Brazil set to celebrate 19th November as King Pele Day

Brazil have made a bold and historic move as they have declared that 19th November from now on will be declared as King Pele Day in the honour of the football legend.

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Every year on November 19, Brazil celebrates a national holiday known as "King Pele Day," honoring the day in 1969 when the legendary soccer player scored what he believed to be his 1,000th goal of a career. Additional Football News

According to a statement issued by the Brazilian government on Tuesday, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a law authorizing the country to pay tribute towards the three-time World Cup winner. At the age of 82, the legendary Brazilian soccer player passed away on December 29, 2022.

Although several soccer historians doubt whether that was Pele's 1,000th goal of his career, the celebration date is commemorated on the day he scored from the spot with a penalty in a 2-1 victory over Vasco da Gama inside the Maracana Stadium in 1969.

Pele told journalists on the field during the goal celebrations that Brazil needs to do a better job of raising its children. This was one of his rare political remarks. At that time, the country of South America was ruled by a regime of military rule that lasted from 1964 until 1985. Celeste Arantes, Pele's mother, passed away last week at her elderly age of 101.

Former Sports reports and now Congressman Sen. Jorge Kajuru spoke about this historic day as he said, “This is an acknowledgment that is more than deserved for one of the most important and influential people not only in Brazilian soccer, but in world sports.”

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In the last Group D match of the day, Brazil and Colombia drew 1-1 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. It managed to qualify as runners-up for the quarter finals despite a draw. Costa Rica overcame Paraguay in the other Group D match to narrowly avoid elimination and advance to the quarterfinals.

Next up, on July 6 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, Brazil will play Uruguay, the winners of Group C. Vinicius Junior was given a yellow card caution earlier today in Brazil's encounter against Colombia. As a result, he will miss the quarterfinal encounter, which will be a major setback for the team.

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