Pele and Cosmos will arrive in Havana next Sunday

Football great Pele to join New York Cosmos on trip to Cuba

Source:  Cuban News Agency

May 28 2015

pele and dilma2Pele, the legendary Brazilian footballer who popularized the number 10 in the game, will join his former club, the New York Cosmos, as they become the first professional US soccer club to play on the island in 37 years.

The Cosmos will arrive in Havana on Sunday to face on Tuesday, June 2nd  the Cuban national team, which is training for the match on June 10 against Curacao for the CONCACAF qualifiers towards Russia 2018 World Cup and the Gold Cup in the United States (July).

russia 2018The Cuban Football Association have confirmed that the Cosmos line-up will include the internationally experienced Spanish striker Raul Gonzalez Blanco -one of the idols of Real Madrid- and Spanish-Brazilian midfielder Marco Senna.

“It’s the first time I go to Cuba and it is very exciting, because it will be a historic match for the Cosmos and me. I hope to repeat and that other US teams to play against squads from Cuba ” said the Spanish striker in a video released by the American side.

The Cosmos, now in the second division of US professional soccer, have scheduled the first match of an American professional sports team in Cuba since the December rapprochement between Cuba and the United States.

The Cosmos became a sensation in the 1970s when they signed Pele and other international stars to play in the North American Soccer League. The league folded in the 1980s and was re-established in late 2009 as the second tier of U.S. club football, below Major League Soccer (MLS).

Today’s Cosmos get their star power from former Real Madrid striker and Spain captain, Raul Gonzalez, 37.

Marco Senna2Pele, 74, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, won three World Cups with Brazil, and was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.


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