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Franz Beckenbauer (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)


  • 1940 – born in Tres Coracoes, Brazil
  • 1950 – begins playing for local team Bauru Athletic Club, where his father was a coach
  • 1956 – transferred to Santos, scores on his debut against Corinthians; finishes the season as top scorer with 32 goals
  • 1957 – scores on his debut for Brazil against Argentina
  • 1958 – at 17, becomes the youngest ever World Cup winner in Sweden; scores twice in the final (5-2 versus Sweden)
  • 1962 – misses the World Cup through injury but helps Santos to World Club Cup crown
  • 1969 – scores his 1000th first-class goal, a penalty against Vasco de Gama
  • 1970 – inspires Brazil to win the Jules Rimet trophy for the third time in Mexico
  • 1971 – makes his 111th and final appearance for Brazil against Yugoslavia
  • 1974 – plays his final game for Santos against Ponte Preta
  • 1975 – comes out of retirement to appear for New York Cosmos in NASL
  • 1977 – retires after helping Cosmos win a third successive Soccer Bowl plays one half each for Santos and Cosmos in an emotional testimonial match

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Pele is revered around the world not only for his extraordinary talent, but also for his sportsmanship and his unfailing respect for the game of football and those who play it. To his exceptional athletic gifts, such as deceptive strength and a powerful spring, Pele added courage, sublime control and a touch of fantasy that made him both a feared opponent and a hero to football fans around the world. If Brazil's World Cup winning team of the 1970 is widely regarded as the greatest ever, Pele's contribution surely represents the "beautiful game" at its most captivating, displaying the grace and imagination that have become part of football legend.


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