The funeral arrangements for Brazil football legend Pele have been made public.
The 82-year-old died on Thursday after a long battle with colon cancer.
Santos Futebol Clube released all the details on how fans can say goodbye to one of the game’s all-time greats as players both past and present paid their respects on social media.
As Pele’s health deteriorated throughout November and December, the arrangements were finalized, with the man himself having a say in where the funeral would take place.
When is the funeral being held?
Pele’s public ceremony will take place from January 2, 2023, until the morning of January 3. There will be gate access for the general public and separate entrances for political officials and other prominent figures, along with members of the press.
His private burial will occur following a parade through the streets of Santos on January 3.
Where is the funeral being held?
Pele will be embalmed and taken from the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo before his public funeral at Vila Belmiro (Santos’ stadium) starts on January 2.
The public event will last exactly 24 hours, after which there will be a procession through the streets of Santos celebrating the icon. Then, he will be privately buried alongside other family members in the Memorial Necropole Ecumenica.
Details on the private burial
After Pele’s coffin is paraded through the streets of Santos, he will be laid to rest in the Memorial Necropole Ecumenica. This area will not be accessible to the public.