Brazil, was a box of surprises.
England were beaten by the US and Spain, Italy were brushed aside by Sweden, and Brazil were turned over right at the death by underdogs Uruguay.
Bizarrely, there were no semifinals and final but rather an unprecedented – and never to be repeated – final group.
Brazil only needed a draw in the last game against Uruguay to pick up the trophy and an all-timerecord crowd of around 200,000 packed into the massive Estadio Maracana to celebrate.
Friaca gave Brazil the lead but the defiant Uruguayans silenced the Maracana with goals from Juan Schiaffino and Alcides Ghiggia. A handful of Brazilians are said to have committed suicide in despair, and hapless goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa became a national hate figure. – Sapa-dpa