Perhaps it was the vicious and persistent fouling by Portuguese and Bulgarian defenders, that kept the great Pelé and the Brazil National Team from winning four consecutive World Cup championships. During the "First Golden Era", Brazil won the Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970; however, in 1966, they were eliminated in the first round, with Pelé suffering great harm from the attacks by opponents on the Portugal and Bulgaria national squads.
From the ill-fated 1966 season, comes this Pelé match-worn 1966 Brazil National Team jersey. A classic representation of "Seleção Canarinho", this vintage canary yellow gamer is simply decorated with the Brazil badge on the left breast, and Pelé's world famous number "10" in blue patches on the back. An Athleta, S. Paulo factory label is stitched inside just below the collar, and the sleeves and collar are accented in green. Moderate overall use/wear is evident, including light color fading, small pulls on the back number patches, traces of sweat stains on the collar, and mild stretching on the elastic sleeve bands, adding up to ample authentic display appeal.
Accompanying is a Portuguese language LOA signed by Paulo Cezar Lima (aka Paulo Cesar Caju, or commonly "Caju"), a former football player for Seleção Brasileira, Flamengo and other teams, stating this Seleção Brasileira shirt was match-worn by Pelé in 1966. A style match for this jersey can be viewed at Getty Images number "79037111".