Pelé: A Biography

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 16, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 187 pages

Pelé is not simply an extraordinarily talented athlete who achieved incredible success on the soccer field; his performances inspired millions of soccer fans as well as individuals outside the sport around the world. During the peak of his career, Pelé was arguably the most famous person in the world—at a time when there was no Internet or social media to help build sweeping international awareness of a pop star.

This work is the most up-to-date examination of Pelé's life, covering his personal history from childhood, his star-studded career as a multi-time World Cup champion playing for Brazil, his experiences in the United States playing for the New York Cosmos, as well as Pelé's more recent, current, and future activities as ambassador for Brazil when it hosts the World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016. All readers—ranging from the completely uninitiated who do not even recognize Pelé's name, to die-hard soccer fans and players—will gain a full appreciation of the greatest soccer player of all time.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Early Life
1
Chapter 2 Early Fame
15
Chapter 3 The Biggest Star in Brazil
33
Chapter 4 World Cup 1962
45
Chapter 5 Marriage Problems and Super Fame
55
Chapter 6 World Cup 1966
65
Chapter 7 More Than a Soccer Player
77
Chapter 8 1000 Goals
89
Chapter 10 Easing into Retirement
115
Chapter 11 Gentleman Businessman
129
Chapter 12 New York New York
141
Chapter 13 Cosmos II Retirement II
155
Chapter 14 The Rest of the Story
165
Pelé Quick Facts Professional History Notable Goals and Individual Worldwide Honors
175
Bibliography
179
Index
181

Chapter 9 World Cup 1970
101

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About the author (2014)

Lew Freedman is a veteran journalist who has authored 60 books—primarily about sports and Alaska—and won more than 250 journalism awards.

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