Why Soccer Matters

Why Soccer Matters


Format
Hardcover
Price
$26.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780451468444
  • 304  Pages
  • Celebra
  • Adult

Overview

Soccer. Football. The beautiful game. The world’s most popular sport goes by many names, but for decades, fans have agreed on one thing: the greatest player of all time was Pelé. Now the legendary star, ambassador, and humanitarian shares a global vision for what soccer can accomplish. Now he shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time.

Before Messi, before Ronaldo, before Beckham, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimento—known simply as Pelé. A national treasure, he created pure magic with his accomplishments on the field: an unprecedented three World Cup championships and the all-time scoring record, with 1,283 goals in his twenty year career.

Now, with the World Cup returning after more than sixty years to Brazil—the country often credited with perfecting the sport—soccer has a unique opportunity to encourage change on a global level. And as the tournament’s official ambassador, Pelé is ready to be the face of progress.

For the first time ever Pelé explores the recent history of the game and provides new insights into soccer’s role connecting and galvanizing players around the world. He has traveled the world as the global ambassador for soccer and in support of charitable organizations such as Unicef, promoting the positive influences soccer can have to transform young men and women, struggling communities, even entire nations. In groundbreaking detail and with unparalleled openness, he shares his most inspiring experiences, heartwarming stories and hard-won wisdom, and he puts the game in perspective.

This is Pelé’s legacy, his way of passing on everything he’s learned and inspiring a new generation. In Why Soccer Matters, Pelé details his ambitious goals for the future of the sport and, by extension, the world.

Commemorative poster inside the jacket
Why Soccer Matters

Why Soccer Matters

Pelé, Brian Winter

Praise

“An engaging reflection on international football in the World Cup era. Pelé’s voice shines through…Provide[s] insight into the world’s most popular game through the eyes of its most revered figure.”—Kirkus Reviews

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4/3/14

A huge crowd turned out for Celebra’s launch event for Why Soccer Matters by international soccer superstar Pelé, who drew hundreds of fans to his April 1 appearance at the Fifth Avenue… Read more >

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