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1950 Uruguay ghost haunts Brazil in commerical

Uruguay's Alcides Ghiggia Alcides Ghiggia scores the World Cup-winning goal for Uruguay against host Brazil in 1950. (AP File Photo)

Brazil has not hosted a World Cup since 1950, when Uruguay stunned the Selecao and claimed the trophy at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, which will be the site of the 2014 World Cup final.

Alcides Ghiggia's goal stunned a nation -- as the Wall Street Journal reflected earlier this month -- one that expected to celebrate being on top of the soccer universe (also known as Planet Futbol...see what we did there?). Brazil had to wait eight more years before capturing its first of five World Cup titles, and 64 years in total to earn the chance to host another soccer spectacle.

While Brazil may be the favorite to capture another World Cup this summer and exorcised some Maracana demons by capturing the FIFA Confederations Cup there this past summer, the Uruguay ghost of 1950 still looms (and not necessarily in the form of Ghiggia, the last remaining survivor from the 1950 Uruguay team who was honored prior to Uruguay's qualifying playoff home leg against Jordan this week).

Uruguay kit sponsor Puma released a hilarious commercial with "El Fantasma del 50" spooking natives on the beaches and streets of Brazil to conjure up more Maracanazo memories in the build-up to next summer. Whether Brazil can lay that ghost to rest and capture title No. 6 on the hallowed Maracana ground is the grandest question entering the competition.

The video can be seen below:

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