Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Pele's Curse Strikes Again

We all love Pele's pronouncements because after they are made the total opposite usually happens. Failing that, Pele just gets it plain wrong.

It was perfect timing when Pele announced his full support for Joseph "Sepp" Blatter on being re-elected as FIFA president during the current FIFA corruption crisis. That's when the writing was on the wall for Blatter! Subsequently, the beleaguered Blatter announced his resignation the next day.

Thank you Pele. You are the greatest!!

Pelé in Havana to see New York Cosmos face Cuba in a friendly on June 2, 2015. Pic: Enrique De La Osa/REUTERS

Reference (The Guardian)

Pelé backs Sepp Blatter’s re-election as Fifa president for fifth term

‘He’s a man who has been there for 25 years, you have to respect him’
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Pelé has welcomed the re-election of Sepp Blatter as Fifa’s president, despite the crisis surrounding the organisation. Blatter secured a fifth term in charge at Fifa’s annual congress in Zurich last week after seeing off the challenge of Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein. The 79-year-old faced calls to step down after the FBI arrested 14 Fifa executives and officials over “rampant and systemic” corruption allegations. However, Pelé backed Blatter’s re-election and believes his experience made the Swiss the only choice for the post.

“I was in favour. It was necessary because it is better to have people with experience,” Pelé said Sunday after arriving in Havana see a charity match. “He’s a man who has been there for 25 years [with Fifa], you have to respect him, it was an election.”

Pelé is in Cuba where he will watch his former club New York Cosmos play the national team at the Pedro Marrero Stadium in Havana on Tuesday. The match, which will make Cosmos the first professional American sports team in 16 years to play in Cuba, has been organised to mark the thawing of relations between the two countries.

The Brazilian club Mogi Mirim, who have the former Brazil and Barcelona star Rivaldo as president, have fired Pelé’s son Edinho as coach. The 44-year-old leaves the second division side just four matches into the league season.

Before joining Mogi Mirim, Edinho was one of the assistant coaches for Santos, the club where his father thrived in the 1960s. He briefly played for the club as a goalkeeper in the 1990s.

Edinho recently made headlines after being convicted in a money laundering case that involved a drugs gang. He is appealing a 33-year prison sentence.

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