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Top 20 World Cup Moments: Pelé, Brazil school Italy in 1970 — No. 1

Jun 12, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

As we continue our countdown to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil here at PST, each day from now until the tournament begins we will look back at a memorable moment from years gone by. 

Here is number 1. 

PST’s Top 20 World Cup moments – No. 1: Pelé, Brazil school Italy in 1970 final

They were no longer the unknown entity, the nation that won its first World Cup behind a 17-year-old Pelé in 1958.

No, Brazil were going for its third title in four tournaments, and Edson Arantes do Nascimento was as famous as The Beatles (or any other cultural touchstone of the time). The legend struck first with a powerful header to put Brazil ahead, though Italy would tie the score at 1.

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Despite the 4-1 score line, the match didn’t shift until the 66th minute. Gerson scored. Then Jairzinho.

Then came a fabulous example of what Brazil was all about: an 8-man passing play that punctuated title No. 3 with much aplomb.

Clinical.

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