When Football Star Pele Stopped the Civil War! What is the story of football star Pele?

In 1950, Brazil hosted the FIFA World Cup for the first time. Despite not being very prosperous economically, the government made tremendous preparations. The historic Maracana Stadium was built in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian team respected it. The team reached the finals. The final of the Football World was to be held between Brazil and Uruguay. The match was happening in this Maracana Stadium. Just before the start of the game, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro gave a speech in the stadium. The mayor said

‘My dear Brazilians, you will be world champions in a matter of miinternationalnewsnutes. We fulfilled our promise and got this stadium built. Now you fulfill your duty and show us by winning the World Cup.

But the team needed help to live up to the trust. Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1. A ten-year-old child was also listening to that match on the radio. He said to his father,

‘I will get the World Cup to Brazil.’

The child grew up. He fulfilled his promise to his father. He made Brazil the world champion three times. The height of that child was so significant that even the big stars would have lost their shine in front of him. When he argued with the referee in a match, the referee was thrown out of the field. The kid became such a big player that he allegedly stopped a civil war.

We are talking about the great Brazilian football player Pele. Pele, who is not present among us today. He passed away at the age of 82. He was suffering from kidney and prostate ailments for some time.

What is the story of Pele?

His name and some interesting stories related to him.

When Football Star Pele Stopped the Civil War! What is the story of football star Pele?
When Football Star Pele Stopped the Civil War! What is the story of football star Pele?

Along with this, we will know what connection Pele had with India.

On October 23, 1940, a child was born to footballer Dondinio. He was named ‘Edison.’ The child was named after the scientist Thomas Alva Edison. This is because, at the time when the child was born, the electric bulb had reached the city. At the same time, the child’s parents were so overwhelmed by the bulb’s light that they named their child after the person who invented the bulb.

But there was a mistake while writing the name on the birth certificate, an ‘i’ was removed from the spelling, and the name was written. Edson. This is how the child was named Edson. Full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento. In Brazil, there was a trend of keeping long words like this. Along with this, he was also given the nickname Dico.

Edson was raised in poverty. Growing up watching his footballer father, Edson had also dreamed of playing football in his heart. His father also understood this. That’s why from childhood, he started training Edson. Edson used to play football earlier in his street. He didn’t have football because of poverty, Pele explains in his autobiography ‘Why Soccer Matters,

‘I can still see the first football of my life with my eyes closed. We used to make footballs out of socks. We used to borrow socks from the neighbor’s house. And used to create a ball by tying it. We used to race that ball with his friends by hitting it with his feet. We used to stay out of the house for hours happily and used to come back home late in the evening. After coming back, when we used to return those socks to the neighbors, those socks used to get a bit dirty. We didn’t have the actual ball. We were living in poverty, but we were happy.

At that time, the poverty situation was such that Edson used to work in a tea shop for extra money. But Edson continued to play football. His father was giving him continuous training. When he reached school, he was named Pele. There are many stories behind this name as well. Pele’s parents and friends used to call him by his nickname, Dicko. After some time, his family came to live in Bauru city of Sao Paulo. There he made some friends with whom he used to practice football.

‘Why Soccer Matters’ Edson explains,

‘According to my uncle George, there was a goalkeeper named Bille at the local football club team in Bauru, the same football club that Pele’s father played for. Bille was popular because of his excellent goalkeeping. At the same time, in childhood, Edson was made a goalkeeper in many matches. When he used to do good goalkeeping, people started saying that look. This is another Bille. Or people used to say in this way that it looks like he has started considering himself as a bill. When did this ‘Bile’ turn into ‘Pele’? It was not even known. No one even guessed about it.

Because of this name, he used to fight with his colleagues. He used to say that at least take my name correctly. So let’s put a comma on the name’s story and move forward with Pele’s story. From the streets, Pele’s football was now reaching the grounds of the cities and towns. In his teenage years, he used to play as an amateur for local teams like Sete de Setembro. Canto do Rio, and Sao Pollinio. Pelé also participated in the youth championship of the state of São Paulo.

Football star Pele (AP Photo)

He also played for an indoor football team named Radium. There was hesitation in feeding him in many championships due to his young age. But after his excellent performance, everyone used to praise him. Pele used to say that all these things were instilling confidence in him. His performance in all these championships and minor matches was winning the hearts of the spectators and coaches. As a result, he started coming into the public eye.

In 1950, Brazil hosted the FIFA World Cup for the first time. Despite not being very prosperous economically, the government made tremendous preparations. The historic Maracana Stadium was built in Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian team respected it. The team reached the finals. The final of the Football World was to be held between Brazil and Uruguay. The match was happening in this Maracana Stadium. Just before the start of the game, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro gave a speech in the stadium. The mayor said

‘My dear Brazilians, you will be world champions in a matter of minutes. We fulfilled our promise and got this stadium built. Now you fulfill your duty and show us by winning the World Cup.

When Football Star Pele Stopped the Civil War! What is the story of football star Pele?
When Football Star Pele Stopped the Civil War! What is the story of football star Pele?

But the team needed help to live up to the trust. Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1. A ten-year-old child was also listening to that match on the radio. He said to his father,

‘I will get the World Cup to Brazil.’

The child grew up. He fulfilled his promise to his father. He made Brazil the world champion three times. The height of that child was so significant that even the big stars would have lost their shine in front of him. When he argued with the referee in a match, the referee was thrown out of the field. The kid became such a big player that he allegedly stopped a civil war.

We are talking about the great Brazilian football player Pele. Pele, who is not present among us today. He passed away at the age of 82. He was suffering from kidney and prostate ailments for some time.

What is the story of Pele?

Along with this, we will know what connection Pele had with India.

On October 23, 1940, a child was born to footballer Dondinio. He was named ‘Edison.’ The child was named after the scientist Thomas Alva Edison. This is because, at the time when the child was born, the electric bulb had reached the city. At the same time, the child’s parents were so overwhelmed by the bulb’s light that they named their child after the person who invented the bulb.

But there was a mistake while writing the name on the birth certificate, an ‘i’ was removed from the spelling, and the name was written. Edson. This is how the child was named Edson. Full name Edson Arantes do Nascimento. In Brazil, there was a trend of keeping long words like this. Along with this, he was also given the nickname Dico.

Edson was raised in poverty. Growing up watching his footballer father, Edson had also dreamed of playing football in his heart. His father also understood this. That’s why from childhood, he started training Edson. Edson used to play football earlier in his street. He didn’t have football because of poverty, Pele explains in his autobiography ‘Why Soccer Matters,

‘I can still see the first football of my life with my eyes closed. We used to make footballs out of socks. We used to borrow socks from the neighbor’s house. And used to create a ball by tying it. We used to race that ball with his friends by hitting it with his feet. We used to stay out of the house for hours happily and used to come back home late in the evening. After coming back, when we used to return those socks to the neighbors, those socks used to get a bit dirty. We didn’t have the actual ball. We were living in poverty, but we were happy.

At that time, the poverty situation was such that Edson used to work in a tea shop for extra money. But Edson continued to play football. His father was giving him continuous training. When he reached school, he was named Pele. There are many stories behind this name as well. Pele’s parents and friends used to call him by his nickname, Dicko. After some time, his family came to live in Bauru city of Sao Paulo. There he made some friends with whom he used to practice football.

‘Why Soccer Matters’ Edson explains,

‘According to my uncle George, there was a goalkeeper named Bille at the local football club team in Bauru, the same football club that Pele’s father played for. Bille was popular because of his excellent goalkeeping. At the same time, in childhood, Edson was made a goalkeeper in many matches. When he used to do good goalkeeping, people started saying that look. This is another Bille. Or people used to say in this way that it looks, he has started considering himself as a bill. When did this ‘Bile’ turn into ‘Pele’? It was not even known. No one even guessed about it.

Because of this name, he used to fight with his colleagues. He used to say that at least take my name correctly. So let’s put a comma on the name’s story and move forward with Pele’s story. From the streets, Pele’s football was now reaching the grounds of the cities and towns. In his teenage years, he used to play as an amateur for local teams like Sete de Setembro. Canto do Rio, and Sao Pollini. Pelé also participated in the youth championship of the state of São Paulo.

Football star Pele (AP Photo)

He also played for an indoor football team named Radium. There was hesitation in feeding him in many championships due to his young age. But after his excellent performance, everyone used to praise him. Pele used to say that all these things were instilling confidence in him. His performance in all these championships and minor matches was winning the hearts of the spectators and coaches. As a result, he started coming into the public eye.

Thousands of people were killed in these 21 years. Human rights were violated. Fundamental rights were crushed. However, Pele’s existence remained intact. His stardom remained. Pele paid a heavy price for this. He had to mortgage his consciousness.

Pele also has a story associated with India when he came to India.

In September 1977, a team came to Calcutta to promote American professional football, the ‘In New York Cosmos.’ She used to go from place to place all over the world to promote her league. She was used to playing friendly matches. There were players from many countries on this team. Pele also came with them. He was then 37 years old. After retiring, he played league football in America.

And his team, named New York Cosmos, had reached India while touring Asia. He had to play a friendly match with India’s famous football club Mohun Bagan. The atmosphere before the game was tremendous. According to newspapers and journalists of that time, there were slogans of Pele Zindabad at the airport, hotel, and stadium. Pele’s name and face were everywhere. Even on banners, posters, and health drinks. A large sign read:

Famous football writer and commentator Novi Kapadia wrote in his book Barefoot to Boots that the packed crowd of 80 thousand of people in Eden Gardens did not come only to see Pele’s magic. He also came because he considered himself his friend. A boy who grew up in poverty became a football legend. After this, Pele came to India again in 2015 for the Subroto Cup after 38 years. Met Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Sourav Ganguly, and AR Rahman.

In the year 2021 itself, Pele started getting treatment for cancer. Since then, he used to go out less. The doctors had advised him to rest. But his condition was getting worse. Recently, he was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo. Then on December 29, the news came from the hospital that Pele was no more in the world.

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