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  • Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Wednesday Oct 23, 1940

    Birth

    Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Wednesday Oct 23, 1940

    Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in 23 October 1940, in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil.




  • Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Sunday Jul 29, 1956

    Santos

    Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Sunday Jul 29, 1956

    In 1956, de Brito took Pelé to Santos, an industrial and port city located near São Paulo, to try out for professional club Santos FC, telling the directors at Santos that the 15-year-old would be "the greatest football player in the world."




  • Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Tuesday Aug 07, 1956

    Debut

    Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Tuesday Aug 07, 1956

    He made his senior team debut on 7 September 1956 at the age of 15 against Corinthians Santo Andre and had an impressive performance in a 7–1 victory, scoring the first goal in his prolific career during the match.




  • Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Sunday Jul 07, 1957

    Pele's International debut

    Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Sunday Jul 07, 1957

    Pelé's first international match was a 2–1 defeat against Argentina on 7 July 1957 at the Maracanã.




  • Stockholm, Sweden
    Sunday Jun 29, 1958

    1958 World Cup

    Stockholm, Sweden
    Sunday Jun 29, 1958

    On 29 June 1958, Pelé became the youngest player to play in a World Cup final match at 17 years and 249 days. He scored two goals in that final as Brazil beat Sweden 5–2 in Stockholm, the capital.




  • Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Ñuñoa, Chile
    Sunday Jun 17, 1962

    1962 World Cup

    Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Ñuñoa, Chile
    Sunday Jun 17, 1962

    When the 1962 World Cup started, Pelé was the best rated player in the world. In the first match of the 1962 World Cup in Chile, against Mexico, Pelé assisted the first goal and then scored the second one, after a run past four defenders, to go up 2–0. He injured himself in the next game while attempting a long-range shot against Czechoslovakia. This would keep him out of the rest of the tournament.




  • Aztec Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico
    Tuesday Jul 21, 1970

    1970 World Cup

    Aztec Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico
    Tuesday Jul 21, 1970

    Pele won World Cup 1970 against Italy 4-1


  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Sunday Jul 18, 1971

    Last International Match

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Sunday Jul 18, 1971

    Pelé's last international match was on 18 July 1971 against Yugoslavia in Rio de Janeiro.


  • New York, U.S.
    Thursday Jul 10, 1975

    To New York Cosmos

    New York, U.S.
    Thursday Jul 10, 1975

    Pelé retired from Brazilian club football although he continued to occasionally play for Santos in official competitive matches. Two years later, he came out of semi-retirement to sign with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL) for the 1975 season.


  • East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Saturday Oct 01, 1977

    Pele's Retirement

    East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.
    Saturday Oct 01, 1977

    On 1 October 1977, Pelé closed out his career in an exhibition match between the Cosmos and Santos.


  • Rome, Italy
    Monday Dec 11, 2000

    Player of the Century

    Rome, Italy
    Monday Dec 11, 2000

    FIFA Player of the Century was a one-off award created by FIFA to decide the greatest football playerof the 20th century, announced at the annual FIFA World gala, held in Rome on 11 December 2000. Diego Maradona and Pelé were joint winners of the award.


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