With the 2014 World Cup winding down in Brazil, it’s only fitting that today’s #TBT FIFA sports blog remembers Pele – universally considered soccer’s greatest player ever.
Here’s a chapter excerpt from my Favorite Single Named Athletes sports comic book that acknowledges the incomparable Pele.
…..Mention the name Edson Arantes de Nascimento and only staunch soccer fans will recognize it.
However, say the simple name Pele, and nearly everyone on the planet, whether soccer fan or not, will immediately recognize this extraordinary Brazilian.
Today’s Throw Back Thursday or TBT FIFA sports blog focuses on Manuel Garrincha, one of Brazil’s most decorated soccer heroes and a two-time World Cup champion.
My TBT post is an excerpt from my book FIFA Favorites…….
……These words are written on the tombstone of our next nicknamed athlete. “Here rests in peace one who was the Joy of the People.”
Sadly, Manuel Garrincha passed away as a mystery. He was a brilliant footballer, beloved by Brazilians, yet he died as a poor alcoholic.
My sports comic book Favorite Single Named Athletes celebrates the top icons in sports who only need one name to be identified. Throughout history, singers, politicians, philosophers and spiritual leaders impacted societies to such a degree that a single name … Continue reading
“Maradona good. Pele better. George Best.” ~ painted on a mural in Belfast, Northern Ireland This funny, but clever quote is written on a wall to memorialize George Best, Northern Ireland’s flamboyant FIFA international footballer. George Best was also known … Continue reading
The soccer crazed country of Brazil has generously exported its Beautiful Game around the globe. The world adores the deft touches, brilliant runs and spectacular finishes of Brazil’s iconic players. For decades celestial soccer talents like Pele, Garrincha, Ronaldo, Kaka … Continue reading
Single named athletes aren’t the only famous people with mononyms. Throughout history, singers, politicians, philosophers and spiritual leaders impacted societies to such a degree that a single name identified their fame. These single named icons were instantly known by a … Continue reading
FIFA President Sepp Blatter must immediately take one of the personal red cards out of his professionally tailored suit pocket.
The 78-year-old international football honcho needs to book the bumbling blokes that produced the official FIFA 2014 World Cup song.
“We Are One” (Ole Ola) hit the web yesterday before its anticipated May 12th release and quickly garnered 4 million YouTube hits.
Incredible athletes, iconic coaches and passionate fans cause both the wealthiest and poorest nations of the world to bask in the brilliance of the Beautiful Game.
In this FREE soccer book, you won’t need to fear the sport’s most frightening characters, aptly nicknamed Scarface and The Cannibal.
You’ll enjoy reading about the cleverly named and highly entertaining British soccer players Spice Boy and Calamity James.
You’ll even discover there really was a Fifth Beatle.
You’ll look up to the goal scoring exploits of taller, long-necked stars The Giraffe and Two Meter Peter.
You’ll relish in the allure of the Beautiful Game, the cleanliness of a goalie’s extra-tidy clean sheet and the “joie de vie” that a Frenchman named Va Va Voom exudes.
References to monarchs, leaders and twentieth century politics are captured by this sport. Expect to meet a Kaiser, a Child of the King and come face to face with soccer’s impenetrable Berlin Wall.
The sports world’s ultimate talking head, MIKE shares 25 of his all-time favorite soccer comics.
MIKE’s clever comics capture the moments, people and clichéd expressions that encompass the world’s most popular sport.
Enjoy this FREE book on MIKE’s 25 all-time favorite soccer comics.