Pelé funeral details: Santos FC’s Vila Belmiro Stadium will host the funeral on Monday and Tuesday

The consecrated field of Vila Belmiro Stadium in the middle circle of the field is where Edson Arantes do Nascimento woke up. best known as Peléwill replace the eternal king of the football world. Following a wish fulfilled by his family and relatives, the two-day vigil will be held at Santos FC’s home stadium, where he earned his name and achieved many memorable milestones with his iconic white and black number 10 jersey.

Pele died at the age of 82 at Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo after complications from a long battle with colon cancer. His corpse will leave the hospital on Monday and head south towards the stadium, and his coffin will be placed in the central circle, open to the public for the commencement of services at 08:00 local time (10:00 local time). Pelé’s family chose not to hold a funeral on New Year’s Eve weekend, out of respect for Brazil’s elected president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who will be sworn in on Sunday, January 1.

When the wake ends at 8:00 ET on Tuesday, a parade-like parade will take place on the streets of Santos. The home of Pelé’s mother, Celeste Arantes, who turned 100 in May, will be one of the many points leading to the Ecumenical Necropolis Monument, where family members will hold a special ceremony for her funeral that day.

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“O Rei” Pelé was born in 1940 in Três Corações, meaning “Three Hearts”, in Minas Gerais, about 250 miles northeast of Santos. His father was a professional football player in small clubs all over the country, which soon resulted in a childhood move to Bauru in São Paulo state, before eventually succeeding in his tryout at Santos FC and making his debut at the age of 15.

Pelé won three World Cups, two Intercontinental Cups, two Copa Libertadores and became the first person to score 1,000 goals. He was hailed as the athlete of the century by the international Olympic Committee without ever participating in the Olympics. He was named the player of the century by FIFA. More importantly, he is a sports ambassador and Santos team brought together people from all over the world as they traveled the world in show games. He was eventually brought to the United States, where he helped the game grow while playing for the NASL New York Cosmos.

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Pelé had been hospitalized since November 29 for a respiratory infection from COVID-19. His stay was extended for further chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer as his condition worsened over time. In September 2021, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Pelé died at 1:27 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 29, according to a bulletin from the Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo.

Funeral details

  • Start time: Monday, January 2, 8:00 AM ET
  • End time: Tuesday, January 3, 8:00 AM ET
  • To wake up: Vila Belmiro Stadium — Santos, São Paulo
  • Burial: Memorial Necropole Ecumênica — Santos, Sao Paulo

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