On July 16, 1950, an estimated 200,000 people had gathered at the colossal Maracana in Rio De Janeiro to witness one of the most historical sporting events in modern history – the football World Cup final. The tournament was dealt a big blow with the two ominous World Wars causing an excruciating 12 year gap between the 1938 and 1950 World Cups.
Europe, the original home ground of football, lay in ruins; its streets and neighborhoods were decimated, and the deafening cacophonies of gun-fire and rolling tanks reverberated in the ears of the fortunate survivors. The smiles and hopes of many a zealous football enthusiast had turned to ashes in the wake of the wars. European nations had depleted a majority of their resources on the wars and the chances of hosting the World Cup were scant.
GHOSTS OF THE PAST
The future of the World Cup looked bleak, until a zealous Brazil vowed to extricate the sport from the abyssal mire in which it had been cast into during the wars. The summer of 1950 became one of the most historic summers in the history of the South American nation with over a million people attending the fourth FIFA World Cup. The Brazil national team was dominant throughout the tournament, except the much anticipated final against Uruguay when a shock defeat silenced the uproarious colosseum of Maracana.