After 22 editions, no nation at the FIFA World Cup has been more successful than Brazil. The Selecao have won the trophy five times in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1004 and 2002. Brazil remains one of the most obsessed football nations in the world. Over the years, Brazil has produced some phenomenal footballers, such as the legend Pele, Garrincha, Vava, Didi, Socrates, Ronaldo, Carlos Alberto Torres, Ronaldinho and many more.
Wearing their famous yellow shirts, the Brazilian have dazzled many at the highest level. In fact, the colour yellow is now synonymous in football with the Selecao. However, that was not always the case. In the earlier days of existence, the Brazilian national football team used to wear a white kit.
In the first four World Cups, i.e. 1930, 1934, 1938, and 1950, Brazil played in all whites. So why did they change to yellow, and why the white colour was entirely done away with? The white jersey has not been considered even as an away kit.
This is due to one chapter in Brazilian football that still today is considered by many to be the worst humiliation suffered by the nation in football.
The ghost of 1950 FIFA World Cup
The 1950 World Cup was the first to be held after the Second World War and was hosted by Brazil. The Selecao had a brilliant team that crushed all who came its way to reach the final four. During that edition, FIFA conducted a new experiment. Instead of knockout matches, they opted for the round-robin format, meaning each semi-finalist would play each other.
Brazil won its first two matches, while Uruguay drew one and won one. The two teams met for the final game, which essentially became a final. Everyone had dubbed Brazil the favourites, and the President of FIFA, Jules Rimet, had prepared his speech in Portuguese, Brazil’s most spoken language. However, Uruguay would make a comeback after falling 1-0 behind and scoring two goals to silence the 2,00,000 fans into stunned silence. Many people refused to believe that Brazil had lost, and the pain remains even after five World Cup titles. This is still considered to be one of the biggest shock wins in World Cup history.
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