Joedir Belmont, left, and Fifa's Jerome Valcke trade tickets from the 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 27, 2014. Belmont, 85, had a ticket for the 1950 World Cup final match between Brazil and Uruguay, but he skipped it to tend to his sick mother. He has offered to donate his unused 1950 ticket for display in Fifa's planned museum at its Zurich headquarters. In return, the football governing body has given him two tickets to this year's World Cup final match. Kyodo
Joedir Belmont, left, and Fifa's Jerome Valcke trade tickets from the 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 27, 2014. Belmont, 85, had a ticket for tShow more

World Cup Diary Day 24: Brazil fan’s World Cup final ticket saga



A Brazilian pensioner who was unable to attend the 1950 World Cup trophy match in Rio and donated his carefully preserved ticket to Fifa’s museum has lost his ticket to next Sunday’s final.

Joedir Belmont, 85, had a ticket for Brazil’s loss to Uruguay witnessed by 200,000 people at the Maracana owing to a family illness.

But he kept his ticket and donated it to Fifa’s football museum, who responded by giving him two tickets for this year’s final, secretary general Jerome Valcke handing them over personally.

Belmont had managed to obtain tickets for several games outside Rio for this year’s tournament but not the final, until football’s world body intervened.

Now his dreams of seeing the denouement of the World Cup again may be dashed as he mislaid the tickets on the way home from last week’s ceremony where they had been presented to him, O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper reported on Friday.

“I kept a ticket for 64 years; I lost the other inside six hours,” the paper quoted Belmont as lamenting.

He said he had reported the loss and Fifa had advised him to wait to see if they show up or else they will re-issue the two tickets he was given and a third he was allowed to buy.

“If my tickets aren’t handed in they have promised to re-issue them – they have my name on,” said Belmont. “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.”

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

Director: Nag Ashwin

Starring: Prabhas, Saswata Chatterjee, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Shobhana

Rating: ★★★★

The specs

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Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Power: 390bhp

Torque: 400Nm

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Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Console: PlayStation 2 to 5
Rating: 5/5

Indika

Developer: 11 Bit Studios
Publisher: Odd Meter
Console: PlayStation 5, PC and Xbox series X/S
Rating: 4/5

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Qureos
Based: UAE
Launch year: 2021
Number of employees: 33
Sector: Software and technology
Funding: $3 million

Bio:

Favourite Quote: Prophet Mohammad's quotes There is reward for kindness to every living thing and A good man treats women with honour

Favourite Hobby: Serving poor people 

Favourite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Favourite food: Fish and vegetables

Favourite place to visit: London

Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022

First match: November 20
Final 16 round: December 3 to 6
Quarter-finals: December 9 and 10
Semi-finals: December 13 and 14
Final: December 18

ENGLAND TEAM

Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).


Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).


Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

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Winner: Exciting Days, Oscar Chavez, Doug Watson
10pm: Al Ain Cup – Prestige (PA) Dh100,000 (D) 2,000m
Winner: Suny Du Loup, Marcelino Rodrigues, Hamad Al Marar
10.30pm: Maiden (PA) Dh70,000 (D) 1,800m
Winner: Jafar Des Arnets, Oscar Chavez, Ahmed Al Mehairbi
11pm: Wathba Stallions Cup – Handicap (PA) Dh70,000 (D) 1,600m
Winner: Taj Al Izz, Richard Mullen, Ibrahim Al Hadhrami
11.30pm: Maiden (PA) Dh70,000 (D) 1,400m
Winner: Majdy, Antonio Fresu, Jean de Roualle
12am: Maiden (PA) Dh70,000 (D) 1,400m
Winner: Hamloola, Sam Hitchcott, Salem Al Ketbi


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