1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil™

24 June - 16 July

1950 FIFA World Cup™

Brazil-Uruguay: I was there

“It was the first time in my life life I'd heard something that wasn’t noise. I heard silence. It felt like the end of the world.”
Juan Schiaffino, the scorer of Uruguay’s first goal

“I think (Moacir) Barbosa and Bigode were very harshly treated. It’s not fair to single out one player or another. Out on the pitch you win as a team and you lose as a team.”
Obdulio Varela, Uruguay captain

“Everyone who was at that game will always remember the scenes of desolation in the crowd. It was as if a party had been organised for a king’s coronation and the king had died before being crowned.”
Moacir Barbosa, Brazil goalkeeper

“We will never forget Obdulio Varela shouting out like a general. I have always said that I’d rather have a mediocre army with a great general than a supremely well-trained army with a mediocre general because, thanks to his orders and strategy, a great general always wins. Obdulio was a great general of a mediocre side and was too strong for the other team, which was magnificent in every respect but which lacked a strong leader.”
Rivadavia Correa Meyer (the then President of the Brazilian FA)

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