Pele’s wake has begun in the Santos stadium in Brazil

Pele’s wake has begun in the Santos stadium in Brazil
Pele’s wake has begun in the Santos stadium in Brazil
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The funeral vigil of Pele, the Brazilian champion who died last Thursday at the age of 82, began on Monday. The vigil will last one day and will precede the funeral, which will take place privately at the Memorial of the Ecumenical Necropolis of Santos. The vigil was instead organized in Vila Belmiro, the name by which the stadium of the Santos football team is commonly known, the one for which Pelé played over 500 games over a span of seventeen years.

The vigil began at 10 in the morning (early afternoon in Italy), after the conclusion of President Lula’s inauguration in the capital Brasilia, who will arrive at the stadium in the next few hours. The president of FIFA Gianni Infantino, the president of the South American football confederation Alejandro Dominguez and also the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have already met in Brazil for the inauguration of Lula. Here is the live coverage of the vigil.

Vila Belmiro is actually the name of the neighborhood of Santos, a coastal city in the state of Sao Paulo, where the stadium officially named after the former footballer Urbano Caldeira is located. The facility is completely immersed in the neighborhood and has always been the center of Santos’ activities, especially in the past. At the end of the Fifties, when Pelé arrived from Bauru, the city where he had grown up, he settled right inside the stadium, where at the time the younger players away from their families were hosted.

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The body was transported during the night from Sao Paulo with a long procession of cars and motorbikes of the Brazilian police. Thousands of people waited for her to pass along the approximately eighty kilometers that divide the two cities, especially in Santos, where local fans accompanied her with flags and smoke bombs near the stadium.

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– Read also: Why Pele was so important

The article is in Italian

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