A day like today but from 1950 marked a before and after in the history of Uruguayan soccer and world soccer.
On July 16, 1950, the greatest feat in the history of the World, known as the Maracanazo: Uruguay beat 2-1 to Brazil in the defining game of the final round and became World Champion before all odds against the local and before the imposing figure of 200 thousand people in what was the largest stadium in the world.
It is worth clarifying that that match was not a final as such. That contest consisted of four groups in which the winners played a final round against each other and the meeting between Brazilians and Uruguayans was the last when both arrived with chances to win. The locals, who came from loose goals, could even consecrate themselves with the draw.
The local team had everything ready for the celebration. Diario O Mondo had titled “Brazil World Champion 1950”, the government had already made commemorative coins with the faces of the footballers and even FIFA President Jules Rimet had his speech prepared only in Portuguese. But Obdulio Varela, Charrúa captain, made sure that his team did not have that mentality.
70 years ago @Uruguay He was building in Maracanã, at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, another undying feat. ⚽️
– Uruguayan Selection (@Uruguay) July 16, 2020
The benchmark of the light blue told his teammates at halftime: “Outsiders are made of wood”, given the defeatist attitude of the compatriots themselves and the coach’s defensive tactics. But after the temporary draw, after Friaca’s advantage and the equality of Schiaffino, Alcides Ghiggia was the man remembered to silence an immense amount of public immediately with the goal that sentenced the final 2-1.
That encounter, in addition to a deep depression in Rio de Janeiro lands, marked the beginning of the mystical “garra charrúa”. In what would be, the last world title of the Uruguayans so far.
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