Why Soccer Matters

By: Pelé

The life of Pelé

The story Why Soccer Matters is about the best soccer player in the world. Pelé was very poor when he was young. So him and his friends would take socks from peoples clotheslines,or trash, or maybe even a grape fruit if they got lucky, and make a soccer ball with it. Pelé and his friends would play soccer in the dirty streets of Brazil all day. Pelé and his dad were very close. Pelé looked up to his father as a role model. Pelé's father loved soccer just as much as he did. Pelé's father, Dondinho helped him practice to become the amazing player that he is today. Dondinho became a soccer player. That made Pelé want to be just like him even more. Pelé played his first world cup when he was 17 in 1958. He would play in many more after that too. Pelé wrote this book to tell everyone how amazing the game of soccer is. He talks about many life changing moments, and awesome changes that made his journey to becoming the best soccer player in the world possible.


Pelé persevered to become the best he could be, and he wanted to share his life story with all his devoted fans. That is why he wrote the book Why Soccer Matters. During Pelé's world cup appearances he scored 12 goals in 14 games. Also, Pelé played in four world cups, and his Brazilian team won three in 1958, 1962, and 1970. He was the youngest player to ever win a world cup, and he scored 2 goals in the final championship against Sweden. Pelé came from a very poor background therefore he had very challenging circumstances he had to face to reach his professional goal. Pelé worked very hard when he was young, pushed by his father and then the opportunities started to come. As a result he became the best soccer player in the world.

Pelé's adventures

Pelé was born on October 23, 1940.

He then joined the Brazilian Soccer team at age 16.

Pelé went to his first World Cup in Sweden.

Brazil won the World Cup.

Pelé lost the World Cup in 1966 playing for Brazil.

1970 Mexico World Cup- Brazil won.

Pelé was named the best player of the 1900 Century.

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Pronunciation Guide

Invincible- to powerful to be defeated or overcome.

circumstances- a fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action.

professional- of, relating to, or connected with a profession.

opportunities- a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.

Text Structures

Pelé paragraph was contrast and contradiction.

Pelé's adventures paragraph is sequence and time order.

Pelé project by: Abigail Husson

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