Pele was the star of the NASL in the 1970’s and brought a huge focus to the game in the US.
He help bring big name players from other countries to help the birth of this new soccer league.
After he retired, in 1981 he was in the movie Victory with Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone.
Neat soccer movie to watch with World War II mixed into the plot. If you were a good young
player in the US, the nick name some kids would get in the 1970,80’s,90’s would be PELE.
The New York Cosmos did good by bring Pele to America. The Cosmos won championships
in 1972, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1982. One of the most interesting rules was the way the penalty
kicks were taken at the end of a championship games to seal the winner. Watch these penalty kicks!
1980 Championship, New York Cosmos vs. The Washington Diplomats, Vladislav Bosicevic
wins it, beating Washington Goalie Irwin with a sneaky shot to the near post side. Birkenmeier
saved the last shot to seal the 1980 NASL Championship for the Cosmos.
Another great movie to rent is “Once in a Lifetime” about Pele. Vintage Soccer Below !
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