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Niemeyer meets Pele: Brazilian Greats 2 New Museum 1

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Work has started on a new museum in honour of 70-year old Brazilian soccer star Pele designed by 102-year old architectural star Oscar Niemeyer

The architect was 49 when Pele (aka Edison “Edson” Arantes do Nascimento) made his debut for the port city of Santos in September 1956. The new $20 million museum, which will be built in Santos south of Sao Paulo, and features a cut-out silhouette of Pele raising his arm in celebration after bagging one of his 643 professional goals.

The building will house a replica of the 1970 World Cup and around 3,000 pieces from Pele’s private collection of artefacts and memorabilia.

Niemeyer, who celebrates his birthday on 15 December, will be 104 when the museum completes in 2012.

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