World Cup Tales: The Miracle Of Belo Horizonte, 1950


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Roy Ebsary says:

    “the dubious pleasures of the FA’s £20 per week maximum wage” Ian, it was actually the Football League’s maximum. The clubs made this rule for themselves & then set about breaking it whenever they felt like it. Of course, if they got caught, then they were fined, directors banned etc. as happened at Sunderland in 1957. Non-League clubs could pay whatever they liked in wages, so there was the irony of Non-League clubs being officially able to pay more than League ones, although in practice as they normally got lower attendances they weren’t able to afford it.

    Also, on Youtube you can actually see what looks like the cross-cum-shot from Walter Bahr. He gets the ball from a throw-in & then either shoots or crosses. Unfortunately, the next frame is the ball nestling in the back of the net, although this piece of footage could be from any match of course.

  2. admin says:

    Roy, we were definitely looking at the same footage, then. The shot of the ball in the net doesn’t seem to be from anything like the same angle as the photographs of the goal do.

  3. Roy Ebsary says:

    A far cry from the coverage of World Cups now!

  1. May 24, 2010

    […] Saturday June 12th.  12:30-3:30pm.  The USA vs. England, on ABC.  Can the US repeat the Miracle of Belo Horizonte? […]

  2. June 20, 2010

    […] this incident, so that it can rightly claim its place in the World Cup history books alongside the Miracle of Belo Horizonte, the Battle of Berne and the Hand of God. […]

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