Alcides Ghiggia, the man who scored the Maracanazo

Alcides Ghiggia, the man who scored the Maracanazo
Alcides Ghiggia, the man who scored the Maracanazo

“Only three people in history have managed to silence the Maracana with a single gesture: Pope, Frank Sinatra and”. Well defined, Alcides Ghigghia, a man 16 July 1950 He had the happy idea of ​​scoring a goal that served to stop crying over stadium 200.000 spectators ready to watch Brazil crowned world champion for the first time in its history.

He had lots and lots of good Ghigghia on the field. Quick, smart and easy to see door, was part of the Squadron of Death, the quintet that had crowned a formidable team Peñarol (only lost one match in 1949) and he was part alongside legends like Juan Hohberg, Enrique Hugo and Juan Alberto Schiaffino and Ernesto Vidal. great players, where some put goals, magic and other quality and one, Ghiggia, did a bit of everything. maybe, his best illustration was the goal he scored in 1949 ante River Plate, a play where he could see the best of him.

Even though, definitely, which marked his career was the World 50. Uruguay again after winning the World Cup of 1930 and no victory streak would end in Brazil. Partly because Gigghia was to be converted into a voracious scorer he was going to score four goals in the championship, with the nuance that three would be in all three games of the final phase.

Among them, the goal of the century, history, as you wish, because its importance is likely to be the highest ever recorded in a football field. the minutes played 79 the last game of the World. To Brazil, he had better draw to be crowned champions, only the victory to Uruguay. With a tie, Ghigghia released a shot with his left leg: Barbosa beat the target, Brazilian goalkeeper who was in the wrong place the wrong party. It was a hard shot, dry, maybe it was comparable but that ended in a goal.

Alcides Ghiggia, the man who scored the Maracanazo
Alcides Ghiggia, the man who scored the Maracanazo.

The greatest feat of history, the Maracanazo, the end of the world for a country and for Barbosa man who in his last days of life confess: “the maximum penalty in Brazil is 30 years in prison, but I've been paying for something I'm not even responsible, now makes 50 years”.

Then, Ghiggia, an idol in Uruguay went to Italy, where he played 12 years in Rome, where even Italian nationalized getting to play with the Azzurri's World Cup finals 58. But it was not the same, Ghigghia was uruguayo, Uruguay is and always will be. Today, with 86 years and despite suffering a terrible accident in 2012 it was on the verge of death, It is the only survivor of that feat. And it is that the day go Ghigghia, football will never be the same.

PD: because of him, Brazil stopped playing and went white to yellow.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982

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2 thoughts on “Alcides Ghiggia, the man who scored the Maracanazo

  1. HELLO ALCIDES,
    I HAD THE HONOR OF COSCERTI PERSONALLY IN A CARBONIA 1954 FOR A FRIENDLY MATCH. I WAS A LITTLE BOY AND I HAVE GIVEN YOU BEEN IN THE HEART AUTOGRAFO.MI. YOU REALLY ALL THE piu'grande. YOUR TRULY AND A GOAL FOR ETERNITY. CORDIALLY
    FRANCO

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