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By 1962 the Santos circus reached England, and the obvious place to start was, of course, Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls were mid-table in the old First Division when Pelé and pals rocked up and there was, to say the least, a fair bit of excitement in the air. A crowd of 50,000 saw the Brazilians win 4-2, the brilliant forward Coutinho fotbollskläder scoring a hat-trick and Pelé himself netting a penalty (he, incidentally, once described spot-kicks as a cowardly" way to score and didn't generally take them), a game described by the Times as a physical challenge of the British against something of the mind".
Pelé signs an autograph after arriving for the game against Sheffield Wednesday, in 1962. Photograph: Thorpe/Rex Shutterstock
Pelé was, of course, the main attraction, this being probably the only way the English public could see him outside of grainy World Cup highlights every four years. Eric Todd in the Guardian wrote: When one considers the number of superlatives that are squandered on some inside forwards in this country the futility of fodboldtrøjer trying to find new ones to describe Pelé becomes all the more obvious." The Times's correspondent said trying to contain him was like trying to capture a shaft of light in a matchbox. At one moment he looks as harmless as a sleeping cat. The next he has disappeared into open space with feline speed, sliding past man after man so that they are left in a maze looking for the ball".
The tours continued, taking in all manner of locations around the globe, including the occasion when, so the story goes, civil war in Congo was put maglie calcio a poco prezzo on hold so the people could watch Pelé in peace (It is said that there really was a 48-hour ceasefire in the war, made just for us … I'm not sure that is completely true," he wrote, spoiling the story slightly), but by 1969 they were back on English soil, this time to play Stoke City, the only club to stump up the supposed £12,000 appearance fee, a sum that came with it a guarantee Pelé would appear. He was again the star, scoring a goal that Michael Carey in the Guardian called of quite outstanding individual brilliance", weaving past three defenders before slotting past Gordon Banks, a year or so before their rather more famous billige fotballdrakter encounter in Mexico. The fame of the man was reflected at the final whistle," wrote the great correspondent Geoffrey Green, when his sturdy, almost squat frame disappeared under a wave of youthful spectators as they surged on to the pitch to engulf him in admiration.
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