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Score Pelé Freebies: 4 Stories + World Cup Lists

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Score Pelé Freebies: 4 Stories + World Cup Lists

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No FIFA World Cup is without a few surprises. So why would our travel guides for the big competition be any different? Alongside the release of each installment of the Savoring Joga Bonito: The World Cup 2014 Bucket List for Fans, we will accompany it with a free Pelé 10 download. Our Pelé 10 downloads are fun lists that will help you be on top of your game as a soccer tourist in Brazil.

In honor of our legendary freebies, here are 4 interesting facts about our lists’ namesake, Pelé.

  1. After playing in his first match with the New York City Cosmos, Pelé told a fellow teammate that it would be his first and last game with the club. His gifted feet had strangely turned green, and the superstar couldn’t put them at risk. Fortunately, it was quickly realized that the pitch had been spruced up with green spray paint in honor of his debut, and the color washed right off! You can learn more by watching the film Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.
  2. Pelé’s professional soccer debut was at age 15 for Santos Football Club. According to FIFA, it is the only club in the world to score 10,000 goals. The King of Football is responsible for scoring 1,091 of those goals.
  3. The soccer legend showcased his musical talent by releasing a solo album entitled, Pelé Ginga.
  4. Pelé’s friend and business partner Celso Grellet mentioned in an interview that the superstar met and befriended John Lennon while they both attended a language school in New York. Pelé was enrolled in an English class while Lennon was there learning Japanese.

Got a fun Pelé story that you want to share? We are all eyes + ears! Write it in the comments below.

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 Pele 10: Sweet Suitcase Stuffer Honors Leônidas da Silva

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Pele 10: Sweet Suitcase Stuffer Honors Leônidas da Silva

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In honor of World Cup 2014, Eat Soccer is publishing, Savoring Joga Bonito: The World Cup 2014 Bucket List for Fans, a series of digital guides tailored to soccer enthusiasts who will be heading to Brazil during and after the tournament.  We enlisted insight from historians, trainers, agents, bloggers and super fans on the best places to have round-the-clock experiences with fellow football fans in every host city. And to make sure the sensory overload doesn’t take you off your game, we share safety tips from a Fluminense fan who owns a top notch security firm in Rio. It is our goal to make sure you have a strategy maximize your once-in-a-lifetime experience at this summer’s competition.

To make it every minute of your time count, Eat Soccer will offer a few freebies to go along with each digital release.  It will come in the form of a short digital download called, Pele 10.  Every Pele 10 installment will cover ten people, places or things that we feel can serve you on your journey.

We know that, once you announced your trip to Brazil, people put in their souvenir requests.  With our Pele 10: Suitcase Stuffers download, we introduce you to ten souvenirs that are worth packing and sharing. Take a read of one suggestion below.

For tourists who want to gift Brazilian chocolate to a soccer fan, head to a grocery store in your host city and grab Lacta’s Diamante Negro. Infused with crunchy pieces of honey and cashew nuts, the milk chocolate bar honors Brazilian soccer legend, Leônidas da Silva.

During the 1938 World Cup in France, French journalist Raymondo Thourmagem was so impressed with the performance of Leônidas da Silva that he nicknamed him Diamante Negro (Black Diamond).  It was a moniker that was embraced by Lacta when they changed the name of their milk chocolate bar in 1940 in tribute to one of the country’s greatest athletes.  Accompanying the name change was the slogan,  “To live is good with Black Diamond it’s better.” (Viver é bom, com Diamante Negro é melhor.)

Stay tuned for more World Cup 2014 tips and extras leading up to the big competition!

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