Even people who don't know football know Pelé. The best of a generation of Brazilian players universally acknowledged as the most accomplished and attractive group of footballers ever to play the game, he won the World Cup three times and is Brazil's all-time record goalscorer. But how did this man -- a sportsman, a mere footballer, like many others -- become a global icon? Was it just by being the best at what he did, or do people respond to some other quality? The world's greatest footballer now gives us the full story of his incredible life and career. Told with his characteristic grace and modesty, but covering all aspects of his playing days and his subsequent careers as politician, international sporting ambassador and cultural icon, PELE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY is an essential volume for all sports fans, and anyone who admires true rarity of spirit.
Pele's Trinity 3E SL is an ultra-light boot with a completely new type of outsole to provide players with the perfect tool for sprints. This model of the Trinity features a slim last design for a snug, narrow fit. Pele's new Symbioskin upper is designed for exceptional comfort. With three unique elements and embossed fit channels, the Trinity forms around the foot creating exceptional feel and ball control. Super lightweight MuCell foam insole for shock absorption and comfort. Lightweight hybrid polymer outsole. Unique "tripod" stud mapping system has studs designed specifically for the forefoot, mid-foot and heel for quicker contact with the ground for reaction, stability and accelerated release. Asymmetrical stud design stimulates the brain and helps deliver fast muscular reactions, which in turn trains fast foot speed and coordination. Traction and sole plate enhance the muscles of the feet by training them to propel faster, enhance coordination and maximize power. WEIGHT: 5.6oz
The latest in the ubiquitous mockumentary genre, Mike Bassett: England Manager follows the eponymous hapless head-honcho of the England Squad through the build-up to the World Cup. Ricky Tomlinson is Bassett, once again donning the sheepskin coat of the nation's favourite working-class northern underdog (Riff Raff, The Royle Family). Plucked from obscurity and literally out of his league Bassett is the last choice for the unwanted job of England Manager. He's also hamstrung by a team of misfits, clearly modelled on well-known England players, including a violent psychopath who's more interested in breaking limbs than breaking away with the ball and a blubbing Geordie team-joker. Bassett and his team of allsorts are further hampered by drunken arrests, forgotten balls and Brazilian girls turning out to be boys. Though primarily a vehicle for Tomlinson, there's the usual smattering of Lock Stock faces and cameo appearances here: Phill Jupitus underacts a jaundiced sports hack; Keith Allen sends himself up as a new-lad celeb leading the team through the their awful World Cup song; and Atomic Kitten are, well, Atomic Kitten. Fart jokes and swearing provide plenty of beer-belly laughs, and the Henry V "once more unto the breach, dear friends"-style attack on the fickle back-stabbing English press proves unexpectedly poignant. Throw in a trendy soundtrack featuring Robbie Williams and Artful Dodger, and we have a cup-winner. It may be episodic, patchy and xenophobic in places, but football fans, or anyone who can take the odd high tackle, will enjoy this bittersweet taste of flawed glory leavened by British humour at its self-deprecating best. --Paul Eisinger
King Of Brazil Weenicons Sport FigureWeenicons are cool, funny and cute cartoon versions of your favourite pop culture characters from the film, TV and music world. The figure feels heavy in your hand, is hand painted and stands at approx 4 inches. Packed in an attractive presentation gift box. Great to collect or as a gift idea.