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Uruguay Soccer Legend Left Off World Cup Guest List

NPR
Thursday, June 12, 2014

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Alcides Ghiggia is normally invited to the opening match of the World Cup but he wasn't this year. He scored the winning goal against Brazil in 1950, the last time Brazil hosted the tournament.

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Alcides Ghiggia didn't get his ticket. Normally, he's invited to the opening match of the World Cup. After all, he's a soccer legend in Uruguay. The 87-year-old is the man who scored the winning goal back in 1950 against Brazil, the last time Brazil hosted the World Cup. Brazilians have never forgotten that painful loss, and somehow, someone forgot to invite Ghiggia to today's opener in Brazil. This is MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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