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Uruguayan who spoiled Brazil’s 1950 World Cup party lacks ticket

LiveMint logoLiveMint 12-06-2014 Tariq Panja

Rio de Janeiro: Uruguayan Alcides Ghiggia ruined the party when Brazil hosted football World Cup in 1950. He might not get a chance to watch the Fifa World Cup 2014, which starts on Thursday with an opening match between the hosts and Croatia in Sao Paulo.

The 87-year-old scored the winning goal for Uruguay in the final game of the 1950 World Cup to deny Brazil the title when the event was last staged in the country. Ghiggia, the last surviving member of that Uruguayan squad, has been overlooked for a ticket with the opening game of this year’s tournament set for Thursday in Sao Paulo.

“I am not going to the game as I don’t have a ticket,” Ghiggia told reporters in Sao Paulo, where he was attending the annual meeting of soccer governing body—Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa). Neither Fifa officials nor local organizers immediately responded to a request for comment about Ghiggia.

Even though Brazil has since won a record five World Cups, the defeat to Uruguay at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium in front of almost 180,000 fans still hurts. The loss is referred to as the Maracanazo, or the Maracana Blow.

Ghiggia has been used by organizers in events to promote the tournament, including at December’s final draw at a resort in Bahia. He’s also been invited to the past two World Cups, he said.

“This is the first time that I’ve been an invited guest and this has happened,” Ghiggia said. “I was at Germany, South Africa, I was at the draw in Bahia and they always treated me well. It must be a FIFA employee that doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

Ghiggia left the Fifa meeting in a car supplied by World Cup sponsor Hyundai that had the World Cup emblem displayed on its side. Bloomberg

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