Pele's Influence in Soccer Essay

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Pelé Influences the Beautiful Game
Many people do not know that much about soccer. If asked about Pelé, almost everyone will say they have heard about him. Pele is one of, if not the most, influential persons to come along and change the game for the better forever. Professional soccer in the United States was not a huge attraction. In the United States, attendance to professional soccer games was well below all other major sport franchises. Average attendance to a New York Cosmos game for the years just before Pelé arrived from 1971 to 1974 was 4,540 people (NY Cosmos, Wiki). There was not that one spark or big name or attraction or marquee team or player to bring people to the stadiums to watch the sport. Once Pelé arrived on the NASL
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His father, also known as Dondinho, also played soccer and was a decent center forward before his career was stopped by a broken leg (Pelé bio, Gonzalez). He played for many different local club teams in Brazil and also had many indoor soccer achievements. It was not until he was a teenager that things would change for the better.
Playing soccer was Edson's passion and loved it more than anything. He played for multiple club teams when he was little. Teams he played for included Sete de Setembro, Canto do Rio, São Paulinho, and Amériquinha. When he was little, he also played Futebol de salão or indoor soccer. When asked about his playing days of indoor soccer, he had this to say.
"In my mid-teens I also played indoor football, which had just taken off in Bauru, for a team called Radium, and took part in the first futebol de salão championship to be held in Bauru. We won. Futebol de salão was a new thing and I took to it like a fish to water. It’s a lot quicker than football on grass. You have to think really quickly because everyone is close to each other. Learning the game probably helped me think on my feet better. It was through futebol de salão that I first got my chance to play with adults. I was about fourteen, and I can remember that there was a tournament for which I was told I was too young to take part. In the end, I was allowed to play. I ended up top scorer, with fourteen or fifteen goals. That gave me a lot of

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