Cape Verde names stadium after Pele, becomes first nation to do so

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has urged all footballing nations to name one stadium after Pele, late Brazilian football icon.

Gianni Infantino, FIFA president made the appeal at a 24-hour public wake for Pele which began on Monday at the Santos’ Urbano Caldeira Stadium.

Speaking at the procession, the FiFA President said the best way to immortalise Pele and his impact on football was to make sure his name appear in stadiums in all countries.

“We’re going to ask every country in the world to name one of their football stadiums with the name of Pele,” the FIFA president said.

According to Maria Lucia do Nascimento, sister of the Brazilian football legend, their mother still “doesn’t know the situation” and remains “in her own world” with little awareness about the news.


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