Brazilian football legend Pele to visit Iran

Brazilian football legend Pele, is due to visit Iran in May, said Iran's official news agency IRNA.

Brazilian football legend Pele to visit Iran
"An agreement has been signed with the Brazilian embassy in Tehran in this respect," said Mohammed Hadi Ayatollahi, member of the executive board of Iran's Football Federation.

Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento will reportedly learn more about Iranian football during his visit.

Pele, who is also known as 'The King' ,won his first football world cup at 17 and has been given the title of Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee.

In April, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a message of gratitude to Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona for supporting Iran.

Maradona met Iranian officials in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires in December 2007 and said he would like to travel to Tehran and meet the president.

Ayatollahi also said that talks have been held to try and secure the visit by Maradona and he hoped that it would soon materialise.

Agencies
Last Mod: 25 Nisan 2008, 09:16
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