Football World Cup 1954

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1954 Football World Cup - Switzerland
Championnat du Monde de Football 1954
1954 Football World Cup poster
Official 1954 Football World Cup poster
Participant teams 38
(final tournament: 16)
Host Switzerland
Champions West Germany (1st title)
Matches played 26
Goals scored 140
(5.38 per match)
Attendance 943,000
(36,269 per match)
Top scorer Sndor Kocsis (HUN)
11 goals

The 1954 Football World Cup was held in Switzerland. As the year saw the 50th anniversary of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), it seemed like a good idea for football's premier competition to be played in the home of its governing body. The tournament was won by West Germany, who upset Hungary in the final 3-2. It was Germany's first World Cup victory.

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Overview

For the first time there was television coverage, and also special coins issued to mark the event. There was also a new seeding system involved in the group stage, where the two teams ranked highest in the world standings in each group would not have to play each other. 16 teams qualified for the tournament, broken up into four groups of four. The two teams finishing at the top of their group in the group stage would go through to the quarterfinals, but strangely there would be extra time played in the group stages for any game ending in a draw. As a result of this Switzerland went to a replay, where they beat Italy 4-1, while West Germany saw off Turkish opposition 7-2.

The quarterfinals saw the favourites Hungary beat Brazil 4-2 in one of the ugliest matches in football history, which would become infamous as the Battle of Berne. Meanwhile, the World Cup holders Uruguay sent England out of the tournament, also by 4-2. Also, West Germany dispatched Yugoslavia 2-0 and Austria managed to beat the host nation in the game that saw the most goals in any World Cup match, 7-5.

Although the semifinals produced a score line of 6-1 between West Germany and Austria (with West Germany winning) the most exciting game saw Hungary go into the second half leading Uruguay 1-0, only for the game to be taken to extra time with a score of 2-2. The deadlock was broken by Sandor Kocsis with two late goals to take Hungary through to the Final, beating a team that had not previously lost a World Cup game. Uruguay then went on to be beaten for a second time by Austria as they secured Third Place.

The Wankdorf Stadion in Berne saw 60,000 people cram inside to watch the Final between West Germany and Hungary, a rematch of a first round game, which had been won by Hungary 8-3. The Final saw the legendary Ferenc Pusks playing even though he was not fully fit. Despite this he put his team ahead after only 6 minutes, and with Zoltan Czibor adding another two minutes later it seemed destined that the pre-tournament favourites would take the title.

However with a goal from Max Morlock and Helmut Rahn before half time the tide began to turn. The second half saw telling misses from the Hungarian team, a second goal from Rahn, and a disallowed goal from Puskas with 2 minutes left on the clock. The distraught Hungarians were ushered away by the referee and with a final blow of the whistle West Germany were handed both the Jules Rimet trophy and the title of World Cup Winners. When Rahn scored his second goal the popular German reporter Herbert Zimmermann gave the most famous German piece of commentary. In Germany the success is known as The Miracle of Bern.

The 11 goals scored by Kocsis of Hungary not only lead the World Cup, but bettered the old record by three.

First Round

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Brazil 3211061
Missing image
Flag_of_SFR_Yugoslavia.png


Yugoslavia
3211021
France 2210133
Missing image
Mexico_flag_large.png


Mexico
0200228
Yugoslavia1 - 0France
Brazil5 - 0Mexico
Yugoslavia1 - 1Brazil (AET)
France3 - 2Mexico

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Hungary 42200173
West Germany 2210179
Turkey 2210184
South Korea 02002016
West Germany4 - 1Turkey
Hungary9 - 0South Korea
Hungary8 - 3West Germany
Turkey7 - 0South Korea
West Germany7 - 2Turkey

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 4220090
Austria 4220060
Czechoslovakia 0200207
Scotland 0200208
Uruguay2 - 0Czechoslovakia
Austria1 - 0Scotland
Uruguay7 - 0Scotland
Austria5 - 0Czechoslovakia

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
England 3211064
Missing image
Switzerland_flag_large.png


  Switzerland
2210123
Missing image
Flag_of_Italy.png


Italy
2210153
Belgium 1201158
Switzerland2 - 1Italy
England4 - 4Belgium (AET)
Italy4 - 1Belgium
England2 - 0Switzerland
Switzerland4 - 1Italy

Quarterfinals

June 26, 1954

June 27, 1954

Austria 7 - 5 Missing image
Switzerland_flag_large.png


  Switzerland
Uruguay 4 - 2 England
West Germany 2 - 0 Missing image
Flag_of_SFR_Yugoslavia.png


Yugoslavia
Hungary 4 - 2 Brazil

Semifinals

June 30, 1954

 

West Germany 6 - 1 Austria
Hungary 4 - 2 (AET) Uruguay

Third place match

July 3, 1954

Austria 3 - 1 Uruguay

Final

July 4, 1954

West Germany 3 - 2 Hungary

External link


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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