Academy competition being held in honour of Pelé
A special tournament honouring one of the world’s greatest ever players and featuring some of the best up-and-coming talent in Europe will be hosted by Brentford FC tomorrow. The Club’s Academy will play host to the Pelé Cup tomorrow, Saturday 26 September. A tournament featuring some of the biggest clubs in Europe will be played at Brentford’s Training Ground, in Osterley. At the end of the event – which is behind closed doors and strictly no admittance without prior arrangement – Brazilian legend Pelé will be on hand to present the trophies.
Brentford were asked to host the event after the success of an England v Germany tournament for Under-11 teams which was hosted at the Club’s Jersey Road Training Ground in February. That event saw teams including Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 compete. Tomorrow's event will feature Under-12 sides from those five clubs and they will take on a Brentford side and a team comprising players from Santos, where Pelé played for 18 years and still holds the records for most appearances and goals, among others.
Pelé – known as one of the world’s greatest ever players – will be on site towards the end of the event to watch and present trophies. He will share experience of a 21-year playing career, four World Cup Finals appearances, three World Cup winners’ medals and 77 international goals with some of the young players.
Ose Aibangee, Brentford FC Academy Director, said: “This will be a fantastic occasion for everyone connected to the Club. Pelé is one of the biggest names in all sport, not just football, and to be asked to host an event with his name attached is a great honour. For him to be in attendance as well makes it even more special for everyone involved.
“We were very happy with the tournament we hosted earlier this year and it says a lot about the facilities and welcome we can offer that we have been asked to host this. We look forward to seeing our friends from around the football world on Saturday.
“This is a great opportunity for the Club and I am sure everyone connected is up to the task. Pelé is a man that everyone in football looks up to and can learn from. I am sure he will enjoy the event and our players will relish their meeting with him.”