Pele’s funeral: Brazilian legend and three-times World Cup winner to lie in state at stadium of club side Santos | World News

Thousands of football fans will bid farewell to Brazilian legend Pele at the home of his former club Santos.

A three-bar coffin The World Cup The winner is to lie in state for 24 hours in the center circle of Brazilian club Vila Belmiro’s stadium later today.

The sporting icon, nicknamed “The King” for his superb footballing prowess, died last week at the age of 82 after a long battle with colon cancer..

The first Played almost his entire club career in Sao Paulo’s satellite city of Santos, where he grew up.

A view of the Vila Belmiro stadium, where a vigil for late Brazilian football legend Pele will be held on January 1, 2023 in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil.  REUTERS/Diego Vara
Vela Belmiro Stadium

He played 656 competitive matches for the team, helping them to numerous trophies, including six Brazilian league titles.

After lying in state at the Vila Belmiro stadium, Pele’s coffin will be carried through the streets of Santos to the home of his 100-year-old mother.

He will then be buried on Tuesday at the Memorial Necropolis Ecumenical, a vertical cemetery in Santos, with only his family present.

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It has a yellow effect. Braziland in the wider world of football, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to Santos over the next few days.

Pictures showed fans queuing outside the Vela Belmiro stadium overnight to watch Pele lie in state.

Soccer fans sleep outside the Villa Belmiro stadium as they wait for the gates to open for the funeral of late Brazilian soccer star Pele, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Santos, Brazil.
Fans slept outside the Vela Belmiro stadium.

Tributes poured in from around the world following his death on Thursday, while Brazil entered three days of national mourning.

In England, commemorations were held at every Premier League football match over the weekend.

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