PELE: The King of Soccer by Frank & Clare Gault

PELE: The King of Soccer

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This is literally the rags-to-riches story of Edson Arantes Do Nacimento (call him Pele when you shout Ole!). An indigent youth in his native Bauru, Brazil, Pele couldn't afford a soccer ball and had to settle for an old sock stuffed with newspaper. After hundreds of pick-up games he signed at fifteen to play for Santos, made Brazil's National Team a year later, and then sparked their World Cup squad when only seventeen. Twelve hundred goals later, Pele is still displaying his patented ""bicycle kick"" as he promotes soccer in the U.S. as a member of the New York Cosmos. Facile as in Futebol.

Pub Date: Nov. 28th, 1975
Publisher: Walker