A Brief History of the World Cup

A Brief History of the World Cup
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The precociously gifted Pelé burst onto the biggest stage of them all by scoring two goals in the 1958 final against host Sweden. It was overwhelming for the 17-year-old, who shed tears at the final whistle. His incredible skill was epitomized by the goal for which he instinctively flicked the ball over a defender before smashing a volley into the net. An obscure fact is that, despite being known for their distinctive yellow jersey, Brazil wore a strip of blue in this game to avoid clashing with their canary-clad host.

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