1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil™
June 24 - July 16

1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

Final Tournament Standing


Uruguay triumph brings heartbreak for Brazil.

Brazil built the planet's biggest football stadium as a breathtaking stage for the 1950 finals but their hopes of consecrating the cavernous, three-tiered sporting cathedral of the Maracana with a first world title were shattered in one of the competition's great surprises.

In a FIFA World Cup™ that concluded with a four-team mini-league, the hosts met Uruguay in a deciding fixture which proved a final in all but name. Needing only to draw, Brazil led through Friaca's 47th-minute strike before Uruguay turned the game on its head via goals from Juan Schiaffino and Alcides Ghiggia. A deathly hush descended on the Maracana as some 200,000 voices fell silent and Brazil's little neighbour to the south celebrated a second world crown.


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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 12: An aerial view of the Christ The Redeemer statue (F) and the Maracana Stadium (B) on November 12, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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Team captains, August (left) of Brazil and Uruguay's Obdulio Varela exchange pennants and meet the match officials before kick-off of a match at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.

1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

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QUITO, ECUADOR - OCTOBER 11: Diego Lugano of Uruguay reacts during a match between Ecuador and Uruguay as part of the 17th round of the South American Qualifiers at Atahualpa Stadium on October 11, 2013 in Quito, Ecuador. (Photo by Javier Cazar/LatinContent/Getty Images)

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19 May 2014

COSTA DO SAUIPE, BAHIA - DECEMBER 05:  Former Uruguay footballer Alcides Ghiggia attends the Draw Assistants Press Conference during a media day ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 5, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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6 Jan 2014

World Cup Final, 1950, Maracana Stadium, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 16th July, 1950

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Brazil's 'best-ever team' denied

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June 3, 2006 - Brasil, Uruguay - Final Seleccion de Brasil vs Seleccion de Uruguay, 1-2, Campeonato Mundial de Futbol, ano 1950, Est. Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, despues de una doble pared con Julio Perez, Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia engano a Barbosa y le dio a Uruguay la gloria mundial, gol de Uruguay Latino News - June 3, 2006

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'A national tragedy' for football's biggest crowd

England goalkeeper Bert Williams and USA's Joe Gaetjens pictured in a Group 2 match at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Gaetjens scored a goal in the 38th minute, giving the USA a sensational victory. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

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