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Pele: The Brazilian team that won the 1970 World Cup remains the biggest



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It can flood a country with hope. This can cause residents to temporarily forget their daily misery. Famous victory stories passed down from generation to generation.

For countries that are less blessed with football and genealogical talents, these teams may come once in a generation. For others, like five-time World Cup winners Brazil, they come a little more regularly.

But despite the many great teams that have worn the famous yellow shirts, there is one in particular that still shines the brightest.

All conquering sides in Mexico 1970 featured Pele, Jairzinho, Gerson, Tostão, Rivellino and Carlos Alberto, Brazil’s ‘Eternal Captain’ and goalscorer who were arguably the biggest goals in the history of the World Cup final.

It was the last goal scored at the World Cup – the fourth in Italy’s 4-1 hammer in the final – and the one symbolizing Joga Bonito (Play Beauty) a mantra that has long been synonymous with Brazil.

Nine out of 10 field players have a role in goal creation, ending with Pele’s pass to the fast moving Alberto, who throws the ball into the bottom corner.

Enchanting Brazil

“We won the World Cup and I think in my life in sports, (that is the highlight), no doubt,” Pele told Don Riddell of the CNN Sport team in a 2016 interview.

“I said: ‘Santos is a champion, I will retire,'” Pele remembers before Mexico 1970. “Then I said: ‘No, I will play the World Cup. This will be my last World Cup, maybe God will give me one more prize to play well. ‘”

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It would be fair to say his prayers were answered.

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the 1970 World Cup finals and looking back at the tournament there may be a sense of nostalgia too. The World Cup was the first broadcast around the world in color, making the bright yellow shirt even more enchanting.

It might also be a victory for those we now refer to as ‘soccer purists’; Brazil Jogo Bonito against Italian catenaccio, a highly organized and defensive-minded system that defines Italian football for decades.

“When I was a child, my father would have talked about that extraordinary team,” former goalkeeper Dida, who was also a World Cup winner in 2002, recently told Don Riddell of CNN Sport.

“A team that has never been seen before, a team that will win easily because they are the best of all players – and among them there is one who makes all the difference in the world, Pele.

Brazilian striker Jairzinho was arrested after the Brazilian victory.

“In my opinion, he is number one in the world, the strongest player we have ever had. He has proven it, scoring more than 1000 goals. The 1970 team is the strongest ever owned by Brazil.”

Dida was born three years after the 1970 World Cup victory, but the stories told by his father made the players also heroes.

Long before YouTube and streaming services made even the most obscure reserve league available worldwide, the 1970 World Cup was the first opportunity for many to see these superstars in action.

None of Brazil’s squad is playing club football outside their country, so the world is watching in awe as these alien faces rip off their opponents.

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The point of all of that, of course, is Pele.

The forward Santos is operating from a little deeper on the front line of four people, when head coach Mário Zagallo tries to accommodate most of the Brazilian striker’s talents.

Pele scored two goals and helped another one in the final against Italy.

“When I was under my 20s, I almost met him [Pele] but that didn’t happen so I became disappointed, “Dida remembers her desperation to meet her hero.” But then I finally had the chance and really great emotion to hold her, feel it, talk to her.

“It feels amazing to see an idol so close. This is a great opportunity in my life.”

‘Another level’

Dida was part of the Brazilian World Cup winning squad in 2002, another team that is considered by many to be one of the greatest ever on the world stage.

The trio of attackers Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho are among the most feared in history, but for Dida it is still no match for the 1970 team.

“They are above all, another level,” he said. “I know football has changed but they will definitely win with the same conditions today and Pele will score.

“It definitely ranks first [in Brazil’s greatest teams]. They will do things easily and calmly. Not because his opponent is weak, but the talent that the team has to improvise is very impressive. “

There have been great Brazilian teams since then. The South American country has won two more World Cups, not the least, but for many Brazilians the 1970 side continued to hold a place in the heart higher than the others.

Pelé dribbled past Italian defender Tarcisio Burgnich, who then praised the Brazilian star.

It was one of the one-in-one-generation teams – even for a country blessed with football talent like Brazil – that even made the opposition cry out.

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“I told myself before the match, he was made of skin and bones like everyone else,” Italy defender Tarcisio Burgnich said about Pele after the final. “But I was wrong.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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