“The 1950 FIFA World Cup was the first since 1938, mostly because of an intercontinental dust-up commonly known as World War II. Brazil was selected to host the tournament on the back of a third-place performance in the previous World Cup, and it was eagerly anticipated by the newly democratic country, which was looking to establish itself as a global power, in football and otherwise. The mayor of Rio de Janeiro was able to push forward construction His Socks Are Flagsof a controversial stadium named after the MaracanĂ£ neighbourhood, opening it about a week before the World Cup began.” (Run of Play)


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