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World Cup History – 1950 in BRAZIL – Another South American victory!

29th May 2014
After a twelve year gap because of World War Two, the venue of the fourth World Cup finals was chosen to be Brazil.

England entered the competition for the first time and expectations were high with players of the calibre of the legendary Stanley Matthews, Tom Finney and Jackie Milburn, England were rated as joint favourites with the formidable hosts.

However, following a routine victory over Chile, England were humiliated by a USA team that had previously twice shipped six goals to Mexico in the qualifiers.

Despite England hitting the woodwork five times they were beaten 1-0 by the Americans in one of the tournaments greatest ever shocks. Things didn’t improve for England as they lost their final match by a solitary goal to Spain.

In an experiment, the four group winners played each other in a final pool. After hitting thirteen goals defeating Spain and Switzerland, Brazil looked likely winners and they only needed a draw in their final match against Uruguay.

In that crunch match, Brazil’s right winger Friaca gave his side the lead a couple of minutes after half time, but Uruguay equalised through Schiaffino. Ten minutes from time, to the amazement of most of the incredible 199,854 crowd, Uruguay’s Alcides Ghiggia scored the winner and after twenty years the trophy returned to Uruguay!

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