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Filling The Void: A Fitting Farewell

Revisit the last 90 minutes of Pelé’s World Cup career in the Final of the 1970 World Cup as he and Brazil take on Italy in the Estadio Azteca

Azteca by Ramsés Reyes is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Filling The Void: A Fitting Farewell

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The world at large is slowly starting to wake from its self-imposed slumber. Nations, states, cities, and towns everywhere are beginning their attempts at resuming life – whatever that may look like in a pre-vaccine COVID-19 world. For sports leagues around the globe, plans are already in place or currently being hammered out to resume competition. While details are still being discussed, negotiations are still being had, and logistical challenges are being addressed, we at The Turf are continuing our “Filling the Void” series. Since mid-March, we’ve been looking back on remarkable, historic, inspiring and noteworthy sports stories of days gone by.

You Know The Name

Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

Doesn’t ring a bell? You’d be forgiven if not, but I promise, you know him. He’s widely considered one of, if not THE, greatest soccer players ever. We all know him by a nickname he was given as a child:


There aren’t really enough superlatives when it comes to conversations surrounding the Brazil #10 and his talents on the pitch. Born in 1940, he announced his presence on the world stage as a 17 year old phenom in the 1958 World Cup. After not even appearing in Brazil’s lineup until the final game of the group stage, he would go on to score 6 goals in the tournament (one in the Quarterfinal, 3 in the Semifinal and 2 in the Final). Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 and were crowned champions. His performance in the tournament was the basis of the 2016 film Pele: Birth of a Legend.

His career is littered with highlights and records. From club level squads like Santos and the New York Cosmos to his storied history playing for his country, his name is forever linked with “The Beautiful Game”.

Today: 1970 World Cup Final – Brazil vs. Italy

This match would be the final one for Pelé in a World Cup. It’s not surprising that he would be a factor on the score sheet, netting a goal in the 18th minute with his head. He’d assist on two of the other goals for Brazil in the game as well. To this day, Pelé is the only player to have won a World Cup title three times.

See You Tomorrow. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Wash Your Hands.

Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports. He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career. Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor. Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way. Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United. His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

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