The Americas: Goooooaaaaallllllllll!

At stake was the World Club soccer championship—Santos of Brazil v. Milan of Italy—and all Brazil braced for the familiar frenzy. Work came to a standstill; every radio and TV set was tuned to the broadcast. In Brasilia President Joao Goulart canceled all appointments and camped by his radio; congressional committees recessed; Alliance for Progress meetings in Sao Paulo were scheduled around game time. And in Rio 150,000 passionate souls, every man jack of them willing to part with his last cruzeiro, squeezed into Maracana Stadium for the games. Games? It was more like a Latin American madness.

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