The man who captained a legendary side to the greatest upset in World Cup history Editor’s Pick 03 May 2018, 16:28 IST How much of cojones must one have to lead 10 men against 200,000? What pushes a man to ask his team to literally piss on the favourites to win the 1950 World Cup?And yet that’s exactly what Uruguay captain Obdulio Varela asked his teammates to do before the final game. But more on that later.When Uruguay first won the World Cup in 1930, Varela was just a teenager. Little did he know back then that he would captain La Celeste (The Sky Blues) to the greatest upset in World Cup history.Also read: Iconic World Cup Moments – When Uruguay silenced the MaracanaHe was the quintessential central midfielder in an era where formations were still evolving but more or less top heavy. He was the man that linked defence with attack, he was the force in the middle of the park that shielded the 3-man defence that played with a sweeper.El Negro Jefe (The Black Chief), as he was called, stood six feet tall and had a cannon of a foot with which he did score piledrivers that beat goalkeepers… Read full this story
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