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Handwritten letter from a national team player arriving in Mexico (1970)

Handwritten letter from a national team player arriving in Mexico (1970)

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A few weeks before the start of the 1970 World Cup, a Brazilian player tells what it was like when the team arrived in Mexico.

  • Handwritten postcard from a player on the 1970 Brazilian team (probably Paulo César Lima, known as Caju) to a certain Tânia, perhaps a relative or friend.
  • In Portuguese.
  • 13.9 cm x 8.9 cm.
  • April 2, 1970, Mexico.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

Dear Tania
With the Grace of God
we had a good trip, and
we are in a hotel
first class must
all. Our arrival
here was a tremendous
party, everyone is cheering
from us
Tomorrow we will start
training to play
day six against Guada

In 1970, Brazil lived under a military dictatorship and witnessed its national team make history, becoming three-time world champions through joyful and spectacular football. It was also the first World Cup shown live on Brazilian television. Two months before its start, the “canarinho” team was the first team to arrive in Mexico to acclimatize to the altitude of more than 2 thousand meters and was in group 3, the strongest of all, alongside the then world champion. , England. His debut took place on June 3, in Guadalajara, against Czechoslovakia and, after an admirable campaign, he defeated the Italians in the final.

The team's players were Félix, Ado, Leão, Carlos Alberto, Zé Maria, Brito, Baldochi, Fontana, Wilson Piazza, Everaldo, Marco Antônio, Clodoaldo, Joel, Rivelino, Gerson, Jairzinho, Paulo César, Pelé, Dario, Tostão, Roberto and Edu. The 1970 World Cup was the last in which Pelé participated (the only player to win the tournament three times) and this team is still considered one of the best teams of all time: unanimous both in the press and by fans around the world. After the final, the coach of the Czechoslovakia team, much criticized for the defeat to Brazil in the debut, said: “Now the world understands why we lost four to one. Nobody beats this Brazilian team.”

This is an unpublished piece written by the player Paulo Cézar (whose signature was verified by paleographic analysis). It is valuable for reporting the arrival of what would be the great champion of the 1970 World Cup and also reveals traces of a time when players presented an attitude of humility (“we are in a first-class hotel, it has everything”) and vivacity. feeling the support of the fans (“Our arrival here was a huge celebration, everyone is rooting for us”).

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