Memories of the first concentration of the world champion team of Brazil in 1958 - Pictures of Antonio Lucio
The delegation leaded by Paulo Machado de Carvalho was gathered in two cities in Minas Gerais: Poços de Caldas and Araxá.
It was the first time that the National Team met outside Rio de Janeiro to prepare for a game. Between April 10th and 21st, 1958, 35 preselected players were evaluated. Only 22 went to World Cup in Sweden.
The photos that make up this exhibition are by Antonio Lucio.
He began to photograph still a boy, at the age of 14. With 16 years old, he won a contest by the newspaper "Notícias de Hoje", which opened many professional opportunities to him.
With a photojournalist career, he became internationally known for the quality of his images and for reporting scoops that earned him two Esso Awards throughout his life.
Deceased in 2000, victim of a cancer, he had his collection about the pre-games of Brazilian national team in Poços de Caldas discovered in 2013 by his daughter, the journalist Silvia Herrera. In 2018, Silvia released the book "Seleção Nunca Vista" [Never Seen National Team], publishing photographs of her father which she graciously gave to the Football Museum for the temporary exhibition "The First Star" and for this virtual exhibition.
"We consult Your Honor about the possibility of the National Football Team of the World Cup concentrate in Poços de Caldas ... We urgently request an answer with conditions and clarifications. greetings."
Telegram sent to João Havelange, then president of CBD, by Vinicius Vivas - Folha de Poços, January 31, 1958.
"I have a lot of sympathy for Poços de Caldas, undoubtedly one of the best hydrominerals resorts in Brazil. I think it's ideal for the national team. If it depends on me, Poços de Caldas will be chosen for the concentration of the national team" - Vicente Feola, Brazilian Team Coach - Folha de Poços, March 03, 1958.
"The mayor of Poços de Caldas [Agostinho Loiola Junqueira] maintained a telephone contact with the private secretary of Mrs. Sara Kubitschek [Servulo Tavares], requesting the interference of the first lady of the country in the sense that this city was chosen as the site of the concentration of the Brazilian Team."
Journalist Agostinho Loiola Junqueira - Folha de Poços, March 03, 1958.
Journalist Nilson Garcia: "How do you see the next World Championship?"
Dr. Hilton Gosling: "It is a difficult championship, in almost all countries that will participate, and plus its sponsor, the Sweden, aim for the same as us, that is, the final victory, and the coveted title of world champion of football".
Folha de Poços, March 31, 1958.
The Technical Committee began to work with a larger group of professionals, and was dedicated to enhance the group's relationship, with players that came from clubs from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. It was a time when few games were played outside the team's original region, so there was less contact between athletes living in different cities.
"At 9:20 am of yesterday it was started the individual physical training among the athletes at the A.A. Caldense Stadium, preceded by a lecture by Mr. Paulo Amaral. At the end of the exercise that included races, jumping and gymnastics, a ball-and-ball practice was performed with goalkeepers Ernani, Gilmar, Carlos Alberto and Castilho, all of whom were shown to be well-developed and physically fit."
Folha de Poços, April 16, 1958.
... collect in his school notebook the signature of most of the players and the technical commission of 1958. The sheet of paper, now a true historical collection of Brazilian football, was brought from the city of Governador Valadares (Minas Gerais) to the Football Museum in 2013 and shared with the public during the temporary exhibition "Paper Football".
If you missed the chance to check out this exhibition then, do not miss the opportunity to see your virtual version here at Google Arts & Culture.
GOVERNO DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO
Governador | Márcio França
Secretário de Estado da Cultura | Romildo Campello
Secretária Adjunta de Estado da Cultura | Patrícia Penna
Chefe de Gabinete | Alessandro Soares
Coordenadora da Unidade de Preservação do Patrimônio Museológico | Regina Ponte
MUSEU DO FUTEBOL
Gestão IDBrasil Cultura, Educação e Esporte - organização social de cultura
Conselho de Administração
Presidente | Carlos Antonio Luque
Vice Presidente | Clara de Assunção Azevedo
Diretor Executivo | Eric Klug
Diretora Administrativa e Financeira | Vitória Boldrin
Diretora de Conteúdo | Daniela Alfonsi
Virtual exhibition "The Selection in Poços de Caldas"
Photo collection courtesy of Silvia Herrera.
Research and Texts | Aira Bonfim
Curator of images and subtitling | Ligia Dona e Julia Terin
Google edition | Aira Bonfim
Final Review and Editing| Camila Aderaldo e Daniela Alfonsi
Realization of the Football Museum / Center of Reference of Brazilian Soccer (CRFB)
Content Management - Daniela Alfonsi
Coordination – Camila Chagas Aderaldo
Researcher – Aira Bonfim
Research Assistant – Ligia Dona
Librarian – Ademir Takara
Documentation Assistants– Julia Terin e Dóris Régis
Trainees – Marcus Ecclissi e Everton Apolinário
Collection Silvia Herrera
Collection Marcos Nastrini
Research in periodicals: Folha de Poços and Diário de Poços de Caldas