Pereira, Carla Cristina. "Se Cortez Houvesse Vencido a Peleja de Cozumel"
Title trans.: "If Cortez Had Won the Match at Cozumel"
Divergence: 1519 CE
What if: Spanish conquistadores led by Hernan Cortez agreed to play "tlathchi" against Mayans from Cozumel.
Summary: On the eve of a soccer World Cup match between Brazil and the Aztec Empire, a Brazilian sports reporter considers whether Cortez could have conquered Mexico and destroyed the Aztec Empire if he had not been defeated and beheaded by the Mayas.
Published: In Outras Copas, Outros Mundos (ed. Marcello Simão Branco), Ano-Luz 1998.
Original in: Portuguese.