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Pele Dedicates ‘King Pele’ Stadium

October 18, 2001

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MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Soccer great Pele remains in demand nearly a quarter-century after his retirement, and they’re still naming stadiums after him.

Pele kicked off a four-day Mexican tour Wednesday by cutting the ribbon on a soccer stadium in Pachuca, 35 miles from Mexico City. The facility will be known as ``King Pele Stadium,″ but Pele says it’s more of a tribute to the fans.

``Soccer is a sport for all classes of people,″ he said.

Brazil, with Pele as its star, won World Cup championships in 1958, 1962 and 1970. Since retiring, he has turned down several coaching offers.

``It is the hardest job in the world,″ he said.

Now 60, Pele has been the personal guest of more than 55 heads of state and three popes. Dozens of soccer stadiums are named in his honor all over the world.

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