COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — Organizers of the 2014 World Cup say soccer great Pele will make an appearance at Friday's draw in Brazil.
Organizers confirmed Monday he will be part of the show broadcast to about 250 million viewers in more than 190 countries. Head of FIFA Films David Ausseil says Pele "will come to the stage" at some point, but his role in the ceremony won't be revealed in advance.
Luiz Gleiser, the event's artistic manager, says Pele "will be the wow moment" of the show. Pele will not be drawing the balls that determine the group placings, a task handed to past world champions including Cafu and Zinedine Zidane.