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Pele statue unveiled to mark 50th anniversary of World Cup triumph

Pele was not present at the unveiling but sent his approval of the statue.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) unveiled a statue of Pele at its headquarters on Thursday, the first of a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the team's third World Cup triumph.

Pele, who will be 80 in October and finds it difficult to walk, was not present at the ceremony in the CBF's museum but had been given a preview of the statue which he declared "perfect."

Jairzinho, Clodoaldo and Brito were among members of the 1970 team present at the ceremony along with...

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Pele depressed, won't leave house over health issues - son

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Pele has been suffering following problems with his hip.

Brazil legend Pele is depressed over his poor health and reluctant to leave the house because he cannot walk unaided, his son Edinho said in an interview published in Brazil on Monday.

Pele, widely considered to be one of the greatest footballers in history and the only player to win three World Cups, spent most of his career with Brazilian team Santos before moving to New York Cosmos in the 1970s.

He will be 80 in October and has had hip trouble for years, which led to him now needing a frame to...

Flamengo forward 'Gabigol' honours Kobe Bryant with No. 24 jersey

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Flamengo star Gabriel Barbosa will wear the No. 24 jersey in Monday's Brazilian Serie A game at Resende to honour Kobe Bryant, as well as protest against anti-gay behaviour and rhetoric.

The striker knows as "Gabigol," who will play for Flamengo for the first time since joining the club on a permanent transfer from Inter Milan last week, wore the No. 9 jersey while on loan at the Brazilian club in 2019, when he scored 34 goals in 43 games in all competitions.

The decision to wear the No....

Brazilian player sent off for celebration after forgetting yellow card

Corinthians player Janderson was sent off after celebrating his goal.

Corinthians midfielder Janderson was sent off for a goal celebration after scoring in the 2-0 derby win over Santos in Brazil's Paulista championship on Sunday, saying afterwards that he forgot he already had a yellow card.

At the start of the second half, the 20-year-old got clear of the Santos defence, finished with aplomb and then ran around behind the goal and climbed some steps to celebrate with Corinthians fans who hugged him.

Yet on returning to the pitch he was given a second yellow card,...