WORLD CUP SPECIAL - Jorge Ben, Pelé and Caetano Veloso


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BBC News reports on the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

To celebrate this year's World Cup, Arena looks back on some of our finest Brazilian football and music moments from the archive. From Jorge Ben to Pele to Rio Carnival, take a journey into the heart and soul of Brazil....


Joao Batista de Sales, better known as Fio Maravilha, is a former Brazilian football player. He is perhaps most famous for Jorge Ben's 1972 hit single 'Fio Maravilha'. Ben's inspiration came after he attended a game between Flamengo and Benfica at the Maracana Stadium in Rio. Fio Maravilha was left out of Flamengo's starting line-up but after a chorus of fans demanded he play, he was brought in as a substitute. Half an hour into the second half he scored "the goal of an angel" that was immortalised in Ben's song.

Brazilian musician Jorge Ben performs famous song 'Fio Maravilha'

From Arena series Rhythms of the World - Tudo Da Samba (1991), Directed by Anthony Wall


Pelé is regarded by many as the best football player of all time, with a total number of 1281 goals in 1368 games. In his native Brazil he is hailed as a national hero, winning three World Cups in 1958, 1962 and perhaps the greatest final in World Cup history, the 1970 match against Italy. Pelé's electrifying play and skill made him a star around the world, and sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney looks back at the 1970 World Cup final to see the master at work.

Hugh McIlvanney looks back at Pele's 1970 World Cup victory


Arena: Sportswriter (1992). Directed by Francis Hanly


Brazilian composer and singer Caetano Veloso became known for his participation in the Brazilian musical movement Tropicalismo, encompassing theatre, poetry and music in the 1960s at the beginning of the Brazilian military dictatorship. The government viewed his music and political action as subversive and he was arrested along with fellow musician Gilberto Gil in 1969. The two were eventually exiled from Brazil and moved to London where they lived for two years before returning to their home country. Here, Veloso performs famous Jorge Ben track 'Charles - Angel 45', the story of a 'Robin Hood' of the Favelas.


Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso performs Jorge Ben track 'Charles - Angel 45'

Arena: All On A Mardi Gras Day (1988). Directed by Anthony Wall, Mark Dickinson and Nigel Finch


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