Pelé Soccer Superstar

Laurie Collier Hillstrom

Pelé’s legendary fútbol career lasted for twenty years from 1957 to 1977. During this time Pelé scored 97 international goals. He led the Brazilian national team to win the Jules Rimet Trophy three times within the four different FIFA World Cup seasons. Pelé’s first professional team was the Santos in Brazil. Then he went to the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. Pelé was born on October 23, 1940 in the poor village of Três Corações in central Brazil. His interest in fútbol first began when he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps. His father was once a professional fútbol player. Pelé learned the finer points of the sport from his dad, Joaõ Ramos do Nascimento, who was also known as Dondinho. Since Pelé and his family were poor, Pelé managed to learn how to play fútbol with a sock stuffed with newspaper or rags. From them on Pelé started playing friendlies with his friends against other small local teams. As he moved up in his fútbol career he began playing for Baquinho and eventually made it to the pros in 1956. His first season of his legendary career began in 1957.

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pele - the best footballer ever


Fútbol – What the rest of the world calls soccer.

Jules Rimet Trophy - Awarded to the winners of the World Cup From 1930 to 1970 then was changed into the Copa del Mundo in 1974, also known as The World Cup Trophy.

FIFA – Known as the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. The FIFA World Cup is held every four years and located in different countrys each time.

Friendlies – A sporting event in which there is no competitive value in the game between each side.

Baquinho – Baurú Athletic club’s youth soccer team or Little BAC.

International goals – A goal scored against another country, most likely during the FIFA World Cup.

National team – A team made up of the best players to represents their nation in sporting events.

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