Thursday, March 18, 2010

Gol do Uruguay! ...gol do Uruguay?!

If, in June, you plan to be watching the World Cup, well, so will I. (I promise I won't do a month straight of soccer stuff.)

But if this is your first World Cup, you should get an idea of just how big this thing is. And there's no better place to start than what is probably the most legendary game in soccer history, the 1950 final between Brazil and Uruguay.

Let's set the stage before throwing it to YouTube: Brazil had not yet won the World Cup, but had a really good feeling about this one, held on home soil. The final phase that year was a four-team group, and as it happened, Brazil and Uruguay were effectively playing a final in the last pairing. Sweden and Spain had already fallen away. Uruguay needed to win, Brazil needed only to tie to get a win on goal differential.

Brazil wanted it. Brazil needed it. Brazil thought they already had it wrapped up. A crowd as estimated as highly as 210,000 people- the most ever to attend a soccer game- crammed into the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro to bear witness to the coronation.

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