World Brazil 50: The Maracanazo and a semifinalist Spain
It was the World 50 an atypical championship. First because there were no semis, but a league where the top four played all against all and the most points obtained. Second, because Brazil hosted an event that was predesigned to conquer. Third because Italy traveled by boat along three weeks and an eternal journey was a result of panic because of a plane crash that had suffered was its hegemonic club, Torino. Quarter, because England finally competed in a World Cup after previous years do not believe the creators of football. Sixth, because it was the first World Cup with ridges on the back. and seventh, because there are no changes, there was a Brazil-Yugoslavia who played 11 against 10, as a result of injury Balkan captain minutes before going to the field.
Yes, It was a strange tournament. Because he won Uruguay, He is returning to a world championship after winning it in 1930 and continue unbeaten in the 50. And he did it in a big way, possibly favoring the biggest surprise of the World Cup history, the Maracanazo. In a final game (not the end), local tie was enough to lift the Cup for the first time. They failed despite winning go 1-0 and have delivery 200.000 souls in the biggest stadium in the world.
“these from outside are sticks”. If they were stick, That must have thought Obdulio Varela (the captain and inspirational phrase), Schiaffino, the man with more class team and Gigghia, the goalscorer who foiled the hopes of a country, mourn that made thousands of people and caused that Brazil never play white. Alcides Gigghia because it was eleven minutes from time which surprised Barbosa, the man who paid the sin of receiving an avoidable goal with 50 years of ostracism.
Of course there were more than Maracanazo. Spain reached the semifinals with a goal of Zarra to England it was the best performance in the history of the “day” until 2010. Argentina, suitor organizing the event was not involved, as neither they did France (which he rejected the invitation), Germany (It was forbidden by the crimes of World War II) or India, to which he was paid the tickets but was not allowed to play barefoot, prerequisite to play.
Ademir was the top scorer of the World 50, Uruguay and Bolivia formed the shortest group in history (both of them), and Brazil, Brazil decided not to play in the next two years. A nice, a unique championship, a special tournament. It was the World 50.
Some curious photos of the World 50: