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Why Soccer Matters Audiobook

Why Soccer Matters

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Soccer. Football. The beautiful game. The world’s most popular sport goes by many names, but for decades, fans have agreed on one thing: the greatest player of all time was Pelé. Now the legendary star, ambassador, and humanitarian shares a global vision for what soccer can accomplish. Now he shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time. Before Messi, before Ronaldo, before Beckham, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimento - known simply as Pelé. A national treasure, he created pure magic with his accomplishments on the field: an unprecedented three World Cup championships and the all-time scoring record, with 1,283 goals in his twenty year career.

Now, with the World Cup returning after more than sixty years to Brazil - the country often credited with perfecting the sport - soccer has a unique opportunity to encourage change on a global level. And as the tournament’s official ambassador, Pelé is ready to be the face of progress.

For the first time ever Pelé explores the recent history of the game and provides new insights into soccer’s role connecting and galvanizing players around the world. He has traveled the world as the global ambassador for soccer and in support of charitable organizations such as Unicef, promoting the positive influences soccer can have to transform young men and women, struggling communities, even entire nations. In groundbreaking detail and with unparalleled openness, he shares his most inspiring experiences, heartwarming stories and hard-won wisdom, and he puts the game in perspective.

This is Pelé’s legacy, his way of passing on everything he’s learned and inspiring a new generation. In Why Soccer Matters, Pelé details his ambitious goals for the future of the sport and, by extension, the world.

©2014 Pelé, Brian Winter (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

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    "Inspiring & full of love!"

    A heart warming story about the influence of soccer in Pele's life. I highly recommend for every soccer fan!

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    K. Eagan new york 04-07-16
    K. Eagan new york 04-07-16 Member Since 2016

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    A great book, with a great story written by a true legend!

    Would highly recommend.

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    Courtney Chapman Bozeman, Mt, US 03-27-16
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    He touched on so many different topics which resonate with my life and my world views and discusses those topics intelligently.

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    "A beautiful story..."

    Pele created the term "The Beautiful Game" so it is fitting his book is such a beautiful story. Filled with stories, anecdotes and an extraordinary history of football. This book is beautifully written and wonderfully narrated.

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    What did you like best about Why Soccer Matters? What did you like least?

    A well interwoven personal story with some Brazilian history and Soccer stories. He is often boastful. But it is still a fun listen, especially when I listened during the 2014 World Cup games.


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    Kimball Eakle Denver CO 06-02-14
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    "Great Insight on Brazilian Soccer"
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    As My first audiobook that I've listened too, this one got me hooked. Whether you are a soccer fan or not, this is a great book to listen too.


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