No this is not a piece on World War 2 or any other war for that matter,although it is often said that football is war.
The Battle of Santiago is the name given to a particularly infamous football match during the 1962 FIFA World Cup. It was a game played between host Chile and Italy on 2 June 1962 in Santiago.The referee was Ken Aston, who later went on to invent yellow and red cards.
By 1962 the World Cup had recovered from the 12-year hiatus imposed upon it by World War II and had become a fixture.
The 1954 and ’58 tournaments had both been held in Europe. The nations of North and South America threatened to boycott the tournament—as they had done in 1938—if that trend continued. Most assumed that Argentina would be the choice, but the Chilean federation mounted an underdog candidacy and ended up running away…
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