With the 2014 World Cup just over one month away, ESPN Films 30 for 30: Soccer Stories will fittingly take a trip back in time on Tuesday to revisit the 1950 World Cup final and the infamous tale of Brazilian goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa.
The short documentary, titled Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry, will air along with Mysteries of the Rimet Trophy in a one-hour program set to premiere on Tuesday night.
Below, you'll find the start time for Tuesday's documentary as well as a preview of what to expect.
Date: Tuesday, May 6
Start Time: 7 p.m. ET
Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry
Directed by veteran filmmaker Loch Phillipps, who's known for his versatility having produced a variety of different films, Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry will tell the deflating tale of Moacir Barbosa, the talented Brazilian goalkeeper who let in the match-winning goal in the 1950 World Cup final against South American rivals Uruguay.
Alcides Ghiggia's 79th-minute goal completely caught Barbosa off guard as he was expecting a cross and was therefore out of position. Uruguay would win 2-1, securing it second World Cup title and the first-ever World Cup triumph on Brazilian soil.
Tuesday's short film will revisit what ultimately came to be Barbosa's defining moment and how his life changed as a result of the blunder. The film will discuss Barbosa's deflating transformation from one of the world's elite goalkeepers to a villain in his own country, per The Guardian's Alex Bellos:
Barbosa was never allowed to forget the match, which showed an ugly side to Brazil's passion for football. He told a documentary that the saddest moment of his life was not Gigghia's goal, but a comment he overheard at a market 20 years later. A woman pointed at him and said to the boy with her: 'Look at him, son. He is the man that made all of Brazil cry.'
Here's a preview via ESPN Films 30 for 30 on Twitter:
Simply put, it will examine how Barbosa came to be the scapegoat for the most painful loss in Brazilian football history. Shortly before he passed away at the age of 79, Barbosa expressed his misery, per Bellos.
"Under Brazilian law the maximum sentence is 30 years. But my imprisonment has been for 50 years."
Bellos adds another example of Barbosa's hardship:
Even fellow professionals were unable to forgive him. When, in 1993, he went to visit the training camp where Brazil was preparing for the 1994 World Cup, he was not allowed to meet the players. One of the coaches, the eternally superstitious Mario Zagallo, said that Barbosa might bring bad luck to the team.
What's more, Phillipps will explore the extent of the 1950 World Cup defeat 64 years later and explain how that loss still haunts the football powerhouse even after they've won five World Cup titles.
Brazil would win its first World Cup eight years later and would win three in a span of 12 years. However, only one of Brazil's five World Cup titles have come on South American soil and none have come in Brazil.
But with Brazil set to host the 2014 World Cup for the first time in 64 years this summer, the Selecao will soon have a shot at redemption. And if the Brazilians are able to win the 2014 World Cup inside Maracana Stadium, the site of 1950's heartbreaking loss, perhaps the pain and the animosity aimed toward Barbosa will dissipate.
On the other hand, there's also a chance that the immense pressure of competing for the World Cup on home soil will produce another scapegoat this summer.
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