Brazil's World Cup hopes resting on 'new Pele' Neymar

Neymar. Photo: EPA

Neymar, the latest diamond extracted from Brazil's mine of footballing talent, carries the hopes of a nation with one year to go to the World Cup, as well as the tag of "the new Pele" and rock-star status in his homeland.

Thursday, 13 June, 2013, 5:52am

Atletico chase Barca, as Messi surpasses Pele

Barcelona's Lionel Messi drives the ball next to RCD Mallorca's Joaquín Navarro Ximo (right) and Tomás Pina. Photo: AP

Atletico Madrid held firm in second place in La Liga, three points behind leaders Barcelona, after beating Getafe 2-0 at home on Sunday.

Adrian Lopez and Arda Turan got first-half goals for Atletico in a Madrid derby that they controlled from start to finish.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Tim Noonan

You and I have no idea. None. There are really only a few people in the world who do and their names are Ali, Jordan, Tiger, Beckham and, of course, Pele. Some young, some old, but all sporting icons and all, save David Beckham, arguably the greatest to ever play their chosen sport. Beckham gets into this exclusive club because of his fusion of bad haircuts and sporting greatness.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1974

The opening of the AMF Mei Foo Bowling Centre is heralded as another landmark in the history of the sport in Hongkong. It cost US$3.5 million to build and will provide the only recreational sport for 70,000 residents of the Mei Foo Sun Chuen housing estate and many more in western Kowloon.

30 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Fair play holds the secret of true success

A well-known motto of the Olympic Games is 'Swifter, higher, stronger'. While every athlete is committed to this goal, fair play is central to all sports competitions.

This is what sportsmanship is all about. If an athlete fails to play at his best, he is cheating his opponents, the spectators and himself.

13 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Pele pulls crowds at institute

Some of the 150 youngsters could not believe their eyes, others were smiling, while some were simply overawed by the occasion.

Pele, who led Brazil to three World Cup titles and is the Minister of Sports for his country, took time off his hectic schedule to conduct a football clinic at Hong Kong Sports Institute.

6 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Father Time keeps Pele on sidelines

Football legend Pele, idolised by many as a living god, showed the Achilles heel of age when he arrived to train aspiring teenagers at Sha Tin yesterday.

The only player to have won three World Cups had to stand on the sidelines after straining a leg muscle in a kickaround with his son.

26 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Idol chat fulfils teenager's dream

Few people are lucky enough to meet their idols face-to-face, but footballer Wan King-leung yesterday met the man he considers the king of soccer.

The 18-year-old was part of a group of students at the Hong Kong Sports Institute in Sha Tin selected to attend a sports clinic hosted by Pele.

26 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Velappan says Asia ready to blossom

Asian Football Confederation secretary general Peter Velappan believes Asian nations can equal Brazil's standards by 2005, provided they receive the proper support and continue to make in-roads on the international arena.

10 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Falling stars

WAX figures removed from London gallery Madame Tussaud's since 1990: Pele John McEnroe Fatima Whitbread David Owen Geoffrey Howe Nigel Lawson Larry Hagman Nastassja Kinski Charles Dance Lyndon B. Johnson Jane Seymour Bettino Craxi Paul Daniels Terry Wogan Roy Hattersley Bob Hawke Daley Thompson Lord Carrington

27 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

Pele kicks off Rio appeal

SOCCER legend Pele made a lot of friends over the years. Now he's asking them to help his hometown.

'I will ask my businessmen friends in Japan, the United States and other First World countries to come invest in Rio,' the soccer star said in an interview with the newspaper Jornal do Brasil.

1 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Diego destroyed by his own hand

DIEGO Maradona is a cheat who could or would not change and is today a world soccer pariah.

You play soccer or any other sport by the rules and if you break them cynically and with total intention, then at some stage there will be a price to pay.

2 Jul 1994 - 12:00am