Thursday 02 February 2023, 14:00

Paulista Football Federation to name headquarters after Pelé

  • FPF members unanimously agree to a suggestion from Santos FC President Andrés Rueda

  • Headquarters will be named the Pelé Building

  • Pelé enjoyed some of his finest moments in the Paulista championship

The Paulista Football Federation (FPF) is to name its headquarters the “Pelé Building.” The FPF’s member clubs and leagues unanimously agreed to a suggestion from Santos FC President Andrés Rueda that the building take the name of the Brazilian legend, who passed away on 29 December 2022.

Pelé began his career in 1956 with Santos FC, the only Brazilian club he played for, and stayed with them until 1973, when he moved to the United States to finish his career in the North American Soccer League and help grow the sport in that country.

Brazil did not have a nationwide league during most of Pelé´s career, due to the country’s vast distances, and some of Pelé’s greatest exploits were in the Paulista championship which is organised among clubs in the state of São Paulo. He helped Santos win the Paulista title 10 times and was himself leading scorer on eleven occasions.

Following Pelé´s passing, FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested that each of FIFA’s 211 Member Associations name at least one stadium or football venue after the three-times world champion.

After the FPF's decision, Mr. Infantino said: “Happy to hear that the Paulista Football Federation headquarters have been named after the great Pelé; a fitting tribute to a legend of our sport.”