The touring Cosmos soccer team from the United States on Saturday (10 September) won a friendly match in Tokyo against the top Japanese side Furukawa Electricity Company.
GV INTERIOR: Pele and takes his seat at press conference reporters looking on. (2 shots)
SV: West German player Franz Beckenbauer speaking in German.
SV: reporters and photographers looking on. (2 shots)
SV: Pele speaking in English.
After the Cosmos team plays in Japan, there will be two matches played in China - one in Peking and one in Shanghai. Following the visit to China, the team will play one match in Calcutta, in India, before arriving back in the US in September. Pele's last professional game will be played in New York on October the first against his old side from Brazil - Santos - the first team Pele played for.
PELE: "You know, I feel very very sorry, because I lover soccer and it's like part of my life I lost but it's very important when you stop in good shape, when you can stop in good shape. Of course I'm going to miss a lot. I'm going to be around. I'm going to stay in the right state. I'm going to ask if I can practice with team-mates sometimes, but it's important if you stop when you're in a good position and the top of your kind. I know I'm going to miss - no doubt about."
REPORTER: "Will you go back to Brazil?"
PELE: "Yes October, I back to Brazil, when I do things there maybe in the season, I stay two months, two months and a half with the team because I want to see games."
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Background: The touring Cosmos soccer team from the United States on Saturday (10 September) won a friendly match in Tokyo against the top Japanese side Furukawa Electricity Company. It was the first of two farewell matches in Japan for the Brazilian superstar, Pele, who's been playing with Cosmos.
SYNOPSIS: The day before the first match, Pele spoke to newsmen about the farewell tour he is making with Cosmos team before he finally stops playing on October,after one of the most distinguished careers in world soccer.Also with the Cosmos team was West German champion Franz Beckenbauer, who spoke to newsmen in German about why he'd gone to the United States.
Beckenbauer, who was the Captain of the West German World Champion side in 1974, said he was 32 years old and thought he'd go over to the United States to help American football get off the ground.
However the Americans had got to know the game so fast he'd been really surprised.
Beckenbauer said that players of the ability of Pele, then Chinaglia,and later Carlos Albert,joining Cosmos had really helped to attract the crowds.
Then Pele spoke about leaving the game.