World Cup: These raffles made people talk

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For the 22nd time, ballot boxes will announce the verdict before the final round of a World Cup. An obscure ceremony. When history and short stories collide, here are ten stories from previous draws …


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Uruguay, 1930: Paraguay beheaded in series

Better premieres are often a source of improvement. Just two days before the launch of the invited 1930 edition, FIFA commissioned four seeds (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and the United States). Behind the curtain, the battle for decisive influence between the United States and Paraguay took place in the confrontation. In order not to favor one or the other, both teams were eventually included in the same group! But it was the USA that finally officially benefited from the status of a team protected by grace, the legend says, and the legend of the letter written by the carrier, as opposed to Paraguay, but arrived too late at the hotel of the South American delegation. .


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