David vs Goliath: 64 Years On


July 04, 2014 15:52 EDT

Will Brazil overcome the ghost of Goliath and lift the World Cup for a sixth time?

With 56 games played, the FIFA World Cup is heating up as the quarterfinals start on July 4. With the likes of Argentina, Germany and Brazil still in the running, the fun will certainly not stop anytime soon.

Aside from Luis Suarez’s latest bite of the pizza pie, the dazzling skills of Lionel Messi, Neymar and James Rodriguez have been a joy to watch. The 2014 World Cup has truly showcased the beautiful game — so much so that even Americans have been glued to their seats.

Having lost the last World Cup that was held in the country in 1950, Brazil will hope to overcome the ghost of Goliath and lift the trophy on July 13 in the Estádio do Maracanã, one of the biggest stadiums in South America.

With a near 80,000 capacity, have you ever wondered how many people packed the stadium in 1950? Want to know how the underdogs defeated Brazil in front of its home crowd? Look no further, gear up for Brazil vs. Colombia, and check out this video on the great tragedy of “Maracanazo.”

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