Brazil 2-0 USSR, 1958
Young Pele knew how to make a first impression. He scored four goals in his unofficial debut for Santos. He scored one goal in his official debut for the club, was the victim of a goalkeeper, very much staring at his fortune through the prism of half-filled glass, and later created a calling card to become Pelé’s first ever goalkeeper. announced his status as a keeper who conceded a goal. He scored within minutes of making his first Brazilian appearance in his cap. But the real harbinger was his third group match for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup. Some of the Brazilian coaching staff thought it was too cool, but Pele and Garrincha stood on the sidelines as their team beat Austria and he drew 0-0 with England. Choice Scoreless in a World Cup match. That relative failure was enough to force the hand of coach Vicente Feora. He brought in an inexperienced duo and 40 seconds later Garrincha hit the post. A minute later, so did Pele. Woodwork wasn’t the only one to be rattled, as one of the pre-tournament favorites, the Soviet team, was so upset that they sent a goal to Vavá after another 60 seconds. Gabriel Hanno, L’Equipe journalist and founder of the European His Cup, called it “his best three minutes in the history of football”. It’s also the most groundbreaking given what Pele and Brazil will do in the coming decades.
Brazil 5 – 2 Sweden, 1958
Pele did not win the 1958 Brazil World Cup alone. Baba, Didi and Garrincha would have something to say about it. He scored the only goal of the quarter with a furious chest and volley against Wales. He scored a hat-trick in the semi-final against France, juggling and volleying into the bottom corner. He scored his two goals in the final against Sweden, including a precocious flick over Bengt Gustavsson’s confused head and his volley. Had another shot not hit the post, he would have celebrated another hat-trick. At 17 and he’s 249 days, he still wins the World Cup and France’s new hero of 2018 Kylian at 19 He’s the youngest player to score in Mbappe’s final , are clearly older by comparison. He was also the last to score a hat-trick for Brazil in the final.
Benfica 2-5 Santos, 1962
Pele quickly set records at the 1962 World Cup. In Brazil’s first game, against Mexico, he took a straight line between the point where he received the ball and the goal, beat six Mexican players and the keeper to score, showing very rare speed, power, Showed a combination of skills. at that time. Sadly, his groin crumbled in his second match against Czechoslovakia, ending his tournament. But 1962 was the year that marked the highlight of his career. Intercontinental After the first leg of his cup, his South American champions Santos narrowly led European opponents Eusebio’s Benfica with his 3–2 lead. In the second leg in Lisbon, Benfica was confident of getting his job done. When the Santos came to town, they found a banner declaring the host “World Champion!” (A tinge of Brazilian arrogance before the 1950 World Cup decider against Uruguay, the fiasco little Pele promised to take revenge on his distraught father one day.) Two other breathtaking slaloms of grace and pace when routed at -2. Pele remembers the performance as “the best game of his career” and “a piece of football art that will never be forgotten”. Certainly in his autobiography, he worked under the impression that he earned his four points, but he more than earned his creative license, and the overall point stands .
Brazil 1-3 Portugal, 1966
…our hero got kicked at Goodison Park like an old sock. Pele’s knee was hit hard by Portuguese defender João Morais, the champions are out of the group stage and Pele’s retirement from international competition announced. “In Europe, the new style of play is favored,” said Brazilian medical adviser Dr. Hilton Gosling. “I don’t think it will bring as much joy to the public as we have tried in the last eight years. It seems inevitable that we will have to be more physical than technical.” What happened next wasn’t half the story without it.
Brazil 4 – 1 Italy, 1970
Pele quickly withdrew, but was considered a failed flush entering the Mexico 70. Anyway, the team by his coach João Saldanha. A former player-turned-journalist, Saldanha was a left-field appointee and somewhat eccentric. When he announced that Pele had been blinded and should be dropped, fought for selection with the tyrannical president Emilio Medici, and was criticized in the press by his predecessor Doríbal, Yustrich said he would take a loaded pistol. went looking for him in the hotel lobby armed with Saldanha, who pushed his luck with spectacular style, was quickly replaced by Mario in his Zagallo, Pele returned and the rest halfway from his line to a near miss against Czechoslovakia, Bobby in his match with Moore. Hugs, the Uruguayan keeper was his Ladislao his Mazurkiewicz evasion. semi- is a graceful history. The piece of resistance, of course, was the final against Italy, where 5-foot-8 Pele dove into thin Aztec air to score the first goal, then become the biggest assist in history, and a mid-flight Carlos Pele. A blind pass rolled into Alberto’s path. just soThe very moment football exploded into a glitzy Technicolor riot and is still the greatest moment of all World Cups. Brazil 4, New European Style 1.
New York Cosmos 2-1 Santos, 1977
…our hero went to the land of opportunity and became the world’s first truly global superstar, winning the 1977 NASL Championship in the New York Cosmos and scoring a 30-yard free goal before live on ABC Television with ” Love love love”. In his final game against his old team, he hangs around Studio 54 in a white suit. Welcome all kings. love love love.