In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Brazil’s triumph at the 1970 World Cup, The Brazilian Report has put together a special three-part podcast series on the historic tournament. In each episode, with the help of experts Tim Vickery and Andrew Downie, editor Euan Marshall takes us through different aspects of the Mexico World Cup, going on and off the pitch to analyze the competition’s historic significance for Brazil and the rest of the world.
In episode 1, we tell the story of João Saldanha, Brazil’s coach before the tournament and a card-carrying communist under a brutal military dictatorship. Rumor has it that Saldanha was sacked for his political beliefs, but we analyze the facts behind his turbulent time in charge of the national team. Then, we look at how the military did influence Brazil’s World Cup win, and it might not be where you expect.
In episode 2, we explore an often overlooked facet of the 1970 World Cup. Pelé was the hero of the tournament and winning the trophy cemented his place as the greatest player ever to play the game. However, just months before the cup, Brazilians were debating whether the King of Football was even good enough to make it into the national team squad.
In episode 3, we turn our attention to the grand finale between Brazil and Italy, and take apart some long-held misconceptions about the two teams, and the decisive match itself. Then, to round off the series, we look at the legacy of the 1970 World Cup, framing its importance to the history of the sport in Brazil and worldwide.
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