Posted 28d ago
Football fans might remember when Brazil beat England 3-1 in the World Cup quarter finals back in 1962.
While others might remember it as when a four-legged pitch invader tried to steal the limelight from Brazilian right winger Garrincha.
Players were stocked when a black dog ran onto the pitch, pausing the game while the pup gave the players the run around.
But it was England’s football legend Jimmy Greaves who got more than he bargained for when he tried to coax the dog away from the game.
Jimmy, who sadly passed away on Sunday, aged 81, attempted to capture the dog after it darted past goalkeeper Ron Springett.
After a short period of time, he managed to pick up the dog - but soon regretted his decision.
Explaining the experience, Jimmy told FIFA: "The referee had stopped the game and no-one could get hold of this dog.
“I got down on my hands and knees, being a dog lover anyway, and called it over.
"It got a massive cheer and I picked the dog up and cuddled him. But as I cuddled him, he peed all down my shirt!
“You never had changed strips in those days, you just had the one shirt, so I had to play on with it.
"I smelt so bad, it was awful. But at least it meant the Brazilian defenders stayed clear of me!”
After having captured the nation's heart, the dog was taken to Brazil and raffled amongst the victorious Brazilian squad.
Mané Garrincha, who was crowned the tournament’s star player, won the draw and named the dog Bi, short for 'bicampeonato' - a nod to Brazil’s second successive world title.
The dog was taken to Garrincha's beloved village of Pau Grande to live out his days alongside the sporting superstar.
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