Brazil declares three days of mourning for Pele | World Cup News

The football legend, widely regarded as the greatest player of the 20th century, died in Sao Paolo on Thursday.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro declared three days of national mourning for Pele after the football legend died aged 82.

The measure was announced on Friday in a decree published in an additional edition of the government gazette and signed by the outgoing president, who will leave office on Sunday.

Pele’s death, announced on Thursday, was “due to multi-organ failure due to the progression of colon cancer related to his previous medical condition”.

The wake will be held on Monday and his funeral on Tuesday in Santos, the southeastern city where he played most of his career, his former club said after he died.

“The tribute to the greatest football player of all time will be held at the Urbano Caldeira Stadium, also known as Vila Belmiro, where he enchanted the world,” the club said. football Santos said on Thursday in a statement, adding that Pele would later receive a funeral. through the streets of the city before a private burial ceremony.

In Zurich, Switzerland, at the headquarters of FIFA, world football’s governing body, the flags of all member countries were lowered by half a staff on Friday in Pele’s honor.

“The flags at FIFA headquarters in Zurich were drawn at half-staff today in memory of the eternal king: Pele,” the organization wrote on Twitter.

“Since the news was confirmed, the football world has united in sadness and shared their memories and love for the man simply named ‘O Rei’ – The King, ” FIFA said on its website.

Pele was honored by FIFA as the greatest player of the 20th century. The Brazilian legend is the only player with three times world champion.

The The death of the ‘Emperor’ caused a wave of tribute from around the world to the man who both transformed football and transcended the sport.

In a will Pele’s influenceinternational figures, including US President Joe Biden and former leader Barack Obama, Brazilian music legends Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, head of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach and FIFA President Gianni Infantino all get paid tribute.

Pele honored in Europe

Top football matches in England, Italy and France will all honor Pele before each match in the upcoming round, it was announced on Friday.

“In honor of Pele, Premier League clubs will remember his contributions to football during Week 18 of the match. [December 30-January 1] by spending a minute clapping before the game begins,” said a statement on the English Premier League’s Twitter feed.

“Players and match officials will wear black armbands,” it added.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) also made a similar announcement.

“On the occasion of all the friendly matches scheduled for today, Friday, December 30 and on the 16th day of Serie A on Wednesday, January 4, the FIGC has arranged a minute silence in memory of Pele,” it said in a statement. .

The Federation of Professional Football (LFP) said matches in France’s Ligue 1 would start with a minute of applause while a picture of Pele with the World Cup was shown on big screens in stadiums.

In Spain, La Liga announced on Thursday night that there will be a minute of silence before each match, starting with Thursday night’s encounter between Atletico Madrid and Elche.

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