Pele: The King of Fútbol "I was born for soccer, just as Beethoven was born for music," (Pelé. Hall of Fame.) was how Edson Arantes do Nascimento described his passion for soccer. He had many nicknames – “The Black Pearl”, “The King of Fútbol”, or just simply “The King.” A newspaper was once asked, “How do you spell his name?” The paper answered the question this way, “G-O-D.” We know him as Pelé (Buckley 7). Pelé became a professional player at the age of 15 when he joined the Brazilian National Team. When he was only 17, he helped Brazil win its first World Cup in 1958, and led Brazil to two more World Cup wins in 1962 and 1970. Pelé is still hailed as a national hero in Brazil today even though he retired from playing 37 years ago (Pelé. Biography). He has become a legend in his own time. Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born on October 23, 1940 in a small village in Brazil, the largest country in South America. He was named after Thomas Edison, the American who invented the electric light. The “i” in Edison was left off his birth certificate so his name became Edson. His family was very poor and Edson starting working when he was seven years old shining shoes and selling food on the streets to help his family (Brown, 10). He learned the game of soccer from his father, Dondinho, a professional player who passed on his love and his passion for of the beautiful game of fútbol. When Edson was 10 years old he came home one day and found his father crying because Brazil had lost the World Cup. “Don’t worry papa, I will win the World Cup for you someday,” Edson promised (Brown, 13). Edson played soccer with his neighborhood friends. They were so poor that they didn’t have money to buy a ball so they used either a gr... ... middle of paper ... ...to humanitarian and environmental causes” (Pele. Biography). Pele travels the world today to deliver his messages with the same attitude and passion that made him a great player. With his famous smile he tells people, “We must work together to take care of each other and make this world a better place for our children and the poor ,” because he remembers what it was like to be poor as a child. (Buckley 102). Pelé continues to be hailed as a national hero in Brazil even though he retired 37 years ago (Pelé. Biography). One of Pelé’s Brazilian soccer coaches said this about him, “The secret of Pele’s success is that he is the same poor boy who played for the National Team when he was sixteen. He has the gift of human dignity, of total dedication to his sport and to people around the world. It is Pele’s spirit that will always be remembered” (Harris, back cover).
Quickly, soccer came to represent the fundamental tenets of yuppie parenting, the spirit of Sesame Street and Dr. Benjamin Spock. Unlike other sports, it would foster self-esteem, minimize the pain of competition while still teaching life lessons.” A very significant trend has been seen in the United States which is completely opposite that from the rest of the world. While people belonging to the middle and upper class played the game in United States, it is considered to be the game of the working class in other parts of the
Many people do not know that much about soccer. If asked about Pelé, almost everyone will say they have heard about him. Pele is one of, if not the most, influential persons to come along and change the game for the better forever. Professional soccer in the United States was not a huge attraction. In the United States, attendance to professional soccer games was well below all other major sport franchises. Average attendance to a New York Cosmos game for the years just before Pelé arrived from 1971 to 1974 was 4,540 people (NY Cosmos, Wiki). There was not that one spark or big name or attraction or marquee team or player to bring people to the stadiums to watch the sport. Once Pelé arrived on the NASL scene, everything changed. How could one person have such a big impact so quickly? To come into a struggling sport in the United States and turn it around that fast, it is a great history. Although soccer has always been a foreign sport, Pelé’s flair and style of play contributed to the recognition of soccer as a whole world sport.
Pelé defined the role of the playmaker/midfielder type. He led some of the greatest Brasilian players of all time - Vavá, Didi, Garrincha, and others. Many said Pelé would have been the best in any position he played. Pelé once insisted to the manager of Santos that he play goalkeeper. On January 19, 1964, he substituted Santos goalkeepr Gilmar, who had been ejected, in the semi-final game of the Brasil Cup. For five minutes, after scoring three goals, Pelé played with the number one jersey and made two spectacular saves that saved Santos the spot in the finals.
Soccer is a great sport that can captivate the world and bring people together. The sport has evolved from just a game; it has become a way of life for most people not just in the United States but also around the world. In the novel “How Soccer Explains the World” by Franklin Foer, he gives great insight on various ways soccer has impacted the world. Soccer can be the explanation for gangsters, racial and religious, and everything in between.
From an early age I always knew I would be playing soccer my whole life. My dad showed me the ropes of how to play and got me interested right away. By the age of three I had started playing, and to this day I have not stopped. Soccer has been a huge part of my life and I don’t know where I would be today if I never played. I met some amazing people playing soccer including my coaches who encouraged me and told me never to give up as well as my teammates who became my friends and were always there for me.
While I have developed my soccer skills over the years, the relationships I have built with people are treasured more than my ability to play the game. Playing soccer has granted me the opportunity to be surrounded by an extensive family of people who truly love me. I am forever indebted to the sport for bringing me into love-filled relationships with players and coaches alike.
When Bailey was 6 and he had just started playing soccer. He was really awful at it. He used to kick the ball with his toe and when he dribbled it, he kicked it far in front of himself and he just ran after the ball. As the years passed and he played soccer almost every season, he got a lot better. In his second year of playing soccer, he played on a different team and he felt uncomfortable because he knew no one. His positions he played were offense and defense. When he did play, it was like he just found out what a soccer ball was. He did almost as bad as his first year. He was way too used to playing defense, so he didn’t get the chance to dribble much and he was very bad at it. When Bailey started practicing and doing drills with his dad,
The amazing game of soccer is played in every continent, and is the world’s most popular sport. It is proven to be one of the number one sports to be played and watched. Because its fans and players are so devoted, the sport continues to grow. Requiring only a ball and open space, the activity is available to anyone, whether rich or poor, male or female, athletic or not. Over the years, soccer has won the hearts of many because of its unique history, many benefits, and notable achievements.
...in Europe and also be remembered as someone who never fulfilled his potential on the soccer field. Though Asia and Europe was shocked by his decision. Nakata left behind a career that opened the World’s eye on Japanese and Asia soccer. He also holds a special place in the arena of Asian accolades. Through his life after retirement of the world of soccer, Hidetoshi Nakata encounters poverty, and prosperity, opulence and austerity. He is watching, listening and observing new experiences. These days, Nakata has brought his influence to another level. He’s found a calling as a traveler, and an ambassador to spread goodwill around the globe with soccer as his main ingredient. He is inspiring, creative, influential, visionary, and pioneering. It does seem that what Nakata touches, it turns into gold. Surely, Hidetoshi Nakata is the best and the most fashionable athlete.
Athletic Genius, Soccer Legend, Master of Offense, Pelé. All are names for Edson Arantes do Nascimento, undoubtedly one of the greatest soccer players of all time. The purpose of this essay is to inform you about the things Pelé accomplished throughout his life and career, and also about what he did that effected the world so much.
David Beckham is the one sports star, who not only is a phenominal player, but is probably the most famous sports icon outside just soccer. It is definetely harder to find someone that has not heard of David Beckham, than someone who has. People occasionaly wonder, however; "Why Beckham? Why is he so famous?" The answer might not be very simple, but maybe it is the combination of a great shot, a fantastic cross, his own Adidas shoe, his changing hair-style, his modeling career, his marriage to the Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (formerly Adams), his big mistake against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, his England capitancy and him having belonged to the two largest teams in history that make him so popular among the crowd. When one reads David Beckham's autobiography, David Beckham My Side, something that is surely visible and clear, is his igoistic thoughts and life-style.
When, did Pele score his first goal? Pele scored his first goal at the age of 15. I’m going to tell you about Pele background, Pele Career Highlights, and Pele Life After Career. In 1969 Pele said, “A penalty is a cowardly way to score.” and that was his first quote. At a young, Pele had a passion to play soccer. Pele is credited, or recognized, to be a skilled player. Although Pele is still living, he still helps people.
in conclusion, ronaldo is one of the best players in soccer in history, he can be called the living legend, and he is the best player in the world currently. I got inspired by c.ronaldo due to his very unique talent ,his willing to reach glory ,aiming to be the best ,and his ability to overcome obstacles. Although, he suffered from hard life at the begining and exposured to injustice in some awards, , with his passion to the game ,hard word and believe he could reach what he is now applying to his sentence hard work is the key to success.
When Ronaldo was a young boy his mom wanted to abort him. Luckily this didn’t happen because he's the greatest soccer player of all time. He was not rich he was poor. He fought his way through all the way to the top. He had a heart disease that made his heart race which could have ended his soccer career. Ronaldo is a big inspiration to me and a lot of other people. He makes me try harder when i see him. He took his team to the world cup in 2014 he scored a hat trick and this is a big deal because the world cup happens every four years and only a handful of countries make it. When i watch Ronaldo play i feel like nothing else matters because it doesn’t. Ronaldo went through a bad knee injury in 2014 before the world cup started and you could tell it had an effect on him. His team was not going so hot they got kicked out of the world cups first knockout stage. In 2015 he overcame his injury and had a good year but the best was yet to come in 2016 and 2017 they won the