|About the Book|
When referee George Reader blew the final whistle in a match that saw Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1 on June 16- 1950, a shroud of disillusionment fell over Maracanã stadium, smothering the hopes of an entire country. The suffocating feeling that followedMoreWhen referee George Reader blew the final whistle in a match that saw Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1 on June 16- 1950, a shroud of disillusionment fell over Maracanã stadium, smothering the hopes of an entire country. The suffocating feeling that followed Brazils biggest disappointment would silence the 200.000 people who crowded themselves in the brand new Rio de Janeiro Municipal Stadium and also the memory of a nation.The Maracanazo tragedy was so powerful that it eclipsed the remaining stories of the 1950 World Cup. In this book, journalist Maurício Brum retraces the growing optimism of a country at the dawn of modernization. A nation that had hopes of turning its own expectations of a better future into a championship title at the World Cup of football, the sport that took over the country in a few decades (although it still had to fight against horseraces in the newspapers of the time). Brum reveals 1940s Brazil, the circumstances that brought the World Cup to the South American country and how Brazilian cities prepared to host the national teams and visitors.Maurício Brum is a journalism graduate at the Federal University of Santa Maria and a regular contributor to Impedimento.org. He is the winner of the 30th Human Rights Journalism Award, with feature story “La Cancha Infame: Chile’s National Stadium and the 40 years of Pinochet’s coup d’état”, and a History Masters candidate at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.Born in 2011, Fronteira is a journalism and content agency that writes for some of the largest publishers in Brazil. We love to tell great stories.