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  1. sunil said:

    It is possible this national ‘trauma’ is a recent phenomena. They weren’t an established soccer power in 1950. Don’t forget that Uruguay was, before the war began.

    By 1970, Brazil was the big Kahuna, and I suspect a lot of “We’re the greatest ever. How come we didn’t win it twenty years ago?” revisionist thinking began at that time. Repeat that over & over in the media & the stigma of losing on your home ground becomes accepted as fact.

    This would be reinforced by subsequent tournaments – they’ve always qualified for soccer’s premier event, & more often than not have been the favorites. Hence the assumption that it’s always been so.

    May 27, 2010

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