Minister Çavuşoğlu will attend Pele’s funeral

Pele, one of the legendary names of world football, passed away at the age of 18. Struggling with colon cancer for a while, Pele scored over a thousand goals with the Santos jersey, which he wore for 19 years in his country, before ending his career in the USA’s New York Cosmos team. Pele’s statue was erected in front of Maracana Stadium, the birthplace of football for Brazilians. During his 19 years with his team, Pele won 10 state and 6 league championships, two Libertadores Cups and Intercontinental Cups. “Black Pearl”, “King of Football”, The legendary football player, nicknamed “King Pele”, became one of the players who exceeded the threshold of a thousand goals. Pele also entered the Guinness Book of Records by scoring 1,279 goals in his 1,363-match career. Pele’s funeral will be held on January 3 at Santos Stadium, where most of his career took place. After Pele’s death at the age of 82, the Brazilian government declared three days of national mourning. A ceremony will be held for Pele on Monday, January 2, and Pele will be buried on Tuesday, January 3.

Minister Çavuşoğlu will meet with Ukraine’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Yulia Svyrydenko before going to Santos. It will be received by Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany. He will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Brazilian President Lula da Silva. For the inauguration ceremony, 18 heads of state, including a king, a first lady, 5 vice-presidents, 5 prime ministers, 4 deputy prime ministers, 18 foreign ministers and 1 deputy foreign minister are in the capital city of Brazil. Minister Çavuşoğlu will depart for Sao Paulo for Pele’s funeral after his contacts.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan used the following expressions in his message of condolence on social media for the death of Brazilian football player Pele: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Pele, one of the biggest names in world football. Our condolences to all the athletes.”

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