Coca-Cola Memorable Celebrations 15: Brazil's Bellini Lifts The Trophy For The World To See

No captain had ever lifted the World Cup quite like this before...
Goal.com, in association with Coca-Cola, are counting down the Top 50 most memorable World Cup celebrations of all time. Today we go all the way back to 1958 when Brazilian captain Bellini started a tradition that exists to this day.


15) Brazil Lift The Trophy For The First Time (Sweden 1958)
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Andre Baibich – Goal.com Brazil

"Nelson Rodrigues, arguably the best Brazilian sportswriter of all time, used to say that Brazilians had a "hound dog complex" since the defeat to Uruguay in 1950. According to Rodrigues, everyone in the country thought that Brazil were not one of the best footballing nations in the world, and that the Selecao was way behind powerhouses such as England and Italy. The writer, on the other hand, believed that we had the best players in the world, and he was finally proven right in 1958.

After an amazing tournament by youngsters Pele and Garrincha, and veterans Nilton Santos and Didi, Brazil finally conquered their first World Cup title. We beat Sweden in the final and after the final whistle the emotions ran wild. Pele could not control his tears, and neither could goalkeeper Gilmar. The Brazilians paraded with a Swedish flag to thank the country for their hospitality during the tournament.

But the best part of the celebration came when captain Bellini received the World Cup trophy. Several photographers gathered around Bellini to get the best shot of him with the World Cup, and the ones that were behind started asking him to lift the trophy, so that they could get it in the shot. Bellini ended up lifting the trophy over his head, creating a gesture that would become a tradition in title celebrations. The "hound dog complex" had been finally erased."



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