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Football Today

Feb 25, 2021

Before 1958 Brazil had never won a World Cup. Within 12 years, Pele would lead the Seleção to three titles, cementing themselves as the most popular team in the world.

This is the backdrop for Netflix's newly released documentary about football superstar, Pelé. In today's episode, we analyze Pelé's impact on the Brazilian national team and how he was used for political purposes.  


David Gass (@empiregass) is a freelance broadcaster who is a regular contributor to Extra Time Radio and A Football Podcast. He also regularly commentates on MLS, college soccer, and elsewhere.

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The music for this episode was provided under the Creative Commons license by Blue Dot Sessions.

Great Great Lengths’ by Blue Dot Sessions

‘Peacetime’ by Blue Dot Sessions