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Pele – the man, the art, the Ginga

Movies on sports stars are always motivating to watch. The beautiful synergy of mind and body goes on to do great things, of course, the truly great stories may be few and far between, but when one watches a movie like Pele, which graphically brings out the nuances of the exceptional sporting spirit that man possesses, it undoubtedly fills one with hope, wonder and a euphoric positivity. It fills me for sure.

PelePosterSo that’s why I was drawn to watch the movie Pele, and I did so with rapt attention. Absorbing the angst of his poverty, his deprivation of nurturing sporting opportunities, his grief at losing a friend, his anger at being ridiculed, pain at watching his fathers’ unfulfilled dreams and his tremendous ability to turn this cauldron of emotion into a smoldering flame within his belly.

His parents no doubt played a hugely supporting role in making him the persona he became – larger than life, yet self-effacing in demeanor. In their simple, humble way they encouraged and shaped him. From teaching him how to play sophisticated, subtle ball with a mango, to watching his every match on television, his father was a huge force of guidance and strength for his skill.

But the larger story that follows him from Dico to Pele is Ginga. His ability to capitalize on his once frowned upon cultural inheritance. His willingness to acknowledge that he had a talent that had been built upon by generations before him, and his eagerness to tap into it, his ability to carry others with him on his way up to success – no doubt, only a man of exceptional  brilliance like Pele could have measured up to the task.

A special mention must be made of the incredible foot work – in all its skill, beauty and splendor. Something one does not see easily today. Football today has truly turned into a science, a game of rules and hardly retains that primordial spirit and instinct, where the mind and body coordinate to showcase the grace of the sport.

In the movie, Pele displays some exemplary courage to stay true to himself, his inherited culture of Ginga, even in the face of stiff opposition. He was quick to realize what worked for him and willing to go with it. So often today, we get buffeted by ruthless change in the garb of ‘development’ or ‘modernity’ and abandon our roots, aspiring for a mirage of the superior, the new, the stylish, the fad. Each of us have our inherited core value, what I learned from Pele is that if I have the courage to hold fast to it, I will be able to look at myself in the mirror and keep my head high, knowing that I  am doing right, that I do best, that I am true.

The Frenzy of Football

Football in Goa

Football is in the blood of every Goan and the high that comes only with this racy sport can be seen as people gather at their village grounds every other day. Some of these football fields are mere flattened paddy fields, but the thrill of watching the ball race around can be got just about anywhere if you’ve a Goan.

Came rain or shine, week days or weekends, there are matches happening almost every day in some parts of Goa or the other. And many a young athletic boy dreams of taxing his muscles, getting his adrenaline going, covered in the sweet smell of excited sweat, all to be playing for a local club.

With people fanatic about football, most villages have their own football clubs and the inter-village tournaments can be fiercely fiery ones.

“Goans have the potential to lead the country in football” says Aldrid DaCosta, English FA-qualified football coach, who left the UK and followed his passion for football, all the way to ancestral Goa. “Countries all over the world with Portuguese or Spanish influence make up the best football teams in the world, some examples being Brazil and Argentina. Goa needs to exploit this heritage”, he continues.

Getting their kicks from Football

Aldrid DaCosta walks his talk and has set up the GOA Learning Soccer School which conducts football camps for young students all year round. Aldrid has tied up with numerous schools and trains their football teams too. Many of these schools have gone on to win inter school championship trophies too.

Sport, as a vital part of education has been diminishing in value. Burdened by school, travel and tuitions, children have become couch potatoes, preferring to unwind before the TV or computer than go out and exercise their muscles.

Sports, help young boys and girls grow to their full potential, make them physically strong and athletic.

Sports, especially group sports like football, instill young boys and girls not just with a competitive spirit, but gives them faster motor- eye co-ordination, enhancing their instinctual abilities, helping them understand the importance of team work and co-operation. All these are invaluable learns which will help young boys and girls get ahead in life.

Thankfully some school and parents are beginning to recognize the importance of sports in the development of their child and going by the large turn outs for the GOA Learning Soccer School Camps, Goa may well retain its dominance in the football arena after all.

If you would like to contact Aldrid DaCosta,

Cell number  +91-  9823 281781   Email –

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