INTRODUCTION: International soccer star Pele has been named Champion of the Century in a poll conducted by the French publication L'Equipe.
CU (Clip from film "Victory") Pele practising with football in Prisoner of War camp as Captain (played by Michael Caine) approaches and speaks (6 shots)
CU (Clip continues) Pele in slow motion, and in action in game against German team (5 shots)
CU Pele with bronze statue, showing it to crowded football stadium at the Parc des Princes, Paris, then leaving rostrum for lap of honour (3 shots)
GTV France (in blue shirts, playing left to right), with Brazil attacking
TV Brazilian player Zico scoring first goal; players embrace and go back up field (2 shots)
LV Scoreboard: Brazil 1, France 0
TV Brazilian winger with ball, centres and Reinaldo scores; scoreboard (2 shots)
GV France kicking off at start of second half, and midfield play
TV Brazil attacking and winning ball; Zico shoots ball forward and Socrates scores Brazil's third goal; scoreboard (2 shots)
TV Eder of France slams ball into net; scoreboard Brazil 3, France 1 (2 shots)
TV Players leave field and exchange jerseys
FILM CLIP NATURAL SOUND, MUSIC AND ENGLISH SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 1: CAINE: "Where did you learn to do that?"
PELE: "When I was a boy...in Trinidad...on the streets, with the oranges."
CAINE: "How'd you like to play a football against the Germans?"
PELE: "Why not!"
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Background: INTRODUCTION: International soccer star Pele has been named Champion of the Century in a poll conducted by the French publication L'Equipe. More than 20 universally renowned magazines canvassed their readers on L'Equipe's behalf to select the winner -- and Pele polled a clear lead with 178 points. The Brazilian celebrity -- born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, but known throughout the world simply by his nickname -- is the most famous football player in the sport's history. He is now retired total of 1,300 (thirteen hundred) goals -- more than twice as many as any other player. Soon he will be seen in a new role: as movie star in Paramount Pictures' film "Victory".
SYNOPSIS: Directed by John Huston, the film tells the fictitious story of a life-and-death soccer match by a team of allied prisoners against top German players. In it, Pele shows his celebrated style.
On Friday (15 May), it was back to real-life acclaim for Pele as he collected his "Champion of the Century" trophy at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
The ground was packed to capacity to honour the man who led Brazil to World Cup victory three times, and who prompted the surging popularity of soccer in North America when he joined the New York Cosmos.
After the presentation, the crowd settled to watch France play Brazil in a match that recalled the Pele era in its moments of brilliant play. Zico scored early in the game to put Brazil ahead.
Seven minutes later Reinaldo made it 2-0 (two-nil) for Brazil.
The French side -- at reduced strength for the match because of the absence through injury of five players -- returned to the field for the second half determined to make some headway against the visitors. But Socrates of Brazil mastered the French defence in a solo effort to take his team's score to 3-0 (three - nil).
Eventually Eder of France managed to deliver the consolation the French crowd needed. Final score: Brazil 3 - France 1.