The Cosmos soccer team of New York, one of the mightiest sides in the comparatively young North American League, arrived in Calcutta on Thursday (September 22) for the Indian leg of their international tour.
SV: Cosmos soccer team of New York USA, on aircraft steps and welcomed by crowd in Calcutta, India.
SV: Police clearing path for Cosmos team.
MV: Brazilian soccer star Pele (in brown suit wearing red garland of flowers) surrounded by Indian officials.
MV: Customs officers looking at crowd around Pele.
SV: Pele escorted by Indian officials.
SV: Cosmos members talking to journalists (FOUR SHOTS)
Pele and other Cosmos members arriving for press conference.
SV: Newsmen and photographers.
SV: Pele speaking (IN ENGLISH)
GV: Newsmen and Pele's voice over.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 9: PELE: "Always, when they come to another country, I try to make people happy because I know everybody is the same in life. You know, I love the people, and they love me. It's nice when people say good things about you."
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Background: The Cosmos soccer team of New York, one of the mightiest sides in the comparatively young North American League, arrived in Calcutta on Thursday (September 22) for the Indian leg of their international tour. Their match against the Mohun Bagan Club - was drawn two-all. But apart from the game itself, the mere presence of the team and their Brazilian star, Pele, was an attraction in itself.
SYNOPSIS: Cosmos, who've been playing in Japan and China on their tour, are aptly named. Their cosmopolitan side is made up mainly of professionals from several nations, and Pele is perhaps their biggest attraction wherever they go. In Calcutta, officials eventually escorted him away from his fans.
Cosmos, one of the most expensive soccer team in the business are also one of the best in the developing soccer world outside the established centres like Europe and Latin America. On their current tour, they beat a Japanese club side in Tokyo 4-2, and an all-Japan team three-one. They drew one-all in China against a national side. But as Pele said on Friday (23 September) the name of the game was not winning alone but happiness and love as well.