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Pelé in Amsterdam, 1981. | Photo credit: Fotopersbureau De Boer

January 5, 2023

Remembering Pelé’s Legacy and Global Impact on Soccer


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Soccer fans around the world are mourning the loss of Brazilian soccer legend Pelé who passed away Thursday at the age of 82. He was the face of the global game for decades and helped shape soccer into the “beautiful game.” JJ Devaney of the podcast “Caught Offside” joined Laura Barrón-López to look back at Pelé’s legacy.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who was Pelé?
  • Where and When did Pelé grown up?
  • What are some of the things Pelé will be best remembered for, according to this story?
  • Why is Pelé one of the best known soccer players in the sport’s history?
  • How will Pelé be remembered for his life outside of soccer?

Focus Questions

What do you think is the most important part of Pelé’s legacy?

Media Literacy: What else would you want to know about Pelé’s life and career? How would you find out?

Additional Exercise

Watch the video below about Argentina’s victory in last month’s World Cup and discuss: Why do people become so invested in their national teams in international competitions such as the World Cup or the Olympics?

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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PBS NewsHour Classroom

PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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