Pele

When Pelé set a record at the auction house

This day in football history (Christie’s) On 27 March 2002, the shirt worn by Pelé in the 1970 World Cup final sold at an auction for a record £157,750. The bid, placed by an anonymous telephone bidder, smashed the expected sale price, estimated by Christie’s auction house at a mere £50,000. The shirt still had grass …

When Plymouth rocked Santos and Pelé

This day in football history Pelé scoring a penalty against Plymouth On 14 March 1973, fresh off a defeat to Fulham two days earlier, Santos FC continued their England tour with a friendly against Third Division side Plymouth Argyle. And lost again. Controversy erupted before the Brazilian side even took the pitch. According to Argyle chairman Robert …

In Carlos Alberto’s most famous goal, soccer imitates art

The play’s the thing illustration by Emmanuel Polanco This essay was originally published in the first issue of Howler Aristotle defined the conventions of the perfect dramatic narrative in a tidy little handbook for playwrights called Poetics. This was back before Greece won the European Championship in 2004. It’s a dry read, but here’s the gist: All …

It’s Pelé’s birthday and he’s expecting a gift

This day in football history On 23 October 1940, Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born in Três Corações, Brazil. Better known as “Pelé,” he went on to become one of football’s first global superstars. He began his professional football career with Brazilian club Santos, for whom he played from 1956 to 1974. During that time, Santos …

A Fellow Professional

Decoding a decades-old photograph of my father by George Quraishi | photograph by Ed Clough As an action shot, it’s nothing special, just two men running toward the camera. Before them: a soccer ball. Behind them: a New York Yankees banner strung from the stadium’s iconic frieze. Beneath them: infield clay. The men carry equal weight, …

DT Exclusive: Every interview with Pele ever

Pele was recently in London, making sandwiches with Liverpool greats Robbie Fowler and Steven McManaman as part of a surreal campaign for a certain international fast food chain. As part of this event, he spoke to a number of journalists, giving him the opportunity to say the things he always says. This is every Pele …