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Pelé's handwritten essay in college (1973)

Pelé's handwritten essay in college (1973)

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In 1973, Edson Arantes, alias Pelé, took a test to obtain his Physical Education diploma.

  • Essay written and signed by Pelé at the Faculty of Physical Education in Santos.
  • One page, front and back.
  • In Portuguese.
  • 22.2 cm x 32 cm.
  • Santos, November 12, 1973.
  • Fragile paper, with fold marks, some defects on the edge, but in good general condition.
  • Unique piece.


1a. What are the ecological factors that can influence recreation?
2a. What human geographic factors influence recreational activities?
3a. How many categories is the social group divided into?
4a. Name 3 important factors for a good time.
5a. What are the basic elements for recreation?


1a. The ecological factors that can influence recreation are: air, water, visual [?] pollution, etc. Density of populations, large and small concentrations, emigrations, [?], tourism, population composition, age, sex and race, etc. Population increase.

2a. Influences can be from [?], plateaus, mountains, desert, forests, glaciers.

3a. The social group is divided into 3 categories: primary, secondary and intermediate.

Primary: schools, churches, etc.
Secondary: television, cinema.


newspapers and magazines. Indirect influences.
Intermediaries: direct and indirect, influences.

4a. A good pastime to be [?] something that [?] satisfies the social need of the group. A good hobby should be an activity of fun and pleasure and a good hobby should be practical and indefinite.

5a. The basic elements for recreation are: water, earth, air and fire.

Edson Arantes

Pelé (born in 1940) is, without a doubt, the most famous and respected football player of all time, including by other players who have made a mark in history. In his career he scored a total of 1281 goals in 1363 matches, a number that made him the greatest scorer in the history of football.

At the age of 15, he started playing for Santos FC. At 16, he was called up to the national team. At 17, he won his first FIFA World Cup, winning three cups in total, a unique record in football history.

In 1973, during his last year at Santos, Pelé graduated in Physical Education. In this test by Professor Jarbas, the player - already famous worldwide - answered five questions about the concept of "recreation". A month later, Pelé participated in Garrincha's jubilee, one last time together on a field, at Maracanã, in front of more than 150 thousand fans. Shortly afterwards, he also retired for the first time, before returning to the United States, at Cosmos in New York.

This essay, handwritten and completely unpublished, presents Pelé as a student, something little known to the public and fans. An unmissable document for a collector who is a fan of the King.

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