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Duel: Leonidas vs Willimowski

World Cup 1938 year. Brazil national team – Poland national team
1938, the year of the third World Cup, was a turbulent time for Europe. The storm clouds of the coming world war were gathering over the continent. The Nazis, who came to power in Germany, no longer hide their claims to world domination. German factories increased the production of tanks, aircraft, artillery.

In such an alarming situation, many countries believed that now is not up to football. I did not go to France, where the championship was held, the national team of Uruguay, thus skipping the second World Cup draw. In Spain, there was a civil war, and the Spaniards also did not think about football. Nevertheless, 37 countries submitted applications for participation in the championship, so again they had to hold group qualifying tournaments. 16 winners arrived in France. Among them was even the exotic team of the Netherlands East India – the team of the Dutch colonial possessions in the southern seas of the Pacific Ocean.

As in the 1934 World Cup, in France the matches were held according to the Olympic system and the losing team was eliminated. All games of the one-eighth finals were remarkable for their stubborn perseverance. Only the Hungarians defeated the frankly weak team of the Netherlands East India with a score of 6: 0, and the owners of the championship – the French defeated their eternal rivals in the annual friendly matches of the Belgians – 3: 1.
BolWC1938 In all other matches, extra time had to be assigned, and Switzerland-Germany and Cuba-Romania matches were replayed, as the extra two halves of 15 minutes did not reveal any results. In the repeated matches, the Swiss beat the German team 4: 2, and the Cubans Romanians 2: 1.
However, the most dramatic, and in addition, and unusually plentiful goals was the legendary match of the one-eighth final between the national teams of Brazil and Poland, played in the pouring rain at the Meino stadium in the city of Strasbourg, on the very border of France with Germany. Like all other matches of this stage of the rally, it was held on June 5th.
Leonadas-and-bol Brazilid striker Leonidas da Silva, who entered football history as Leonidas simply, became the hero of the match – the first in a brilliant pleiad of great Brazilian football players of the 20th century. Moreover, it was Leonidas who first showed Brazil what success the Negro could achieve in football. When he started his football career, the majority of Brazilian clubs, and even more so the national team, have not yet complained about the “colored”. And just at the World Championships, the unparalleled glory of Leonidas began and consolidated.
He spent his childhood in the same way as the millions of Brazilian boys from poor families: he worked on what he would have to, and all his free time played football enthusiastically. Nobody had money for a real ball, and therefore it was replaced by a sock, tightly stuffed with rags and tied with a rope. But of the millions of such kids, not all of them become professional football players. Leonidas has done an unparalleled path in a few years. At first – in amateur clubs, then in professional, but full-time. Soon he left for Uruguay to play Peñarol. And finally, the coaches of the Brazilian national team paid attention to Leonidas.
In 1933, a 20 year old striker returned from Montevideo to Rio de Janeiro to play at the Vasco da Gama club. And in 1934, together with the Brazilian national team, he went to Italy for the II World Championship. However, having completed 10 thousand kilometers, in the first match the Brazilians lost 1: 3 to the Spanish national team, whose gates were then defended by the legendary and impenetrable Riccardo Zamoro, and immediately went home. But the only Brazilian goal was scored by the famous goalkeeper Leonidas …
logotipWC1938 At the 1938 World Cup, he arrived as a national hero of Brazil. Brazilian fans nicknamed Leonidas rubber for amazing plasticity. In addition, he had a football cleverness that allows him to make decisions that could not be foreseen by the opponent. In addition, excellent speed, not to mention the technical equipment. You will not surprise anyone with technology in Brazil – the masterly handling of the ball is meant by itself. But Leonidas was the first to demonstrate to the football world the blows through himself in the fall, which in Brazil were dubbed “biclets”.
Nowadays, this technique is well known and called “scissors”, it was mastered by many players. However, in the 30s he seemed to be a circus trick and shook not only the fans in the stands, but also the players who saw him for the first time.
And in the first match of the World Cup in 1938, Leonidas further strengthened his unparalleled glory. That game of the Brazilian national team with the Polish national team to this day is considered one of the best in the history of world championships. It was a dramatic duel in which the Brazilian Leonidas and the Polish striker Willimowski were competing in the rate of fire in which they fought.
Wallimovski At the very beginning of the game, Leonidas opened the scoring, but in the middle of the inning, Willimovsky scored a return goal. To break the team went with the score 3: 1 in favor of the Brazilians – Romeo and Peraio scored goals. Edv…

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