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Pelé

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Edison "Edson" Arantes do Nascimento   KBE (born 21 or 23 October 1940 ), best known by his nickname Pelé is a retired Brazilian footballer. He is widely regarded among football historians, former players and fans to be one of the greatest football players of all time.  In 1999, he was voted as the Football Player of the Century by the IFFHS International Federation of Football History and Statistics. In the same year French weekly magazine France-Football consulted their former "Ballon D'Or" winners to elect the Football Player of the Century. Pelé came in first position. In 1999 the International Olympic Committee named Pelé the "Athlete of the Century". In his career he scored 760 official goals, 541 in league championships, making him the top scorer of all time. In total Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games. In his native Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero. He is known for his accomplishments and contributions to the game of football.[19] 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). During his career, he became known as "The King of Football" (O Rei do Futebol), "The King Pelé" (O Rei Pelé) or simply "The King" (O Rei). Spotted by football star Waldemar de Brito, Pelé began playing for Santos at 15 and his national team at 16, and won his first World Cup at 17. Despite numerous offers from European clubs, the economic conditions and Brazilian football regulations at the time benefited Santos, thus enabling them to keep Pelé for almost two decades until 1974. With Pelé within their ranks, Santos reach their zenith by winning the 1962 and 1963 Copa Libertadores, the most prestigious club competition in South American football.Pelé played as an inside second forward, also known as a playmaker. Pelé's technique and natural athleticism have been universally praised and during his playing years he was renowned for his excellent dribbling and passing, his pace, powerful shot, exceptional heading ability, and prolific goalscoring. He is the all-time leading scorer of the Brazil national football team and is the only footballer to be a part of three World Cup-winning squads. In 1962 he was on the Brazilian squad at the start of the World Cup but because of an injury suffered in the second match, he was not able to play the remainder of the tournament. In November 2007 FIFA announced that he would be awarded the 1962 medal retroactively, making him the only player in the world to have three World Cup winning medals. Since his retirement in 1977, Pelé has been a worldwide ambassador for football and has undertaken various acting roles and commercial ventures. He is currently the Honorary President of the New York Cosmos. Description above from the Wikipedia article Pelé , licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Oct 23, 1940 In Três Corações, Brazil
Movie/TV Credits:
18
First Appeared:
In the movie Subterrâneos do Futebol 1964-01-02
Latest Project:
Movie Bobby 2016-05-27
Known For
Poster of The Water Diviner
Poster of Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
Poster of Hotshot
Poster of Escape to Victory
Filmography
Movie Bobby Himself 2016-05-27
Movie Pelé: Birth of a Legend Himself 2016-05-06
Movie The Water Diviner Rei do esgoto 2015-04-24
Movie Simonal - Ninguém Sabe o Duro que Dei Himself 2009-05-15
Movie Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos Himself (archive footage) 2006-01-01
Movie Born To Be Blind 2004-05-19
Movie Gods of Brazil: Pelé & Garrincha Himself 2002-06-03
Movie Mike Bassett: England Manager Himself 2001-09-28
Movie 1º de Abril, Brasil 1989-01-01
Movie Hotshot Santos 1987-01-23
Movie Os Trapalhões e o Rei do Futebol Nascimento 1986-03-27
Movie A Minor Miracle Pelé 1986-05-18
Movie Escape to Victory Cpl. Luis Fernandez - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: Trinidad 1981-06-17
Movie Os Trombadinhas Pelé 1979-01-02
Movie This Is Pelé Himself 1974-05-31
Movie O Barão Otelo no Barato dos Bilhões 1971-05-26
Movie True Brazil 1968-12-08
Movie Subterrâneos do Futebol O Ídolo 1964-01-02