11. Rite of Passage

The greatest silence ever in the country was accompanied by the rhythmic sound of thousands of hearts beating. And so we suffered in 1950, when we built Maracanã in the certainty of a World Cup victory. And yet, defeat: the final score against Uruguay was 2 x 1. All we needed to win was a tie. But we did not win. But from that moment on Brazilian football would experience its greatest triumphs.