Sir Geoff Hurstn And Kylian Mbappe Lead Tributes To ‘Greatest Of All Time’ Pele

Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.

The three-time World Cup winner spent Christmas in hospital as his cancer worsened, while he also required treatment for heart and kidney problems.

Pele’s family confirmed he died on Thursday afternoon at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo.


Statement on social media:

“Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pele, who peacefully passed away today.

“On his journey, Edson enchanted the world with his genius in sport, stopped a war, carried out social works all over the world and spread what he most believed to be the cure for all our problems: love.

“His message today becomes a legacy for future generations. Love, love and love, forever.”

Kylian Mbappe was among those to swiftly pay tribute to the Brazilian, widely considered one of the greatest to ever play the game.

Tributes have been paid from the world of football and beyond after Brazilian icon Pele died aged 82.


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“The king of football has left us but his legacy will never be forgotten.” “RIP KING.”

England World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst posted:

“I have so many memories of Pele, without doubt the best footballer I ever played against (with Bobby Moore being the best footballer I ever played alongside).

“For me Pele remains the greatest of all time and I was proud to be on the the pitch with him. RIP Pele and thank you.”

Usain Bolt:

“A Sporting Legend. Rest in Peace King Pele.”

Gary Lineker:

“Pele has died. The most divine of footballers and joyous of men.

He played a game only a few chosen ones have come close to.

“3 times he lifted the most coveted gold trophy in that beautiful yellow shirt.

He may have left us but he’ll always have footballing immortality.”


“Before Pele, ‘10’ was only a number. I read this phrase somewhere, sometime in my life.

“But this phrase, beautiful, is incomplete. I would say that before Pele, football was solely a sport.

“Pele changed everything. He transformed football into art, into entertainment.

He gave voice to the poor, to black people, and most importantly: He gave visibility to Brazil.

“Football and Brazil elevated their status thanks to the King! He is gone, but his magic will stay.

“Pele is eternal!!”

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, became a global star when, aged 17.

He helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, forcing his way into the starting line-up by the knockout stages.

Wherever football is played, the name of Pele will be synonymous with it.


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Croatia defeat Brazil in penalty shootout to reach the World Cup semi-finals.

At the Education City stadium, tournament favourites Brazil were expected to sweep aside a Croatian team who had failed to score in half their games in Qatar to that point.

But in the first-half it was the underdogs who had the upper-hand, with the influential midfield of Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic controlling the play and stopping Brazil from creating anything.

That all changed after the break, with the South Americans much improved, though they were unable to break the deadlock thanks in large to Croatia keeper Dominik Livakovic.

Neymar was twice denied the chance to take the lead while Livakovic also made several great saves from Lucas Paqueta and Vinicius Jr.

Into extra-time, Brazil continued to press by Croatia continued to hold firm, with clear cut

chances few and far between, until Brozovic wasted a huge opportunity, blazing over from the edge of the box after some superb play from Bruno Petkovic.

And then, just as the first-half of extra-time was ending, Neymar played an incredible one-two with Paqueta before dancing round Livakovic and firing home from close range.

The 30-year-old’s goal means he has now gone level with the legendary Pele as Brazil’s all-time top scorer.


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Croatia responded in the dying minutes, with Petkovic’s deflected strike, his side’s only shot on target, finishing off a slick counter-attack.

That took things to a penalty shootout where young Rodrygo had Brazil’s first penalty saves while Croatia dispatched each of their spot-kicks past Liverpool No.1 Alisson.



Croatia vs Brazil XI: Team News, Injury Latest Possible Lineup

Brazil wil endeavour to keep their hopesbof lifti5 a record extending sixth world tittle alive  when they face Croatia in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Friday.

Brazil danced their way past South Korea in the last-16 as Neymar returned from injury,

and he showed no signs of being hampered by that ankle issue as he notched his 76th international goal.

Alex Sandro missed the match, and the group-stage defeat to Cameroon, with a hip injury,

and Tite insisted ahead of the South Korea tie that Brazil would be cautious with the left-back’s fitness.


“He hasn’t full recovered yet and we do not intend to take any risks.”

There is a chance he recovers though in time to face Croatia, and if he does it will likely be Danilo dropping out of the side.

Alex Telles, the other left-back in the squad, has already been ruled out for the rest of the tournament, along with Gabriel Jesus.

The other key decision comes in midfield, with Tite potentially wanting a bit more security against a Croatian side so talented on the ball.

Fred could come in alongside Casemiro, with Lucas Paqueta potentially the player to miss out.

Croatia:  Borna Sosa missed the win over Japan due to illness, having started all three of his side’s group-stage matches.

He should return to the starting lineup here, meaning Rangers’ Borna Barisic could have to settle for a place on the bench.


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The rest of the team largely picks itself, with Josko Gvardiol, one of the centre-backs of the tournament so far, partnering Dejan Lovren, and the key trio of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic lining up in midfield.

Who starts up front remains to be seen, with Bruno Petkovic starting against Japan but coming off after an hour having been extremely quiet.

Neither Ante Budimir or Marko Livaja were much better when they came on, the latter producing a woeful penalty in the shootout, so Zlatko Dalic could decide to place his faith in Petkovic again.

Dominik Livakovic was the star of that shootout, making three saves, and he is likely to be a busy man once again as he comes up against a Brazilian attack in fine form.

Predicted Croatia XI (4-3-3):



Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa;

Brozovic, Modric, Kovacic;

Kramaric, Petkovic, Perisic


Predicted Brazil XI (4-2-3-1):


Militao, Marquinhos, Silva, Sandro;

Casemiro, Paqueta;

Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius;


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Vinicius open the goal scoring as Brazil beat South Korea 4-1 and moved into the last eight.

The five-time world champions blitzed their opponents with a bewitching first-half display where they scored four times in 36 minutes.

Vinicius Junior steered home a lovely opener before Neymar moved to within one of Pele’s all-time record goal-haul for his country with a confident penalty on 13 minutes.


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Richarlison then scored one of the goals of the tournament when he juggled the ball with his head before surging on to a sensational return pass from Thiago Silva to slot home.

South Korea simply had no answer as they were continually exposed trying to deploy a positive game-plan and it was no surprise when Lucas Paqueta volleyed in the fourth.

Brazil took their foot off the gas in the second period but still went close through Raphinha before substitute Paik Seung-Ho struck a sensational consolation for the Koreans 13 minutes from time.

Brazil will now look ahead to Friday’s quarter-final clash with 2018 runners-up Croatia.




Brazil vs South Korea XI: Team News Possible Lineup

South Korea will aim to pull off yet another World Cup 2022 shock when they take on five-time champions Brazil today in last-16 showdown at Stadium 974.

Brazil skilful man Neymar is set to return to the squad for the clash with South Korea.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was injured during the Selecao’s opening win against Serbia with damage to his ankle, missing the rest of the group stage.

Tournament favourites Brazil, however, made it through Group G as winners even despite further injuries to both Danilo and Alex Sandro.

Manager Tite was afforded the luxury of resting players against Cameroon and is widely expected to return to his strongest lineup now the knockouts are underway.

Still, that came at a cost, with both Alex Telles and Gabriel Jesus ruled out of the tournament.


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Given the damage to Neymar’s ankle and his importance to the cause should Brazil progress,

it seems unlikely he would start, although merely having him back in the squad would be a major boost.

Tite on Sunday confirmed the forward is fit to play.

South Korea: there are no fresh injury concerns.

Hwang hee-Chan looks to be over his hamstring problem, scoring the winner against Portugal in dramatic fashion.


Brazil predicted XI:


Danilo, Silva, Marquinhos, Sandro;

Casemiro, Fred;

Raphinha, Paqueta, Vinicius Jr;



South Korea predicted XI:

Kim Seung-gyu;

Kim Moon-hwan, Kwon Kyung-won, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Jin-su;

Lee Jae-sung, Lee Kang-in, Jeong Woo-yeong;

Hwang In-beom, Son Heung-min, Cho Gue-sung.

Injury Blow For Arsenal As Gabriel Jesus Rules Out Of World Cup After Suffer Knee Injury.

Gabriel Jesus made his first start for Brazil match yesterday along side his team mate Gabriel Martinelli in a match that ended in shocked defeat to Cameroon.

Arsenal front man was replaced by Pedro at 64min of the match  before, Vincent Aboubakar header the winner in stoppage time

Gabriel Jesus will not be feature for Brazil’s World Cup campaign after he suffered a knee injury during game.

After the match Jesus complained of feeling pain in his right knee, an area that has caused him considerable trouble in the past.

Jesus underwent medical examinations this morning after which it has been determined,

according to Globo Esporte, he will not feature again in the tournament.


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The former Manchester City forward has had a galvanising impact on Arsenal’s attack since moving to the Emirates Stadium and thankfully

for Mikel Arteta his headline summer signing’s absence is unlikely to be long-term.

Arsenal are back in Premier League action on Boxing Day against West Ham and although that fixture is likely to come too soon for Jesus,

he is reported to be targeting a return in early January.

Brazil are also set to be without Manchester United’s Alex Telles, currently on loan at Sevilla, for the knockout stages after he too suffered a knee injury against Cameroon.

Telles’ setback is said to be more serious that Jesus – he left the field of play in tears last night – and is likely to be forced to undergo surgery.

Brazil, meanwhile, continue to sweat on the fitness of Neymar who hasn’t featured since he suffered an ankle injury in their first game of the tournament against Serbia.

Following the game against Cameroon, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar provided an update on the condition of Neymar and left-back Alex Sandro.


‘Regarding Neymar and Alex Sandro, we think we have time on our hands and there is a possibility.’

‘Let’s wait what their transition will be – they have still not started to train with the ball and it’s something they will do tomorrow.

‘It will be important to see how they respond to this new style, so depending on that, we will make a call.’

Head coach Tite had been hopeful that his star man would return in time for the last 16 but the chances of the PSG star featuring against South Korea appear to be fading.


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Cameroon defeated a Brazil side resting a host of regulars but still saw their World Cup campaign ended after an entertaining encounter at Lusail Stadium.

Vincent Aboubakar header the winner in stoppage time but his joy immediately turned to disappointment as he was given a second yellow card for taking his shirt off.

Cameroon had acquitted themselves well throughout as Bryan Mbuemo brought an outstanding save from Manchester City‘s

Ederson, deputising for Liverpool keeper Alisson, but Switzerland’s victory over Serbia ended the African team’s chances of reaching the last 16.


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With his side having already qualified after their first two games, Brazil coach Tite made 10 changes and Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli took

the chance to impress with a fine performance in which he was thwarted on several occasions by Cameroon keeper Devis Epassy.

The pre-tournament favourites finished top of Group G despite the loss and now meet South Korea in the knockout phase after their

dramatic late win against Portugal saw them edge out Uruguay, who beat Ghana, on goals scored.



Cameroon vs Brazil XI: Team News Possible Lineup

Brazil have already qualified as group winners, Cameroon hope for a victory should incase Switzerland and Serbia end their match in a draw.

Brazil nervously awaits to see what transpires with Neymar’s ankle.

Injured in the Selecao’s opening Group G win over Serbia, the 30-year-old is definitely out of

their final group game against Cameroon and faces a race against time to be fit for the knockouts.

Clearly, that is a major worry but manager Tite is at least afforded the opportunity to rotate on Friday.

Already through as group winners, plenty of changes are expected.

Ederson, Alex Telles, Fabinho, Bruno Guimaraes and Antony could all start, with Gabriel Jesus potentially replacing Richarlison up front.

Alex Sandro and Danilo are sidelined along with Neymar, however.


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Cameroon: Andre Onana has been sent home after a falling out with the management,

while captain Vincent Aboubakar has surely done enough to start following his brilliant goal against Serbia on Monday.

Devis Epassy will be expected to continue in goal for the Indomitable Lions.

Cameroon Possible Lineup:


Fai, Castelletto, N’Koulou, Tolo;

Anguissa, Hongla, Kunde;

Mbeumo, Aboubakar, Choupo-Moting


Brazil Possible Lineup:


Militao, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Telles;


Rodrygo, Guimaraes, Paqueta, Vinicius Jr;


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Brazil edged past Switzerland to reach the World Cup knockout stage.

An otherwise drab encounter was brought to life seven minutes from time as Manchester United midfielder Casemiro fired a first time effort into the far corner, leaving goalkeeper Yann Sommer standing.

Brazil backed up their opening victory over Serbia to top the group with maximum points and will guarantee top spot with a point against Cameroon in their final game.


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Tite’s men thought they had broken the deadlock after the hour mark when Vinicius Jr kept his composure to coolly stroke in, but the goal was ruled out for offside by VAR.

Switzerland had sat compact for much of the game and did not offer any attacking threat, failing to get a shot on target in the contest.

Murat Yakin’s thought they were going to escape with a point, but Casemiro’s moment of inspiration had Brazilian fans bouncing inside Stadium 974.




Neymar Sustained Ankle Injury Against Serbia And Set To Miss Brazil’s Final Group Matches

Brazil’s skilful man Neymar suffered ankle injury against Serbia clash and the PSG Wenger  expected to miss final two World Cup group matches together with full-back Danilo.

Neymar was forced off with a sprained ankle during Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia on Thursday

and appeared to be in tears as he watched the conclusion of the contest from the bench.

Selecao boss Tite said post-match he was ‘confident’ the 30-year-old will still have a role to

play but the favourites for the competition will have to navigate through their remaining group matches without their talisman.

In a further injury headache for Tite, full-back Danilo is also expected to miss the Switzerland

and Cameroon games with an injury of his own, hobbling through the final minutes of last night’s win.


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Team Doctor said:

‘Neymar and Danilo went through a MRI on Friday afternoon and we found ligament damage in the ankle of both of them.’

‘It is important to be calm and evaluate day by day.

The idea is to recover them for the rest of the competition.’

Real Madrid’s Eder Militao is expected to come into replace him. 39-year-old Dani Alves is another option.

Real Madrid starlet Rodrygo meanwhile is the favourite to replace Neymar in the starting XI, according to reports in Brazil.

Brazil take on Switzerland on Monday before closing their group campaign against Cameroon on Friday.

Neymar has struggled with ankle problems in the past and while his latest issue is a setback, Tite insisted on Thursday it is not a serious one.

He told a press conference: ‘We are confident that Neymar will continue playing in the World Cup.’

Brazil sealed victory over Serbia through a brace from Tottenham forward Richarlison,

justifying his selection with a sensational goal of the tournament contender.


‘I think this was an important victory with many wins in the same game. (In the first half) this wasn’t our normal standard.’

‘In the second half we repositioned people and we improved technique.

‘I had six, seven names to call (on) and, whoever I called, we would have had a great team.

‘Richarlison is fantastic. We see how he controls a ball, it goes up and he adjusts all his plans.’