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Pele immortalized, Aouar dumps France for Algeria

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In a bid to cement Pele’s legendary standing, Brazil’s metropolis of Rio di Janeiro has renamed a highway exterior the Maracana stadium ‘King Pele Avenue’.

In Africa, Cape Verde has grow to be the primary nation to answer FIFA boss Gianno Infantino’s name to call stadiums after Pele.

The nation prime minister introduced Thursday that 15,000-seater Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde, situated simply exterior the capital Praia, will grow to be the Pele Stadium.

“As a tribute and recognition to this determine that makes us all nice, I manifest the intention of naming our nationwide stadium as “Pele Stadium”, in an initiative that, I imagine, can be adopted by a number of international locations around the globe,” Ulisses Correira e Silva wrote on Fb.

“With the bodily disappearance of Edson Arantes de Nascimento, King Pele, who quickly grew to become a planetary determine, an icon of the lots displaying that sport has the ability to unite the world, it’s now our want to pay tribute to him,” added Mr Silva in an announcement that burdened the significance of Pele to Portuguese-speaking international locations like Cape Verde.

“Cape Verde and Brazil have a historical past and tradition that go hand in hand, contemplating they’re two sister international locations, linked by language and really comparable identities.

“Pele was and all the time can be a reference in Brazil, in our Portuguese-speaking international locations and in the remainder of the world, being an idol that hyperlinks a number of generations.”


Olympic Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has switched allegiances, dumping France to play for Algeria.

The announcement was made by the top of Algeria’s soccer federation.

The 24-year-old made his France debut towards Ukraine on the Stade de France, choosing up two assists on his first and solely begin.

However he didn’t make Deschamps’ France squads for Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Saudi Arabia

Because the world waits for Christiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr debut, Former Man United and Nigerian worldwide Odion Ighalo continues to shine in Saudi Arabia.

Ighalo scored as Al Hilal held on for a 1-0 victory over Al Ittihad to take his season’s tally to eight.

He’s one strike behind Al-Nassr’s Brazilian ahead Anderson Talisca for the highest scorer of the season.

Ighalo completed final season as the highest scorer in Saudi Arabia contributing 24 objectives for Al-Shabab and later Al-Hilal mixed.