the Maracanazo, the day Brazil cried

the Maracanazo, the day Brazil cried
The Maracanazo was one of those historic football moments. PHOTO: Google

Was one of great football moments: the Maracanazo. that end of World Brazil 1950 disputed in the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, which ended up giving the second world title to Uruguay at the expense of a host, Brazil, esfumar saw the dream of winning his first world championship at home.

the Maracanazo, the defeat that marked Brazilian football

the Maracanazo a 16 July 1950. It was actually not an end itself, but it was the last game of the finals bringing together the four best teams on the planet. classifieds for her Spain, Sweden, Brazil Y Uruguay, These last two sets were presented to the last game as the only teams that could aspire to lift the world title.

Uruguay had tied with Spain 2 and he had managed to beat the Swedes 3-2, so I had 3 points. Meanwhile, Brazil had thrashed Sweden 7-1 and Spain by 6-1, whereby the leading group 4 points, one more than Uruguay. Everything seemed well prepared for Brazilians beat the World, tie it gave them the title.

A sporting level, the spectacular thrashings endorsed the two European teams made Brazil a selection to fear. Its initial thrust (sheltered by the unconditional supporters), his technique and a series of great players like They are stupid presaged an easy local victory. further, a year before, Brazil had been able to beat Uruguay twice (in one with a hand including), and to conquer the Copa America.

On the social level, the whole country was convinced that this time, Brazil would be his first World Cup. flyers, shirts with victory celebrations (until 500.000 sold shirts with the slogan champion Brazil) and even newspapers headlined the Brazilian victory in advance, They did live across the country in an atmosphere of optimism.

Uruguay silenced Maracana

In this environment and under these parameters the match was played in the Maracana, filled to the brim with over 173.000 people willing to support your selection. unconditional support remained until the break, which ended tied at 0, despite the continuous arrivals area for Brazil.

But nevertheless, this climate of euphoria would become only drama 45 minutes later. Although Brazil took the marker to the jubilation “Torcida” Brazilian with a bit of Childhood just start the second, act, Alberto Schiaffino put the Juan uncertainty on the scoreboard to tie the game at the minute 66. A goal that left the Brazilian fans cold, anxious about the outcome.

that trouble, but nevertheless, It was going to turn into tragedy, when the minute 79 Edgardo Ghiggia managed to beat the goalkeeper Barbosa with a strong shot and place the 1-2 the score. A result that gave the title to the Uruguayans and that left them completely speechless Maracana. Not enough the next ten minutes from the goal to the end to reverse the situation and to console a stadium and the whole country that came down between tears and cries of control.

The Maracanazo was the second World Cup in Uruguay and a tremendous stick for Brazil. PHOTO: Google

The light blue final victory meant the second world title for the Charrúas and the biggest disappointment of a local team in its history. Such was the impact of that party, from that moment, Brazil decided to change his classic white uniform, by yellow, in order to find luckier.

further, The match marked forever left two players: Ghiggia, as the goalscorer and the man who managed to silence the Maracana (Theirs is the phrase that “solo 3 people have managed to silence the stadium: Sinatra, Pope and“). And also the goalkeeper Barbosa, From there it was regarded as an icon of bad luck and a drag on the country for its alleged error in both Ghiggia. paradoxically, Brazilian goalkeeper was voted best goalkeeper of this world.

Obdulio Varela's message, one of the best Uruguayan soccer players in history

However, this game could not be understood without the great performance of one of the best players in the history of Uruguay, Obdulio Varela, Captain celestial and spiritual architect of victory. He was the frame of mind to the team that it was possible victory, and yours is the phrase for posterity that "do not think about all those people, not look up, The game is played down, and if we win it will not pass anything, nothing ever happened. Outsiders are stick and the field will be eleven for the eleven. The match is won with eggs on the tips of his boots”

marcanazo obdulio varela
Obdulio Varela collected the title from the hands of Julius Rimet himself. PHOTO:
Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

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


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