The pandemic that canceled Copa America... in 1918

Brazil's Neymar and Paqueta celebrate

Brazil's Neymar (right) celebrates with teammate Lucas Paqueta after scoring a penalty against Ecuador during their South American qualification match for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 at the Jose Pinheiro Borda stadium, better known as Beira-Rio, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on June 4, 2021.

Photo credit: Silvio Avila | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The pandemic did not spare Brazil, which was due to host the tournament.
  • A dangerous virus was wreaking havoc around the globe on its way to killing an estimated 50 million people in two years.
  • The Brazil of 1918 was already starting its love affair with football.

Sao Paulo, Brazil


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