Will history repeat itself?
This is the million-dollar question that has gripped soccer aficionados in
On June 12, the
So it appeared to be. The American goalkeeper, an Italian-American from
Then, thirty-seven minutes into the game, Walter Bahr of the
When the goal stood after 53 more unbelievable minutes, the 15,000+ Brazilians at the Independencia Stadium erupted in wild celebrations, less because of the Yank’s victory and more because
The “Miracle on Grass” did nothing, however, to popularize soccer in the
Sixty years later,
On paper, however, the Americans are the lesser team against
The world will, of course, be riveted by the anticipated wizardry of Lionel Messi of Argentina (although how he will fare under the unpredictable coaching of soccer legend Diego Maradona is anybody’s guess), the playmaking flair of Brazil’s Kaka or the explosiveness of Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba (who may unfortunately miss the World Cup because of a dislocated elbow).
But the first match of the beautiful game –
There is a tragic postscript to the 1950 Yanks. Joe Gaetjens, hero of the American team, returned to
For eight years, the world knew nothing of what happened to the lone goal scorer against