The Top Five Conspiracy Theories Involving Brazil in World Cups
Brazil is the only nation to have participated in all FIFA World Cups, and has already won the competition five times.
But there are some strange, not-so-well explained stories involving the best football nation in the world that generate conspiracy theories.
And even the two most incredible Brazilian footballers - Garrincha and Pelé (photo) - are involved.
Here are the top five.
Garrincha's Bogus Trial in 1962
Garrincha carried Brazil on his back to the second World Cup title in 1962. But everything could've been different, if it wasn't for a controversial decision by the sports court.
In the semifinal match against Chile, the Brazilian star was involved in an argument with opposing players and was verbally sent off by the referee, after the assistant told about his involvement.
Remember that in 1962, there weren't actual yellow or red cards yet.
It has been recently stated by a Brazilian referee who attended that match that the assistant Esteban Marino would receive $15,000 not to show up at the trial to testify against Garrincha.
He didn't show up.
Brazil won the World Cup by beating Czechoslovakia 3-1.
Argentina Gives Brazilian Players Spiked Water in 1990
The 1990 Brazilian team was one of the worst in the history of the country's World Cup runs. Talent-wise, Lazaroni's boys were good, but his Italian-inspired strategy playing with Mauro Galvão as a sweeper was despised by every Brazilian I know.
But then years later, I hear Maradona come clear on TV, laughing at the fact that they had indeed offered Brazilian players water bottles with tranquilizers dissolved in it.
Argentina ended up winning the game 1-0 and knocked Brazil out in the round of 16.
Clearing the Path for England in 1966
An aging Garrincha but a Pelé in his prime.
The World Cup in England promised to be one of the best ever. But game after game, what we saw was a tendency in every European team to hunt the best South American players, and get them out of the competition one way or another.
Argentina and Uruguay had their best players chopped by cruel European defenses, and Brazil lost Pelé after Portugal's defense executed a real human hunt.
Was this all a plot to bring the World Cup back to Europe after South American teams claimed three out of the four previous ones?
And was it a plot to give England, the creators of the game, their first (and so far only) title?
Peruvian Team Receives Bribe To Help Argentina in 1978
More from the Argentinians.
Everybody loves to mention the 1982 Brazilian team as one of the greatest ever. But the 1978 team that traveled to play in Argentina was almost as good.
Brazil remained unbeaten until the end, but didn't reach the final.
What is said (and was confirmed by Peruvian goalkeeper—who was actually born in Argentina) was that in the second group stage when Argentina needed to win their last game against the Peruvians by six goals and take Brazil's place at the top of the table, cash was offered to the Peruvians to let that happen.
The final score in that match was Argentina 6-0 Peru.
Ronaldo's Seizures in 1998
Many elements on this story remain a mystery.
Some theories state that after Ronaldo came around, a Nike representative talked to Brazilian Federation president Ricardo Teixeira "reminding" him that France was an Adidas-sponsored team, and Ronaldo was Nike's biggest spokesperson.
It would be "bad" not to have him play.
Another theory says that Brazil traded with FIFA the fight for the 1998 title for a certain right to host an upcoming World Cup.
I still think Nike's influence certainly pushed Ronaldo to be in the lineup and that his seizure earlier that day affected the rest of the team psychologically, but we basically lost because Zidane was amazing in '98.