Pele, Barack Obama discuss world affairs in Brazil

Soccer May 31, 2019

Pele, Barack Obama discuss world affairs in Brazil

Pele met with former U.S. president Barack Obama in Sao Paulo Thursday where the pair discussed how "to make the world better," the Brazilian soccer legend said on Twitter. Weeks after surgery to remove a kidney stone, a healthy-looking Pele smiled and clutched Obama's hand ...

Tottenham wins first game at new stadium

Soccer Apr 4, 2019

Tottenham wins first game at new stadium

To the accompaniment of a marching band, tenor Wynne Evans serenaded the players and 59,215 fans with "Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur." Fireworks exploded over the stadium, illuminating the north London sky and the golden cockerel atop the roof. The club wasn't celebrating a trophy but a ...

World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

Soccer Feb 12, 2019

World Cup-winning England goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies at 81

Gordon Banks, the World Cup-winning England goalkeeper who was also known for blocking a header from Pele that many consider to be the greatest save in soccer history, has died. He was 81. English soccer club Stoke, one of Banks' former teams, posted a statement ...

Soccer Jul 22, 2017

Pele's son back in jail for 12-year sentence

A son of Brazilian soccer legend Pele has returned to jail to serve a sentence of more than 12 years on drug trafficking and money laundering charges. A Brazilian court Friday ordered Edson Cholbi do Nascimento returned to jail after turning down his appeal. He is ...

Olympics / Summer Olympics Sep 10, 2016

Original idea: Have athlete play Mario

The director of the Japanese portion of the Rio Olympic closing ceremony said Friday that Mario, the video game character that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played in the event, was initially planned for a distinguished Japanese athlete. Hiroshi Sasaki said he intended to choose someone ...

Olympics / Summer Olympics Aug 4, 2016

Pele could light flame

Three-time World Cup champion Pele says he was invited to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, but sponsorship deals could stop him from performing the prestigious task. Speaking at an event in Rio, Pele said he was ...

Pele cashes in on memorabilia

Soccer / World Cup Jun 2, 2016

Pele cashes in on memorabilia

Insisting "everyone needs money," Pele took a lingering look at a lifetime of medals, trinkets and memorabilia that auctioneers hope will generate around $7 million. Everything from a replica of the World Cup — a 1970 gift from FIFA after winning the soccer showpiece for ...

Soccer May 27, 2016

Longtime soccer coach Dumitru dies at 76

Ted Dumitru, the former South African national soccer team coach whose 40-year career took him from communist Romania to Turkey, Germany, the United States and across Africa, died Thursday. He was 76. The death of the Romania-born Dumitru was announced by the South African Football ...

Soccer Jul 21, 2015

Pele leaves hospital after successful surgery

Pele has been released from a Brazilian hospital after successfully undergoing back surgery. Doctors say the 74-year-old soccer great left Albert Einstein Hospital on Monday, less than a week after undergoing a procedure for nerve root decompression. The surgery had been scheduled to fix discomfort in ...