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The 1950 World Cup was one of the all-time greats. Hosted in Brazil, it is best remembered for Maracanazo where Uruguay came from a goal down to defeat Brazil in front of the largest crowd ever crowd for a sporting event held in a stadium. Suffice to say the atmosphere was electric that day.

The World Cup was full of upsets, the most famous of which was England's shock loss to the USA. Suffice to say that if Paddy Power football betting had been around  then, you would have had some very healthy odds on the USA winning. As you would have on Sweden advancing at the expense of Italy.

The World Cup is known for not having a final. Rather the final four teams each played each other once. It just so happened that the final game, Brazil vs Uruguay, was also the one which decided the winner. Brazilian Ademir topped the goalscoring list with 9 goals.

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