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For us younger folks, Brazil soccer is great because that's how it's meant to be … we take that as a natural order of things, having grown up with the Brazilian soccer team's successes in the World Cups of the 1990s.
But the myth of Brazilian soccer was born a lot earlier, in times when soccer started to become a worldwide "plague" and there are a lot of people who attribute this internalization of soccer to the Brazilian team of the 50s, a team that was lead to success by one of the most preeminent figures in sports, the famous soccer player Pele.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele climbed a steep mountain from living his youth in a poor Brazilian family, to becoming one of the most beloved figures in the modern history of sports. His father was a footballer himself, playing for Fluminense in the Brazilian league and it was only natural that young Pele would follow his father's footsteps in the game.
He was not always known as Pele though. Rumor has it that this nickname was given to him in primary school, as he kept misspelling the name of one of his favorite players at that time, Vasco Da Gama's goalkeeper Bile.
His schoolmates cave him this new nickname and mostly made fun of him, so he obviously disliked it; so much that he punched the fellow classmate that coined the nicknamed. However, in time, he gradually became used to it and even started liking it and it was not long before everyone knew the soccer wonderkid as Pele.
Living in poverty, he could not afford soccer equipment, nor a soccer ball. He shined shoes for an extra coin that would help him and his friends stitch up a newspaper-filled sock to use as a football. He formed a team with his neighbors from the Sete de Setembro street and even participated in a youth tournament, where the team earned the nickname "the shoeless ones" because none of the kids could afford to waste their walking shoes (if any) on playing soccer.
A few years later, each member of the team worked hard for the extra money to get a proper pair of shoes and renamed their team to Ameriquinha. Participating in numerous youth tournaments with Ameriquinha, Pele made a name for himself at a tender age for his prowess in front of goal, becoming top scorer in almost all of these tournaments.
At the tender age of 15, he caught the eyes of one of the largest teams in Brazil, FC Santos, who offered him a contract and by 16 he was already a member of the senior squad. He spent almost his career at Santos, since European transfers were not that popular back, although the final 2 years of his career were spent at New York Cosmos, before Pele finally hung his boots.
Pele made his debut in the Brazilian soccer team in the same year he debuted at Santos' senior squad, when he was just 16 years old. Amazingly, he was taken on to the 1958 World Cup squad, at age 17, becoming the youngest player in the competition. He even scored a cruel goal in the quarterfinals against Wales, a goal which took Brazil past that stage and into the semis.
But Pele was saving the best for the final: meeting Sweden, he scored a magnificent goal, lobbing the ball past a defender and volleying it into the net, eventually winning the final for Brazil. After the match ended, the effort and the joy bundled up and the 17-year old Pele could not take it, passing out on the field and needing medical attention.
As a soccer player, Pele attended 3 more World Cups, between 1962 and 1970, winning the first and latter. He was the first player ever to score in 4 different World Cups and in 1970 he achieved a unique performance that boosted him to the heights of international soccer: he scored 1,000 official goals for club and country.
Although many dispute this record or try to bring it down, saying that soccer was not defensive or tactical back than as it is today (which is partly true), its merit of being a major stand pole on the international soccer stage between the mid 50s all the way to the late 70s should not be under. Named best soccer player in the world and athlete of the 20th century, Pele now acts as an ambassador for soccer and fair play.
Gordon Banks is generally considered to be not only the greatest ever English goalkeeper, but also one of the greatest goalkeepers who ever lived. It is not surprising then that the Gordon Banks retro shirt is one of the most popular retro England football shirts currently available.
Such was Banks’ ability between the goal-posts during his career that a popular English phrase was changed in his honor, to “Safe as the Banks of England.” He was also voted as the second best keeper of all time in a poll carried out by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics. So if you are looking at retro England football shirts to cheer on the boys in South Africa this year, then you should definitely consider getting a Gordon Banks retro shirt.
Below we look at two great retro England football shirts worn by Banks in consecutive World Cups.
Vintage goalkeeper shirt from 1966
Banks had only let in one goal during the World Cup before the final, which was actually a penalty taken by Eusebio, in the semi finals against Portugal. He then let in a further two goals during England’s historic 4-2 win against West Germany, in the final. This particular Gordon Banks retro shirt is the yellow England goalkeeper jersey worn by Banks during the tournament and really is a wonderful example of retro England football shirts from this era.
Retro goalkeeper shirt from 1970
Although Gordon Banks is probably best remembered for being part of the only England side to have won a World Cup trophy, he is also well known for a save he made in the World Cup finals in Mexico, some four years later. England were fancied to do well in the 1970 World Cup and they were drawn to play the other pre-tournament favourite, Brazil, in an early group match. This was the Brazil side, captained by Pele, who went onto win the World Cup that year.
During the match, Gordon Banks made a save from Pele, which is considered by many pundits to be the greatest ever save. Indeed, Pele himself said that it was the best act of goal-keeping he had ever witnessed. The goalkeeper shirt that he wore to make that save during the 1970 World Cup is a great looking Gordon Banks retro shirt, which is based around a deep blue jersey that has the three lions in a large white shield. These retro England football shirts really are a timeless classic, which just look great with a pair of jeans.
How much importance do you place of Motivation and Discipline in your quest for stardom in the world of professional sports, in particular Soccer/Football?
The competition for aspiring professional soccer/footballers all over the world has become even more intense now with the level of participation rates and professional leagues beginning to appear across more countries than ever.
Historically Professional Football has been dominated by Soccer/Footballers from Europe and South America. Over the last 5-10 ten years we have seen the emergence of many Soccer/footballers from many new continents and countries such as Africa, Asia, Middle East, Australia and even some of the smaller European and South American countries who previously have not offered to much.
What does this all mean for today’s Aspiring Professional Soccer/Footballer?
Well looking at it all from a bird’s eye view it seems that the competition for the very few professional places available in squads has significantly increased, adding to this the amount of distractions readily available to aspiring players today is at an all time high.
Distractions such as Internet sites like Facebook, MySpace, not to mention extravagant Cable TV, Computer games such PlayStations, Xbox, adding to this the lure of gangs, drugs and alcohol, which is becoming even more of a concern then in the past.
With all this in mind it is even more critical for an aspiring Soccer/Footballers that they address two very important factors of their character.
1. What is motivating them?
2. How disciplined are they?
What is motivation?
Motivation is something that keeps you going when you feel there is nothing left to give. Motivation is something that drives to the point of no return. For each aspiring Soccer/Footballer their motivation can be different. For some it may be the freedom from poverty for both themselves and their families. For others it may simply be the money and fame. Whilst for someone else it may be purely for the love of the game.
Whatever your motivation is, uncover it, understand it and use it to drive you against your competition.
What is Discipline?
Discipline is something you either have or you don’t. However beware, if you do not have it, get it as fast as you possibly can, for a player without discipline is destined to grace the amateur fields of football forever.
You achieve discipline by consistently working towards you goal. Regular training instead of watching TV. Training at the park on a Saturday morning’s instead of going to the shopping centre. Discipline is not a sometimes thing, it is a characteristic, a habit. If you are disciplined in your football you will be disciplined in your studies, your work life and everything else life throws at you.
With the competition for professional footballers at all time high, can you really afford not be motivated and disciplined when your competition is?
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