Review by Ariadna Sánchez
All eyes will be on Sao Paulo, Brazil this Thursday June 12th when the FIFA World CupTM 2014 begins. The international soccer competition gathers the 32 best soccer teams from around the world to celebrate the passion for fútbol and brotherhood. The winner of this tournament will take home the prestigious FIFA World Cup gold trophy. For all soccer players, participating in the World Cup is an important achievement, and it is also a life learning experience. Fans from all over the five continents are anxious and excited to witness the magic of soccer in every kick of the ball.
For The Love of Soccer! is written by three-time World Cup champion Pelé and beautifully illustrated by Frank Morrison. Edison Arantes do Nascimento “Pelé” was born on October 23, 1940 in Três Corações, Brazil. The soccer legend’s first book for children portrays the amazing journey from his childhood until becoming an icon worldwide. Pelé’s strong message to children is to enjoy life to the fullest and the importance of team work. Pelé uses vivid words to motivated young readers to follow their dreams at the same time he encourages children to do it with love.
Pelé is a positive role model for the new generations around the globe. His tenacity and skills allowed him to play professional soccer for Brazilian Team Santos from 1956 until 1974. He also played on Brazil’s National Team giving him the opportunity to win three World Cups. After he retired from Santos in 1974, Pelé joined the New York Cosmos. In 1975, soccer was not a popular sport in the United States. However, Pelé’s energetic and charismatic spirit made soccer be appreciated by the American society. Nowadays, soccer is considered a massive fever that has spread making this popular sport part of one’s life. GOOOOOAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!
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