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Football: Snarled traffic has Pele glued to radio

Published on Jun 18, 2014 6:18 AM
 
Brazilian football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento (centre), known as Pele, poses with young footballers after receiving a jersey of the Brazilian national team autographed by the players, during the inauguration of the Pele Museum, in Santos, some 70 km from Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 15, 2014. Pele was glued to the radio as heavy traffic in Sao Paulo meant the Brazil legend missed the first half of his country’s goalless draw Tuesday with Mexico. -- PHOTO: AFP

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Pele was glued to the radio as heavy traffic in Sao Paulo meant the Brazil legend missed the first half of his country’s goalless draw Tuesday with Mexico.

“I suffered a lot – I listened to the first half in the car. There was so much traffic, the car just wasn’t moving,” said Pele, 73, who was driving from Santos to Sao Paulo, a megacity of 20 million.

“It was the second time I heard a Brazil World Cup match on the radio ... in 1950 and today,” Pele told Globo television after the game in Fortaleza.

He insisted that “the team did not play badly – they just didn’t win.”

“We know there are no easy games. God willing we shall get to the final,” he added, urging the populace to keep “thinking positively.”

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