"Money does not guarantee success." - José Mourinho

But it pays the bills.

"Good players never want to sit on the bench as substitutes." - Marc Overmars

Get in the game.

"A champion is someone who does not settle for that day’s practice, that day’s competition, that day’s performance. They are always striving to be better. They don’t live in the past." - Briana Scurry

Strive for greatness.

"The mistake is to imagine that perfection is possible when the very idea is unthinkable." - Luís Figo

Don’t think about perfect.

"I’ve taken challenges with the big risk that it can all go wrong. But that’s what I like and I’d rather do that than be safe all the time." - Ruud Gullit

Take risks and grow out of your comfort zone.

"Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string." - Pelé

Enthusiasm is contagious :)

Aug. 28, 1977 - Pelé played in his final non-exhibition game as Cosmos defeated Sounders, 2-1, for NASL championship

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The game was an offensive slugfest, with the teams combining for 55 shots (29 Cosmos, 26 Sounders). Although Pelé did not score in the New York Cosmos’ 2-1 Soccer Bowl win over the Seattle Sounders, it was his day all the same. After the final whistle blew and the trophy was presented, it was Pele that the new champions hoisted onto their shoulders and carried off to the cheers of a standing-room crowd of 41,270 at Civic Stadium.

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

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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 - Nearly 200,000 assemble at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro to see Uruguay vs. Brazil in World Cup final

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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. Brazil took the lead shortly after half-time through Friaça, but Juan Alberto “Pepe” Schiaffino equalized for Uruguay mid-way through the half before Alcides Ghiggia. hit the winning goal with just 11 minutes remaining in the match. The result is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in football history as Uruguay defeated Brazil 2 - 1. Uruguay also won the inaugural tournament back in 1930.

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"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pelé

Think I have to send you a reminder.

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

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The final was played in Solna, in the Råsunda Stadium; 50,000 people watched as the Brazilians went a goal down after four minutes. However Vavá equalised shortly afterwards and then put them a goal ahead before half time. In the second half Pelé outshone everyone, notching up two goals, including the first one where he lobbed the ball over Bengt Gustavsson then followed it with a precise volley shot. Zagallo added a goal in between, and Sweden managed a consolation goal.

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"If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn’t have given us arms." - Mike Ditka

Ditka’s school of logic.

June 22, 1986 - Argentina’s Diego Maradona scored the “Hand of God” goal

Argentina v England was a football match in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The game was held four years after the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom and was a key part in the already intense football rivalry between both nations. It was also a match which included two of the most famous goals in football history, both scored by Diego Maradona.

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June 21, 1970 - Pelé led Brazil to a 4-1 win over Italy in FIFA’s World Cup at Mexico

The 1970 FIFA World Cup was the ninth FIFA World Cup, the first World Cup tournament to be staged in North America, and the first held outside Europe and South America. It took place from 31 May to 21 June 1970 in Mexico. The Final match marked the first time that two former world champions met in a final; Italy had previously won the World Cup in 1934 and 1938, while Brazil won in 1958 and 1962. The tournament was won by Brazil, who claimed their third World Cup title by defeating Italy, 4–1 in the final. The victorious team led by Carlos Alberto, and featuring players such as Pelé, Gérson, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostão, is often cited as the greatest-ever World Cup team. They achieved a perfect record of wins in all six games in the finals, as well as winning all their qualifying fixtures.

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#ThrowbackThursdays

Pelé and Diego Maradona selected to the World Team Of the 20th Century, a team of soccer player chosen in 1998 and announced in the opening ceremony of 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Let the games begin.

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