December 29, 2022

RIP Pelé: "I told myself before the game, ‘he's made of skin and bones just like everyone else,’” Italian defender Tarcisio Burgnich said after the 1970 final. “But I was wrong."

posted by NoMich to soccer at 02:10 PM - 5 comments

I've just recently been watching some of the vintage Brazil WC matches with commentary in Portuguese, so I've been soaking up the national love for Pele along with the skills and charisma. RIP.

posted by beaverboard at 02:59 PM on December 29, 2022

World Cup Final 1958. Still only 17 years old.

posted by owlhouse at 04:46 PM on December 29, 2022

Blessed to have been able to watch him as a young kid in the 1970 World Cup.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:08 PM on December 29, 2022

The reason every kid wanted to wear number 10, world wide.

posted by jagsnumberone at 10:18 PM on December 29, 2022

Pele became the idol of my elementary school, turning a group of Texas kids who had never followed the sport into soccer fans. I remember his games against the Dallas Tornado, including his NASL debut.

posted by rcade at 09:24 AM on December 30, 2022

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