Maracana stadium to be renamed after Brazil legend Pele

Maracana stadium to be renamed after Brazil legend Pele

Brazil’s emblematic Maracana stadium shall be renamed “The Edson Arantes do Nascimento-Rei Pele stadium,” in honour of the nation’s football legend Pele.

The Rio de Janeiro state legislators authorized the identify change of the stadium within the metropolis that hosted the ultimate of the 1950 and 2014 World Cups, in addition to the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics. Nevertheless, Rio state governor Claudio Castro should now approve the identify change.

Pele, 80, received three World Cups with Brazil and is taken into account by many the very best football participant of all time. The venue, owned by the state, is formally known as the Mario Filho stadium, however generally known as the Maracana, in reference to the neighbourhood the place it’s positioned.

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It was opened in 1950 forward of that yr’s World Cup and has been the house of the nationwide team ever since. Pele scored his 1000th objective there in 1969 whereas enjoying for Santos and helped make the stadium well-known.

“King Pele is the very best participant of all time,” politician Andre Ceciliano, who proposed the identify change mentioned. “It is a simply tribute. Though I’ve little doubt that everybody will proceed to name it the Maracana stadium.”

“Rei” means “king” in Portuguese.

Whereas the stadium will change its identify, officers have mentioned that the big sports activities complicated across the venue will retain its present identify.

The change has been met with controversy from the household of the late Mario Filho, in addition to historians and football followers.

In contrast to Pele, Filho, a sports activities journalist and author, was born in Rio. Filho was thought-about the principle driving pressure behind the thought for Brazil to construct the most important stadium on this planet and for that stadium to be positioned in Maracana.

“It’s a worthy homage to a person who’s recognised the world over for his legacy in Brazilian football and for the corresponding providers rendered to our nation,” the deputy liable for the undertaking mentioned.

Some mentioned that Mario Filho was extra worthy of the honour, whereas others argued that any new honouree ought to be from Rio — in contrast to Pele, who was born in Minas Gerais state and lived most of his life within the state of Sao Paulo.

Info from Reuters was used on this report.

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