1950 World Cup Disaster

Photo: Copa Libertadores (South American Champions League)
Flamengo (BRA) – San Lorenzo (ARG) : 4-0
Maracana – 08.03.2017
Next match: Hopefully Palmeiras – Sao Paulo derby match in 3 days in Sao Paulo…

210.000 Brazilians watched 1950 World Cup final between Brazil-Uruguay in here, Maracana (The capacity was later reduced to 78.000). They were so sure that Brazil was gonna win it; cities were decorated, fireworks were readied, everything was planned accordingly with celebrations in the whole country. Match started, Brazil scored a goal, people listening from radios stopped following the match and started celebrations…until they learned that Uruguay won…

3 days of mourning was declared in Rio by the mayor. A congressman gave a proposal in the parliament to demolish the stadium, believing it was cursed. No matches were played for a few years in Maracana…until Brazilians met the best footballer of the world, Pele, only after a few years, who will make Brazilians forget everything and remove the curse, rising like a sun on darkness…