World Cup 1950; Triumphant Uruguay

World Cup 1950; Triumphant Uruguay

World Cup football resumed after a forced break of 12 years. The host was Brazil & many fancied them as favorites to keep the trophy. But Uruguay shocked a record crowd at the Maracana in the decisive match in which the Samba boys only needed a draw. Let us have a...
World Cup 1954; The Miracle of Bern

World Cup 1954; The Miracle of Bern

The place was Switzerland, the stage was set & favorites were Ferenz Puskas’s Hungary. However the tournament sprung an unlikely winner with West Germany in the final. It was called as the Miracle of Bern. A nation that was divided, lost & in search of...
World Cup 1958; The Birth of Brazil

World Cup 1958; The Birth of Brazil

A nation full of hopes but with memories of past failures. Brazil had qualified for each of the previous world cups but they had all ended in disappointment including the bitter loss at home in the final of 1950. A 17 year old sensation led the charge for the samba...
World Cup 1962; Garrincha Glory in Chile

World Cup 1962; Garrincha Glory in Chile

Chile 1962 was special for Brazil. It was their successive World Cup title after the exuberant first triumph in Sweden four years earlier. It showed the world that samba magic was there to stay. With Pele injured for most of the tournament, Brazil flew on the wings of...
World Cup 1966; English glory on home soil

World Cup 1966; English glory on home soil

1966 was the glorious year when the cup actually came home. It was handed to the proud English captain by the Queen at Wembley. Let us take a trip down memory lane. It remains the greatest achievement in England’s footballing history. The Three Lions’ sole...
Brazil 1970; The greatest team of all time?

Brazil 1970; The greatest team of all time?

At Mexico 1970 Fifa World Cup, samba magic had reached its peak. It was the first World Cup to be broadcasted across the world in color, and the men in canary yellow performed on a level seldom touched before or since, and routinely reduced opponents to wide-eyed...