Title

How Pelé Was A Trailblazer For Both Brazil And The Beautiful Game

Document Type

Other

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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence

Disciplines

5.9 OTHER SOCIAL SCIENCES

Abstract

It is far too easy to measure football success solely in terms of the number of goals scored, games played and medals won. Yet statistics do not allow for the quality, joy, and beauty of the game. Robert F. Kennedy was referring to GNP when he said "measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile". He could have equally been speaking of sport and the growing tendency to appreciate it primarily in terms of numbers.


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