Friday, June 1, 2016 at 1:00 PM – KHSU Homepage Segment: Pele
Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on great athletes and sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics.
With both Brazil (political and economic woes preceding the upcoming Olympic Games) and soccer in the headlines recently (Brazil’s early exit from the exciting Copa America tournament), we will look at Brazil’s Pele, voted 2nd behind only Muhammad Ali in the UK’s Independent newspaper assessment of the century’s greatest athletes. Though a public figure in Brazil and the world ever since he led Brazil to the 1958 World Cup as the youngest player ever to play in the World Cup at age 17, Pele has had to walk a difficult line in a country that has a complicated and ever-changing political history. Pele’s incredible personal story of extreme poverty, his rise to living myth status in the annals of Brazilian and world soccer, and his post-playing career, which ended almost 40 years ago in 1977, is a fascinating story.
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