Pele Museum, Lugansk – Музей Пеле

20131230-132925.jpg

The Pele Museum in Lugansk is, frankly, utterly surreal.

Thousands of miles away from Brazil, near the Russian border, it’s a shrine to Nikolai Khubodin’s childhood infatuation with the greatest player ever.

Nikolai, who played for his home town team Zorya Lugansk, heard about him on the radio in 1965 when he was ten.

And he has been collecting memorabilia – he has an estimated 3,000 items, for a very long time. Not all of them are about Pele.

Pele
Shirt from the game played in Milan in 1990 to celebrate Pele’s 50th birthday

A game staged in 1990 in Milan proved to be Pele’s last appearance when he played in an anniversary match to mark his 50th birthday.

20131230-134919.jpg

As well as his international career he played for Santos, near Sao Paulo in southern Brazil.

Most of his claimed 1,283 goals were scored for the club – some 1,088. The thousandth came from a penalty against Vasco de Gama in the Maracana in 1969 and a picture of it is framed in a cabinet dedicated to the great man’s domestic career.

This cabinet is full of memorabilia from Pele's domestic career in Brazil
This cabinet is full of memorabilia from Pele’s domestic career in Brazil
1,000 and counting - Pele notches the landmark goal in the Maracana
1,000 and counting – Pele notches the landmark goal in the Maracana

The museum is aiming to establish stronger links with Brazil.

Its press spokesman Sergey Popov says: “In the future, we want to be the museum’s honorary consulate in Brazil, I’m working on it. Brazilian ambassador promised us. Nicholas – the future will be the Honorary Consul of Brazil in Lugansk.

“We have already sent all the necessary documents to the Embassy of Brazil.

“Also, in November, at the initiative of Nicholas Khudobin -there was a delegation of Lugansk in Santos (it was my idea), and the contract was made friendship between Santos and Lugansk.

“There is information on the museum site about this. So – the museum plays an important role in the life of our city.”

An ad for Pele coffee in Russian. It reads: 'A new friend in your home.'
An ad for Pele coffee in Russian. It reads: ‘A new friend in your home.’

20131230-135257.jpg

The piece put up last week on Pele’s World Cup exploits and memorabilia is here.

I’ll be putting up stuff on Soviet soccer – featuring Lev Yashin and Zorya Lugansk next week.20131230-134746.jpg

Pele coffee cups
Pele coffee cups

20140108-115604.jpg

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Pele Museum, Lugansk – Музей Пеле

Leave a reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s