Nils Liedholm’s shot again!
Brazil’s defense has already been defeated by it. Goalkeeper Gilmour also had nothing to do but stand and watch. A few more microseconds wait, then the flying ball will be in the net, Sweden will float in the joy of scoring the second goal of the World Cup final six minutes after the start of the match.
Before the start of the match, the two teams were involved in a dispute over the color of the jerseys. Both teams’ jerseys are yellow – a color whose importance to Brazil goes without saying. The hope of the Brazilians is that Pele-Gahinshara will wrap this color closely related to their own history and bring happiness to Maracanajo-Kanna eight years ago. It didn’t take long for him to squash his hopes of being Sweden’s hosts.
The proposal came, the white jersey should come down! A part of Selesao was shocked by that. Even in the day of Maracanazo, Brazil wore this color! Necessarily blue is the signature. Meanwhile, the yellow jersey soon got the Brazilians to play like Sweden – at least that’s what they were saying for the first six minutes of the match!
Let’s go back to the leadhome shot. Coach Vicente Fiola in the dugout, spectators cheering for Brazil, Gilmer-Vava-Gahinsha-Pelle on the field; For everyone, a moment is an eternity. Leadhome’s shot into the net is not only a 2-0 deficit, but at the same time, the suffering of Maracanazo, who has been living in the chest for eight years, is also an opportunity to wake up, an opportunity to rise above all prejudices, negative thoughts and despair.
head over heels! Yes, that’s right. But no disappointment, fear or apprehension, one of the flesh and blood raised his head. He didn’t sit back as the Gilmores watched the ball go in between the posts. It is good to say that the pain eight years ago did not allow him to sit down. As a serviceman, he was tasked with crowd control at the Maracana World Cup final, watching his country’s World Cup dreams crumble to dust. Thinking that it should not happen this time, he ran from the left wing to help the defense.
That help did not allow Brazil to digest the second goal at that stage of the match. Mereket, a little over five-and-a-half-foot-tall man, headed Leadholm’s shot clear of the goal line – literally ‘headed’!
The ‘head’ woke up the dying Brazil. Bhava-Pele-Gahinshara broke the silence. The match ended with a victory for Brazil, with a scoreline of 5-2 goals. He scored the fourth of the five goals.
Mario woke up. Who literally woke up Brazil!
Father was an accountant. Hesabi was a father’s son, with past military-experience or not – there was a sense of moderation in him. Brazil’s Bhubanbholano was a fan of the style of football like ten others, but he understood the sacrifices sometimes required on the field of play for beauty to blossom freely. And he would take the responsibility of accountability, the responsibility of sacrifice on his own shoulders. As if all the beauty of football fell on the feet of Pele-Gahinshad, he himself was responsible for removing all the thorns on the path of those feet. Or think, which Brazilian winger would have had the mentality to come down and help the defense and clear the ball from the goal line?
Jagalo was in that group. On paper, everyone still says that Brazil won the 1958 World Cup with a 4-2-4 formation. Jagalo on the far left of the attack, Gahinsha on the right, Pele and Bhabha in between. Of these four, only Jagalo would drop down and add strength to the midfield, helping out in defense – resulting in a 4-3-3 formation. Jiji and Jito are falling alone in the middle? Call the alarm clock. If leftback Nilan Santos moves up, the left defense will be empty? Do not wake up!
As such, the first successful use of the 4-3-3 formation in World Cup history came at the hands of Brazil – thanks to Jagalo’s sacrifice mentality. Marcello Lippi had in mind when he played Blaise Matuidi (2018 World Cup) or Mauro Camoranesi (2006 World Cup) when playing Blaise Matuidi (2018 World Cup).
Coach Jagalo also understood the greatness of modest beauty. Knew, there is no alternative to this sense of moderation to win. In an interview with the British media, the Guardian said, ‘I want to win by playing beautifully. I want to win by playing badly. One thing, I want to win. If you don’t win, play nice or play badly – it doesn’t matter!’
By the way, Joao Saldania comes up. This gentleman also did not understand the formula of moderate beauty. After hearing that the 1970 World Cup would be played in Mexico’s scorching sun, he filled the team with physically strong, hardworking players. It would be wrong to say that the ghost of the 1966 World Cup was not haunting Brazil then. At the World Cup four years ago, Pella realized that the tough tackles and the attacking football of the Europeans would not only show the skills.
Saldania also understood, understood a little too much. ‘Pele can’t go down and help the defense’, ‘sees less in the eyes’, ‘Rivelino is not needed if Jorgini is there’, ‘Why Tostao while Pele is there’, ‘Gerson has a problem’ – he made Brazil an unknown team by showing thousands of reasons. Where there was the rigor of labor rules, there was no elegance of beauty. If you get it, you will not play in the World Cup! Saldania was also an eyesore of President Emilio Medici due to his left-wing politics during his student days.
Coach-president rivalry, tensions over footballing philosophy, the absence of talented players in the national team – all in all, Brazilian football was dying.
The responsibility to wake up the Seleção once again fell on the shoulders of that vigilante. Based on the formula of modest beauty, he formed an eleven, where five players were on the ball in offensive roles, five defensive players. On paper, Brazil reverted to that 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation. However, no one knew who would play as the main striker between Pele and Tostave. Depending on the situation, Pele would be replaced by Tostao, or Pele by Tostao. And if both of them went down a bit, Jairzini would come from the right and enter the box directly. Playing as a central attacking midfielder for Corinthians – whom Diego Maradona considered his idol – Rivellino would move to the left – when one of Pelé or Tostão dropped down. Gerson linked the attack from midfield – as a ‘deep lying’ playmaker. The chemistry of these five was so good, knowing in advance who-when-where-how, their position could not be controlled by the boundaries of the traditional tableau. Each of the five could play the role of ‘number ten’, where playing two ‘number ten’ in the eleven is a luxury, five-five? Jagalo has shown that seventy!
And the indomitable mentality of winning the world has worked as an influence behind all such innovative football strategies. Jagalo has been involved in four of Brazil’s five World Cup triumphs – either as a player (1958, 1962), as a coach (1970), or as an assistant coach (1994).
The touch that brought Brazilian football back from the brink of death again and again, he deserves to win the World Cup four times, right?