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9th Minute, Vava, Brazil v Sweden, 1958 World Cup Final

Context

Following the national trauma of losing the 1950 World Cup final and a brutal exit to Hungary four years later, it left Brazil searching for the formula to win football’s greatest prize. In 1958 they travelled to Sweden with their biggest backroom staff to date, including a dentist, nutrionist and psychologist. They were also given strict orders to follow.

It worked, although they luckily ignored the advice of the psychologist who said to drop Garrincha.  They made it to the final against hosts Sweden and found themselves one goal after just four minutes.

The Goal

Vava pulls it level five minutes later…

What Happened Next?

Vava scored again as did their new star Pele and Brazil won 5-2. It was to be the first of five successful tournaments and they are favourites to make it number six at home in 2014.

Vava scored again in the World Cup final four years later to become the first man to score in different World Cup finals.

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