Brazil, who were playing in their sixth finals out of six in Sweden, presented a 17 year-old Pelé to the world.
The teenager went on to score against Wales, claim a hat-trick in Brazil's (5:2) semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final against the 1958 hosts, Sweden.
World Cup History - Sweden 1958
While the young Pelé was making the headlines, there was one record he would never beat: Just Fontaine of France scored a record 13 goals in the tournament. Pelé would only manage 12, in four World Cup Finals appearances.
The1958 World Cup is also the only time all British teams have made it to the World Cup Finals. Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England were all drawn in seperate groups, but none of them would make it to the semi-final stage.
Group 1 (1:3) (3:1) (1:6).
Group 4 (0:3) (0:2) (2:2).
Group 1 (0:1) (2:2) (6:1) (1:2 aet).
Group 4 (2:2) (0:0) (2:2) (0:1).
Group 3 (1:1) (1:2) (4:0) (1:2).
Group 3 (0:3) (1:1) (0:4).
Group 2 (3:7) (3:2) (3:3).
Group 2 (1:1) (2:3) (1:2).
First Round - Group Stage
The 16 teams were again arranged into four groups of 4 teams each, with the first two teams moving on to the quarter-finals.
This time, unlike in Switzerland, all the teams would play each other in their group. Again this would result in a few play-offs for second place; where Wales would overcome Hungary; Northern Ireland see off the challenge of Czechoslovakia; and England go out to the USSR.
Halmstad: Northern Ireland vs Czechoslovakia (1:0)
Malmö: West Germany vs Argentina (3:1)
Helsingborg: West Germany vs Czechoslovakia (2:2)
Orjansvallen: Argentina vs Northern Ireland (3:1)
Helsingborg: Czechoslovakia vs Argentina (6:1)
Malmö: West Germany vs Northern Ireland (2:2)
2nd place Playoff -- 17th June
Malmö: Northern Ireland vs Czechoslovakia (2:1 aet)
West Germany and N. Ireland qualify for the quarter-finals.
Norrköping: France vs Paraguay (7:3)
Vasteras: Yugoslavia vs Scotland (1:1)
Norrköping: Paraguay vs Scotland (3:2)
Vasteras: Yugoslavia vs France (3:2)
Eskilstuna: Paraguay vs Yugoslavia (3:3)
Orebro: France vs Scotland (2:1)
France and Yugoslavia qualify for the quarter-finals.
Sandviken: Hungary vs Wales (1:1)
Stockholm: Sweden vs Mexico (3:0)
Stockholm: Mexico vs Wales (1:1)
Stockholm: Sweden vs Hungary (2:1)
Sandviken: Hungary vs Mexico (4:0)
Stockholm: Sweden vs Wales (0:0)
2nd place Playoff -- 17th June
Stockholm: Wales vs Hungary (2:1)
Sweden and Wales qualify for the quarter-finals.
Göteborg: USSR vs England (2:2)
Uddevalla: Brazil vs Austria (3:0)
Boras: USSR vs Austria (2:0)
Göteborg: Brazil vs England (0:0)
Boras: England vs Austria (2:2)
Göteborg: Brazil vs USSR (2:0)
2nd place Playoff -- 17th June
Göteborg: USSR vs England (1:0)
Brazil and USSR qualify for the quarter-finals.
Quarter-Finals - 19th June, 1958
Göteborg: Brazil vs Wales (1:0)
Malmö: West Germany vs Yugoslavia (1:0)
Norrköping: France vs Northern Ireland (4:0)
Stockholm: Sweden vs USSR (2:0)
Semi-Finals - 24th June, 1958
Göteborg: Sweden vs West Germany (3:1)
Stockholm: Brazil vs France (5:2)
Third Place - 28th June, 1958
Göteborg: France vs West Germany (6:3)
How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.
World Cup Finals
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.
W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.
South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.
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