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Suddenly Feeling Very Old: Remember Bebeto’s ‘Baby Cradle’ Goal Celebration? That Baby Now Plays For Brazil U20s

By Chris Wright

Hark back to 1994, specifically the World Cup of 1994, the quarter-finals. Remember Bebeto scoring Brazil’s second goal against Holland at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the subsequent ‘baby cradle’ celebration with Mazinho (father of Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara) and Romario?

We remember it like it was yesterday. Round Ed de Goey and bosh..

That baby, young Mattheus Oliveira (named after Lothar), born just two days previous, is now 18-years-old, plays for Flamengo and has just recently been drafted into the Brazil U20 squad for the first time.

How old does that make you feel all of a sudden?


(Thanks to Pies fans Roger Paz and @flotoniutti for the tip-off. Well, we say ‘thanks’…)

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By Chris on November 14th, 2012 in International football, Retro. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

7 Responses to “Suddenly Feeling Very Old: Remember Bebeto’s ‘Baby Cradle’ Goal Celebration? That Baby Now Plays For Brazil U20s”

  1. Mr. Chopper says:

    Shitting nora.

    Kids born in 1994 can legally drink. MIND. BLOWN.

  2. That match was actually played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Come on guys.

  3. The Hafna says:

    Yeah, thanks Pies.

  4. sloth says:

    off topic, but why were both sides wearing their away kits?

  5. Steph says:

    Mazinho’s kids have grown up too.. Thiago Alcantara (3yo back then) has even been picked 3 times by spain’s A team :). Rafinha was 1yo, he’s now Barcelona B & Spain U19.

  6. Steph says:

    Oh, and this “Mattheus” makes me think about something else: I was watching the Palmeiras vs Fluminense this week-end.. and saw a certain “Patrick Vieira” score his first goal in the Brasileirão league. He tied the game at 2-2, giving the league some extra life until Fred (former Lyon) scored again and clinched it for Flu.

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