Maracana Stadium to be renamed after Pele

Brazil’s Maracana stadium is set to be renamed ‘The Edson Arantes do Nascimento-Rei Pele stadium.’

This will be done in honour of the country’s football legend Pele.

The Rio de Janeiro state legislators approved the name change of the stadium in the city.

However, Rio state governor Claudio Castro must now approve the name change.

Pele, 80, won three World Cups with Brazil and is considered by many the best football player of all time.

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The venue, owned by the state, is officially called the Mario Filho stadium, but known as the Maracana.

This is in reference to the neighbourhood where it is located.

Brief information about Maracana

The stadium was opened in 1950 ahead of that year’s World Cup and has been the home of the national team ever since. 

Maracana hosted the final of the 1950 and 2014 World Cups, as well as the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics.

Pele scored his 1000th goal there in 1969 while playing for Santos and helped make the stadium famous.

“King Pele is the best player of all time,” politician Andre Ceciliano, who proposed the name change said.

“It’s a just tribute. Although I have no doubt that everyone will continue to call it the Maracana stadium,” he added.

“Rei” means “king” in Portuguese.

While the stadium will change its name, officials have said that the large sports complex around the venue will retain its current name.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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