40 Tostão Quotes – “I played the last fifteen minutes crying.”

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It’s an encouraging occurance of irony that Tostão, the World Cup winning Brazilian forward who had to abandon his career at age 26 due to an eye injury, is now widely recognized in Brazil as the football pundit with the sharpest eye of the game.

Despite being short, and slow, and weak, and timid, Tostão bursted on the scene as a teenager, quickly becoming the absolute star player for his club Cruzeiro. He featured alongside the fallen Garrincha in the 1966 World Cup as a 19-year old youngster, was immortalized four years later as a key member of Brazil’s magnificent 1970 World Cup side, and was voted South-America’s best player in 1971 – ahead of Pelé, Rivelino, Jairzinho and Cubillas.

Two years later, he was forced to retire.

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Retinal detachment – a problem he had been suffering from ever since a ball had been smashed into his left eye – left him no choice. Playing on entailed the risk of going blind for the rest of his life.

Disenchanted with his fate, he abandoned the world of football and devoted himself to the study of medicine. He became a medical doctor and then a university professor, all the while dedicating his spare time to literature and science.

And then, as an old man, he returned to football. Now as a pundit and columnist, equipped with the wide-angled vision of an intellectual who can place football in its greater context, but who can also close his eyes and recall the smell of the dressing room – grass, mud and sweat.

Pelé, Tostão tells us, is the synthesis of simple football and perfect football. Tostão himself may rightly be called the synthesis of the englightened, learned and rational man and the man of action who has experienced and witnessed it all.

Enjoy these 40 thoughts about himself, Pelé, Messi, the 1970 World Cup and football in general.
 
 
 
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The real reason why Pelé didn’t play in the 1974 World Cup

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50 Pelé Quotes – “I’m not dead! I’m not dead!”

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Reading interviews with Pelé is rarely an exciting way to spend your time. From the perspective of a size 5 football, Edson Arantes do Nascimento might have been the greatest genius in history, but when speaking or writing, his words reveal a disappointingly ordinary mind. Even when discussing his supposed field of expertise – football – it’s hard to find him saying anything original or insightful, in contrast to relatively inferior footballers, such as Cruyff, Valdano, Cantona or Socrates.

Nearly every interview with Pelé follows the same pattern. He gladly accepts – even confirms – the praise he’s offered, he offers a few kind words in return, criticizes Maradona, utters a couple of nondescripts remarks, praises himself, makes a few poor predictions, and then praises himself some more.

How strange that a man of his fame feels compelled to remind everyone how good he was, over and over again. It’s as if he fears that one day people will forget him. That he’ll no longer meet loving crowds wherever he goes. But surely a man of his age – 73 – realizes that he’ll continue to be celebrated for the remainder of his life. But perhaps he’s already thinking beyond the grave. As he himself says, while he knows that Edson, the man, will one day die, Pelé, the global icon, he assures us, is eternal.

Or, at least, that’s what he hopes. And so for the last 37 years, he’s spent his life guarding over his legacy, defending his reputation as the greatest footballer of all time, making sure that the death of Edson will not result in the death of Pelé. Perhaps it’s only natural that the final desire of the most famous man alive is immortality.

Either way, enjoy Pele’s 50 most interesting quotes.
 
 
 
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2014 World Cup Final – Full Match & Highlights – Germany vs Argentina ✭✭✭✩✩

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Germany
Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Höwedes – Kramer, Schweinsteiger, Kroos – Müller, Klose, Özil
Coach: Joachim Löw

Argentina
Romero – Zabaleta, DeMichelis, Garay, Rojo – Mascherano, Biglia – Lavezzi, Messi, Perez – Higuain
Coach: Alejandro Sabella

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2014 World Cup 3rd Place Match – Full Match & Highlights – Holland vs Brazil ✭✭✭✩✩

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Holland
Cillessen – Kuyt, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind – Clasie, Wijnaldum, De Guzman – Van Persie, Robben
Coach: Louis van Gaal

Brazil
Julio Cesar – Maicon, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell – Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho – Ramires, Oscar, Willian – Jo
Coach: Felipe Scolari

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2014 World Cup Semi-Final – Full Match & Highlights – Holland vs Argentina ✭✭✩✩✩

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Holland
Cillessen – Kuijt, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind – Wijnaldum, De Jong, Sneijder, Van Persie Robben
Coach: Louis van Gaal

Argentina
Romero – Zabaleta, Garay, Mascherano, DeMichelis, Rojo – Biglia, Perez – Lavezzi, Messi, Higuain
Coach: Alejandro Sabella

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2014 World Cup Semi-Final Full Match & Highlights – Brazil vs Germany ✭✭✭✭✭

Without their main men Neymar and Thiago Silva, the burden has fallen on David Luiz and Fred to carry Brazil to Rio, to the Maracana, to the World Cup Final. All they have to do is beat Germany. Check out the full match or highlights by downloading them here!

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Brazil
Julio Cesar – Maicon, David Luis, Dante, Marcelo – Luis Gustavo, Fernandinho, Oscar – Hulk, Fred, Bernard
Coach: Felipe Scolari

Germany
Neuer – Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes – Khedira, Schweinsteiger – Özil, Kroos, Müller – Klose
Coach: Joachim Löw

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18 Alfredo Di Stefano Quotes – “A 0-0 is like a Sunday without sun.”

Most footballers, from kids at the local playground to Lionel Messi, tend to decrease their work rate the better they become with the ball compared to their fellow players. Perhaps it’s a typical human flaw not to exert ourselves beyond what is necessary.

But it’s a flaw that Alfredo di Stefano did not possess. For him, it was the opposite. He was so filled with desire to achieve that the better he became at football, the more eager he grew to grab his responsibility and demonstrate his superiority on every area of the pitch. Not merely for personal glory, but because he felt that the broadest shoulders should carry the heaviest load.

The man might have passed away, but let’s indulge ourselves in further admiration by reading these 18 quotes of Alfredo di Stefano: the first total footballer.

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2014 World Cup Quarter Final – Full Match & Highlights: Holland vs Costa Rica ✭✭✭✩✩

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Holland
Cillessen – De Vrij, Vlaar, Martins Indi – Kuyt, Blind, Wijnaldum, Sneijder, Depay – Robben, Van Persie
Coach: Louis van Gaal

Costa Rica
Navas – Gamboa, Acosta, Gonzalez, Umaña, Diaz – Ruiz, Borges, Tejeda, Bolanos – Campbell
Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

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2014 World Cup Quarter Final – Full Match & Highlights: Belgium vs Argentina ✭✭✩✩✩

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Belgium
Courtois – Alderweireld, Kompany, Van Buyten, Vertonghen – Witsel, Fallaini, De Bruyne – Hazard, Mirallas, Origi
Coach: Marc Wilmots

Argentina
Romero – Zabaleta, DeMichelis, Garay, Basanta – Mascherano, Biglia – Messi, Higuain, Lavezzi
Coach: Alejandro Sabella

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