World Cup Tales – Overcoming The Great Humiliation: Brazil, 1958


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. sunil says:

    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.

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