Today is the day: “Tragédia do Sarriá”, defeat of the 82 team 40 years ago

Published in 03/07/2022 - 07:33 By Luiz Claudio Ferreira - Repórter da Agência Brasil - Brasília

Losing the final 2-1 to Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup. The 7-1 in the semi-final, also at home, to Germany, in 2014. Some say that, among the painful football traumas, there is a game that makes fans of the Brazilian National Team to breathe as deeply as these occasions. The strong memory is from 1982 and was baptized by the press of “Tragédia do Sarriá” - in allusion to the stadium in the city of Barcelona where everything happened. The defeat turns 40 this week.

Paulo Rossi's three goals, on July 5, 1982, were part of the nightmare of Brazilians who watched the until then unthinkable elimination of the national team in the second group stage of the World Cup in Spain (in that year, the method of dispute was different from the current one). The event was so surprising that it generated a national commotion. Brazil needed a draw to pass the stage, but ended up losing by 3 to 2. Italy was the champion of the world and Brazil postponed the dream of the fourth championship, which only came 12 years later.

But, as vivid as the memories of Paulo Rossi's goals, are the moments that aroused the hope of the fans. After conceding the first goal, with just five minutes into the game, Brazil drew level with Sócrates, in the 12th minute of the first half. “It's too much! It's too much!” The emotion of the first draw, in the voice of José Carlos Araújo, is in the archives of Rádio Nacional . Listen below:

Then Italy would take the lead again in the 25th minute. Brazil only managed to equalize in the 24th minute of the second half, with a great goal from Falcão. In celebration, he runs with clenched fists: "the King of Rome in Barcelona", cried the narrator. To imagine this scene again, listen to the audio below:

Happiness would only last six more minutes, when the champion of that Cup would score the winning goal.

Moraes Moreira would have turned 75

In the memories of the 1982 World Cup, one of the voices that packed the Brazilian campaign was that of the Bahian singer Moraes Moreira, born in Ituaçu. The song "Blood, Swing and Cintura" was often heard.

“The king here is Pelé/In the land of football/Olé! It's a ball at the foot / Round just like the sun / Whether at Maracanã / Or on a Spanish lawn / School here is samba / And ball is the art of the people...".

This week can be a tribute to the famous musician, who was born 75 years ago, on July 8, 1947. He died in 2020, a victim of a heart attack , but left extensive work and legacy for the national culture.

Salvador - Moraes Moreira comemora aniversário de 70 anos hoje (26) em pleno Carnaval
Pioneiro como cantor de trio elétrico, músico celebra ao lado do filho Davi Moraes - Valter Pontes/SECOM
Moraes Moreira plays with his son Davi Moraes at a show in Salvador, on the day he turned 70, in 2017. Photo: Valter Pontes/SECOM - Valter Pontes/SECOM/Direitos Reservados/Arquivo

In the collection of Empresa Brasil de Comunicação vehicles, stories, reports and shows are available to learn more about the musician who became known for hits such as Preta Pretinha , Brasil Pandeiro , Festa do Interior , Vassourinha Eléctrica, Isto aqui o que é Por what stopped? Why did you stop?.

In 2019, in the Grandes Musicalais special, TV Brasil showed the show 50 Carnivals , recorded at the Ballroom nightclub, in 1998, in Rio de Janeiro. Watch:

Moraes Moreira's talent can also be seen in this 2018 interview for Rádio Batuta, from Rádio MEC . At the time, he was releasing the CD Sertão , with a strong presence of cordel and his country memories.

In the conversation, the singer recalls, for example, that he only saw the sea when he was 17 years old. He remembers that he dreamed of studying medicine, but embraced music, joining one of the most important groups in Brazilian music: the Novos Baianos. Moreira also spoke of the influence of João Gilberto, Pepeu Gomes and Baby Consuelo in his sound. Listen:

northeastern memory

Also to rescue the legacy of Northeastern art, this week marks the 20th anniversary of the death of the poet and cordelist Patativa do Assaré - artistic name of Antônio Gonçalves da Silva. He passed away on July 8, 2002, aged 93. O Momento Literário , a member of the Antena MEC program, explained why he is one of the main names in the poetry and music of the sertão:

História Hoje , by Radioagencia Nacional , told the life of the popular poet Patativa do Assaré. Poet, composer, improviser, fundamental representative of Northeastern popular culture, Patativa do Assaré defined himself as a poet of the people:

Last year, on the occasion of Northeastern Day, the Revista Brasil program interviewed the poet Daniel Gonçalves Silva, grandson of Patativa do Assaré. In the conversation, he says he feels privileged to have had his famous grandfather as a teacher.

An episode of the series O Milagre de Santa Luzia, which aired on public TV in 2017, is also available on the TV Brasil website. do Baião - and talked about his trajectory in a historical recording made in Assaré, for the project O Brasil da Sanfona (click here to watch).

Patativa do Assaré
Patativa do Assaré - Photo: Reproduction TV Brasil/O Milagre de Santa Luzia

Check out the weekly list of Hoje é Dia with dates, historical facts and holidays:

July 3rd to 9th, 2022

Birth of American actor Tom Cruise (60 years old)

Birth of journalist and football coach João Saldanha (105 years old)

Uruguay is the first country in Latin America to approve the female vote (95 years old)

National Day to Combat Racial Discrimination - celebrates the approval of Law No. 1,390, the Afonso Arinos Law, of 1951


Death of Brazilian opera singer and actress Maria d'Apparecida (5 years old)

Death of Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla (30 years old)

USA Independence day


Birth of Brazilian actress Ingrid Guimarães (50 years old)

Birth of São Paulo jurist and politician Hélio Bicudo (100 years old)

Death of carioca cartoonist Carlos Zéfiro (30 years old)

Brazilian football team led by Telê Santana loses to Italy in the 1982 World Cup (40 years old)

Beginning of the Revolt of the 18th of the Copacabana Fort (100 years)

World Capoeira Day - international commemoration, which is provided for in Article 10 of the International Capoeira Convention


Death of American writer William Faulkner (60 years old) - winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949

Birth of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (115 years old)

First meeting between John Lennon and Paul McCartney in Liverpool (65 years old) - embryo of the band The Beatles


Birth of Russian painter Marc Chagall (135 years old)

Choice of the New Seven Wonders of the World in Lisbon (15 years)

Pele debuts in the Brazilian national football team and scores his first goal (65 years old)


Death of the popular poet from Ceará Patativa do Assaré (20 years old)

Birth of Bahian singer-songwriter Moraes Moreira (75 years old)

Roswell incident: alleged UFO crashed in New Mexico (75 years old)

National Science Day and National Scientific Researcher Day - the first date was sanctioned in 2001, by Law nº 10.221; and the second, in 2008, through Law No. 11,807. Both honor the day of creation of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC), on July 8, 1948. The date aims to draw attention to the country's scientific production


First General Strike in Brazil (105 years)

Constitutionalist Revolution of 1932 (90 years)

Creation of the African Union (20 years) - international organization that promotes integration between the countries of the African continent

Text translated using artificial intelligence.

Edition: Nathália Mendes

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