Pel?: Edson Arantes do Nascimento Essays and Papers

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Pel?: Edson Arantes do Nascimento

Pele was born on October 23, 1940. He was born in the small Brazilian town of Tres
Coracones (Tres Coratsoin, translated it means ‘Three Hearts') in the state of Sao
Paulo. His birth name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. His father was Dondinho, another
excellent soccer player. His birth name Joao Ramos do Nascimento.

Pele's father had been a great soccer player before Pele was born. Pele's father had to
retire prematurely. During a game, he was slide tackled and sustained serious
career-ending injury to the knee. Instead of playing the sport he loved, he had to resort
to scrubbing floors to support his family. As a result, Pele's mother was greatly opposed
to Pele playing soccer.

However, after Pele was born, the family moved to Bauru, another city in Sao Paulo. He
played soccer in the field behind his house. He used Coca-Cola cans to mark the sidelines
and goalposts. The ball was made of rags and socks. His father gave him valuable tips
during these sessions. After a while, as he played more and more, Pele was starting to
master the sport.

While these sessions were going on, Pele's career was off to a running start. He played
for the local youth team, Bauru AC. His coach was a man named Waldemar de Brito. He had
been another great player in Brazilian soccer history. Brito taught Pele the bicycle kick.
That is a trick that Pele would use very many times to score many goals. When the ball was
in the air, he would turn his back, then jump into the air horizontally, then kick the

Pele played for Bauru AC until 1956. He was fifteen years old. He left home to play for
Santos FC in the city of Sao Paulo. He ended up playing for Santos for most of his career.
Santos was the most successful and widely recognized team worldwide.

When he was seventeen, in 1958, he was selected to play in the World Cup for Brazil. He
played for the Brazilian national team, in competitions and exhibitions, from 1958 until
1974. In Sweden in World Cup 1958, he scored six goals. These included a hat trick in the
semi finals, and two in the final. Brazil easily took the Cup home.

Pele had his quietest years in 1959, 1960, and 1961. In 1962, Brazil won their second
World Cup in a row. Santos won a club championship under the guidance the best soccer
player ever, Pele. They went into 1963 defending their title. They won the championship

It seemed as though Pele's career was reaching its climax. In World Cup 1966 in England,
Brazil was searching for an unprecedented third in a row. However, Pele was more of a
target than ever, and he was fouled often. He missed a few games due to a bad muscle
injury. Brazil did not win the Cup.

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