RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Joedir Sancho Belmonte had a ticket to attend the famous final game of the 1950 World Cup between Brazil and Uruguay, but didn't get to use it because he stayed home with his sick mother.
But he saved the unused ticket for 64 years. And on Friday — in a swap with FIFA — he was given three tickets for the July 13 final at Rio's Maracana in exchange for the tiny, crumpled memorabilia he stashed away.
"I hope Brazil will be able to win this time," the 85-year-old Brazilian said. "This is our revenge. I want to go see our revenge."
Brazil famously lost the 1950 game 2-1, which gave Uruguay the title and stands as the most disappointing moment in the history of Brazilian football. Brazil won its record five titles after that, and on Saturday faces Chile in the second round.
Brazil is among the favorites this time with Argentina, Germany and the Netherlands.
Belmonte explained how he missed that historic match, with a crowd of about 200,000 jammed into the Maracana. Today it holds about 74,000, depending on the configuration for the game.
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