- Address: Praia
- Country: Cabo Verde
- Capacity: 15,000
- Opened: 23 August 2014
- Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Estádio Pelé
The construction of the venue, which has an athletics track, started in 2010. It is named after Edson Arantes do Nascimento, commonly known as Pelé. The Brazilian football legend died in 2022 at the age of 82. He played professional football for Santos FC from Brazil and the New York Cosmos from the United States. Pelé scored twice for the national football team of Brazil in the 1958 FIFA World Cup final. He also scored once in the 1970 FIFA World Cup final. Edson Arantes do Nascimento was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC.
The national football team of Cabo Verde
The national football team of Cabo Verde, nicknamed Tubarões Azuis, use the stadium named Estádio Pelé for home matches. In 2012, they were qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, the African championship for national football teams, for the first time in their history. Cabo Verde were qualified after beating Cameroon. On 19 January 2013, they played their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations match. The match against South Africa ended in a goalless draw. The game, which took place in the South African city of Johannesburg, attracted tens of thousands of spectators.
Other matches at the Africa Cup of Nations
On 23 January 2013, the national football team of Cabo Verde played their second Africa Cup of Nations match. The game against Morocco, which took place in Durban, ended in a 1-1 draw. Luís Carlos Almada Soares, nicknamed Platini, scored the first-ever Africa Cup of Nations goal for Cabo Verde. On 27 January 2013, Cabo Verde won their first Africa Cup of Nations game. They won the match against Angola 2-1. Fernando Lopes dos Santos Varela and Héldon Augusto Almeida Ramos both scored for Cabo Verde that day. The national football team of Cabo Verde faced Ghana in the quarter-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Ghana defeated Cabo Verde after Mubarak Wakaso scored twice.