Our main image this week shows Brazilian club side Santos lining up for the camera after touching down at Manchester’s Ringway Airport in October 1962.
The team, packed with Brazilian internationals, had just flown in from London to play an exhibition tour. The Sao Paolo club were short of funds and keen to exploit their star names – including Pele.
The Brazilian legend is pictured on the back row, third from right, chatting to his team-mates. They include Coutinho, Pepe, Zito, Lima and Mauro Ramos.
In their 1959 European tour, Santos crammed in 22 matches spread around eight countries in little over a month. Teams played included Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sporting Lisbon.
Pele would be back in Manchester four years later with Brazil playing the 1966 World Cup group matches in the North West.
The team memorably trained in a Bolton park when they were locked out of Wanderer’s ground Burnden Park by mistake.
The world champions’ stay in the North West was brief. They lost to both Hungary and Portugal and never made the knock-out rounds.
A shell-shocked Pele and his team-mates looked more than a little subdued when they caught the train from Manchester Piccadilly back to London.
Our modern image shows Manchester Airport in the grip of lockdown restrictions in January this year.
*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in The Changing Face of Manchester on sale now at £14.99.
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