Happy 60th, Diego

Diego Maradona celebrates his 60th birthday today We pay tribute with video footage and stats He was directly involved in ten of 13 Argentina goals at one tournament Diego Maradona was just nine when he told a television reporter that his biggest wish was to play at a FIFA World Cup™. Those black-and-white images, from a curly-haired kid who wooed viewers with his incredible ball skills, would reverberate throughout his career and mark a before and after with the Argentina national team. FIFA.com pays tribute to Maradona by looking back…

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Maradona still providing emotion and inspiration

Diego Maradona turns 60 today Some of the Argentinian’s goals and plays are genuine works of art The Albiceleste genius has himself inspired many artists While for most of those who practice it, football is primarily a sport, a select few have succeeded in elevating it to an art form. Witnessing Diego Maradona in full flow with the ball at his feet could thus be compared to visiting the exhibition of a great painter, attending an operatic masterpiece or delving into a literary classic. No matter how often you see…

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What happened to the stars of India 2017?

How have the stars of the U-17 World Cup 2017 progressed? Sancho, Sargent, Torres and Foden among those already causing a sensation Others with remarkable stories outside top leagues Exactly three years ago, on 28 October 2017, England won the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time with victory over Spain in Kolkata, India. As you would expect, a select group of players – particularly from the triumphant Three Lions side – announced their arrival at this memorable World Cup, suggesting they had what it takes to make it…

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Simon: Cathy Freeman’s success still resonates with me

Kyah Simon is one of Australia’s most experienced players & greatest goalscorers The forward has been front and centre for some of the Matildas’ greatest moments Simon talks 2023 Women’s World Cup, her greatest inspiration and much more Twenty years ago last month saw what many claim was the greatest moment in Australian sport. Cathy Freeman united a nation by becoming the first indigenous Australian to claim an individual Olympic gold medal in winning the 400 metres at the Sydney Olympiad. Not far away in western Sydney, nine-year-old Kyah Simon…

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Remembering the World Cup's unlikeliest star

Paul the octopus became a global sensation during South Africa 2010 He enjoyed a run of correct match predictions all the way to the Final We remember this unlikely World Cup star ten years on from his death Forget Forlan, forget Muller, forget Iniesta. If there was one undisputed star of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, it was not any of these on-song stars, but a certain cephalopod over 5,000 miles away. After all, impressive though Forlan and Co were, none could claim that their performances throughout South Africa 2010…

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Pele: The only thing I haven’t done in 80 years is play on the moon

Pele turns 80 today FIFA had the immense privilege of interviewing ‘The King’ An emotional Pele expressed his gratitude to football “In Pele’s 80 years, the only thing that’s missing is to land on the moon,” a teary-eyed Pele told FIFA on his landmark birthday. “When there’s football on the moon, I’ll go there and have a little kickaround.” In this interview, ‘The King’ discussed everything he has achieved with Brazil, Santos and New York Cosmos, told an amusing childhood story and revealed his gratitude to football. “I’m crying with…

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A special video tribute to 'The King'

‘The King’ celebrates his 80th birthday today FIFA interviewed countless football legends about Pele The man himself wasn’t the only one in tears Pele played football with arguably more style than anyone in history. FIFA, therefore, wanted to celebrate his 80th birthday in some style. We travelled the world to interview his former team-mates, other football legends, his wife, his sister, his friends and, of course, ‘The King’ himself. Pele couldn’t hold back the tears. Nor could some of his team-mates. And we’re sorry, but we’re not sure you will…

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FIFA celebrates Pele's 80th birthday with exclusive content on its digital platforms

Brazilian and world football legend Pele, the only player to have won the FIFA World Cup three times, celebrates his 80th birthday today. To mark the occasion, FIFA is publishing exclusive content on its digital platforms, including a special video programme which is available on FIFA.com and via FIFA’s YouTube channel. Football lovers everywhere will have the chance to relive memories from Pelé’s former team-mates, his family and friends, and to view birthday greetings from past and present global football stars, from FIFA Legends and from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.…

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What they said about Pele

FIFA spoke to former team-mates, family & friends about Pele We also spotlight the best quotes about him throughout history Presidents, poets, rock stars and artists were wowed by ‘The King’ “Pele revolutionised football. Pele stopped a war. Pele united countries, united families. There was no race problem, language problem. I was born in 1970. In 2002, I became a world champion. I was captain. I had the honour of receiving the World Cup Trophy from no less than whom? Pele! Man! If I say any more I’ll cry. It’s…

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