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  • Pele - 1958 FIFA World Cup

    Alhough injured, Pelé arrived in Sweden thanks to his colleagues who insisted upon his selection. His 1st match was against the USSR in the 3rd match of the 1st round of the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where he gave the assist to Vavá's second goal. He was the youngest player of that tournament, and at the time the youngest ever to play in the World Cup. He scored his 1st World Cup goal against Wales in the quarter-finals, helping Brazil advance to semifinals, while becoming the youngest ever World Cup goalscorer at 17 years and 239 days. Pelé scored a hat-trick against France in the semifinal, becoming the youngest in World Cup history to do that.

    On 19 June 1958 Pelé became the youngest player to play in a World Cup final match at 17 years and 249 days. He scored 2 goals in the final as Brazil beat Sweden 5–2. His 1st goal where he flicked the ball over a defender before volleying into the corner of the net, was selected as one of the best goals in the history of the World Cup. Following Pelé's 2nd goal, Swedish player Sigvard Parling would later comment; "When Pelé scored the 5th goal in that Final, I have to be honest and say I felt like applauding". He finished the tournament with 6 goals in 4 matches played, tied for 2nd place, behind record-breaker Just Fontaine, and was named best young player of the tournament.

    It was in the 1958 World Cup that Pelé began wearing a jersey with number 10. The press of the time cataloged Pelé as the greatest revelation of the 1958 Cup who was also given retroactively the Silver Ball as the 2nd best player of the tournament, behind Didi.

    Pele - 1962 FIFA World Cup

    This was expected to be Pelé's World Cup, as he was the best player in the world at the time. In the 1st match of the 1962 World Cup, against Mexico, Pelé assisted the 1st goal and then scored the 2nd one, after a run past four defenders, to go up 2–0. He injured himself while attempting a long-range shot against Czechoslovakia. This would keep him out of the rest of the tournament, and forced coach Aymoré Moreira to make his only lineup change of the tournament. The substitute was Amarildo, who performed well for the rest of the tournament. However, it was Garrincha who would take the leading role and carry Brazil to their 2nd World Cup title.

    Pele - 1966 FIFA World Cup

    The 1966 World Cup was marked, among other things, for the brutal fouling on Pelé, by the Bulgarian and Portuguese defenders. Pelé was the most famous footballer in the world, and Brazil fielded some world champions like Garrincha, Gilmar and Djalma Santos with the addition of other stars like Jairzinho, Tostão and Gérson, leading to high expectations for them. Brazil was eliminated in the 1st round, playing only 3 matches. Pelé scored the 1st goal from a free kick against Bulgaria, becoming the first player to score in three consecutive FIFA World Cups, but due to his injury, a result of persistent fouling by the Bulgarians, he missed the 2nd game against Hungary. Brazil lost that game and Pelé, although still recovering, was brought back for the last crucial match against Portugal for which the Brazilian coach, Vicente Feola, panicked. He changed the entire defense, including the goalkeeper. In the attack, he maintained Jairzinho and substituted the other two players. In the midfield, he returned to the formation of the 1st match, even knowing that Pelé was still recovering from his serious injuries. In that game João Morais brutally fouled Pelé, but was not sent off by referee George McCabe, of whom it is acknowledged let "the Portuguese get away with murder". Pelé had to stay on the field limping for the rest of the game, since substitutes were not allowed at that time. After this game he vowed he would not play again in the World Cup, a decision he would later change.

    Pele - 1970 FIFA World Cup

    Pelé was called to the national team in early 1969, he refused at 1st, but then accepted and played in 6 World Cup qualifying matches, scoring 6 goals. The 1970 World Cup in Mexico was to be Pelé's last.

    The front five of Jairzinho, Pelé, Gerson, Tostão and Rivelino were all number 10s in their own right; but it was Pelé who ended up having a central role in Brazil's way to the final. In the 1st match, against Czechoslovakia, Pelé gave Brazil a 2–1 lead, by controlling Gerson's long pass with his chest and then scoring. Brazil went on to win the match, 4–1. In the 1st half of the match against England, Pelé nearly scored with a header that was spectacularly saved by Gordon Banks. In the 2nd half, he controlled a cross from Tostão before flicking the ball to Jairzinho who scored the only goal of the match.

    Against Romania, Pelé scored the 1st goal with a bending free kick. Later in the match he scored again to make it 3–1. Brazil won by a final score of 3–2. In the quarterfinals against Peru, Brazil won 4–2, with Pelé assisting Tostão for Brazil's 3rd goal. In the semi-finals, Brazil faced Uruguay for the 1st time since the 1950 World Cup final round match where they lost. Jairzinho put Brazil ahead 2–1, and Pelé assisted Rivelino for the 3–1.

    Brazil played Italy in the final, with Pelé scoring the opener, with a header over Italian defender Tarcisio Burgnich. He then made assists on Jairzinho's and Carlos Alberto's goals, the latter one coming after an impressive collective play with Pelé making a blind pass which fell perfectly into the path of Carlos Alberto who struck the ball without breaking stride to score. Brazil won the match 4–1, keeping the Jules Rimet Trophy indefinitely, and Pelé received the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament. Burgnich, who marked Pelé during the final, was quoted saying "I told myself before the game, he's made of skin and bones just like everyone else — but I was wrong".

    Pelé's last international match was on 18 July 1971 against Yugoslavia in Rio de Janeiro. With Pelé on the field, the Brazilian team's record was 67 wins, 14 draws and 11 losses. Brazil never lost a match while fielding both Pelé and Garrincha.

    Pele - FIFA World Cup Detail Statistics

    Pele played in 14 matches, won 12, with 1 draw and 1 loss... while scoring 12 goals!

    FIFA World Cup™
    Edition Venue Date Match Stage
    1970 Mexico City 21/06/1970 Brazil BRA 4:1 (1:1) ITA Italy Final
    1970 Guadalajara 17/06/1970 Brazil BRA 3:1 (1:1) URU Uruguay Semi-finals
    1970 Guadalajara 14/06/1970 Brazil BRA 4:2 (2:1) PER Peru Quarter-finals
    1970 Guadalajara 10/06/1970 Brazil BRA 3:2 (2:1) ROU Romania Group matches
    1970 Guadalajara 07/06/1970 Brazil BRA 1:0 (0:0) ENG England Group matches
    1970 Guadalajara 03/06/1970 Brazil BRA 4:1 (1:1) TCH Czechoslovakia Group matches
    1966 Liverpool 19/07/1966 Portugal POR 3:1 (2:0) BRA Brazil Group matches
    1966 Liverpool 12/07/1966 Brazil BRA 2:0 (1:0) BUL Bulgaria Group matches
    1962 Vina Del Mar 02/06/1962 Brazil BRA 0:0 TCH Czechoslovakia Group matches
    1962 Vina Del Mar 30/05/1962 Brazil BRA 2:0 (0:0) MEX Mexico Group matches
    1958 Solna 29/06/1958 Brazil BRA 5:2 (2:1) SWE Sweden Final
    1958 Solna 24/06/1958 Brazil BRA 5:2 (2:1) FRA France Semi-finals
    1958 Gothenburg 19/06/1958 Brazil BRA 1:0 (0:0) WAL Wales Quarter-finals
    1958 Gothenburg 15/06/1958 Brazil BRA 2:0 (1:0) URS Soviet Union Group matches

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