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When is Pele’s funeral? Venue, date, time & where to watch ceremony

4:29 PM IST 02/01/23
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All the details on how and where to say goodbye to the King of Football, Pele

The football world is in mourning after Brazil and Santos legend Peledied on December 29, 2022 following complications from colon cancer. He was 82 years of age.

Players both present and present and football clubs around the world paid their respects on social media and Santos Futebol Clube have released all the details on how fans can say goodbye to one of the game's all-time greats.

The proceedings were finalised as Pele's health deteriorated throughout November and December, with the man himself having a say on where the funeral would take place. So when is Pele's funeral and how can you watch it? GOAL has the details.

When is Pele's funeral? Ceremony date & time

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 to watch Pele's funeral on TV & stream live

Given Pele's stature as one of the biggest sporting icons in history, his funeral will receive global coverage on TV, with live streams also set to be available to tune in to.

In the UK, sports news networks such as Sky Sports and rolling news channels such as the BBC are expected to have coverage through the day. In the U.S., networks such as ESPN and CBS are expected to have some coverage of events. In Brazil, Sportv and ESPN will be covering the days' events as the country bids a final farewell to one of its most famous sons.

Santos, Pele's former club, are showing a live stream of the wake and ceremonies, which you can watch below.

Where will Pele's funeral procession take place?

Pele will have a public funeral (or wake) at Vila Belmiro (Santos' stadium), which starts on January 2. Pele's coffin will be placed on the pitch and fans will be able to pay their respects for a period of 24 hours.

A procession through the streets of Santos will then take place celebrating the icon. The parade will pass through Canal 6, where Pele's mother lives, and continue to the Memorial Necropole Ecumenica where he will be privately buried alongside other family members. This area will not be accessible to the public.

Premier League tributes to Pele

Premier League clubs paid tribute to Pele during Matchweek 18. Teams held a minute's applause before kick-off. All players and match officials also wore black armbands.

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