Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the Brazilian known as Pelé, was the main attraction when Santos Futebol Clube travelled to Australia in 1972. Santos played one match against an Australian XI at the Sydney Showground on 17 June. Most home fans knew they were paying for what would likely be the first and only time they would see the three-time FIFA World Cup champion live.


The Australian XI included the best available for coach Zvonimir (Rale) Rasic, including Peter Wilson, Manfred Schaefer, Ray Richards, Jimmy Rooney, Adrian Alston and Ray Baartz. When Orlando Pereira scored for Santos on 32 minutes, Rooney equalised three minutes later.


In the second-half, Pelé assisted Edu from a free-kick to take the lead on the hour mark. If the Brazilians thought the Australians would capitulate, they were wrong. Five minutes later, Baartz scored to level it up at 2-2. That is how it would end.


"Richards is the toughest player I have ever played against," said Pelé, after the match. This design is a reminder to all fans of the beautiful game that the best in world football leave Australia with newfound respect.

Santos em Sydney 1972 T-shirt

SKU: FC0000484
  • Specifications

    • Unisex, regular fit 
    • Crew neck 
    • Mid-weight, 180 GSM
    • 100% combed cotton
    • Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
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    L 71 75 78.5 82 83.5 85


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