In 1950, the Brasil national football (soccer) team had still never won the World Cup. But that was about to change. After advancing rather easily to the second round, they followed up their success with a dominating 7-1 win over Sweden and an impressive 6-1 win over Spain.
They had reached the FIFA World Cup Final for the first time. On their home soil. 200,000 fans were in attendance — a World Cup record which still stands.
Players joked that it might be a tough game…they might only win 4-0. Newspapers published the headline Brasil: World Cup Champions the morning of the match, before the match even began.
The players, the fans in attendance, and the entire country were ready to win the World Cup. They were expecting it. A team that steamrolled Sweden and Spain so easily were certainly on their way to victory.
No goals were scored in the first half, but Brasil jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second half. The crowd erupted in cheers and excitement. Everything looked good. But then something began to change. [Read more…]