It has taken sixty-four years but one World Cup fan will finally get to attend the final match of the world’s biggest tournament.
Brazilian Joedir Sancho Belmont had tickets to the 1950 World Cup final in which Brazil lost 2-1 to Uruguay — but he was unable to attend because he chose to look after his dying mother.
Now the 85-year-old has been given a second chance.
Belmont offered his original ticket to FIFA when he heard of their plans to open a new museum. FIFA accepted and, in exchange, gave him three tickets for the 2014 final.
This year’s final will be played at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the scene of the 1950 heartbreak.
Note to self, always, ALWAYS save ticket stubs.
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