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Brazil's Super Cup renamed in honor of football king Pele

1. February 2024
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In a heartfelt tribute to its greatest football icon, Brazil has officially renamed its Super Cup competition in honor of Pele, the legendary footballer who passed away in December 2022.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced that the match for the Brazilian Super Cup will now be known as the "SuperCopa Rei" (King's Super Cup), celebrating the legacy of the man who changed the face of Brazilian and world football.   

This renaming comes a little over a year after Brazil mourned the loss of Pele, who was widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. The decision to rename the Super Cup is part of ongoing commemorations and tributes to Pele, ensuring his memory continues to inspire future generations.

The inaugural SuperCopa Rei will see Brazilian champions Palmeiras and cup winners Sao Paolo compete for the trophy in Belo Horizonte. This renaming adds significant prestige to the trophy, reflecting Pele's monumental impact on the sport.   

CBF President Ednaldo Rodrigues expressed the importance of this gesture, stating, "Pele deserves all the greatest honors. The star will always be respected and honored for his legacy. By naming the match SuperCopa Rei, we add extra weight to this trophy. It is extremely important for the federation to maintain Brazilian football heritage and ensure new generations never lose touch with their football idols, especially the greatest of all time."

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