Moacyr Barbosa

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Paulo Moacyr Barbosa Nascimento

Paulo Moacyr Barbosa Nascimento (also in the spelling Moacir ; born March 27, 1921 in Campinas , † April 7, 2000 in Santos ) was a Brazilian football goalkeeper and national player .


Barbosa began his career in 1940 with the ADCI in São Paulo , moved to CA Ypiranga in 1942 and played for the CR Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro from 1945 to 1955 . The win of the Campeonato Sul-Americano de Campeões 1948, the forerunner of the Copa Libertadores, remains outstanding . He won the championship of Rio de Janeiro three times . He then played for Santa Cruz FC , Bonsucesso and Campo Grande until 1962 .

He was considered one of the world's best goalkeepers of his time, played 20 international matches between 1945 and 1953 and won the 1949 Copa America with Brazil . The Brazilians' 7-0 victory in the final against Paraguay is still the highest victory in a final of this competition. In 1953 he finished second with the Brazilian team.

At the Football World Cup in 1950 , he was one of the Seleção , which was runner-up in their own country. Barbosa was one of the outstanding players of the tournament, but in the decisive game of the final round, the Maracanaço , Brazil surprisingly lost 2-1 to the Uruguayan national soccer team on July 16, 1950 . Eleven minutes before the final whistle, Alcides Ghiggia played Brazilian defender Bigode on the right and shot the ball into the near corner. Barbosa, who expected a pass into the center of the six-yard box, was blamed for the Uruguayan winner. He was made a scapegoat and has since been viewed as a persona non grata in Brazil .

In an interview in 2000 he said: “In Brazil, the law provides for 30 years imprisonment for a murder. It's been far more than that since the 1950 final, and I still feel imprisoned, people still see me as the culprit for our defeat. ”One of the humiliations was the 1994 World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Uruguay coach Parreira forbade his goalkeeper Cláudio Taffarel to have any contact with Barbosa. A Brazilian football official is said to have expelled him from the stadium with the words "Take him away, he's just bad luck". The antipathy towards the Afro-Brazilian goalkeeper is also attributed to racism .



In art

  • Barbosa is a multi-award-winning short film by Brazilian directors Ana Luiza Azevedo and Jorge Furtado from 1988, in which the hero of the title returns to the game on July 16, 1950 using a time machine and tries to prevent the Uruguayan winning goal.
  • Barbosa plays an important role in the award-winning British novel Brasyl by Ian McDonald from 2007. Among other things, the novel is about a committed journalist looking for Barbosa in order to bring her to a tribunal with a trick, in which the Brazilian nation can take revenge on him.
  • Barbosa's life story is also the main theme of the Italian novel The Last Parade of Moacyr Barbosa (Italian: L'ultima parata di Moacyr Barbosa) by Darwin Pastor (Ed. Arnoldo Mondadori, published in Italy in 2005).


  • Karin Sturm: Between the beach and the stadium. The football miracle Brazil . Berlin 1998. ISBN 3-328-00785-7 , pp. 142-144.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Alex Bellos: Futebol. The Brazilian way of life . Bloomsbury, London 2002. ISBN 0-7475-5403-X . P.56.
  2. a b c Alex Bellos: Moacir Barbosa: Goalkeeper who made a mistake his nation never forgave or forgot . The Guardian, April 13, 2000 (Eng.)
  3. K. Sturm, pp. 142f.
  4. Quoted from the Tages-Anzeiger on June 13, 2006.
  5. Alex Bellos: Futebol. The Brazilian way of life . Bloomsbury, London 2002. p. 390.
  6. ^ The Warwick Prize for Writing: 2009 Longlist . Retrieved June 27, 2014 (Warwick Prize nominees)