Pelé – soccer star

Pelé has been in the news recently for selling his lifetime sports collection, including World Cup trophies. There’s also been a major biographical drama film just released – Pelé: Birth of a Legend.

Who is Pelé? He is one of the greatest soccer stars of all time. A Brazilian, he was born in São Paulo state in 1940. He played for the Brazilian National Team at age 16 and won his first FIFA World Cup in 1958 while still a teen – then went on to win two more: 1962 (age 22) and 1970 (age 30).

Pelé is one of the notable figures in world soccer with great name recognition in the United States, and helped popularize the sport even after his retirement in the late 1970s.

For general information on him, his Wikipedia article is a good place to start.

The library has a number of Pelé-related materials.

On Hoopla video, you can watch The King of Football: An Unauthorized Story on Pelé
Pelé was a phenomenal athlete who brought class and finesse to the game. Brazil is synonymous with the world game, and it is this passion that has produced some of the world’s best players. But here is only one man who is known as the King of Football.

We have one of Pelé’s books in the Sports Neighborhood:

Why Soccer Matters by Pelé, with Brian Winter

Soccer. Football. The beautiful game. The world’s most popular sport goes by many names, but for decades, fans have agreed on one thing: the greatest player of all time was Pelé. Now the legendary star, ambassador, and humanitarian shares a global vision for what soccer can accomplish. Now he shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time. Before Messi, before Ronaldo, before Beckham, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimento-known simply as Pelé. A national treasure, he created pure magic with his accomplishments on the field: an unprecedented three World Cup championships and the all-time scoring record, with 1,282 goals in his twenty year career.

Soccer is alive and well this summer! Follow on general media like ESPN FC or go straight to the sources:  MLS (United States), UEFA (Europe), FIFA (international), the Olympics, Liga Mx (Mexico) and Copa America Centenario (North and South American clubs).

image from Wikipedia

Matt Pettit

Matt is a Public Service Specialist for the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. His areas of responsibility include outreach library services to nursing homes, senior, retirement and congregate living centers; service to homebound library users; the Kansas Talking Books service; Book Group in a Bag program and the history and sports neighborhoods of the library’s nonfiction collection.