, and 11 losses. Brazil never lost a match with both Pelé and Garrincha on the field.<ref>The only international match Garrincha lost was against Hungary in 1966, 1-3, of wich Pelé was not a part of, due to injury. See Garrincha's bio at the International Football Hall of Fame web site.</ref>

[edit] Honours

[edit] Santos

Official Tournaments

Unofficial Tournaments

  • Copa Oswaldo Cruz: 1958, 1962, 1968
  • Mexico City Tournament: 1959
  • Teresa Herrera Trophy: 1959
  • Copa Naranja de Valencia : 1959
  • Paris Tournament: 1960, 1961
  • Buenos Aires Tournament: 1965
  • Chile Octogonal Tournament: 1968
  • Rome-Florence Tournament: 1968
  • Amazon Tournament: 1968
  • Kingston City Tournament: 1971
  • Laudo Natel Tournament: 1974

[edit] New York Cosmos

  • NASL champion in 1977

[edit] Brazil

[edit] Other

He was voted Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee in 1999 for his Olympic successes.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

In December 2000, Pelé was named Footballer of the Century by FIFA. The award was intended to be based upon votes in a web poll, but after it became apparent that it favoured Diego Maradona, many observers complained that the internet nature of the poll would have meant a skewed demographic of younger fans who would have seen Maradona play, but not Pele. FIFA then appointed a "Family of Football" committee of soccer experts to decide the winner of the award. Maradona was instead awarded the title of FIFA Internet Player of the Century. Allegations that the internet poll had been bombarded by Argentine fans still remain to this day.<ref>""Maradona or Pele"", CNN Sports Illustrated, December 10, 2000.</ref>

In the same year, Pelé received the Laureus World Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement Award from South African President Nelson Mandela.

[edit] Career Statistics

[edit] Goalscoring and appearance record

Pelé's goalscoring record is often reported as being 1281 goals in 1363 games.<ref name="goalsources">Various sources accept that Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games. See, for example, the FIFA website.[6] Some sources, however, claim that Pelé scored 1282 goals in 1366 games.[7]</ref> This figure includes goals scored by Pelé in non-competitive club matches, for example, international tours Pelé completed with Santos and the New York Cosmos, and games Pelé played in for armed forces teams during his national service in Brazil.<ref>For a full list of Pelé's goals which details the teams he played for, see http://rivelino.caltech.edu/~pelesl/pele/english/pele_statistics.html. The international tours Pelé took part in for Santos and Cosmos are detailed at http://www.rsssf.com: http://paginas.terra.com.br/esporte/rsssfbrasil/historical.htm#friendli, and the American Soccer History Archives: http://www.sover.net/~spectrum/index.html (click on a year and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to see friendly tournaments), respectively.</ref>

The tables below record every goal Pelé scored in major club competitions for Santos and the New York Cosmos. During much of Pelé's playing career in Brazil there was no national league championship. From 1960 onwards the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) were required to provide meritocratic entrants for the then-new Copa Libertadores, a South American international club competition broadly equivalent to the European Cup. To enable them to do this, the CBF organised two national competitions: the Taça de Prata and Taça Brasil. A national league championship, the Campeonato Brasileiro, was first played in 1971, alongside traditional state and interstate competitions such as the Campeonato Paulista and the Torneio Rio-São Paulo.

The number of league goals scored by Pelé is listed as 589 in 605 games. This number is the sum of the goals scored by Pelé in national league-based competitions: the Campeonato Paulista (SPS), Torneio Rio-São Paulo (RSPS), Taça de Prata and Campeonato Brasileiro. The Taça Brasil was a national competition organised on a knockout basis.

A dark grey cell in the table indicates that the relevant competition did not take place that year.

Club Season SPS<ref name=SPSRSPS>Unless otherwise stated, all statistics relating to Pelé's goal-scoring record between 1957 and 1974 in the SPS, RSPS, and Campeonato Brasileiro are taken from http://soccer-europe.com/Biographies/Pele.html. Soccer Europe compiled this list from http://www.rsssf.com (The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation). For a full list of Pelé's goals, see http://rivelino.caltech.edu/~pelesl/pele/english/pele_statistics.html.</ref> RSPS<ref name=SPSRSPS/> T. de Prata Camp. Brasil.<ref name=SPSRSPS/> T. Brasil Copa Libertadores Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Santos 1956 0*0* 0*0*
1957 14+15*19+17*<ref>In 1957 the São Paulo championship was split into two halves, Série Azul and Série Branca. In the first half Pelé scored 19 goals in 14 games, and then in Série Azul he scored 17 goals in 15 games See http://paginas.terra.com.br/esporte/rsssfbrasil/tables/sp1957.htm</ref>95 3841
1958 385888 4666
1959 324576 4*2* 43*53*
1960 303330 00003333
1961 264778 5*70038*62
1962 263700 5*2*4*4*35*43*
1963 1922814 4*84*5*35*49*
1964 213443 6*70*0*31*44*
1965 304975 4*2*7*848*64*
1966 14130*0* 5*2*0019*15*
1967 1817 14*9* 000032*26*
1968 2117 17*11* 000038*28*
1969 2526 12*12* 0037*38*
1970 157 13*4* 0028*11*
1971 198 211 00409
1972 209 165 003614
1973 1911 3019 004930
1974 101 179 002710
All 412470534956*36*843433*30*1517<ref name=Cups>Totalised statistics relating to Pelé's record in the Copa Libertadores are taken from http://soccer-europe.com/Biographies/Pele.html. Soccer Europe compiled this list from http://www.rsssf.com (The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation), but do not give a season-by-season breakdown. For a full list of Pelé's goals see http://rivelino.caltech.edu/~pelesl/pele/english/pele_statistics.html.</ref>653636
Club Season NASL
AppsGoals
NY Cosmos 1975 95
1976 2415
1977 3117
All 6437
  • A "*" indicates this number was inferred from a Santos fixture list from rsssf.com and this list of games Pelé played, with the number of goals he scored in each.

[edit] Other records

Pelé is in third place on the list of all-time top goalscorers in international matches; in 92 appearances for the Brazilian team, he scored 77 goals. He is in fourth place behind Ronaldo, Gerd Müller, and Just Fontaine on the list of goalscorers in World Cup matches, with 12 goals. He was part of three World Cup winning teams, although he did not play in the 1962 final due to injury and did not receive a medal. Pelé is one of only four footballers to have achieved the feat of scoring in two different world cup final matches, sharing that honor with Paul Breitner, Vava, and Zinedine Zidane.<ref>Pele goals</ref> He is one of five players to have scored twice from direct free kick in World Cups (The others are Rivelino, Teófilo Cubillas, Bernard Genghini, and David Beckham). He is one of only two players to have scored in four World Cups (the other being Uwe Seeler, who did it in the same four tournaments as Pelé).

It is often claimed that Pelé is the most prolific scorer in football history. According to FIFA, Pelé ended his career with a total of 1281 goals in 1363 matches.<ref name="goalsources"/> However, many of these goals were scored in non-competitive club matches. For instance, if one counts non-competitive goals when compiling the total of goals scored by Gerd Müller, he would have a career total of 1455 goals in 1204 games.<ref>Additional Data on Gerd Müller from rsssf.com</ref> As non-competitive games are rarely counted in player's statistics it is unknown how many players could have passed Pelé's mark, but 1281 goals is certainly one of the highest totals achieved by a professional footballer. If one looks only at competitive goals, then Pelé is the second highest scorer of all time behind Josef Bican.<ref>Prolific Scorers Data from rsssf.com</ref> Bican never attempted to draw attention to his record, and when questioned about this, he quipped "who'd have believed me if I said I'd scored five times as many goals as Pelé?"<ref>Josef "Pepi" Bican Radio Prague Obituary</ref>

Although the Brazilian domestic league system provided every single starter from the 1958, 1962, and 1970 Brazil World Cup Champions,<ref>World Cup Champions Squads 1930 - 2002 by RSSSF</ref> perhaps leading one to the assumption that it was the world's strongest league during the years of Pelé's career, one also has to take into account the state nature of the league. At the time Santos mainly played against other teams from the São Paulo region, whereas the best players were spread around teams all across Brazil. For instance Garrincha, Jairzinho and Altair played in the Rio de Janeiro League, Tostão played in the Minas Gerais League, and of the players that actually competed in São Paulo, Carlos Alberto, Zito, Pepe and Gilmar actually played with Pele for Santos. As of 2006, teams from São Paulo state have won 14 of a possible 36 national league titles (see Titles by state).

[edit] After football

Image:Pelé-Lula-Marisa.jpg
Pelé, right, with Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, left, and Dona Marisa, July 13, 2004.

The most notable area of Pelé's life since football is his ambassadorial work for various bodies. In 1992, Pelé was appointed a United Nations ambassador for ecology and the environment.

He was awarded Brazil's Gold Medal for outstanding services to the sport, and in 1995, Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso appointed Pelé to the position of "Extraordinary Minister for Sport". During this time he proposed legislation to reduce corruption in Brazilian football, which became known as the Pelé law. When finally approved in 2000, the bill contained just 11% of the original text, causing Pelé to state that he wanted his name removed from it.<ref>Bellos, Alex (2002). Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life. Bloomsbury. ISBN 0-7475-6179-6.</ref> Pelé left his position in 2001 after he was accused of involvement in a bribery scandal.<ref>Pele slips from Brazil pedestal, The Observer, November 25, 2001.</ref>

In 1995, he was appointed a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and in 1997 he was given an honorary British knighthood.

In 2002, Pelé scouted for Premiership Football Team Manchester United and Fulham FC.<ref>Pele scouts for Fulham, BBC Sport, accessed June 10, 2006</ref>

In 2005, Pelé drew international media attention due to the imprisonment of his son Edson Cholbi Nascimento, an ex-goalkeeper of Santos Futebol Clube, who was arrested in an operation to dismantle a drug gang in southeastern Brazil. The younger Nascimento, then 35, was arrested along with about 50 other people after an eight-month investigation into a cocaine trafficking operation in the port city of Santos.[citation needed]

Pelé has published several autobiographies, starred in documentary and semi-documentary films and composed various musical pieces, including the entire soundtrack for the film Pelé in 1977. He appeared, alongside other footballers of the 1960s and 1970s, Michael Caine, and Sylvester Stallone, in the 1981 film Escape to Victory, about an attempted escape from a World War II Nazi POW Camp. Pelé was one of the first black persons to be featured on the cover of Life magazine, and was the first sports figure featured in a video game with the Atari 2600 game Pelé's Soccer.

He is now reasonably well known for his role in promoting impotence cure Viagra.<ref>Pele keeps playing for Pfizer, Pharmafocus.com, accessed September 13, 2006</ref>

He once remarked that George Best was the "greatest footballer in the world".<ref>BBC Sport</ref> After Best's death Pelé sent a football to his family, on which he wrote "From the second best player in the world".

Acting and film career
  • Os Estranhos (1969) (TV Series)
  • O Barão Otelo no Barato dos Bilhões (1971)
  • A Marcha (1973)
  • Os Trombadinhas (1978)
  • Escape to Victory (1981)
  • A Minor Miracle (1983)
  • Pedro Mico (1985)
  • Os Trapalhões e o Rei do Futebol (1986)
  • Hotshot (1987)
  • Solidão, Uma Linda História de Amor (1990)
  • Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)
  • ESPN SportsCentury (2004)

[edit] Personal life

Pelé has been married twice; first in 1966, to Rosemeri, with whom he had three children. This marriage ended in divorce in 1982. He married Assiria on April 30, 1994 and the couple have two children.

In addition to his children from two marriages, Pele has at least one other daughter, Sandra Regina Arantes do Nascimento (who died of breast cancer on October 17, 2006 at age 42).[8]

[edit] Trivia

Pelé said in his autobiography his biggest regret was never scoring an overhead bicycle kick during a World Cup.

[edit] See also

[edit] References and notes

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Preceded by:
Teófilo Cubillas
South American Footballer of the Year
1973
Succeeded by:
Elías Figueroa
Image:Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil squad - 1958 World Cup Champions (1st Title) Image:Flag of Brazil.svg

1 Castilho | 2 Bellini | 3 Gilmar | 4 Djalma Santos | 5 Dino Sani | 6 Didi | 7 Zagallo | 8 Oreco | 9 Zózimo | 10 Pelé | 11 Garrincha | 12 Nílton Santos | 13 Moacir | 14 De Sordi | 15 Orlando | 16 Mauro | 17 Joel | 18 Mazzola | 19 Zito | 20 Vavá | 21 Dida | 22 Pepe | Coach: Feola

Image:Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil squad - 1962 World Cup Champions (2nd Title) Image:Flag of Brazil.svg

1 Gilmar | 2 Djalma Santos | 3 Mauro | 4 Zito | 5 Zózimo | 6 Nílton Santos | 7 Garrincha | 8 Didi | 9 Coutinho | 10 Pelé | 11 Pepe | 12 Jair Marinho | 13 Bellini | 14 Jurandir | 15 Altair | 16 Zequinha | 17 Mengálvio | 18 Jair da Costa | 19 Vavá | 20 Amarildo | 21 Zagallo | 22 Castilho | Coach: Moreira

Image:Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil squad - 1966 World Cup Image:Flag of Brazil.svg

1 Gilmar | 2 Djalma Santos | 3 Fidelis | 4 Bellini | 5 Brito | 6 Altair | 7 Orlando | 8 Paulo Henrique | 9 Rildo | 10 Pelé | 11 Gérson | 12 Manga | 13 Denílson | 14 Lima | 15 Zito | 16 Garrincha | 17 Jairzinho | 18 Alcindo | 19 Silva | 20 Tostão | 21 Paraná | 22 Edu | Coach: Feola

Image:Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil squad - 1970 World Cup Champions (3rd Title) Image:Flag of Brazil.svg

1 Félix | 2 Brito | 3 Piazza | 4 Carlos Alberto | 5 Clodoaldo | 6 Marco Antônio | 7 Jairzinho | 8 Gérson | 9 Tostão | 10 Pelé | 11 Rivelino | 12 Ado | 13 Roberto | 14 Baldocchi | 15 Fontana | 16 Everaldo | 17 Joel | 18 Paulo César | 19 Edu | 20 Dario | 21 Zé Maria | 22 Leão | Coach: Zagallo

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  • World Wizzy is a static snapshot taken of Wikipedia in early 2007. It cannot be edited and is online for historic & educational purposes only.