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Soccer Players of the 1950's
Transcript of Soccer Players of the 1950's
Edson Arantes do Nascimento
He was born on October 23, 1940.
He was born in Tres Coracoes, Brazil.
He played the position as inside left forward.
His nickname was Pele.
He started his soccer career in 1956 with the Santos Football Club
He won several South American Clubs'.
In 1962, he also won the World Cup Championship, in addition to three World Cup Championships.
He was a South American Superstar who at the time was the world's most famous and highest-payed athlete when he played with a North American team in 1975.
In 1958, 1962, and 1970 he lead the Brazilian national soccer team to three World Cups.
He played in 1,363 matches and scored 1,282 goals in his career.
In 1958, it was his best season by scoring 139 times.
He was the 1978 person of the International Peace Award, and was named athlete of the Century in 1980.
Hendrik Johan Cryuff
Born on April 25, 1947 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Cruyff was first three-time European player of the year winner, in this winning career it brought him from Netherlands to Spain to the U.S
After his playing career was over he became a successful manger, he was named European player of the 20th century.
In 1969 he scored his 1000th goal.
He retired in 1974, but came back in 1975, after receiving a seven-million dollar contract for three years with the New York Cosmos.
He came out of retirement to "make soccer truly popular in the U.S.
Growing up near AFC Ajax stadium, he was introduced to the team offcials and joined the youth division at age 10.
His mother worked for the club 2 years after he joined the team, after her husband died of a heart attack.
Cryuff proved perfect for this method, he usually plays as a center-forward, he had speed and the intelligence to be good at whatever spot he played.
Ajax won 6 Dutch Championships three European cups and 2 UEFA Super Cups.
He became the first Dutch player to win the Ballon d'or Award as European Footballer of the year.
He moved to FC Barcelona after the new season started in 1973-74 and he quickly had lots of new fans by leading his team 5-0.