Brazil fan who missed 1950 World Cup final loses 2014 ticket

A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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A Brazilian pensioner who was forced to miss the last World Cup final on home soil in 1950 loses his tickets for the 2014 showpiece.

An elderly Brazilian fan who was unable to attend his home country's World Cup final in 1950 has lost his tickets for this year's tournament climax in Rio de Janeiro only hours after being presented with them.

Joedir Belmont was had planned to attend A Selecao's fateful match with Uruguay at the Maracana 64 years ago, which ended in defeat for the host nation, but was absent due to a family illness.

The 85-year-old had preserved his ticket for the 1950 final before recently donating it to the FIFA museum. However, after being presented with the opportunity to witness the 2014 showpiece, Belmont admitted that he misplaced his tickets soon after receiving them.

He was quoted by AFP as saying: "I kept a ticket for 64 years; I lost the other inside six hours. If my tickets aren't handed in they have promised to re-issue them - they have my name on.

"My cousins, who are dead now, saw Brazil defeated [in 1950], but I'm very much hoping that I shall see the Selecao crowned champions."

The final takes place on July 13.

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