The Game: 30 Years Through The Lens Of Stuart Roy Clarke
Stuart Roy Clarke has been documenting football through a camera lens since 1989, capturing the ever-changing face of the beautiful game for three decades. His evocative photographs place fans and grounds at the heart of the story, illuminating and celebrating their roles within football culture.
Having staged two captivating exhibitions at the National Football Museum in recent years, Stuart returns to the home of football history to present a collection of his most cherished and significant work.
Reflecting its subject matter, THE Game is a dynamic exhibition that will grow and change over the course of twelve months, with a hand-picked selection of Stuart’s favourite images serving as its core.
Edson put aside his original dream of being a pilot, and inspired by his father, became consumed by football.
Pelé’s potential was obvious from an early age. In 1956, his coach Waldemar de Brito told Santos directors that the 15 year old would one day be the greatest footballer in the world.
With the hopes of a nation again upon the shoulders of the Brazilian football team, Pelé was given an opportunity to make history on the world stage.
Santos Success Story
Despite the pressure of such high expectations, Pelé immediately repaid Santos’ faith in him. He finished his first full season as top scorer with 41 goals and won the first of ten state championship titles a year later.
After a gruelling playing schedule involving over 100 matches in a year, Pelé arrived with Brazil for the 1962 World Cup in Chile hoping to retain the trophy.
Despite missing the chance to play in a second World Cup final victory for Brazil, Pelé had become one of the biggest names in world football.
Brazil arrived in England as favourites to take home the World Cup in 1966, but other teams had developed their own ways of dealing with the threat of Pelé.
Pelé’s two year exile from the national team was ended in 1968 when he scored twice in a 4-0 win over Paraguay. In the same year, Pelé and Santos won all five major tournaments they had entered.
Following his unprecedented hat-trick of World Cup wins, Pelé brought his international career to an emotional end.
Partly necessitated by business troubles, Pelé made a return to football. An offer had been made to him by New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League back in 1971 and they were still very keen to bring the star to the US.
King of New York
Pelé’s first season with the Cosmos saw them miss out on the play-offs but there were already signs of improvement.
Sound and Vision
After the end of his football career, Pelé remained a visible part of football and popular culture, taking on new roles as a UN ‘Citizen of the World’, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, actor and musician.
Player of the Century
Despite his time on the pitch having come to an end, Pelé maintained an involvement in Brazilian football and continued to receive numerous honours and awards from across the sporting world.
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