1966: World Cup Goes Cold for Pele

Soccer - World Cup England 1966 - Group Three - Portugal v Brazil - Goodison Park

The Great Pele is inextricably linked to Brazil’s greatest World Cup moments. Over the years we’ve become accustomed to seeing his face and his flair gracing hundreds of photos and clips as Brazil won three World Cups between 1958 and 1970.

This one is a bit different however; Here an injured Pele trudges off the Goodison Park pitch as his side are defeated 3-1 by Portugal during the 1966 World Cup. It was Brazil’s final group game and having been beaten by the same scoreline by Hungary four days earlier they had to win against Portugal to stay in the tournament.

This day belonged to another legend though, Eusebio, who scored twice as the Brazilians were eliminated at the group stage – their worst ever performance at a World Cup.




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