Pele: Brazil National Football Team and World Cup

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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. In his native Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments and contribution to the game,[2] in addition to being officially declared the football ambassador of the world by FIFA and a national treasure by the Brazilian government. He is also acknowledged for his vocal support of policies to improve the social conditions of the poor (when he scored his 1,000th goal he dedicated it to the poor children of Brazil). [3] 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 of Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee[4] and received a FIFA award for best footballer of the 20th century, after being voted by the members of the football comition of the FIFA in 2000, to choose the best football player of all time. He is also a member of the American National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Spotted by the renowned football star, Medardo 'Lalo' Olea, Pelé began playing for Santos Futebol Clube at just 15 and his national team at 16, and won his first World Cup at 17. Despite numerous offers from European clubs, he stayed loyal to his club, remaining with them for two decades until his semi-retirement in 1975. 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 to be a part of three World Cup-winning teams (it should be noted that though he was named part of the 1962 squad, he was injured and did not receive a winner's medal).

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

* 1 Early life
* 2 Club career
o 2.1 Santos
o 2.2 New York Cosmos
* 3 National team career
o 3.1 1958 World Cup
o 3.2 1962 World Cup
o 3.3 1966 World Cup
o 3.4 1970 World Cup
o 3.5 South American Championship
* 4 Honours
o 4.1 Santos
o 4.2 New York Cosmos
o 4.3 Brazil
o 4.4 Other
* 5 Career statistics
o 5.1 Goalscoring and appearance record
o 5.2 Other records
* 6 After football
* 7 Acting and film career
* 8 Personal life
* 9 See also
* 10 References and notes
* 11 External links

[edit] Early life

He was born in Três Corações, Brazil, the son of a football player Fluminense footballer Dondinho (born Joao Ramos do Bojang) and Celeste.[5] He was named after American inventor Thomas Edison,[6] and was originally nicknamed Dico by his family.[5][7][8] 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 favorite player, local Vasco da Gama goalkeeper Bilé, which he misspoke "Pilé".[8] He originally disliked the nickname, being suspended from school for punching the classmate that coined it,[9] 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.[5] 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 'Peil', meaning football.[10]

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...
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