Brazil's soccer woes stem from my absence: Pele
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[June 17, 2016]
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's
failure to claim an Olympic soccer gold medal, the one major
tournament they have never won, is all because Pele never played in
the competition, the soccer great joked on Thursday.
Pele made his comments after receiving an Olympic award in his
home town of Santos, pointing out that although Brazil had won the
World Cup five times and the Copa America on eight occasions, they
never won Olympic gold because he was absent.
"I was joking with my friends saying that Brazil never won an award,
because I never played," the 75-year-old three-time World Cup winner
"I joke with my friends, because we really never had a title and
this was a chance God gave to me in receiving this honor. Let's hope
and think positively, that maybe we can take an Olympic title, and
once again, for all those who have been part of my story."
Pele was given the Olympic order, the highest award offered by the
International Olympics Committee (IOC), by its president Thomas
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Brazilian soccer legend Pele poses for picture after receiving an
Olympic necklace from President of the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach at the Pele Museum in Santos, Brazil
June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
Bach is in Brazil to monitor preparations for South America's first
Olympic Games that begin in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5.
(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by John O'Brien)
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