Palmeiras – from outcast to sovereign in two decades

On this day 50 years ago, the Palmeiras squad set their green and whites aside to pull on the yellow jersey of the Brazilian national squad. The Brazilian Federation of Sports (CBD) had invited Palmeiras to represent Brazil in an official match against Uruguay for the Inconfidência Cup, coinciding with the inauguration of the Minerão Stadium in Belo Horizonte. Palmeiras/Brazil beat Uruguay 3-0 after goals from Rinaldo, Tupãzinho and Germano. The complete line-up: Valdir de Moraes (Picasso); Djalma Santos, Djalma Dias, Valdemar Carabina (Procópio) and Ferrari; Dudu (Zequinha) and Ademir da Guia; Julinho Botelho (Germano), Servílio, Tupãzinho (Ademar Pantera) and Rinaldo (Dario). 

Quite the journey for a sports club who two decades earlier was labelled an enemy of the state, forced to change its name and nearly had its stadium confiscated. The history of the Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras is truly unique in Brazilian football.
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