1950 World Cup - Fantastical, extraordinary in Brazil

Harry Robinson | Tears filled the newly built Maracana, the stadium that was supposed to give Brazil a home World Cup win. It was natural for Brazil to win it on this turf. The players, crying, holding on to each other, lying with their faces buried in the ground, would never play for their country again. Some were to be forced into early retirement by the barrel of abuse that was to come from the supporters who had already produced a celebration song. The newly named Jules Rimet trophy was Uruguay's, and Jules Rimet himself had no idea what he was to do. His speech had been prepared, his speech congratulating Brazil on their home victory, his speech that was written in Portuguese. Uruguay had completed a brilliant comeback and had won their second World Cup, their second World Cup out of just 4 that had taken place, they had beaten the footballing kings.
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