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From Sadness to Joy
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The day the World Cups were presented to Pelé and Garrincha at the same time.
It's June 15th. So it's been precisely 60 years that Brazil gave Pelé and Garrincha at the same time to the World Cups. Sweden was the place of this première. The Soviet Union had, in this day, the bitter experience of facing two giants of football. Pelé gave his first fly heading to be the best footballer of all time. Garrincha shocked the planet raising the bar after talented right wingers such as Sir Stanley Matthews. Because Garrincha was more than that. And more than the English player. And the others. Before and after him. Together with the "Seleção", they played 40 matches with 36 wins and 4 ties. Yes, the Brazilian national football squad never lost when Pelé and Garrincha were side by side. Amazing! Let's pay better attention on these numbers: They mean that 90% of the times Brazil won. This is better than any other partnerships in football such as Barcelona's MSN for example. Together, they scored 55 gols. Pelé, 44. Garrincha. Brazil's goal average with them was over 3 per match. Titles? Two World Cups (1958 and 1962) and one Oswaldo Cruz Cup (1962) Their final match was against Bulgaria - the same team played for the first match on friendly match in São Paulo before travelling to Europe in Liverpool due to the 1966 WC in England. And, as a farewell gift, Brazil won 2x0 with Pelé and Garrincha scoring on penalty kicks. Check out those goals, specially Garrincha's wonderful beat. Besides the numbers, there was the beauty of their game. The massive impression they left not only with opponents, but with everyone who loves football.
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