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FIFA wants all countries in the world to name football stadiums in Pele’s honor

Key Point
  • FIFA wants every country to have a Pele stadium.
  • There are no existing venues associated with Pele in Australia.
  • It is not clear how the proposal will work in practice, as few national federations own their own stadiums.
FIFA will urge all countries around the world to name their stadiums in Pele’s honor, board president Gianni Infantino said.
The Brazilian great, who won three World Cups and scored more than 1,000 goals in his career, died on December 29 at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer.

Infantino, who was in Brazil for Pele’s funeral in Sao Paulo, told local reporters: “We will ask every country in the world to name one of their football stadiums after Pele. It is,” he said.

It is not clear how this proposal will work in practice.
Sydney Sports Ground, the only Australian stadium where Pele played in 1972, has since been demolished. This site is part of the Sydney Football Stadium (Allianz) car park.

He later attended a function at Sydney Football Stadium, built in 1988, but demolished to make way for Allianz Stadium.

But there may be clubs and cities that welcome the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčnaming stadiums after such iconic figures, even if there is no obvious connection.

In April 2021, Rio de Janeiro abandoned plans to name the famous Maracana stadium after Pele after being rejected by the state’s governor.

Brazilian football legend Pele (left) and Argentine football legend Diego Maradona (right) during the match between Italy and Argentina in Zurich, Switzerland, June 10, 1987. sauce: AAP / STR/EPA

Infantino released a statement that began on the day of Pele’s death.

He described Pele as “an exemplary sportsman” and said, “Pele is a charming being and when you are with him, the rest of the world stops.

“His life is more than football. He has changed perceptions for the better in Brazil, South America and around the world. It is impossible to sum up his legacy in words.”

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