The Maracanã Stadium will not be named after Pele.
Rio de Janeiro Governor Claudio Castro rejected a controversial state legislative proposal on Thursday to pay tribute to the three-time world champion and renamed it “Rey Pellet Stadium” .
After Brazilian sports journalists acknowledged that the idea of building the stadium to the world in 1950 was recognized, the stadium will host two World Cup finals and the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games, and will retain its official name as “Estadio Filo (Estadio Stadium). Jornalista Mario Filho)”. cup.
However, near Rio de Janeiro where it is located, it has always been called Maracana.
The veto power was aroused by the wind of criticism of the proposal. Castro pointed out that André Ceciliano, the same legislator who contributed to this change, asked him to reject the initiative.
Filho used the sports newspaper “Jornal dos Sports” to organize a successful campaign to persuade the citizens of Rio de Janeiro to build a stadium closer to the city center, rather than in a remote community as originally planned. Filho’s family opposed the name change.
Maracaná can hold 78,000 fans and is the headquarters of Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo and Fluminense.
Since the Rio state legislature approved the initiative, Pelé, now 80, has not made any comments on the matter.