A Brief History of the World Cup

A Brief History of the World Cup
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Morbid Silence
Brazil hosted the 1950 competition and were widely expected to defeat Uruguay in the final. They were so confident that gold medals were made and a victory anthem composed. Surely the rumored 210,000-person crowd (still a record sporting attendance) wouldn't leave unhappy? As it turned out, some never even made it home. Brazil's shocking 2-1 loss resulted in a silent stadium (then FIFA president Jules Rimet said, "The silence was morbid, sometimes too difficult to bear"). And then, tragically, some fans committed suicide by jumping from the stands.

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