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1958 FIFA World Cup
Världsmästerskapet i Fotboll
Sverige 1958

1958 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country  Sweden
Dates 8 June – 29 June
Teams 16 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s) 12 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (1st title)
Runner-up  Sweden
Third place  France
Fourth place  West Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played 35
Goals scored 126 (3.6 per match)
Attendance 919,580 (26,274 per match)
Top scorer(s) France Just Fontaine (13 goals)
1954
1962

The 1958 FIFA World Cup, the sixth staging of the World Cup, was hosted by Sweden from 8 June to 29 June. Sweden was chosen as hosts by FIFA in June 1950. It was won by Brazil, who beat Sweden 5–2 in the final for their first title. The World Cup marked the debut on the world stage of a precocious unknown 17-year-old named Pelé.

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Qualification

Qualifying countries

This World Cup saw the entry and qualification of the Soviet Union for the first time, and the qualification of all the United Kingdom's Home Nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with Northern Ireland eliminating Italy for the first (and only) time in the competition's history.

Aside from the main European zone matches, Wales, which finished second in its group behind Czechoslovakia, were drawn into a play-off with Israel after Israel won their group without playing a match due to the withdrawals of the three opponents, Turkey, Indonesia and Sudan. FIFA had imposed a rule that no team would qualify without playing at least one match because many teams qualified for previous World Cups without playing due to withdrawals of their opponents. Wales won the play-off and qualified.

On 8 February, in Solna, Lennart Hyland and Sven Jerring presented the results of the draw where the qualified teams were divided into four groups. There was no seeding, apart from each group containing one western European team, one eastern European team, one of the four British teams that had qualified, and one from American continent. [1]

Summary

The format of the competition changed from 1954: 16 teams still competed in four groups of four, but this time each team played each of the other teams in its group at least once, without extra time in the event of a draw. Instead, if second and third place finished on the same points, then there would be a play-off with the winner going through. If a play-off resulted in a draw, then goal average from the group games would have been used to determine who went through to the next round. If the goal averages were equal then lots would have been drawn. If the first two teams finished on equal points then goal average would decide who was placed first and second. These arrangements had not been finalised by the time the tournament started and were still being debated as it progressed. The organizing committee even released press statements stating that goal average would be counted before resorting to playoffs. However this idea was eventually rejected.

The official 1958 FIFA World Cup poster.

In Group 4, Pelé did not play until the last of Brazil's group games, against the Soviet Union. He failed to score, but Brazil won the game 2–0 (much thanks to an impressive exhibition of dribbling prowess by his partner Garrincha) and the group by two points. Previously, they had drawn 0–0 with England in what was the first ever goalless game in World Cup history. Eventually, the Soviet Union and England went to a playoff game, in which Anatoli Ilyin scored in the 67th minute to knock England out, while Austria had already been eliminated. The English side had been weakened by the Munich Air Disaster which killed 3 internationals on the books of Manchester United, including England's young star Duncan Edwards.

Playoffs were also needed in Group 1 (Northern Ireland beat Czechoslovakia to join the defending champions West Germany in the quarter-finals) and Group 3 (Wales topped Hungary to advance with hosts Sweden). Hungary had become a spent force after their appearance in the final of the previous tournament. They had lost their best players two years before, when they fled in the wake of the failed uprising against the communist regime. In a rather restrictive sense, from the 1954 team, only goalkeeper Gyula Grosics, defender Jozsef Bozsik and forward Nándor Hidegkuti remained.

Of the British nations, it was arguably Scotland who had the toughest group, having to face Yugoslavia, Paraguay, and France. France topped Group 2, with Just Fontaine netting six goals. Yugoslavia finished second, while Scotland came in last.

The quarter-finals saw France's Just Fontaine continue in similar form to the group stage, managing another two goals as France triumphed over Northern Ireland. West Germany's Helmut Rahn put them into the semi-finals with a single goal against Yugoslavia, while Sweden went though at the expense of USSR. The other game in the quarter-finals saw Pelé score the only goal against Wales.

In the semi-finals, Sweden continued their strong run as they defeated West Germany 3–1 in a vicious game that saw the German player Erich Juskowiak sent off (the first ever German player to be sent off in an international game) and German team captain Fritz Walter injured, which further weakened the German team (substitutes were first allowed in the 1970 FIFA World Cup).

While another goal from Fontaine of France added to his impressive tally, it was not enough to prevent Brazil thundering into the Final as a Pelé hat-trick gave them a 5–2 victory. The French were effectively down to ten men from the 30th minute onwards when their most experienced defender and captain Robert Jonquet got incapacitated after a clash with Vavá. The third place match saw Fontaine score four more goals as they beat the Germans 6-3. This brought his total to 13 goals in one competition, a record that still has not been broken.

The final was played in Solna, in the Råsunda Stadium, as 50,000 people watched in amazement as the Brazilians went a goal down after four minutes. The Brazilians were not dismayed, and Vavá equalised shortly afterwards and then put them a goal ahead before half time. In the second half Pelé outshone everyone, notching up two goals, including the first one where he lobbed the ball over Bengt Gustavsson then followed it with a precise volley shot. Zagallo added a goal in between, and Sweden managed a consolation goal. But the game really belonged to Pelé, and the Jules Rimet trophy belonged to Brazil - the World Cup winners.

Venues

A record of twelve cities hosted the tournament:

City Stadium Capacity Built
Stockholm Råsunda Stadium** 50,000 1937
Gothenburg Ullevi* 50,000 1958
Malmö Malmö Stadion* 30,000 1958
Eskilstuna Tunavallen 20,000 1924
Norrköping Idrottsparken** 20,000 1904
Sandviken Jernvallen 20,000 1938
Helsingborg Olympia 16,000 1898
Borås Ryavallen 15,000 1941
Halmstad Örjans Vall 15,000 1922
Örebro Eyravallen 13,000 1923
Uddevalla Rimnersvallen 12,000 1921
Västerås Arosvallen 10,000 1932
  • * Built for the World Cup
    • ** Expanded for the World Cup

Note that some matches brought more than the venue's actual capacity.

Seeding

Western European Pot Eastern European Pot British Pot Americas Pot

Squads

For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1958 FIFA World Cup squads.

Results

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First round

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 West Germany 3 1 2 0 7 5 1.40 4
 Northern Ireland 3 1 1 1 4 5 0.80 3
 Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 8 4 2.00 3
 Argentina 3 1 0 2 5 10 0.50 2
8 June 1958
19:00 CET
West Germany  3 – 1  Argentina Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 31,156
Referee: Leafe (England)
Rahn Goal 32'79'
Seeler Goal 42'
Report Corbatta Goal 3'

8 June 1958
19:00 CET
Northern Ireland  1 – 0  Czechoslovakia Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 10,647
Referee: Seipelt (Austria)
Cush Goal 21' Report

11 June 1958
19:00 CET
Argentina  3 – 1  Northern Ireland Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 14,174
Referee: Ahlner (Sweden)
Corbatta Goal 37' (pen.)
Menéndez Goal 56'
Avio Goal 60'
Report McParland Goal 4'

11 June 1958
19:00 CET
West Germany  2 – 2  Czechoslovakia Olympiastadion, Helsingborg
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Ellis (England)
Schäfer Goal 60'
Rahn Goal 71'
Report Dvořák Goal 24' (pen.)
Zikán Goal 42'

15 June 1958
19:00 CET
West Germany  2 – 2  Northern Ireland Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 21,990
Referee: Campos (Portugal)
Rahn Goal 20'
Seeler Goal 78'
Report McParland Goal 18'60'

15 June 1958
19:00 CET
Czechoslovakia  6 – 1  Argentina Olympiastadion, Helsingborg
Attendance: 16,418
Referee: Ellis (England)
Dvořák Goal 8'
Zikán Goal 17'39'
Feureisl Goal 68'
Hovorka Goal 81'89'
Report Corbatta Goal 64' (pen.)
Play-off
17 June 1958
19:00 CET
Northern Ireland  2 – 1
(a.e.t.)
 Czechoslovakia Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 6,196
Referee: Guigue (France)
McParland Goal 44'97' Report Zikán Goal 18'

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 France 3 2 0 1 11 7 1.57 4
 Yugoslavia 3 1 2 0 7 6 1.17 4
 Paraguay 3 1 1 1 9 12 0.75 3
 Scotland 3 0 1 2 4 6 0.67 1
8 June 1958
19:00 CET
France  7 – 3  Paraguay Idrottsparken, Norrköping
Attendance: 16,500
Referee: Gardeazabal (Spain)
Fontaine Goal 24'30'67'
Piantoni Goal 52'
Wisnieski Goal 61'
Kopa Goal 70'
Vincent Goal 83'
Report Amarilla Goal 20'44' (pen.)
Romero Goal 50'

8 June 1958
19:00 CET
Yugoslavia  1 – 1  Scotland Arosvallen, Västerås
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Wyssling (Switzerland)
Petaković Goal 6' Report Murray Goal 49'

11 June 1958
19:00 CET
Yugoslavia  3 – 2  France Arosvallen, Västerås
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Griffiths (Wales)
Petaković Goal 16'
Veselinović Goal 63'88'
Report Fontaine Goal 4'85'

11 June 1958
19:00 CET
Paraguay  3 – 2  Scotland Idrottsparken, Norrköping
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Orlandini (Italy)
Agüero Goal 4'
Goal 45'
Parodi Goal 73'
Report Mudie Goal 24'
Collins Goal 74'

15 June 1958
19:00 CET
France  2 – 1  Scotland Eyravallen, Örebro
Attendance: 13,500
Referee: Brozzi (Argentina)
Piantoni Goal 22'
Fontaine Goal 44'
Report Baird Goal 58'

15 June 1958
19:00 CET
Paraguay  3 – 3  Yugoslavia Tunavallen, Eskilstuna
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Macko (Czechoslovakia)
Parodi Goal 20'
Agüero Goal 52'
Romero Goal 80'
Report Ognjanović Goal 18'
Veselinović Goal 21'
Rajkov Goal 73'

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 5 1 5.00 5
 Wales 3 0 3 0 2 2 1.00 3
 Hungary 3 1 1 1 6 3 2.00 3
 Mexico 3 0 1 2 1 8 0.13 1
8 June 1958
14:00 CET
Sweden  3 – 0  Mexico Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Latychev (Soviet Union)
Simonsson Goal 17'64'
Liedholm Goal 57' (pen.)
Report

8 June 1958
19:00 CET
Hungary  1 – 1  Wales Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Codesal (Uruguay)
Bozsik Goal 5' Report J. Charles Goal 27'

11 June 1958
19:00 CET
Mexico  1 – 1  Wales Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Lemesic (Yugoslavia)
Belmonte Goal 89' Report I. Allchurch Goal 32'

12 June 1958
19:00 CET
Sweden  2 – 1  Hungary Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Mowat (Scotland)
Hamrin Goal 34'55' Report Tichy Goal 77'

15 June 1958
14:00 CET
Sweden  0 – 0  Wales Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Van Nuffel (Belgium)
Report

15 June 1958
19:00 CET
Hungary  4 – 0  Mexico Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 13,300
Referee: Eriksson (Finland)
Tichy Goal 19'46'
Sándor Goal 54'
Bencsics Goal 69'
Report
Play-off
17 June 1958
19:00 CET
Wales  2 – 1  Hungary Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Latychev (Soviet Union)
I. Allchurch Goal 55'
Medwin Goal 76'
Report Tichy Goal 33'

Group 4

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 0 5
 Soviet Union 3 1 1 1 4 4 1.00 3
 England 3 0 3 0 4 4 1.00 3
 Austria 3 0 1 2 2 7 0.28 1
8 June 1958
19:00 CET
Brazil  3 – 0  Austria Rimnersvallen, Uddevalla
Attendance: 17,778
Referee: Guigue (France)
Mazzola Goal 37'85'
Nílton Santos Goal 50'
Report

8 June 1958
19:00 CET
Soviet Union  2 – 2  England Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 49,348
Referee: Zsolt (Hungary)
Simonyan Goal 13'
A. Ivanov Goal 56'
Report Kevan Goal 66'
Finney Goal 85' (pen.)

11 June 1958
19:00 CET
Brazil  0 – 0  England Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 40,895
Referee: Dusch (West Germany)
Report

11 June 1958
19:00 CET
Soviet Union  2 – 0  Austria Ryavallen, Borås
Attendance: 21,239
Referee: Jorgensen (Denmark)
A. Ivanov Goal 15'
V. Ivanov Goal 62'
Report

15 June 1958
19:00 CET
England  2 – 2  Austria Ryavallen, Borås
Attendance: 15,872
Referee: Bronkhorst (Netherlands)
Haynes Goal 56'
Kevan Goal 74'
Report Koller Goal 15'
Körner Goal 71'

15 June 1958
19:00 CET
Brazil  2 – 0  Soviet Union Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 50,928
Referee: Guigue (France)
Vavá Goal 3'77' Report
Play-off
17 June 1958
19:00 CET
Soviet Union  1 – 0  England Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 23,182
Referee: Dusch (West Germany)
Ilyin Goal 69' Report

Knockout stage

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                   
19 June – Malmö        
  West Germany  1
24 June - Gothenburg
  Yugoslavia  0  
  West Germany  1
19 June - Solna
    Sweden  3  
  Sweden  2
29 June – Solna
  Soviet Union  0  
  Sweden  2
19 June - Norrköping
    Brazil  5
  France  4
24 June – Solna
  Northern Ireland  0  
  France  2 Third place
19 June - Gothenburg
    Brazil  5  
  Brazil  1   West Germany  3
  Wales  0     France  6
28 June - Gothenburg

Quarter-finals

19 June 1958
19:00 CET
France  4 – 0  Northern Ireland Idrottsparken, Norrköping
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Gardeazabal (Spain)
Wisnieski Goal 22'
Fontaine Goal 55'63'
Piantoni Goal 68'
Report

19 June 1958
19:00 CET
Sweden  2 – 0  Soviet Union Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Leafe (England)
Hamrin Goal 49'
Simonsson Goal 88'
Report

19 June 1958
19:00 CET
Brazil  1 – 0  Wales Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Seipelt (Austria)
Pelé Goal 66' Report

19 June 1958
19:00 CET
West Germany  1 – 0  Yugoslavia Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Wyssling (Switzerland)
Rahn Goal 12' Report

Semi-finals

24 June 1958
19:00 CET
France  2 – 5  Brazil Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Griffiths (Wales)
Fontaine Goal 9'
Piantoni Goal 83'
Report Vavá Goal 2'
Didi Goal 39'
Pelé Goal 52'64'75'

24 June 1958
19:00 CET
West Germany  1 – 3  Sweden Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Zsolt (Hungary)
Schäfer Goal 24' Report Skoglund Goal 32'
Gren Goal 81'
Hamrin Goal 88'

Third place match

28 June 1958
17:00 CET
West Germany  3 – 6  France Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Brozzi (Argentina)
Cieslarczyk Goal 18'
Rahn Goal 52'
Schäfer Goal 84'
Report Fontaine Goal 16'36'78'89'
Kopa Goal 27' (pen.)
Douis Goal 50'

Final

29 June 1958
15:00 CET
Sweden  2 – 5  Brazil Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 51,800
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)
Liedholm Goal 4'
Simonsson Goal 80'
Report Vavá Goal 9'32'
Pelé Goal 55'90'
Zagallo Goal 68'

Awards

 1958 FIFA World Cup Winners 

Brazil
First title

Scorers

13 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

See also

References

  1. ^ History of the World Cup Final Draw

External links


Simple English

The 1958 FIFA World Cup was a football (soccer) sporting event that was held in Sweden in 1954. Brazil won the trophy after beating Sweden in the final.

Contents

Participants

Europe

North and Central America

South America

Results

Round 1

Group A

PosTeamFRGNIRTCHARGPWDLGFGAPtsNote
1West Germany-2-22-23-13120754Round 2
2Northern Ireland2-2-1-01-33111453Round 2
2Czechoslovakia2-20-1-6-13111843
4Argentina1-33-11-6-31025102

Playoff for Round 2

Group B

PosTeamFRAYUGPARSCOPWDLGFGAPtsNote
1France-2-37-32-132011174Round 2
2Yugoslavia3-2-3-31-13120764Round 2
3Paraguay3-73-3-3-231119123
4Scotland1-21-12-3-3012461

Group C

PosTeamSWEWALHUNMEXPWDLGFGAPtsNote
1Sweden-0-02-13-03210515Round 2
2Wales0-0-1-11-13030223Round 2
2Hungary1-21-1-4-03111633
4Mexico0-31-10-4-3012181

Playoff for Round 2

Group D

PosTeamBRAURSENGAUTPWDLGFGAPtsNote
1Brazil-2-00-03-03210505Round 2
2Soviet Union0-2-2-22-03111443Round 2
2England0-02-2-2-23030443
4Austria0-30-22-2-3012271

Playoff for Round 2

Round 2

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

3rd place

Final

Brazil won the championship.

References


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