Football World Cup 1950

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1950 Football World Cup - Brazil
IV Campeonato Mundial de Futebol
1950 Football World Cup poster
Official 1950 Football World Cup poster
Participant teams 32
(final tournament: 13)
Host Brazil
Champions Uruguay (2nd title)
Matches played 22
Goals scored 88
(4.00 per match)
Attendance 1,337,000
(60,773 per match)
Top scorer Ademir (BRA)
9 goals

The 1950 Football World Cup is the only one which never had a single final match. It was also the first year that the cup itself would be referred to as the Jules Rimet Cup, to mark the 25th anniversary of Rimet's presidency of FIFA. It was won by Uruguay, who won the inaugural competition in 1930.

Because of World War II, the World Cup had not been held since 1938; In the aftermath of the conflict, Europe lay in ruins after the ravaging effects of the war. As a result, FIFA could not find a country interested in hosting the event, since most governments believed not only that the world scenario did not favor a sportive celebration, but also, and mainly, that the resources that would have to be put into organizing the World Cup were much more needed in other, more urgent, fronts. For some time, the World Cup of 1950 was at risk of not being held for sheer lack of interest from the international community, until Brazil presented a bid. As the only country to apply, Brazil had the honour of organizing the event, and proverbially saved the day. Having secured a host nation, FIFA would still dedicate some time to convincing countries to send their national teams to compete. Italy was of particular interest: the Italians were the long-standing defending champions (winners in 1938, the last World Cup prior to 1950), but the country was in ruins at the end of World War II, and at first there was little to no interest from the country in participating. The Italians were finally convinced to attend, although rumors have had it that FIFA had to cover all travelling expenses in order for Italy's national team to be able to come to Brazil and play.

The group stages of that year's tournament took a strange form, with some groups containing two, three, or four teams. This was because some nations qualified for the tournament and then withdrew. India withdrew after qualification because FIFA would not allow the team to play barefoot. Germany and Japan, both under occupation, were not permitted to compete.

The British nations were able to take part, having rejoined FIFA four years earlier, after 17 years of self-imposed exile. It was decided to use the 1949-1950 British Home Championship as a qualifying group, with whoever finished first and second qualifying. England finished first and Scotland second, but the Scots said that they would not go as they were not British Champions. Turkey withdrew as well.

A combined Great Britain team had recently beaten the rest of Europe 6-1 in an exhibition match and England went into the competition as one of the favourites. However, it was not to be, as they went crashing out in a shocking 1-0 defeat by the USA (when the score appeared in English newspapers, many thought it was a typo), which combined with their 1-0 defeat by Spain led to Spain continuing to the Final Pool.

The Final Pool took the form of a final group stage, involving all teams who won their group stage: Brazil, Spain, Sweden, and Uruguay. The overall winner of the World Cup for 1950 would be the team that managed to finish on top of this group. Brazil outscored everyone with a 7-0 thrashing of Sweden and 6-1 rout of Spain. In the decisive match, Brazil were sitting on top of the Final Pool and had one game left to play – Uruguay who lay just behind in second and only a point behind. On July 16th in the Estdio Maracan, the host nation had only to draw against Uruguay and the trophy would be theirs. After such crushing victories over Spain and Sweden, it looked certain they would take the title, especially as the home nation went ahead in the second minute of the second half, thanks to a goal from Friaa. However, Uruguay equalised and then with just over 11 minutes left to play, went ahead 2-1 and Uruguay were crowned World Cup Winners for a second time.

The average attendance of nearly 61,000 per game set a record that would not be broken until 1994, when the World Cup came to the United States for the first time.


First Round

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Brazil 5321082
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Brazil4 - 0Mexico
Yugoslavia3 - 0Switzerland
Brazil2 - 2Switzerland
Yugoslavia4 - 1Mexico
Brazil2 - 0Yugoslavia
Switzerland2 - 1Mexico

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Spain 6330061
England 2310222
Chile 2310256
USA 2310248
England2 - 0Chile
Spain3 - 1USA
Spain2 - 0Chile
USA1 - 0England
Spain1 - 0England
Chile5 - 2USA

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Sweden 3211054
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Paraguay 1201124
Sweden3 - 2Italy
Sweden2 - 2Paraguay
Italy2 - 0Paraguay

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 2110080
Bolivia 0100108
Uruguay8 - 0Bolivia

Final Round

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 5321075
Brazil 43201144
Sweden 23102611
Spain 13012411
Brazil7 - 1Sweden
Uruguay2 - 2Spain
Uruguay3 - 2Sweden
Brazil6 - 1Spain
Sweden3 - 1Spain
Uruguay2 - 1Brazil

FIFA (Men's) World Cup

Uruguay 1930 | Italy 1934 | France 1938 | Brazil 1950 | Switzerland 1954 | Sweden 1958 | Chile 1962 | England 1966 | Mexico 1970 | West Germany 1974 | Argentina 1978 | Spain 1982 | Mexico 1986 | Italy 1990 | USA 1994 | France 1998 | Korea/Japan 2002 | Germany 2006 | South Africa 2010 | South America 2014

FIFA Women's World Cup

China 1991 | Sweden 1995 | USA 1999 | USA 2003 | China 2007

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