Soccer great Pele, the Brazilian legend who is one of the most recognized names in the world of sports, has been granted an O-1 visa. I remember seeing Pele as a kid when I had to the Miami Toros North American Soccer League games and Pele played for the New York Cosmos. Pele is returning to New York to help rebuild soccer in New York City where he will work in the front office of the revived New York Cosmos.
His actual name is Edson Arantes Do Nascimento and he began is career in 1956 playing with the Santos soccer club in Brazil where he played for 18 years. But he's known to the world for his play in the 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 World Cups. He scored a key goal in the final of the 1970 Cup that helped lift Brazil to the title. In 1975, he moved to the US to play for the Cosmos and was the highest profile player in the first professional soccer league in the US.
He's spent much of the last few decades doing anbassadorial work on behalf of various international bodies such as UNESCO. Young people will know Pele as the coach on the Wii game Academy of Champions.