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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Carlos Alberto Returns to The New York Cosmos as International Ambassador by Theresa Tran

by Theresa Tran for World Football Commentaries


Image courtesy of the New York Cosmos.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Carlos Alberto Returns to The New York Cosmos as International Ambassador
1970 World Cup Winning Captain and Former New York Cosmos Defender
Reunites With Brazilian Teammate Pelé Once Again

The Famous Goal in His Own Words



April 13, 2011 - The New York Cosmos today announced that
Carlos Alberto has
rejoined The New York Cosmos as International Ambassador, nearly 34 years
after coming to the club to play with longtime friend and teammate Pelé
– with whom he played at Santos FC as well as the Brazilian National Team.
During their time together at The New York Cosmos, they celebrated an NASL
Soccer Bowl victory in 1977 – the same year of Pelé’s retirement. Alberto
continued on with The New York Cosmos to win the NASL Soccer Bowl in 1978
and 1980. In 1981, he did a stint with the California Surf but shortly
returned to The New York Cosmos to win his fourth (and the club’s fifth)
NASL Soccer Bowl championship in 1982. This would also be the final season
of his playing career.

Today, Alberto reunites with teammate Pelé once again for the next chapter
of the newly revived New York Cosmos. In his new role as International
Ambassador, he will work closely with the club and its academies and
grassroots programs to help bridge the past with the present-day New York
Cosmos. He will also interact with fans and media throughout the world to
promote the history of the club and participate in the club’s rebuilding
efforts as part of its mission to be a professional team once again.

Alberto is widely considered one of the greatest defenders in the history of
the sport and has been named on the World Team of the 20th Century and the
FIFA 100 list. He has also been inducted into the Pacaembu Brazilian
Football Museum Hall of Fame along with the U.S. National Soccer Hall of
Fame.


"My time with The New York Cosmos was very unique and special to me, and I
take great pride in helping restore this club to greatness,” says Alberto. “I’m looking forward to seeing what’s ahead for The New York Cosmos and will support them in any way to fulfill both its short- and long-term plans.”

“Carlos Alberto’s exceptional leadership qualities were reflected in the
four championships won during his time with The New York Cosmos,” says Paul Kemsley, Chairman of The New York Cosmos. “We are honored that 'El Capitán’ is returning back to this great club and city.”

To celebrate Alberto’s return to New York City, fans will be able to submit

questions via Facebook - to be personally chosen and answered by the
Brazilian legend this week - with opportunities to win signed memorabilia as
well. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/TheNYCosmos.


About the Author

Theresa Tran
is the Director of Communications for the New York Cosmos.

Voice: 212-369-7000 / email: ttt@newyorkcosmos.com /



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