FIFA and the FIFA World Cup™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) congratulate Pele on being nominated as a Brazilian ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by President Dilma Rousseff. FIFA and the LOC are also delighted that Pele will be taking part in the Preliminary Draw, the first official event of the FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Thanks to his legendary status in world football history, Pele was contacted in April to attend the event, not merely as a guest, but to share the stage with FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke during the ceremony. Pele originally replied via email to say that he already had other commitments on the day of the draw. Yet the fact he is now able to attend makes the event complete and even more prestigious.