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Este é o segundo artigo da série “10 histórias sobre futebol e política“.
2. Austrian star humiliates Nazis, 1938
by Matthew Weiner for CNN
Austria had [possuía] one of the game’s greatest sides [um dos melhores times de futebol] in the 1930s [na década de 1930], but when the Nazis [os nazistas] annexed [anexaram] their neighbors [vizinhos], the nation’s “Wunderteam” were forced [foram obrigados] to withdraw from [a abandonar] the World Cup and merge with [se unir à] Germany.
Star striker [O famoso atacante] Matthias Sindelar so opposed [foi tão contra] his nation’s loss of independence [à perda da independência de seu país] that [a ponto de] he refused [recusar] to play for Germany. He pleaded [alegou] old age [estar velho], but Germany’s manager [técnico] Sepp Herberger would later recall [relembraria o episódio]: “I almost [praticamente] had the impression that discomfort [mal-estar, desconforto, incômodo] and rejection, linked to [relacionado a] the political developments [acontecimentos], had prompted [haviam causado] his refusal [recusa].”
During a so-called [chamado] “Reconciliation Game” to mark the merging [a fusão] of the two sides, Sindelar made his feelings quite clear [expressou claramente sua opinião] in a 2-0 win [vitória] for Austria. According to [Segundo] German historian [historiador] Nils Havemann’s book “Fussball unterm Hakenkreuz,” the center-forward [centro-avante] scored his beloved country’s first [marcou o primeiro gol para seu amado país] and then, when the second goal went in [foi marcado; entrou (lit.)], he danced in celebration [comemorando] in front of [diante dos] Nazi officials [autoridades].
In 1939, Sindelar and his girlfriend were killed in his apartment by a gas leak [vazamento]. Controversy still reigns over [existe; impera (lit.)] whether [se] it was murder [homicídio] or suicide — or just [apenas] an accident.
Still to come:
4. Zaire players crack under Presidential pressure, 1974
5. The German nation divided, 1974
6. Argentine junta swaps grain for glory, 1978
7. Iran’s football revolution, 1998
8. Germany enjoys “Partyotism,” 2006
9. The Koreas refuse to play nicely, 2008
10. Football diplomacy between old enemies, 2008-09