Sweden 1958 World Cup Finals

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Sweden - Hosted the sixth World Cup, in 1958.

The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Sweden 1958.

Sweden - Hosted the sixth World Cup, in 1958.

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

Eight years after their disappointing performance against Uruguay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil returned home with the Jules Rimet Cup.... which they would keep forever after their third win, in 1970.

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.

16 Countries Competed at Sweden 1958

Argentina Argentina
Group 1 (1:3) (3:1) (1:6).

Austria Austria
Group 4 (0:3) (0:2) (2:2).

Brazil Brazil
Group 4 (3:0) (0:0) (2:0); Quarter-finals (1:0); Semi-finals (5:2); Winner (5:2).

Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Group 1 (0:1) (2:2) (6:1) (1:2 aet).

England England
Group 4 (2:2) (0:0) (2:2) (0:1).

France France
Group 2 (7:3) (2:3) (2:1); Quarter-finals (4:0); Semi-finals (2:5); Third place (6:3).

Hungary Hungary
Group 3 (1:1) (1:2) (4:0) (1:2).

Mexico Mexico
Group 3 (0:3) (1:1) (0:4).

Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Group 1 (1:0) (1:3) (2:2) (2:1 aet); Quarter-finals (0:4).

Paraguay Paraguay
Group 2 (3:7) (3:2) (3:3).

Scotland Scotland
Group 2 (1:1) (2:3) (1:2).

Sweden Sweden
Group 3 (3:0) (2:1) (0:0); Quarter-finals (2:0); Semi-finals (3:1); Finalist (2:5).

Russia USSR
Group 4 (2:2) (2:0) (0:2) (1:0); Quarter-finals (0:2).

Wales Wales
Group 3 (1:1) (1:1) (0:0) (2:1); Quarter-finals (0:1).

Germany West Germany
Group 1 (3:1) (2:2) (2:2); Quarter-finals (1:0); Semi-finals (1:3); Third place (3:6).

Serbia Yugoslavia
Group 2 (1:1) (3:2) (3:3); Quarter-finals (0:1).

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.

Group 1

8th June
Halmstad: Northern Ireland vs Czechoslovakia (1:0)
Malmö: West Germany vs Argentina (3:1)

11th June
Helsingborg: West Germany vs Czechoslovakia (2:2)
Orjansvallen: Argentina vs Northern Ireland (3:1)

15th June
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.

Group 2

8th June
Norrköping: France vs Paraguay (7:3)
Vasteras: Yugoslavia vs Scotland (1:1)

11th June
Norrköping: Paraguay vs Scotland (3:2)
Vasteras: Yugoslavia vs France (3:2)

15th June
Eskilstuna: Paraguay vs Yugoslavia (3:3)
Orebro: France vs Scotland (2:1)

France and Yugoslavia qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group 3

08th June
Sandviken: Hungary vs Wales (1:1)
Stockholm: Sweden vs Mexico (3:0)

11th June
Stockholm: Mexico vs Wales (1:1)

12th June
Stockholm: Sweden vs Hungary (2:1)

15th June
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.

Group 4

8th June
Göteborg: USSR vs England (2:2)
Uddevalla: Brazil vs Austria (3:0)

11th June
Boras: USSR vs Austria (2:0)
Göteborg: Brazil vs England (0:0)

15th June
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)

1958 World Cup Final
29th June:
Brazil vs Sweden (5:2)

How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
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 1934:
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.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
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.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
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.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
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.

Mexico 1970:
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.

Argentina 1978:
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.

Spain 1982:
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.

Mexico 1986:
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.

Italy 1990:
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.

USA 1994:
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 1998:
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.

Korea-Japan 2002:
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.

Germany 2006:
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.

Brazil 2014:
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.

Russia 2018:
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.

Qatar 2022:
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.

United 2026:
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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