The Football World Cup and WORLD NEUROSURGERY: What Can They Have in Common?

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    Citation: World Neurosurg. (2010) 74, 2/3:222-223.DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2010.07.022

    Journal homepage:

    Available online:

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    2 WORLD NEUROSURGERY, DOI:10.1016/j.wneu.2010.07.022e Football World Cup and WORLD NEUROSUdo Azevedo-Filho

    y rst recollection of a football World Cup dates from1954. I still remember listening to a very poor radiotransmission from Berne, where Brazil was defeated

    Hungary, 4 to 2. Deep sadness enveloped my family, and Ird my uncles talking about the renewal of the tragedy of 1950,en we lost in the nal to Uruguay in the sanctuary of our owndium, the Maracan, in Rio de Janeiro.t that time, the world was enchanted by the performance of the

    ngarians beating Germany, 8 to 3, in the nal eight, but losingtitle to them in the nal, 3 to 2. We saw the same in 1974, with thetch playing a wonderful game but losing the nal to the samem, Germany. The journals and magazines at the time mentionedgreat deed of the Germans being on top only nine years after

    ng completely devastated by the war. When seeing photos ofnd, good-looking, happy lads, I could not relate them to theziswhohad committed somany atrocities only a fewyears earlier.a boy, it was also difcult to comprehend that we had two Ger-nys, East and West, and I went to my beloved father and asked

    which was the one that was raising the Jules Rimet Cup. Helied that it was the Germany where there was a democratic gov-ment. Of course, in those times, there was no Google for a quickrch, and I opened the British encyclopedia that he had presentede a year before. Tomy surprise, theGermany thatwas said not to

    ctice democracy was named the Democratic Republic of Ger-ny. Also, I could not understand why the Hungarian players,tead of being greeted at home as heroes, had to ee the countryr on. Too much for an eight-year-old brain!958 was our year of redemption. The 29th of June was one ofhappiest days of my life; Brazil for the rst time was the

    tball world champion. We had defeated the powerful SovietHildo Azevedo-Filho, MD, PhD, MScProfessor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery

    Hospital da Restaurao, University of Pernambuco

    ERY: What Can They Have in Common?

    covered for the second time. The world was starting to noticezil, and at that moment we were representing all underdevelopedntries of the globe. I did not realize then that through footballwith that victory we were helping to speed up so-called global-

    tion. The needs, particular aspects, and social and economicalculties of people living outside of Europe and North Americarted to be heard by the developed world.962, 1970, 1994, and 2002 provided more pride to our country

    t also brought more responsibility to our people, because throughtball we foresaw that we needed to educate our population better,particularly to protect our youngsters from drugs. Regrettably

    me as a Brazilian, our captain did not raise the Cup in 2010, butme as a citizen and certainly for the world this event is investedh more relevant aspects than being champion. The tournamentng carried out for the rst time in Africa demonstrates that theth Africans were able to organize it as well as any other country.

    is is a situation of great pride not only for the hosts but also formankind as a whole. This is the new time of democracy and realbalization that we face universally; doubtless from now the worldl see Africa and other developing countries in a different way, and

    sure that also they shall behave differently.n July 11, 2010, the world saw Spain as the World Cup champion,for therst time a formerwinnerwasnot in thenals. The select

    b of members has been forced to accept another partner. Thisy not be good for Brazil and other former winners, but it is a greatievement for all.ORLD NEUROSURGERY, in a similar way, has as one of its pri-

    ties to allow teams from all over the world to be heard, to includemany neurosurgeons as possible. It tries to give them the oppor-ity to publish their research, which might not be found to beRG

  • Here are some reasons why I think that the football World Cupand WORLD NEUROSURGERY share so many common aspects.

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    discuss these on the highest level. FIFA and this World Cup havedemonstrated that this is feasible.



    WORLD NEUROSURGERY 74 [2/3]: 222-223, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2ORLD NEUROSURGERY was founded to represent the newnking of the World Federation of Neurosurgical SocietiesFNS) leadership that voices around the world need to be heard.RLD NEUROSURGERY, like football, was established to bringple together (in this case neurosurgeons), to make possible thataper written by a colleague from Ghana could be shown to theernational community, just as we have seen the national team oft beautiful country playing so well in South Africa. WORLD NEU-SURGERY and the WFNS are fully committed to integrating peo-and to accepting differences; likewise, we have been remindedt these are major concerns of the Fdration Internationale detball Association (FIFA).ORLD NEUROSURGERY and the WFNS are deeply devoted toeducation of young neurosurgeons living outside of Europethe United States. One of FIFAs main concerns is to educate

    ldren via football training schools in areas of the several con-ents where it is much needed; this is an extremely importantl for keeping children away from all drugs, including alcoholtobacco.ORLD NEUROSURGERY, like FIFA, condemns all forms of rac-and discrimination, including the scientic ones. Our new jour-is fully open to living together with all political, social, and

    igious differences and considers itself an appropriate forum to

    The WFNS andWORLDNEUROSURGERY rmly believe, and ghtfor the belief, that it is possible to reach peace in the world, and thisissue is going to play a major role among the goals of our new title.The footballWorldCup is amomentof peace throughout ourplanet,when even an exchanging of spies between the United States andRussia was carried out quietly, smoothly, and peacefully.

    I hope that the beautiful mood and the praised behavior of thoserelated to the 2010 World Cup will be spread throughout the peopleof all nations and maintained for the next four years, when we willgather again in my country, land of peace. Similarly, I am convincedthat in 2010, the mission of WORLD NEUROSURGERY will be tofocus on abetter integrationof themore than35,000neurosurgeonsscattered in all quarters of Earth, allowing them to democraticallypublish their work, ideas, and difculties. This will be a major ad-vance not only for our specialty, but also for contributing to theachievement of a better quality of life in the world.

    Citation: World Neurosurg. (2010) 74, 2/3:222-223.DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2010.07.022

    Journal homepage:

    Available online:

    1878-8750/$ - see front matter 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.010 223

    The Football World Cup and WORLD NEUROSURGERY: What Can They Have in Common?