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Pelé: “There Will Never be Another Pelé”

Pelé, one of the greatest players of all time recently sat down to talk about the state of football in South America, Brazil’s current crop of stars and how he sees the 2006 FIFA World Cup shaping up. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter recently said...

Pelé

Pelé is one of the first soccer players to achieve global acclaim. His name is regularly mentioned today, more than a quarter century after his retirement. Pelé started playing football as a boy in the slums of Tres Coracoes, Brazil. His father, Dondinho,...

David Beckham

David Beckham signed with Manchester United in July of 1991, at the age of sixteen. It took him about five years of playing on the youth squad, the reserves and on loan with Preston North End until he made it into the first team. By the 1998 season, Be...

Luís Figo

Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo was born on the 4th of November, 1972. He grew up in a modest family setting in Almada, the working-class district of Lisbon. Luís began his career Os Pastilhas, before joining Sporting Lisbon at the age of 11. As a youngst...

Pavel Nedved

Pavel Nedved was born in the town of Cheb near Prague, capital of former Czechoslovakia. Parents Vaclav and Ana raised Pavel along with his older sister and encouraged him to become an accountant. By the age of 19, Nedved debuted with Dukla Praga and less...

Ronaldo

Ronaldo was born Luis Nazario de Lima and grew up in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro. Inspired by his childhood hero Zico, he joined a youth club called Valqueire. There, Ronaldo played futsal or "futebol de salão". In the following few years, he took part...

Dream Team: Ajax 1970

Standing: 1.Heinz Stuy 3.Wim Suurbier 5.Ruud Krol 12.Horst Blankenburg 13.Barry Hulshoff (4 in earlier years) Squatting: 7.Johan Neeskens 15.Arie Haan 9.Gerry Mühren 14.Johan Cruyff 16.Johnny Rep 11.Piet Keizer (Captain) Starting formation (4-2-4)...

Dream Team: Bulgaria 1994

Standing: 10.Nasko Sirakov, 3.Trifon Ivanov, 9.Yordan Letchkov, 1.Bobi Mihailov (Captain), 6.Zlatko Yankov, 7.Emil Kostadinov, Dimitar Penev (head coach) Squatting: 20.Krasimir Balakov, 5.Peter Hubchev, 8.Hristo Stoichkov, 4.Tzanko Tzvetanov, 16.Ilian...

Dream Team: Brazil 1962

Standing: 2.Djalma Santos, 4.Zito, 1.Gilmar, 5.Zozimo, 6.Nilton Santos, 3.Jose Mauro and Casihing (doctor) Squatting: Americo (masseur), 7.Garrincha, 8.Didi, 19.Vava, 20.Amarildo and 21.Mario Zagallo Starting formation (4-3-3) Pele Vava...

Greatest Soccer Rivalries

Some of the most obscure clubs names in the game have devoted supporters who uphold intense and long-lasting rivalries. AS Roma vs Lazio In 1977, smaller groups of Roma fans assembled in what became known as CUCS or Commando Ultra Curva Sud. By the 2...
The Modern Era: FIFA

The Modern Era: FIFA

On the 21st of May 1904, representatives from seven European countries (France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland) met in Paris and formed the governing body called FIFA or Fédération Internationale de Football Association....

The Middle Ages: Calcio

Calcio is a ball game that originated around the 16th century in Florence, Italy. The game was initially known as "giuoco del Calcio fiorentino". The first official rules were published in 1580 AD by Giovanni Bardi. Calcio is played in teams of 27 using b...
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