#ThrowbackThursdays

Two Champions.

Muhammad Ali embraces Pelé after the Brazilian stars final game of his career at Giants Stadium on October 1st, 1977.

Nov. 19, 1966 - Pelé scored the 1,000th goal of his 13-year professional career

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This was a highly anticipated moment in Brazil. It was a major milestone in an illustrious career that included three World Cup championships. The goal, called popularly O Milésimo (The Thousandth), occurred in a match against Vasco da Gama, when Pelé scored from a penalty kick, at the Maracanã Stadium. Eighty thousand adoring fans cheered him wildly, even though Santos was the opposing team.

Must watch 3 min. video of Pele’ 1000th goal:

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"I use discipline and focus as my greatest weapons, without them I would be nothing." - Lyoto Machida

July 17, 1994 - Brazil defeated Italy, 3-2, on penalty kicks to win the FIFA World Cup

The 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in nine cities across the United States from 17 June to 17 July 1994. The United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on 4 July 1988. Brazil became the first nation to win four World Cup titles when they beat Italy 3–2 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0–0 after extra-time, the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties.

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July 16, 1950 - Crowd of 199,854 assemble ‪in Rio de Janeiro to watch World Cup

The largest crowd in sports history assembled as 199,854 people watched Uruguay vs. Brazil in the 1950 FIFA World Cup Final at Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Uruguay won the World Cup by defeated Brazil 2 - 1. Uruguay also won the inaugural tournament back in 1930.

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"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pelé

"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pelé

"I admire the qualities of being humble and honest. Treat everyone the way you like to be treated." - Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva

"I admire the qualities of being humble and honest. Treat everyone the way you like to be treated." - Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva

June 29, 1958 - Brazil defeated Sweden 5-2 in the World Cup

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Pelé, at age 17, scored a goal in the game.

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June 10, 1975 - Pelé signed a three-year contract with the New York Cosmos

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Though well past his prime at this point, Pelé is credited with significantly increasing public awareness and interest in soccer in the United States. He led the Cosmos to the 1977 NASL championship, in his third and final season with the club.

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"I don’t think strength plays that big of a difference. If it’s that big of a difference then the elephant would be the king of the jungle, not the lion." - Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva

"I don’t think strength plays that big of a difference. If it’s that big of a difference then the elephant would be the king of the jungle, not the lion." - Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva

"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pelé

"The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning." - Pelé

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