Estádio do Maracanã / "Maracanã stadium" of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Estádio do Maracanã, "Maracanã stadium", (official name: Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is one of the largest
football stadiums in the world. Maracanã is the name of its neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Owned by the government, it hosts matches
played by the biggest football clubs in Rio, including Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama.
The stadium, built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, originally had a capacity of 200,000. However, its capacity was greatly reduced when it was
converted to an all-seater in the 1990s; it can currently hold around 77,720 seated and 103,022 with standing room. It is now undergoing
renovations that will increase its all-seated capacity to around 97,000.
The 1950 deciding match between Brazil and Uruguay was hosted at the Maracanã stadium. Brazil only needed a draw to win, but lost the
match 2-1 after being up 1-0 ; this match has since been known as the "Maracanaço" (or in Spanish, "Maracanazo"). "There were people
standing everywhere, even on the roof. The excitement was hard to describe!”
“ai, ai, ai ai, esta chegando a hora, the crowd was roaring, “which means ,the time is coming. “Brazil got ahead by one goal to nothing in the
second half and the crowd started yelling, ole! every time a Brazilian defensive player would pass the ball to another, while the Uruguayans
would try to get the ball away to initiate an attack.
Then the tides began to turn. Suddenly out of nowhere the Uruguay team scored! Still, the Brazilians would be world champions with a tie. The
cheers started to grow, and all of the hundred thousand of Brazilians were screaming to the Brazilian team to attack and score another goal.
The crowd was throwing confetti and chanting and cheering and everyone was standing, just waiting for the final whistle to blow. Then,
suddenly, right at the end of the match, Uruguay got the ball and scored. A second later, the game was over. The shock hit the crowd in a