Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Brazil’s prince and king of ’58

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  • Didi inspired Brazil to two FIFA World Cup trophies

  • He was named best player at Sweden 1958 ahead of Garrincha and Pele

  • The midfielder died 20 years ago today

“We have to do something,” Didi whispered to his friend and Botafogo team-mate in the dressing room. Nilton Santos nodded agreeingly.

It had taken six editions for the FIFA World Cup™ to witness a goalless draw. It left Brazil, who shared it with England, humiliated and afraid.

Didi and Nilton Santos had been dumped out of Switzerland 1954 by Hungary. Now they faced another formidable European force, the soon-to-be maiden UEFA EURO winners Soviet Union, in a must-win final group game.

Didi was pushing 30 . . .

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