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The Local Game: Văn Quyết comes out of the wilderness

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Peter Cowan

Four years is a long time to wait for anyone, but when you’re as accomplished as Nguyễn Văn Quyết, the last 46 months must have felt like a lifetime.

When Hà Nội FC’s captain lined up for his country in a friendly against Singapore in HCM City last week, it was his first international appearance since November 2018.

It’s not unusual for players to be in and out of international squads, after all, football is a competitive pursuit and there’s always someone gunning for your place.

But someone with the resume of Văn Quyết being left out is unusual.

Over that four-year period, he’s probably been the best domestic player in the V.League 1, as evidenced by him being awarded the league’s player of the season title in 2018 and 2020, as well as the Golden Ball in 2020.

Văn Quyết was a key player for the national team before coach Park Hang-seo took the job in 2017 and kept his place in the early days of the South Korean’s reign.

Whatever he did or didn’t do to become persona non grata is something of a mystery to me and I think most fans and media types alike.

I’ve seen some speculation that Văn Quyết doesn’t fit Park’s playing style or hasn’t been able to adapt to his tactics and if either is the case, I’d say the fault is with Park.

Just take a look at what the number 10 did against Singapore.

While Việt Nam eventually cruised to a 4-0 win, three of those goals came in the second half, and most of the first period was a stodgy affair.

It took a low, rasping drive from distance by Văn Quyết to open the scoring in the 37th minute to calm home nerves.

The fantastic individual effort showed the talent the man has and frankly, if a coach can’t find some way to use a talent like that in a 23-man squad, something is wrong.

Things have obviously worked out well for Park, given all the success the national team has achieved in the last four years, but that doesn’t mean leaving Văn Quyết out wasn’t a blunder.

Let’s face it, Việt Nam isn’t exactly brimming with talent in the forward positions, so it’s always been curious that Văn Quyết couldn’t get into the squad in front of clearly inferior players, even if they did have youth on their side.

Perhaps a couple of moments of magic from his right boot would have made the difference in a World Cup qualifier or two, or maybe at the Asian Cup in 2019.

We’ll never know if Văn Quyết could have inspired the team to even greater heights, but let’s hope his return to the fold isn’t short-lived. VNS 

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/sports/the-local-game-van-quyet-comes-out-of-the-wilderness_337623.html

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Netherlands move to World Cup knockout stages with 3-1 win over U.S.

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The Netherlands’ full backs proved the difference as veteran Daley Blind and hard-running Denzel Dumfries turned in decisive performances to help secure a 3-1 win over the United States in Saturday’s opening match of the World Cup knockout stages.

Dumfries netted and had two assists while Blind scored too as the Dutch saw off a brief spell of U.S. resistance to book a quarter-final with Argentina or Australia, who play later.

Striker Memphis Depay got the first goal as the Netherlands advanced to a seventh World Cup quarter-final.

A comfortable 2-0 halftime lead was halved in the 76th minute as the Americans finally made a breakthrough, even if scorer Haji Wright seemed to know little about the ball hitting his heel and then looping into the corner of the net.

However, any hopes they had of staging a comeback were ended five minutes later as Dumfries sealed his man-of-the-match performance by ghosting in at the back post and side-footing a volley into the net to restore the two-goal advantage.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Netherlands v United States - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Jordan Morris of the U.S. looks dejected after being eliminated from the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Netherlands v United States – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Jordan Morris of the U.S. looks dejected after being eliminated from the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

The Dutch deserved the win but again there will be questions about whether they are serious World Cup contenders – something coach Louis van Gaal keeps insisting they are, although he was quick to admit Saturday’s showing could have been a lot better.

“We also lost a lot of ball possession, and it is not acceptable at a World Cup, especially if you are playing a top-level team,” he said.

Van Gaal’s side did, though, offer some glimpses of classy potential, no more so than with a series of 20 passes that set up their 10th minute opener – finished off by Depay smartly hitting home a cut-back pass from Dumfries.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Netherlands v United States - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Netherlands players celebrate after the match as they progress to the quarter finals. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Netherlands v United States – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Netherlands players celebrate after the match as they progress to the quarter finals. Photo: Reuters

Almost identical 

The second Dutch goal, on the stroke of halftime, was almost identical. Blind also delayed his entry into the area and Dumfries found him with another perfect pass from the right, allowing Blind to score for the third time in 98 internationals.

“They were fantastic goals, they had a beauty about them but they were also team goals,” said Van Gaal.

The American defence was sucker-punched on both occasions although in between their team had chances, notably Christian Pulisic in the third minute when goalkeeper Andries Noppert got his lanky leg in the way to block the shot.

“We talked about the game being about moments,” said U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter, whose country co-host the 2026 World Cup. “We were on top and then all of a sudden we were 2-0 down. That’s what happens at this level and we’ve got to learn from it.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Netherlands v United States - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Netherlands' Jurrien Timber and Memphis Depay celebrate their third goal scored by Denzel Dumfries. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Netherlands v United States – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Netherlands’ Jurrien Timber and Memphis Depay celebrate their third goal scored by Denzel Dumfries. Photo: Reuters

They also had two second-half efforts cleared off the line but were always vulnerable to the counter-attack where the Dutch could have made much more of numerous opportunities to add to their tally.

In the end, though, they added only one more goal – but at a vital juncture, just as the crowd at the Khalifa International Stadium was beginning to offer the Americans encouragement.

Blind was criticised as the Dutch dithered their way through Group A but reminded everyone of his quality with a deft chip over the defence to allow Dumfries to kill off the contest.

“If the left wing back gets a cross to the right wing back and then the other way round, and they both score, that’s fantastic,” enthused Van Gaal.

“This is a result that gives us incredible confidence.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Netherlands v United States - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 3, 2022 U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter and Christian Pulisic of the U.S. look dejected after the match as United States are eliminated from the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Netherlands v United States – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 3, 2022 U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter and Christian Pulisic of the U.S. look dejected after the match as United States are eliminated from the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

The Netherlands’ full backs proved the difference as veteran Daley Blind and hard-running Denzel Dumfries turned in decisive performances to help secure a 3-1 win over the United States in Saturday’s opening match of the World Cup knockout stages.

Dumfries netted and had two assists while Blind scored too as the Dutch saw off a brief spell of U.S. resistance to book a quarter-final with Argentina or Australia, who play later.

Striker Memphis Depay got the first goal as the Netherlands advanced to a seventh World Cup quarter-final.

A comfortable 2-0 halftime lead was halved in the 76th minute as the Americans finally made a breakthrough, even if scorer Haji Wright seemed to know little about the ball hitting his heel and then looping into the corner of the net.

However, any hopes they had of staging a comeback were ended five minutes later as Dumfries sealed his man-of-the-match performance by ghosting in at the back post and side-footing a volley into the net to restore the two-goal advantage.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Netherlands v United States - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Jordan Morris of the U.S. looks dejected after being eliminated from the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Netherlands v United States – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Jordan Morris of the U.S. looks dejected after being eliminated from the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

The Dutch deserved the win but again there will be questions about whether they are serious World Cup contenders – something coach Louis van Gaal keeps insisting they are, although he was quick to admit Saturday’s showing could have been a lot better.

“We also lost a lot of ball possession, and it is not acceptable at a World Cup, especially if you are playing a top-level team,” he said.

Van Gaal’s side did, though, offer some glimpses of classy potential, no more so than with a series of 20 passes that set up their 10th minute opener – finished off by Depay smartly hitting home a cut-back pass from Dumfries.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Netherlands v United States - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Netherlands players celebrate after the match as they progress to the quarter finals. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Netherlands v United States – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Netherlands players celebrate after the match as they progress to the quarter finals. Photo: Reuters

Almost identical 

The second Dutch goal, on the stroke of halftime, was almost identical. Blind also delayed his entry into the area and Dumfries found him with another perfect pass from the right, allowing Blind to score for the third time in 98 internationals.

“They were fantastic goals, they had a beauty about them but they were also team goals,” said Van Gaal.

The American defence was sucker-punched on both occasions although in between their team had chances, notably Christian Pulisic in the third minute when goalkeeper Andries Noppert got his lanky leg in the way to block the shot.

“We talked about the game being about moments,” said U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter, whose country co-host the 2026 World Cup. “We were on top and then all of a sudden we were 2-0 down. That’s what happens at this level and we’ve got to learn from it.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Netherlands v United States - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Netherlands' Jurrien Timber and Memphis Depay celebrate their third goal scored by Denzel Dumfries. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Netherlands v United States – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Netherlands’ Jurrien Timber and Memphis Depay celebrate their third goal scored by Denzel Dumfries. Photo: Reuters

They also had two second-half efforts cleared off the line but were always vulnerable to the counter-attack where the Dutch could have made much more of numerous opportunities to add to their tally.

In the end, though, they added only one more goal – but at a vital juncture, just as the crowd at the Khalifa International Stadium was beginning to offer the Americans encouragement.

Blind was criticised as the Dutch dithered their way through Group A but reminded everyone of his quality with a deft chip over the defence to allow Dumfries to kill off the contest.

“If the left wing back gets a cross to the right wing back and then the other way round, and they both score, that’s fantastic,” enthused Van Gaal.

“This is a result that gives us incredible confidence.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Netherlands v United States - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - December 3, 2022 U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter and Christian Pulisic of the U.S. look dejected after the match as United States are eliminated from the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Netherlands v United States – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – December 3, 2022 U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter and Christian Pulisic of the U.S. look dejected after the match as United States are eliminated from the World Cup. Photo: Reuters

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Magic Messi fires Argentina into World Cup quarters

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Lionel Messi scored his first goal in a World Cup knockout round in his 1,000th match to beat Diego Maradona’s tournament tally, as Argentina beat off a frenzied Australia fightback to win 2-1 on Saturday and reach the quarter-finals.

Messi his side ahead after 35 minutes with a coolly taken low strike for his 94th international goal, passing the great Maradona’s eight World Cup goals, in a match where he was instrumental in almost every Argentine attack.

Julian Alvarez made it two near the hour mark after pouncing on a howler by keeper Mat Ryan to set up a mouth-watering last-eight clash next Friday with the Netherlands, who beat the United States 3-1 earlier in the day.

With nothing to lose, the Socceroos, chasing a first World Cup quarter-final berth, pulled a goal back 13 minutes from time when Craig Goodwin’s wayward shot took a huge deflection off Enzo Fernandez and flew into the net for an own goal.

Messi spurned two clear chances late on but it was Australia’s teenaged substitute Garang Kuol who set hearts racing in the stadium when deep into stoppage time his close-range shot on the turn was brilliantly saved by Emi Martinez.

The Australia bench had their heads in their hands as the final whistle blew moments later, sparking fervent celebrations from the Argentina squad and roars around the packed Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Man of the match Messi admitted the final moments were tense.

“Things got complicated in the end with their goal but it’s a World Cup and it’s never easy,” Messi said.

“Now we have a really tough clash with Holland, who play very well. They have great players and a great coach, it’s going to be hard-fought.

“If a World Cup has been tough from the start, it gets even tougher at this stage.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Argentina v Australia - Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Argentina's Lionel Messi in action with Australia's Harry Souttar. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Argentina v Australia – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi in action with Australia’s Harry Souttar. Photo: Reuters

Messi magic

Argentina took a while to find their stride in a physical match that started off scrappy, with Alejandro Gomez, Fernandez and Alvarez combining well but unable to break down a resolute defence as Messi struggled to make his mark.

Australia had a chance from a corner when towering defender Harry Souttar leapt high in the area but headed tamely.

Lifted throughout by the overwhelmingly Argentine support, which cheered, sang and bounced in unison from all sides of the stadium, Argentina finally made the breakthrough after 35 minutes with Messi the creator and finisher of a superbly worked goal delivered at breathtaking speed.

He took a free kick then picked out Alexis Mac Allister, who passed to Nicolas Otamendi to tap gently back into the path of Messi, who fired low into the corner and beyond the reach of the outstretched Ryan.

Argentina got their second close to the hour after a huge back-pass blunder from Ryan, who came under pressure from Rodrigo De Paul and was robbed of the ball by Alvarez, who turned and slotted home.

Australia refused to give up and launched a succession of threatening moves that rattled an Argentina side whose attention was focused more on their own attacks.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Argentina v Australia - Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Argentina's Lionel Messi shoots at goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Argentina v Australia – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi shoots at goal. Photo: Reuters

After Goodwin’s deflected shot went in there was a real prospect of extra time in a stadium where the Socceroos had booked their World Cup place via a penalty shootout win over Peru in an intercontinental playoff earlier this year.

They pushed forward relentlessly and nearly equalised when Aziz Behich darted dangerously into the area before a brilliant saving tackle by Lisandro Martinez.

Argentina tried for a third goal, with Lautaro Martinez firing wide and Messi coming close before Australia substitute Garang Kuol missed with seconds left in stoppage time.

“We took it to them. I felt that we finished off well. We had a great chance at the end there to equalise,” said Australia coach Graham Arnold, who described Messi’s performance as “incredible”.

“I’ve got to be very, very proud of the boys.”

Argentina defender Nahuel Molina said the win was all about Messi. “It’s a privilege to play with Messi, with him on the pitch we know that we just need to be patient because he is our ace in our sleeves.”

Lionel Messi scored his first goal in a World Cup knockout round in his 1,000th match to beat Diego Maradona’s tournament tally, as Argentina beat off a frenzied Australia fightback to win 2-1 on Saturday and reach the quarter-finals.

Messi his side ahead after 35 minutes with a coolly taken low strike for his 94th international goal, passing the great Maradona’s eight World Cup goals, in a match where he was instrumental in almost every Argentine attack.

Julian Alvarez made it two near the hour mark after pouncing on a howler by keeper Mat Ryan to set up a mouth-watering last-eight clash next Friday with the Netherlands, who beat the United States 3-1 earlier in the day.

With nothing to lose, the Socceroos, chasing a first World Cup quarter-final berth, pulled a goal back 13 minutes from time when Craig Goodwin’s wayward shot took a huge deflection off Enzo Fernandez and flew into the net for an own goal.

Messi spurned two clear chances late on but it was Australia’s teenaged substitute Garang Kuol who set hearts racing in the stadium when deep into stoppage time his close-range shot on the turn was brilliantly saved by Emi Martinez.

The Australia bench had their heads in their hands as the final whistle blew moments later, sparking fervent celebrations from the Argentina squad and roars around the packed Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Man of the match Messi admitted the final moments were tense.

“Things got complicated in the end with their goal but it’s a World Cup and it’s never easy,” Messi said.

“Now we have a really tough clash with Holland, who play very well. They have great players and a great coach, it’s going to be hard-fought.

“If a World Cup has been tough from the start, it gets even tougher at this stage.”

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Argentina v Australia - Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Argentina's Lionel Messi in action with Australia's Harry Souttar. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Argentina v Australia – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi in action with Australia’s Harry Souttar. Photo: Reuters

Messi magic

Argentina took a while to find their stride in a physical match that started off scrappy, with Alejandro Gomez, Fernandez and Alvarez combining well but unable to break down a resolute defence as Messi struggled to make his mark.

Australia had a chance from a corner when towering defender Harry Souttar leapt high in the area but headed tamely.

Lifted throughout by the overwhelmingly Argentine support, which cheered, sang and bounced in unison from all sides of the stadium, Argentina finally made the breakthrough after 35 minutes with Messi the creator and finisher of a superbly worked goal delivered at breathtaking speed.

He took a free kick then picked out Alexis Mac Allister, who passed to Nicolas Otamendi to tap gently back into the path of Messi, who fired low into the corner and beyond the reach of the outstretched Ryan.

Argentina got their second close to the hour after a huge back-pass blunder from Ryan, who came under pressure from Rodrigo De Paul and was robbed of the ball by Alvarez, who turned and slotted home.

Australia refused to give up and launched a succession of threatening moves that rattled an Argentina side whose attention was focused more on their own attacks.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Round of 16 - Argentina v Australia - Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar - December 3, 2022 Argentina's Lionel Messi shoots at goal. Photo: Reuters

Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Round of 16 – Argentina v Australia – Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar – December 3, 2022 Argentina’s Lionel Messi shoots at goal. Photo: Reuters

After Goodwin’s deflected shot went in there was a real prospect of extra time in a stadium where the Socceroos had booked their World Cup place via a penalty shootout win over Peru in an intercontinental playoff earlier this year.

They pushed forward relentlessly and nearly equalised when Aziz Behich darted dangerously into the area before a brilliant saving tackle by Lisandro Martinez.

Argentina tried for a third goal, with Lautaro Martinez firing wide and Messi coming close before Australia substitute Garang Kuol missed with seconds left in stoppage time.

“We took it to them. I felt that we finished off well. We had a great chance at the end there to equalise,” said Australia coach Graham Arnold, who described Messi’s performance as “incredible”.

“I’ve got to be very, very proud of the boys.”

Argentina defender Nahuel Molina said the win was all about Messi. “It’s a privilege to play with Messi, with him on the pitch we know that we just need to be patient because he is our ace in our sleeves.”

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Brazil soccer legend Pele says he remains ‘strong’ amid cancer battle

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Brazilian soccer great Pele said on Saturday he was “strong” and grateful for the widespread support he has been receiving after being hospitalized in Sao Paulo earlier this week as he battles colon cancer.

The 82-year-old said in an Instagram post that he wanted to keep “everyone calm and positive” after a medical report showed he remained in stable condition while also being treated a respiratory infection.

“I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual,” Pele said. “I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy”.

Pele, one of the greatest footballers of all time if not the greatest, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to re-evaluate his cancer treatment.

He had a tumor removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving hospital care on a regular basis.

In a report on Saturday, medical staff at the Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele has responded well to treatment for a respiratory infection diagnosed after his hospitalization and that his condition had not worsened in the last 24 hours.

“He is still undergoing treatment and remains in stable condition,” the doctors said.

The latest medical note came after newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported earlier in the day that Pele – whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento – had been receiving palliative care after chemotherapy stopped having the expected results.

The newspaper also said he had a general swelling and cardiac issues when admitted to hospital earlier this week, as previously reported by ESPN Brasil.

His manager, family members and the hospital have not confirmed that information.

On Thursday, Pele said in an Instagram post that he was at the hospital for a “monthly visit”.

Pele, who played for Brazil and club sides Santos and New York Cosmos as a striker, was one of the world’s best known sportsmen at his peak and is regarded as one of the best soccer players of all time.

He won the World Cup with Brazil three times, in 1958, 1962 and 1970 – a feat no other player has achieved. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil, with 77 goals in 92 games.

Messages of support came in from players and fans at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

French striker Kylian Mbappe tweeted, “Pray for the King”.

England captain Harry Kane said the whole national team wished him well.

“We send our best wishes to him and his family as well. (He is an) inspiration amongst our game, incredible footballer, incredible person,” Kane said.

The Torch tower in Doha was also lighted up on Saturday with a message of support saying “get well soon” and a picture of his face.

A sign with the same message was displayed by Brazilian fans at the Lusail Stadium on Friday ahead of Brazil’s 1-0 defeat by Cameroon.

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Brazilian soccer great Pele said on Saturday he was “strong” and grateful for the widespread support he has been receiving after being hospitalized in Sao Paulo earlier this week as he battles colon cancer.

The 82-year-old said in an Instagram post that he wanted to keep “everyone calm and positive” after a medical report showed he remained in stable condition while also being treated a respiratory infection.

“I’m strong, with a lot of hope and I follow my treatment as usual,” Pele said. “I have a lot of faith in God and every message of love I receive from you all over the world keeps me full of energy”.

Pele, one of the greatest footballers of all time if not the greatest, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday to re-evaluate his cancer treatment.

He had a tumor removed from his colon in September 2021 and has been receiving hospital care on a regular basis.

In a report on Saturday, medical staff at the Albert Einstein Hospital said Pele has responded well to treatment for a respiratory infection diagnosed after his hospitalization and that his condition had not worsened in the last 24 hours.

“He is still undergoing treatment and remains in stable condition,” the doctors said.

The latest medical note came after newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported earlier in the day that Pele – whose full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento – had been receiving palliative care after chemotherapy stopped having the expected results.

The newspaper also said he had a general swelling and cardiac issues when admitted to hospital earlier this week, as previously reported by ESPN Brasil.

His manager, family members and the hospital have not confirmed that information.

On Thursday, Pele said in an Instagram post that he was at the hospital for a “monthly visit”.

Pele, who played for Brazil and club sides Santos and New York Cosmos as a striker, was one of the world’s best known sportsmen at his peak and is regarded as one of the best soccer players of all time.

He won the World Cup with Brazil three times, in 1958, 1962 and 1970 – a feat no other player has achieved. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil, with 77 goals in 92 games.

Messages of support came in from players and fans at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

French striker Kylian Mbappe tweeted, “Pray for the King”.

England captain Harry Kane said the whole national team wished him well.

“We send our best wishes to him and his family as well. (He is an) inspiration amongst our game, incredible footballer, incredible person,” Kane said.

The Torch tower in Doha was also lighted up on Saturday with a message of support saying “get well soon” and a picture of his face.

A sign with the same message was displayed by Brazilian fans at the Lusail Stadium on Friday ahead of Brazil’s 1-0 defeat by Cameroon.

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