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Harry recalls Pele clash...

Posted on 2 June 2009  - 12:00

Did you know that our manager Harry Redknapp faced the great Pele in the Brazilian's last ever competitive match?

Harry recalls Pele clash...

Did you know that our manager Harry Redknapp faced the great Pele in the Brazilian's last ever competitive match?

Well, he reveals all in the June issue of hotspur, the Club's official monthly magazine, as the gaffer answers readers' questions in 'View from the Manager'.

Harry came up against the World Cup-winning legend while playing for the Seattle Sounders in the North American Soccer League (NASL) back in 1977.

Pele was turning out for the New York Cosmos in those days, and going head-to-head with him is something Harry will never forget.

"It was the 1977 Soccer Bowl in Portland against the New York Cosmos. In fact, that was the first team we played when myself and Geoff Hurst got over there," Harry says in response to Gerald Scarr's question about his experiences of the NASL.

"It was the opening of our stadium called the Kingdome, an indoor stadium in front of almost 60,000 people. It was an absolute sell-out.

"And Pele was still a fantastic player at that time, unbelievable. He had everything."

Harry goes on to answer questions about what he enjoys doing away from football, his highlights of the 2008-09 season, and how he thinks new European Champions Barcelona would fare if they entered the English Premier League!

The only place to find out what he says is in the June issue of hotspur, which also includes a feature interview with Aaron Lennon and is on sale now.

CLICK HERE to order your copy online...

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