Football World Cup 1958

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1958 Football World Cup - Sweden
Schweden 1958
1958 Football World Cup poster
Official 1958 Football World Cup poster
Participant teams 52
(final tournament: 16)
Host Sweden
Champions Brazil (1st title)
Matches played 35
Goals scored 126
(3.60 per match)
Attendance 868,000
(24,800 per match)
Top scorer Just Fontaine (FRA)
13 goals

The 1958 Football World Cup remained in Europe, this time being hosted by Sweden. 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 17-year-old Pel, who would grow to be considered the greatest footballer of all time.

The World Cup also saw the entry of the Soviet Union for the first time and the entry of all the British nations (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland). The format of the competition changed from 1954: 16 teams still qualified 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 event of a draw. Instead, if second and third place finished on the same points, then there would be a playoff with the winner going through; goal difference would not be used.

In Group D, Pel did not play until the last of Brazil's group games - against the Soviet Union. He failed to get on the score sheet, but Brazil won the game 2-0 and the group by two points. In the same group USSR 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.

Playoffs were also needed in Group A (Northern Ireland beat Czechoslovakia to join West Germany in the quarterfinals) and Group C (Wales topped Hungary to advance with 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 the new communist regime.

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

The quarterfinals saw France's Just Fontaine continue in similar form to the group stage, as he managed another two goals as France triumphed over Northern Ireland. West Germany's Helmut Rahn put them into the semifinals with a single goal against Yugoslavia, while Sweden went though at the expense of USSR. The other game in the quarterfinals saw that young Brazilian Pel score the only goal against Wales.

In the semifinals, Sweden continued their strong run as they defeated West Germany 3-1. While another goal from Fontaine of France added to his impressive goal tally, it was not enough to prevent Brazil thundering into the Final as a Pel hat-trick gave them a 5-2 score line. 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 has still not be broken.

The Final was played in Solna, in the Rsunda Stadium, as 50,000 people watched in amazement as the Brazilians went a goal down after four minutes. The Brazilians were undismayed as Vava equalised shortly afterwards and then sent them a goal ahead before half time. In the second half Pel out shone every one, notching up 2 goals, Zagalo added a goal in between, and Sweden managed a consolation goal. But the game really belonged to Pel, and the Jules Rimet trophy belonged to Brazil the World Cup Winners.

Contents

First Round

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
West Germany 4312075
Northern Ireland 3311145
Czechoslovakia 3311184
Argentina 23102510
West Germany3 - 1Argentina
Northern Ireland1 - 0Czechoslovakia
Argentina3 - 1Northern Ireland
West Germany2 - 2Czechoslovakia
West Germany2 - 2Northern Ireland
Czechoslovakia6 - 1Argentina
Northern Ireland2 - 1Czechoslovakia (AET)

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
France 43201117
Missing image
Flag_of_SFR_Yugoslavia.png


Yugoslavia
4312076
Paraguay 33111912
Scotland 1301246
France7 - 3Paraguay
Yugoslavia1 - 1Scotland
Yugoslavia3 - 2France
Paraguay3 - 2Scotland
France2 - 1Scotland
Yugoslavia3 - 3Paraguay

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Sweden 5321051
Wales 3303063
Hungary 3311133
Missing image
Mexico_flag_large.png


Mexico
1301218
Sweden3 - 0Mexico
Hungary1 - 1Wales
Wales1 - 1Mexico
Sweden2 - 1Hungary
Sweden0 - 0Wales
Hungary4 - 0Mexico
Wales2 - 1Hungary

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Brazil 5321050
Missing image
Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.png


USSR
3311144
England 3303044
Austria 1301227
Brazil3 - 0Austria
England2 - 2USSR
Brazil0 - 0England
USSR2 - 0Austria
England2 - 2Austria
Brazil2 - 0USSR
USSR1 - 0England

Quarterfinals

June 19, 1958

 

France 4 - 0 Northern Ireland
Brazil 1 - 0 Wales
Sweden 2 - 0 Missing image
Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union.png


USSR
West Germany 1 - 0 Missing image
Flag_of_SFR_Yugoslavia.png


Yugoslavia

Semifinals

June 24, 1958

 

Brazil 5 - 2 France
Sweden 3 - 1 West Germany

Third place match

June 28, 1958

France 6 - 3 West Germany

Final

June 29, 1958

Brazil 5 - 2 Sweden



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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