12/04 10:43 CST Ahead of World Cup game, Brazil coach recalls meeting Pel
Ahead of World Cup game, Brazil coach recalls meeting Pel
DOHA, Qatar (AP) --- Brazil coach Tite recalled his emotional first meeting
with Pel, and sent the soccer great well-wishes Sunday ahead of Brazil's game
against South Korea at the World Cup.
Tite said Pel, who has been hospitalized with a respiratory infection in
Brazil, was the only person who ever made him nervous before they were
"I was shaking, my hand was sweating, my heart started beating faster," Tite
said without revealing when the meeting took place. "I was about to have the
opportunity to hug Pel."
The 82-year-old Pel, who had a colon tumor removed last year, is undergoing
treatment for his infection and said he was feeling "strong."
"Get well, Pel," Tite said.
Brazilian fans showed their support for the soccer great during the national
team's 1-0 loss to Cameroon on Friday, displaying banners and flags with his
image at Lusail Stadium. Other tributes were expected before and during
Monday's match against South Korea in the round of 16.
Pel helped Brazil win three World Cup titles. The five-time champions are
trying to win their first World Cup title since 2002.
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