Pele Essay

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Pele Imagine yourself in a packed stadium in Mexico in the year 1970. Suddenly you see a player come out on to the pitch. All of a sudden there is a big commotion in the stadium and everyone is going wild. Who is this guy and what is so special about him. His name is Pele and he is from Brazil. He led Brazil to three World Cup titles and is considered one of the best soccer players of all time. He was born in Tres Coracoes, Brazil. Pele was noted for his powerful kicking, skillful ball control, and for his brilliant passing and field strategy. Pele became the only player to participate in three World Cup victories when he led the Brazilian National Team to titles in 1958, 1962, and 1970. ...view middle of the document...

Then Pele goes up to the officials and tells him that the goal post he shot the ball in was shorter than the other post by about 3 millimeters. After Pele said this officials measured the post and found out that what Pele said was true. This showed everyone that Pele knows exactly what is going to happen to the ball when he does something with it. (JP Tokoto, 2001) Carlos Drummond de Andrade a Brazillian poet said, "Scoring 1000 goals like Pele is not that difficult, but scoring one goal like Pele is." The 1958 World Cup, which was held in Sweden, was the first World Cup Pele participated in. At this time Pele was only 17 years old. The first game Pele played in that World Cup was Brazils 3rd game. The game was against Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). He was put in because all the good players on the team requested the coach to put him in. In that game they won 2-0. Even though Pele didn't score a goal he played very well and made many nice passes to his teammates. In the next game Brazil won again 1-0. Pele scored a spectacular goal in that game. In the semi-finals, which were against France, Pele scored three incredible goals. By the end of the game Brazil won 5-2! The finals were against Sweden. At that time Sweden was one of the best countries in the world at soccer. With the help of Pele they won the game 5-2 again. This time Pele scored 2 goals. After they won the 1958 worldcup, Pele became a national treasure. Pele. (February 27, 2002). http://www.360soccer.com/pele/pelebio.html The next World Cup Pele was going to play in was held in 1962 and was hosted by Chile. This World Cup was a very upsetting one for Pele. The first team they played against was Mexico, which they beat 1-0. Pele scored the goal. The second game was against Czechoslovakia. In the first ten minutes of the game, Pele pulled a muscle in his legs and was pulled out of the tournament. Even though Pele was not able to play most of the games in this World Cup, Brazil still won the World Cup. Pele. (February 27, 2002). http://www.360soccer.com/pele/pelebio.html The next World Cup was in 1966 and was hosted by England. Almost everything seemed to have gone wrong for Brazil. When the Brazilian...

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