Lessons from Pele

Class Teaching

In the 1970 World Cup semi-final, Brazil played Uruguay.  Pele was playing and this was one of the most talked about moments in the game:

I think there’s much to learn from this clip and the approach of Pele.  If you knew very little about football, hadn’t heard of Pele and just saw this – you might think Pele was a pretty poor footballer for missing the goal.  However, Brazil went on to win this game, and then beat Italy in the final – with Pele being key to this.  Although he missed the goal, the dummy beforehand was a moment of brilliance.  Pele scored 1283 goals in his career.  He was a remarkable player.

So what is there to learn from this?

  • In the same way as making a judgement about Pele as a football player, based on this miss, would be a nonsense, so is making a judgement about a…

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