Pele watched by military dictatorship in Brazil
Documents released by Brazilian authorities show that military
officials kept track of Pele during the country’s dictatorship
The files unveiled by the Sao Paulo state government on Monday
show officials investigated Pele in the 1970s, keeping record of
his activities and probing incidents involving the football star,
including alleged attacks to his home in the coastal city of
The military dictatorship ruled Brazil from 1964-85, with
officials constantly trying to identify possible opponents to the
regime and vehemently acting to reprimand radical leftists.
Pele had already been linked to military dictatorship
investigations after he allegedly received a manifest requesting
his help to try and influence the release of political
The documents on Pele were among several files on well-known
Brazilians released online by the state government.