86th Minute – Carlos Alberto, Brazil v Italy, 1970 World Cup Final
After failure at the 1966 World Cup in England where Carlos Alberto was surprisingly left out of the final squad, Brazil went into Mexico ’70 determined to win the Jules Rimet trophy for the third time. Brazil trained harder and were better prepared for this World Cup than any team before them. Every player in A Seleção had boots specially designed for them and the kit, which glistened under the Mexican sun, had been redesigned to deal with the heat and humidity. They cruised to the final, playing wonderful football which coincided with this being the first World Cup broadcast in colour, which has lifted its iconic status higher over the years. The final against Italy was billed as the best attack against the best defence.
The Brazilians were already 3-1 up, a scoreline that reflected their superiority. It was their captain and right back Carlos Alberto who finished off one of the greatest team goals of all-time.
What Happened Next?
Brazil’s ”Team of the Century” was broken up during the seventies and they were on the end of a football lesson four years later. It would take them 24 years to win football’s greatest prize again despite sending two very talented sides to World Cups during the eighties.
For winning it three times Brazil got to keep the Jules Rimet trophy but it was stolen during the late 1970’s and has never been recovered and probably will never will. It’s suspected that it was melted down for its value in gold.
Carlos Alberto tried his hand at management but it didn’t work out. He had a son that had an unremarkable career in Brazil and Japan but also managed to win 1 cap for the national side.