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1958 FIFA WORLD CUP
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  1958 WORLD CUP  
   

The 1958 World Cup took place in Sweden from June 8 to June 29, 1958. 16 teams from 3 confederations participated in the final tournament: 12 from Europe (UEFA), 3 from South America (CONMEBOL), and 1 from North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF). Three teams made their first World Cup presentation (Northern Ireland, Soviet Union and Wales), and all going as far as the quarter-finals.

This championship marked a new era in the history of World Cups because it was the first to receive international television coverage. People from all corners of the globe had the opportunity to watch the World Cup on television. The World Cup in Sweden was spectacular and the best so far thanks to a marvellous Brazilian team. It was also notable for marking the debut on the world stage of an unknown 17-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento, more famously known as Pelé. Just Fontaine scored a World Cup record 13 goals, but nobody captured the attention and fantasy of fans like the young man Pelé.

The 1958 World Cup was won by the Brazilian team that defeated Sweden 5 to 2 in the final, including two goals of the incomparable Pelé, to achieve the deservedly first World Cup title.  It was the only time in the World Cup history that a World Cup held in Europe was won by a non-European team. 

 
     
 
 
 
Rasunda Stadium, Solna

The Germans

 
     
   
Quick facts  
   
  Teams
  16
 
Top Star
  When
  8 to 29 June 1958
  Matches
  35
  Venues
  12
  Attendance
  819,810 (average 23,423)
  Goals Scored
  126 (3.60 per match)
 
   
BRAZIL 5-2 SWEDEN
  Champion
  Brazil
 Golden shoe
1
13
  Runner-up
  Sweden
2
6
  Third place
  France
6
  Fourth Place
Best young player
 
 
   
     
  The world in 1958  
   
The Vietnam War (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) begins (1955).
The President of Panama, José Antonio Remón, is assassinated (1955).
Albert Einstein, the father of modern physics, dies (1955).
William Faulkner wins Pulitzer for The Fable (1955).
J. R. R. Tolkien publishes The Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King (1955).
Juan Rulfo publishes Pedro Páramo (1955).
Morocco and Tunisia declare their independence (1956).
Pakistan becomes the first Islamic Republic (1956).
Israel invades the Sinai Peninsula (1956).
The United Kingdom and France attack Egypt due to Suez Canal crisis (1956).
Fidel Castro and Che Guevara parts from Mexico to Cuba aboard the Granma (1956).
     
 
Albert Einstein

Fidel CastroChe Guevara

   
Rocky Marciano announces his retirement as undefeated Heavyweight Champion (1956).
Cortina d'Ampezzo, holds the VII Winter Olympic Games (1956).
Melbourne, Australia, holds the XVI Summer Olympic Games (1956).
Elvis Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was a number one hit (1956).
Sputnik I, the first Soviet Earth-orbiting artificial satellite, is launched into an elliptical low Earth orbit (1957).
Juan Manuel Fangio, driving for Maserati, wins his record 5th Formula One World Driver's Championships (1957). 
An oral polio vaccine was developed by Albert Sabin (1957).
   
 
Elvis Presley
Albert Sabine
   
The first satellite of United States satellite is launched (1958).
European Economic Community (EU) becomes effective (1958).
Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union (1958).
Chad, Republic of the Congo, and Gabon gains their independence (1958).
Pope Pius XII dies (1958).
 
     
   
  Antecedents  
   
Sweden was chosen to host the 1958 FIFA World Cup at the Congress held in Rio de Janeiro on 23 June 1950. Sweden was the only bid, so it was elected unopposed. The World Cup would be played in Europe twice in a row.

Before the tournament, England suffered the loss of three mainstays’ players, who died in the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, along with supporters and journalists. 23 of the 44 on the aircraft died.

On the other hand, FIFA had a new President: The English Arthur Drewry. He was the fifth President of FIFA, where he succeeded Rodolphe William Seeldrayers, serving from 1955 to 1961.

 
   
      
Qualification  
   
  Participating countries:
54
  Withdrew:
5
  Qualified automatically:
2
  Teams that played at least one qualifying match:
47
  Matches:
89
  Total goals:
341 (3.83 per match)
 
     
 

A total of 55 teams signed up to participate in the 1958 World Cup qualification rounds, passing the 50 mark for the first time. Sweden, as the hosts, and West Germany, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

This was the first and only time in World Cup history that all United Kingdom teams qualified: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Two former champions, Italy and Uruguay, failed to qualify for the finals. This World Cup graced also the entry and qualification for the first time of the Soviet Union.

The 14 available spots were distributed in continental zones as shown below:

Europe (UEFA): 27 teams competed for 9 direct places. Sweden, as host, and West Germany, as defending champion, qualified automatically.
South America (CONMEBOL): 9 teams competed for 3 spots. Venezuela withdrew.
North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 6 teams competed for 1 place.
Asia (AFC) and Africa (CAF): 11 teams (including Israel, Cyprus and Turkey) competed for 1 spot. Republic of China, Hong Kong, Turkey and Cyprus withdrew.
 

Israel won the African and Asian zones without playing any games because its three opponents, Indonesia, Egypt and Sudan refused to play against Israel for political reasons. For this reason, FIFA decided that Israel would have to play a playoff match with a team of Europe that initially did not qualify. After Belgium refused, Wales, the runner-up of UEFA Group 4, was the team chosen to play against Israel. Wales won both matches and qualified. The first one by 2-0 in Tel-Aviv on 15 January 1958, and the second match by the same score in Cardiff on 5 February 1958. This was the first time that FIFA imposed a rule that no team would qualify without playing at least one match. Turkey, on the other hand, withdrew from qualifying after refusing to be included in the Asian group

A total of 46 teams played at least one qualifying match. 89 qualifying matches were played and 341 goals were scored.

 
The teams that qualified for the World Cup were:
 
Flag
Team
Final Appearance
Streak
Last Appearance
 Argentina
3
1
 Austria
3
2
 Brazil
6
6
 Czechoslovakia
4
2
 England
3
3
 France
5
2
 Hungary
4
2
 Mexico
4
3
 Northern Ireland
1
1
 Paraguay
3
1
 Scotland
2
2
 Soviet Union
1
1
 Sweden
4
1
 Wales
1
1
 West Germany
4
2
 Yugoslavia
4
3
 
External link:
RSSSF 1958 FIFA World Cup Qualification
 
     
      
  Format and seedings  
   

Still trying to perfect the competition, the format of the competition changed again from 1954. The sixteen teams were split in four groups of four teams each in which they would face in the round-robin format. Two points were awarded for a win and one point for a draw. The best two teams of each group would move on to the quarter-finals. Thankfully, extra-time was not was not used to settle draws. If the first two teams finished on equal points then goal average would decide who was placed first and second. On the other hand, if the second and third team were equals on points, a playoff match had to be played to decide which team would progress to the following stage. If a play-off resulted in a draw, goal average from the group games would be used to determine who will advance to the next round. If the goal averages were equal then lots would have been drawn. 

If a knockout match was tied after ninety minutes, then thirty minutes of extra time would be added. For any match other than the final, if the score were still tied after extra time, lots would have been drawn to decide which team advanced. The final would have been replayed if even after extra time. In the event, no replays or drawing of lots were necessary.

The teams were not seeded as in 1954. The teams were divided for purposes of the draw into four groups according to geographic basis. Each of the four groups would contain one team from Western Europe, one from Eastern Europe, one from the United Kingdom and one from Americas: Western European Pot (Sweden, West Germany, Austria and France), Eastern European Pot (Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia), British Pot (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), and Americas Pot (Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Paraguay).
 
     
   
  Squads  
   
For a complete list of all squads that appeared in the 1958 FIFA World Cup, please, visit: 1958 World Cup squads

 
     
   
  Venues  
   
A record 12 cities hosted matches. The Host Cities for the 1958 FIFA World Cup were Gothenburg, Solna, Malmö, Helsingborg, Eskilstuna, Norrköping, Sandviken, Uddevalla, Borås, Halmstad, Örebro, and Västerås.
 
 
Overall capacity: 53,500
Overall capacity: 52,400
Overall capacity: 30,000
Overall capacity: 27,000
Overall capacity: 20,000
Overall capacity: 20,000
Overall capacity: 20,000
Overall capacity: 17,778
Overall capacity: 15,000
Overall capacity: 15,000
Overall capacity: 13,000
Overall capacity: 10,000
 
 
       
  Match officials  
   
Twenty two referees participated in the tournament. 20 from UEFA, and 2 from CONMEBOL.Maurice Guigue from France refereed four matches.
 
   
 
       
       
  TOURNAMENT SUMMARY  
   

Action from all four groups kicked off on June 8 and there were some facts worth noting. In Group A, the defending champions and still very strong West Germany and the tiny Northern Ireland progressed to the knockout stage. The Northern Irish did one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history by qualifying for the quarter-finals, beating Czechoslovakia 1-0. The Irish finished second after upsetting the Czechs again in a playoff. On the other hand, Argentina, competing for the first time since 1934, finished last in the group and with a −5 goal differential. This drew the ire of many fans who did not expect such a bad result. France and Yugoslavia topped the Group B and advanced to the quarter-finals. The amazing Just Fontaine from France scored six goals, making him the tournament's top scorer. The second group saw one of the largest number of goals scored in a single group in the World Cup history with 27 goals in total (4.5 goals per game). The Swedish hosts had no problems winning Group C ahead of Wales and the last runner-up of the World Cup, Hungary. Wales earned three draws and then defeated Hungary 2-1 in a play-off match to decide which team accompany Sweden in the knock-out stage. The Hungarian team was expected to advance from their group, but they were diminished after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 that led to the departure of three of their biggest stars: Zoltán Czibor, Sándor Kocsis and Ferenc Puskás. As expected, a talented Brazilian team topped Group D ahead of Soviet Union and England. The Soviets, the reigning Olympic champions, took second thanks to a 1-0 playoff win against England. As aforementioned, the English team was weakened by the Munich Air Disaster. Having missed the first two games due to injury, the teenage Pele played the last game against the Soviet Union marking his debut in the world cups.

The quarterfinals saw no surprises. Brazil defeated Wales 1-0 with Pele scoring his first goal. France, meanwhile, dispatched Northern Ireland 4–0, with Just Fontaine managing another two goals. West Germany disposed of Yugoslavia 1-0 thanks to Helmut Rahn's goal, while Sweden had no problems and progressed to the semi-finals at the expense of the Soviet Union.

 
   
 
 
  Brazilian team holding Ericofon's
Wales national football team
 
   

In the semi-finals, Brazil smashed to France 5-2 with a superb hat-trick of Pelé within 20 minutes. Despite being only 17, the Brazilian shone in this game. Sweden, on the other hand, continued their winning streak towards the final as they beat West Germany 3-1. Erich Juskowiak was sent off and remained in the records as the first ever German player to be sent off in an international game. The third place match saw the victory of France over West Germany 6-3. Just Fontaine added four more goals and this brought his total to 13 goals in one competition to set a new record.  

The 1958 FIFA World Cup Final was contested onto a slippery field at the Råsunda Stadium in Solnabefore a crowd of over 50,000 and millions more watching in television, for the South American team, Brazil, and the host Sweden managed by Englishman George Raynor. Brazil with two supreme talented forwards, Pele and Garrincha, defeated Sweden 5-2 to win the first of many titles. Sweden took the lead in the first minutes of the game, but goals by Zagalo, Vava (two) and Pele (two) gave the Brazilians a deserved victory. Pelé enjoyed an outstanding competition and remains to this day the youngest ever winner of the World Cup. A legend was born. The Brazilians received the congratulations of King Gustav IV. This was the only time in the World Cup history that a World Cup held in Europe was won by a non-European team. This final had the highest number of goals scored by a winning team (5), the highest number of total goals scored (7); together with the World Cup finals in 1970 and 1998, it also had the greatest victory margin (3).

 
   
 
Sweden national football team
The young Pelé
 
     
First Round - Group 1
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 West Germany
3
1
2
0
7
5
2
4
2
 Northern Ireland
3
1
1
1
4
5
-1
3
3
 Czechoslovakia
3
1
1
1
8
4
4
3
4
 Argentina
3
1
0
2
5
10
-5
2
   
   
Match 2
3-1
Argentina  
Date: 8 June 1958
H. Rahn 32', 79'
O. Corbatta 2'
Stadium: Malmö Stadion  
Venue: Malmö    
Attendance: 31,156  
Referee: Reginald Leafe (England)  
   
Match 3
Northern Ireland
1-0
Czechoslovakia  
Date: 8 June 1958  
Stadium: Örjans Vall    
Venue: Halmstad    
Attendance: 10,647    
Referee: Friedrich Seipelt (Austria)  
   
Match 9
3-1
Northern Ireland  
Date: 11 June 1958 P. McParland 3'
Stadium: Örjans Vall  
Venue: Halmstad  
Attendance: 14,174  
Referee: Sten Ahlner (Sweden)  
     
Match 10
2-2
Czechoslovakia    
Date: 11 June 1958 M. Dvořák 24'
Stadium: Olympiastadion Z. Zikán 43'
Venue: Helsingborg    
Attendance: 25,000    
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)  
   
Match 18
2-2
Northern Ireland  
Date: 15 June 1958 P. McParland 19', 60'
Stadium: Malmö Stadion  
Venue: Malmö    
Attendance: 21,990  
Referee: Joaquim Fernandes Campos (Portugal)  
   
Match 19
Czechoslovakia
6-1
Argentina  
Date: 15 June 1958 O. Corbatta 65'
Stadium: Olympiastadion
Z. Zikán 17', 82'
 
Venue: Helsingborg
V. Hovorka 40', 89'
 
Attendance: 16,418  
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)  
 
Play-off
  a.e.t.  
Match 25
Northern Ireland
2-1
Czechoslovakia  
Date: 17 June 1958
P. McParland 44', 99'
  Z. Zikán 19'
Stadium: Malmö Stadion    
Venue: Malmö    
Attendance: 6,196      
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)  
 
   
First Round - Group 2  
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 France
3
2
0
1
11
7
4
4
2
 Yugoslavia
3
1
2
0
7
6
1
4
3
 Paraguay
3
1
1
1
9
12
-3
3
4
 Scotland
3
0
1
2
4
6
-4
1
 
   
   
Match 4
7-3
Paraguay  
Date: 8 June 1958
J. Fontaine 24', 30', 67'
F. Amarilla 20', 44'
Stadium: Idrottsparken J. Romero 50'
Venue: Norrköping  
Attendance: 16,518  
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)  
   
Match 5
Yugoslavia
1-1
Scotland  
Date: 8 June 1958 J. Murray 49'
Stadium: Arosvallen    
Venue: Västerås    
Attendance: 9,591  
Referee: Paul Raymond Wyssling (Switzerland)  
   
Match 11
Yugoslavia
3-2
France  
Date: 11 June 1958   J. Fontaine 4', 85'
Stadium: Arosvallen  
Venue: Västerås    
Attendance: 12,217  
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)    
   
Match 12
Paraguay
3-2
Scotland  
Date: 11 June 1958 J. Mudie 24'
Stadium: Idrottsparken
C. Ré 45'
B. Collins 76'  
Venue: Norrköping    
Attendance: 11,665    
Referee: Vincenzo Orlandini (Italy)    
   
Match 20
2-1
Scotland  
Date: 15 June 1958 S. Baird 66'
Stadium: Eyravallen  
Venue: Örebro    
Attendance: 13,554    
Referee: Juan Brozzi (Argentina)  
   
Match 21  
Paraguay
3-3
Yugoslavia
 
Date: 15 June 1958   R. Ognjanović 12'
Stadium: Tunavallen T. Veselinović 29'
Venue: Eskilstuna Z. Rajkov 73'
Attendance: 13,103  
Referee: Martin Macko (Czechoslovakia)  
 
First Round - Group 3
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Sweden
3
2
1
0
5
1
4
5
2
 Wales
3
0
3
0
2
2
0
3
3
 Hungary
3
1
1
1
6
3
3
3
4
 Mexico
3
0
1
2
1
8
-7
1
   
   
Match 1
Sweden
3-0
Mexico  
Date: 8 June 1958
A. Simonsson 17', 64'
 
Stadium: Råsunda Stadium  
Venue: Solna      
Attendance: 34,107    
Referee: Nikolay Latychev (Soviet Union)  
   
Match 6
Hungary
1-1
Wales  
Date: 8 June 1958 J. Charles 27'
Stadium: Jernvallen
 
Venue: Sandviken    
Attendance: 15,343  
Referee: José María Codesal (Uruguay)  
   
Match 13
1-1
Wales  
Date: 11 June 1958 I. Allchurch 32'
Stadium: Råsunda Stadium
 
Venue: Solna    
Attendance: 15,150  
Referee: Leo Lemesic (Yugoslavia)  
   
Match 16
Sweden
2-1
Hungary  
Stadium: 12 June 1058
K. Hamrin 34', 55'
L. Tichy 77'
Stadium: Råsunda Stadium
 
Venue: Solna    
Attendance: 38,850  
Referee: John Mowat (Scotland)  
   
Match 17
Sweden
0-0
Wales  
Stadium: 15 June 1958    
Venue: Råsunda Stadium    
Venue: Solna    
Attendance: 30,287  
Referee: Lucien Van Nuffel (Belgium)  
 
     
Match 22
Hungary
4-0
Mexico  
Date: 15 June 1958
L. Tichy 19', 46'
 
Stadium: Jernvallen  
Venue: Sandviken  
Attendance: 13,300  
Referee: Arne Eriksson (Finland)  
 
Play-off
     
Match 26
Wales
2-1
Hungary
 
Date: 17 June 1958 L. Tichy 33'
Stadium: Råsunda Stadium  
Venue: Solna    
Attendance: 2,823    
Referee: Nikolay Latychev (Soviet Union)  
   
First Round - Group 4
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Brazil
3
2
1
0
5
0
5
5
2
 Soviet Union
3
1
1
1
4
4
0
3
3
 England
3
0
3
0
4
4
0
3
4
 Austria
3
0
1
2
2
7
-5
1
 
   
   
Match 7
3-0
Austria  
Date: 8 June 1958
Mazzola 38', 89'
 
Stadium: Rimnersvallen  
Venue: Uddevalla    
Attendance: 17,788  
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)  
 
     
Match 8
Soviet Union
2-2
England  
Date: 8 June 1958 D. Kevan 66'
Stadium: Ullevi T. Finney 85'
Venue: Gothenburg    
Attendance: 49,348  
Referee: István Zsolt (Hungary)  
   
Match 14
0-0
England  
Date: 11 June 1958    
Stadium: Ullevi    
Venue: Gothenburg    
Attendance: 40,895  
Referee: Albert Dusch (West Germany)  
   
Match 15
Soviet Union
2-0
Austria  
Date: 11 June 1958  
Stadium: Ryavallen  
Venue: Borås    
Attendance: 21,239  
Referee: Carl Jorgensen (Denmark)  
   
Match 23
2-2
Austria  
Date: 15 June 1958 K. Koller 16'
Stadium: Ryavallen A. Körner 70'
Venue: Borås    
Attendance: 15,872  
Referee: Jan Bronkhorst (Netherlands)  
   
Match 24
2-0
Soviet Union  
Date: 15 June 1958
Vavá 3', 77'
   
Stadium: Ullevi
   
Venue: Gothenburg    
Attendance: 50,928  
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)  
 
Play-off
   
Match 27
Soviet Union
1-0
 
Date: 17 June 1958  
Stadium: Ullevi    
Venue: Gothenburg    
Attendance: 23,182    
Referee: Albert Dusch (West Germany)  
     
Quarter-finals
   
Match 28
4-0
Northern Ireland  
Date: 19 June 1958  
Stadium: Idrottsparken
J. Fontaine 55', 63'
 
Venue: Norrköping  
Attendance: 11,800  
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal (Spain)  
       
Match 29
Sweden
2-0
Soviet Union  
Date: 19 June 1958  
Stadium: Råsunda Stadium  
Venue: Solna    
Attendance: 31,900  
Referee: Reginald Leafe (England)  
       
Match 30
1-0
Wales  
Date: 19 June 1958
Pelé 66'
 
Stadium: Ullevi
 
Venue: Gothenburg      
Attendance: 25,923  
Referee: Friedrich Seipelt (Austria)  
       
Match 31
1-0
Yugoslavia  
Date: 19 June 1958  
Stadium: Malmö Stadion    
Venue: Malmö    
Attendance: 20,055  
Referee: Paul Raymond Wyssling (Switzerland)  
     
Semi-finals
   
Match 32
5-2
France    
Date: 24 June 1958
Vavá 12'
J. Fontaine 9'
Stadium: Råsunda Stadium
Didi 39'
R. Piantoni 83'
Venue: Solna
Pelé 52', 64', 75'
 
Attendance: 27,100    
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)    
   
Match 33
Sweden
3-1
West Germany  
Date: 24 June 1958 H. Schäfer 24'
Stadium: Ullevi  
Venue: Gothenburg  
Attendance: 49,471    
Referee: István Zsolt (Hungary)    
     
Third-place Match
   
   
Match 34
6-3
West Germany  
Date: 28 June 1958
J. Fontaine 16', 36', 78', 89'
H. Cieslarczyk 18'
Stadium: Ullevi H. Rahn 52'
Venue: Gothenburg H. Schäfer 84'
Attendance: 32,483    
Referee: Juan Brozzi (Argentina)    
     
Final
   
   
Match 35
5-2
Sweden  
Date: 29 June 1958
Vavá 9', 32'
  N. Liedholm 4'
Stadium: Råsunda Stadium
Pelé 55', 90'
A. Simonsson 80'
Venue: Solna  
Attendance: 49,737  
  Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)  
         
   
 
The young Pelé after winning the World Cup
Brazil: World Cup winners
 
   
 
"When I passed to Didi, I made as if I was going to run forward but turned back instead. That confused the defender a little and he let the ball come through to me. When I controlled it on my chest he thought I was going to shoot. I got my foot on it and flicked it over his head, which was something the Europeans weren’t used to. They always tried to close you down because they were used to people shooting straightaway. I hit the ball before it touched the ground and in it went. It was one of the most beautiful goals of my career": Pele relives his side’s third goal
 
"After the fifth goal I didn’t want to mark Pele any more. I just wanted to applaud him ": Swedish defender Sigge Parling
   
Standings
     
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Sum(P/Nt)
Title
Pt
Ap.
1
 Brazil
6
5
1
0
16
4
12
11
1.83
0.0625
16.00
C
6
2
 Sweden
6
4
1
1
12
7
5
9
1.50
0.1250
8.00
F
4
3
 France
6
4
0
2
23
15
8
8
1.33
0.1875
6.00
TP
5
4
 West Germany
6
2
2
2
12
14
-2
6
1.00
0.2500
4.00
FP
4
5
 Yugoslavia
4
1
2
1
7
7
0
4
1.00
0.3125
2.00
2R
4
6
 Wales
5
1
3
1
4
4
0
5
1.00
0.3750
2.00
2R
1
7
 Soviet Union
5
2
1
2
5
6
-1
5
1.00
0.4375
2.00
2R
1
8
 Northern Ireland
5
2
1
2
6
10
-4
5
1.00
0.5000
2.00
2R
1
9
 Czechoslovakia
4
1
1
2
9
6
3
3
0.75
0.5625
1.00
1R
4
10
 Hungary
4
1
1
2
7
5
2
3
0.75
0.6250
1.00
1R
4
11
 England
4
0
3
1
4
5
-1
3
1.00
0.7500
1.00
1R
3
12
 Paraguay
3
1
1
1
9
12
-3
3
0.67
0.8125
1.00
1R
3
13
 Argentina
3
1
0
2
5
10
-5
2
0.67
0.8125
1.00
1R
3
14
 Scotland
3
0
1
2
4
6
-2
1
0.33
0.8750
1.00
1R
2
15
 Austria
3
0
1
2
2
7
-5
1
0.33
0.9375
1.00
1R
3
16
 Mexico
3
0
1
2
1
8
-7
1
0.33
1.0000
1.00
1R
4
 
       
 
 Where: Perf.: Performance   Sum(P/Nt): Position between all the participant teams   Pt: Reached round
 PtsS: Points scored for statistics   Ap: Appearances in world cups
     
       
  STATISTICS
     
     
Goalscorers
   
 
Pos
Player
Team
Flag
Goals
1
 J. Fontaine  France
 
13
2
 Pelé  Brazil
 
6
 H. Rahn  West Germany
 
6
4
 Vavá  Brazil
 
5
 P. McParland  Northern Ireland
 
5
6
 Z. Zikán  Czechoslovakia
 
4
 L. Tichy  Hungary
 
4
 K. Hamrin  Sweden
 
4
 A. Simonsson  Sweden
 
4
10
 O. Corbatta  Argentina
 
3
 R. Piantoni  France
 
3
 R. Kopa  France
 
3
 H. Schäfer  West Germany
 
3
 T. Veselinović  Yugoslavia
 
3
15
 Mazzola  Brazil
 
2
 M. Dvořák  Czechoslovakia
 
2
 V. Hovorka  Czechoslovakia
 
2
 D. Kevan  England
 
2
 M. Wisnieski  France
 
2
 J. Parodi  Paraguay
 
2
 F. Amarilla  Paraguay
 
2
 J. Agüero  Paraguay
 
2
 J. Romero  Paraguay
 
2
 A. Ilyin  Soviet Union
 
2
 A. Ivanov  Soviet Union
 
2
 N. Liedholm  Sweden
 
2
 I. Allchurch  Wales
 
2
 U. Seeler  West Germany
 
2
 A. Petaković  Yugoslavia
 
2
30
 L. Avio  Argentina
 
1
 N. Menéndez  Argentina
 
1
 A. Körner  Austria
 
1
 K. Koller  Austria
 
1
 Nílton Santos  Brazil
 
1
 Zagallo  Brazil
 
1
 Didi  Brazil
 
1
 J. Feureisl  Czechoslovakia
 
1
 T. Finney  England
 
1
 J. Haynes  England
 
1
 J. Vincent  France
 
1
 Y. Douis  France
 
1
 J. Bencsics  Hungary
 
1
 J. Bozsik  Hungary
 
1
 K. Sándor  Hungary
 
1
 J. Belmonte  Mexico
 
1
 W. Cush  Northern Ireland
 
1
 C. Ré  Paraguay
 
1
 S. Baird  Scotland
 
1
 B. Collins  Scotland
 
1
 J. Mudie  Scotland
 
1
 J. Murray  Scotland
 
1
 N. Simonyan  Soviet Union
 
1
 L. Skoglund  Sweden
 
1
 G. Gren  Sweden
 
1
 T. Medwin  Wales
 
1
 J. Charles  Wales
 
1
 H. Cieslarczyk  West Germany
 
1
 Z. Rajkov  Yugoslavia
 
1
 R. Ognjanović  Yugoslavia
 
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
        
Overall top goal scorers
   
 
In gold the topscorers (golden shoe) of the tournament. The complete list is available at: Goleadores-1958
   
Pos
Player
 Team
Flag
Goals
WC-1
WC-2
1
 Just Fontaine  France
 
13
58
2
 Sándor Kocsis  Hungary
11
54
3
 Helmut Rahn  West Germany
10
54
58
4
 Guillermo Stábile  Argentina
8
30
 Leônidas  Brazil
8
34
38
 Ademir  Brazil
8
50
 Oscar Míguez  Uruguay
8
50
54
8
 Oldřich Nejedlý  Czechoslovakia
7
34
38
 Hans Schäfer  West Germany
7
54
58
10
 György Sárosi  Hungary
6
34
38
 Erich Probst  Austria
6
54
 Josef Hügi  Switzerland
6
54
 Max Morlock  West Germany
6
54
 Pelé  Brazil
 
6
58
15
 Pedro Cea  Uruguay
5
30
 Gyula Zsengellér  Hungary
5
38
 Silvio Piola  Italy
5
38
 Juan Schiaffino  Uruguay
5
50
54
 Vavá  Brazil
 
5
58
 Peter McParland  Northern Ireland
 
5
58
 
   
   
Scoring frequency by team
   
Pos
Team
Flag
Tot
13
11
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Ch
 
578
1
1
3
1
6
6
21
35
57
154
1
  Brazil
66
2
1
1
1
3
8
10
0
2
  Hungary
54
1
1
1
3
2
3
8
0
3
  West Germany
51
2
4
2
3
11
+1
4
  Uruguay
46
2
2
4
5
6
-1
5
  Sweden
38
2
6
3
6
+1
6
  France
36
1
3
2
10
+7
7
  Italy
33
1
2
2
2
10
-2
8
  Austria
26
1
2
3
8
0
9
  Argentina
25
1
2
2
7
0
  Switzerland
25
1
2
1
1
6
-2
11
  Czechoslovakia
23
1
1
3
6
0
  Yugoslavia
23
2
4
9
-1
13
  England
14
1
2
7
+2
  Spain
14
2
2
2
-2
15
  Paraguay
12
4
4
+8
  United States
12
1
8
-1
17
  Chile
10
3
4
-2
  Turkey
10
2
1
2
-2
19
  Mexico
9
1
7
-1
20
  Belgium
8
1
1
3
-2
  Romania
8
1
5
-2
22
  Northern Ireland
6
1
1
23
  Cuba
5
1
2
-2
  Poland
5
1
1
-2
  Soviet Union
5
2
1
26
  Scotland
4
4
  Wales
4
1
2
28
  Egypt
2
1
-4
  Netherlands
2
2
-4
30
  Norway
1
1
-4
  Peru
1
1
-4
 
   
   
Interesting facts
   
 
Milestone goals. The goal number 500 in the World Cups history was scored by Bobby Collins of Scotland in Norrköping on 11 June 1958. Collins scored the 2-3. Paraguay defeated Scotland 3-2.
This was the first time that all United Kingdom's Home Nations qualified for the World Cup finals: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
This was the only occasion on which Italy failed to qualify to World Cup finals. It was also the first and only time that Wales qualified for World Cup finals.
Brazil's 1958 victory is still the only time a South American country has won the World Cup in Europe.
The 1–1 draw between Wales and Mexico was the first point scored by Mexico in a World Cup.
England and Brazil drew 0–0 in Gothenburg on 11 June 1958. This was the first ever goalless draw in a World Cup match.
Erich Juskowiak was sent off in the semi-finals and remained in the records as the first ever German player to be sent off in an international game.
The Final holds many records in World Cup history. Pelé became the youngest player to play a World Cup Finals, the youngest scorer in a World Cup Final and the youngest player to win a World Cup Winner's Medal. 
Nils Liedholm became the oldest player to score in a World Cup Final (35 years, 263 Days).
Didí, Garrincha, Pelé and Zagallo from Brazil were one of the deadliest attacks in the history of the World Cups.
Just Fontaine became the second player after Alcides Ghiggia to score in every match of a World Cup. Fontaine scored 13 goals in 6 matches.
There were 27 goals in the last four games of the tournament (Semi-finals: Brazil 5-2 France, Sweden 3-1 West Germany; Third place: France 6-3 West Germany; Final: Brazil 5-2 Sweden).
Three playoffs game were needed to decide which team would advance to the following stage. In Group 1, Northern Ireland beat Czechoslovakia 2-1. In Group 3, Wales won the game to Hungary, 2-1. Finally, in Group 4, Soviet Union beat England, 1-0. 
The 1958 World Cup Final established three new records: This final had the highest number of goals scored by a winning team (5), the highest number of total goals scored (7), and the greatest victory margin (3).
Hat-tricks: Pelé (Brazil), Just Fontaine (France)
Poker: Just Fontaine (France)
The youngest player was Pelé from Brazil: 17y (23 October 1940). The youngest goalkeeper was Ramón Mayereggerfrom Paraguay: 24y (19 February 1934). The youngest scorer was Pelé from Brazil. The youngest champion was again Pelé from Brazil. The youngest captain was Juan Bautista Agüero from Paraguay: 22y (24 June 1935).
The oldest player was Ángel Labruna from Argentina: 39y (28 September 1918). The oldest goalkeeper was Kalle Svensson from Sweden: 32y (11 November 1925). The oldest scorer was Gunnar Gren from Sweden: 37y (31 October 1920). The oldest champion was Nílton Santos from Brazil: 33y (16 May 1925). The oldest captain was also Nándor Hidegkuti from Hungary: 36y (3 March 1922).
   
   
  Teams that contributed players for national teams
   
 
The most important teams that contributed players to the national teams are shown in the table below. The complete list is available at: Teams-Countries-Players-1958
   
 
Pos
Logo
Team
NoP
Country
Flag
1
File:Escudo de Olimpia.png
  Club Olimpia
8
  Paraguay
2
  River Plate
7
  Dukla Prague
7
  Czechoslovakia
  FC Dynamo Moscow
7
  Soviet Union
5
  Stade de Reims
6
  France
  CD Guadalajara
6
  Mexico
  Red Star Belgrade
6
  Yugoslavia
8
  SK Rapid Wien
5
  Austria
  FK Inter Bratislava
5
  Czechoslovakia
  West Bromwich Albion F.C.
5
  England
  Tottenham Hotspur
5
  England
  Rangers F.C.
5
  Scotland
  FC Spartak Moscow
5
  Soviet Union
  Cardiff City F.C.
5
  Wales
  GNK Dinamo Zagreb
5
  Yugoslavia
16
File:Boca Juniors logo.png
  Boca Juniors
4
  Wiener SK
4
  Austria
  Flamengo
4
  Brazil
  Wolverhampton Wanderers
4
  England
  Budapest Honvéd FC
4
  Hungary
  Vasas SE
4
  Hungary
  Club Toluca
4
  Mexico
  Club Sol de América
4
  Paraguay
  FC Torpedo Moscow
4
  Soviet Union
  IFK Norrköping
4
  Sweden
  Swansea Town A.F.C.
4
  Wales
  FK Vojvodina
4
  Yugoslavia
   
        
Cumulative teams contributions
   
 

The complete list is available at: Teams-Countries-Players-1958

   
 
Pos
Log
Team
Country
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
54
58
1
  SK Rapid Wien
  Austria
24
5
4
10
5
File:Escudo de Peñarol.svg
  Peñarol
24
5
1
9
9
3
File:Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas logo.svg
  Botafogo
  Brazil
23
4
9
5
1
1
3
File:Club Nacional de Football's logo.png
  Nacional
23
9
1
5
8
5
  Juventus   Italy
22
10
2
4
5
1
6
  Vasco da Gama
  Brazil
21
4
2
1
8
3
3
  SK Slavia Praha
  Czechoslovakia
21
10
9
2
  Internazionale   Italy
21
4
5
5
6
1
9
  MTK Budapest FC   Hungary
19
3
7
6
3
File:Escudo de Olimpia.png
  Club Olimpia
  Paraguay
19
5
6
8
  Grasshopper-Club Zürich   Switzerland
19
6
9
1
3
  Red Star Belgrade
  Yugoslavia
19
8
5
6
13
  AC Sparta Prague
  Czechoslovakia
18
6
8
2
2
  Ferencvárosi TC   Hungary
18
6
8
1
3
15
  Fluminense
  Brazil
17
5
5
2
4
1
16
  São Paulo FC
  Brazil
15
4
4
4
3
  Újpest FC   Hungary
15
7
5
2
1
  Servette FC   Switzerland
15
5
4
3
3
  FK Partizan
  Yugoslavia
15
7
5
3
20
  FC Admira Wacker Mödling
  Austria
14
6
1
4
3
  Flamengo
  Brazil
14
2
3
2
3
4
File:Colo-Colo.svg
  Colo-Colo
  Chile
14
8
6
  Dukla Prague
  Czechoslovakia
14
7
7
24
  FK Austria Wien
  Austria
13
3
3
4
3
  K. Beerschot V.A.C.   Belgium
13
1
8
4
  Budapest Honvéd FC   Hungary
13
1
8
4
27
  Stade de Reims
  France
12
6
6
  Lille OSC
  France
12
4
3
4
1
File:Atlante FC logo.svg
  Atlante
  Mexico
12
7
1
3
1
  GNK Dinamo Zagreb
  Yugoslavia
12
2
5
5
31
  Racing Club de France
  France
11
5
2
3
1
  CD Guadalajara
  Mexico
11
3
2
6
  FC Ripensia Timişoara
  Romania
11
6
5
    Seoul Army Club
11
11
  Malmö FF   Sweden
11
1
8
2
36
  First Vienna FC
  Austria
10
4
1
2
3
  Royal Daring Club Molenbeek   Belgium
10
1
4
3
2
  Wolverhampton Wanderers   England
10
3
3
4
  FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
  France
10
2
2
5
1
  Cerro Porteño
  Paraguay
10
2
5
3
File:Club Libertad.png
  Club Libertad
  Paraguay
10
5
3
2
  Alianza Lima
  Peru
10
10
  Lausanne Sports   Switzerland
10
2
1
3
4
        
        
Leagues that countributed players for national teams
   
 
The most important leagues that contributed players to the national teams are shown in the table below.

   
 
Pos
Team
Flag
NoP
Per
 
342
 
1
  England
55
16.08%
2
22
6.43%
  Austria
22
6.43%
  Brazil
22
6.43%
  Czechoslovakia
22
6.43%
  Hungary
22
6.43%
  Mexico
22
6.43%
  Paraguay
22
6.43%
  Soviet Union
22
6.43%
  Yugoslavia
22
6.43%
11
  France
21
6.14%
12
  West Germany
18
5.26%
13
  Scotland
17
4.97%
  Sweden
17
4.97%
15
  Wales
9
2.63%
16
  Italy
6
1.75%
17
  Spain
1
0.29%
   
   
Cumulative contributions (leagues)
   
 
Pos
Team
Flag
Total
30
34
38
50
54
58
Per
Cha
 
1833
243
317
316
270
345
342
 
1
 Brazil
127
24
15
22
22
22
22
6.93%
0
2
 France
110
19
23
25
22
21
6.00%
0
3
 England
106
22
29
55
5.78%
+12
4
 Italy
94
22
22
22
22
6
5.13%
-1
5
 Hungary
87
22
21
22
22
4.75%
+2
6
 Switzerland
84
23
20
19
22
4.58%
-2
7
 Belgium
83
16
22
23
22
4.53%
-2
 Czechoslovakiakia
83
17
22
22
22
4.53%
+1
 Mexico
83
17
22
22
22
4.53%
+1
10
 Yugoslavia
79
13
22
22
22
4.31%
0
11
 Austria
75
22
9
22
22
4.09%
+2
 West Germany
75
22
13
22
18
4.09%
-1
13
  Sweden
73
16
22
18
17
3.98%
-1
14
 Uruguay
68
22
2
22
22
3.71%
-8
15
 Paraguay
66
22
22
22
3.60%
+2
16
 Argentina
62
22
18
22
3.38%
+4
17
 United States
52
16
19
17
2.84%
-3
18
 Romania
51
15
15
21
2.78%
-3
19
 Spain
45
22
22
1
2.45%
-2
20
 Netherlands
43
22
21
2.34%
-1
21
 Chile
40
19
21
2.18%
-1
22
 Bolivia
36
17
19
1.96%
0
23
 Scotland
32
15
17
1.74%
+5
24
 Poland
22
22
1.20%
-1
 Soviet Union
22
22
1.20%
 Turkey
22
22
1.20%
-1
27
 Norway
21
21
1.14%
-2
 Peru
21
21
1.14%
-2
29
 Indonesia
17
17
0.93%
-2
30
 Cuba
15
15
0.82%
-2
 Egypt
15
15
0.82%
-2
15
15
0.82%
-2
33
  Wales
9
9
0.49%
 
 
H-index, i-10 index and ne
 
 
h-index is the largest number h such that h teams have at least h players.  i-10 index is the number of teams with at least 10 players. nt is the number of teams. cha is the number of positions won or lost compared to the previous world cup.
 
 
Pos
Team
Flag
h-index
i-10 index
ne
Cha
1
 Brazil
6
5
18
0
2
 France
6
4
31
0
3
 Switzerland
6
3
19
0
4
 Yugoslavia
6
3
10
+4
5
 Belgium
6
2
20
-1
6
 Mexico
6
2
17
+3
7
 Italy
6
2
15
0
8
 England
6
1
34
+7
9
 Hungary
5
4
13
-4
10
 Austria
5
4
10
-4
11
 Czechoslovakiakia
5
3
18
0
12
 Paraguay
5
3
9
-2
13
 Sweden
5
1
20
+3
14
 Romania
4
1
18
-2
15
 West Germany
4
0
34
-2
16
 Argentina
4
0
26
+5
17
 United States
4
0
25
-3
18
 Bolivia
4
0
13
-1
 Spain
4
0
13
-1
20
 Uruguay
3
2
12
-1
21
 Chile
3
1
12
-1
22
 Netherlands
3
0
23
-1
23
 Norway
3
0
11
0
 Poland
3
0
11
0
 Scotland
3
0
11
+2
26
 Soviet Union
3
0
7
 Turkey
3
0
7
0
28
 Cuba
3
0
5
-1
29
 Peru
2
1
6
-1
30
 Indonesia
2
0
12
-1
31
 Egypt
2
0
6
-1
32
 Wales
2
0
2
33
1
1
5
-2
 
        
Coaches contributed by country
   
 
The coaches contributed by country are shown in the table below. England contributed two coaches.

   
 
Pos
Country
Flag
NoC
1
  England
2
2
1
  Austria
1
  Brazil
1
  Czechoslovakia
1
  France
1
  West Germany
1
  Hungary
1
  Northern Ireland
1
  Paraguay
1
  Scotland
1
  Soviet Union
1
  Spain
1
  Wales
1
  Yugoslavia
1

Vicente Feola (1909-1975) Brazil

 

Brazilian coach Vicente Feola kisses the World Cup trophy

   
   
Cumulative contributions (coaches)
   
Pos
Country
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
54
58
Ch
 
89
13
16
15
13
16
16
1
9
2
2
2
1
2
0
2
  Hungary
8
1
2
2
2
1
-1
3
  Austria
6
2
1
2
1
0
  Brazil
6
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
5
  Italy
5
1
1
2
1
-2
  Spain
5
1
1
1
1
1
+1
7
4
2
1
1
0
  Czechoslovakia
4
1
1
1
1
0
  France
4
1
1
1
1
0
  Scotland
4
1
2
1
0
  West Germany
4
1
1
1
1
0
  Yugoslavia
4
1
1
1
1
0
13
3
1
1
1
-6
3
1
1
1
-6
15
  Belgium
2
1
1
0
  Mexico
2
1
1
0
  Paraguay
2
1
1
+4
  Romania
2
1
1
0
  Switzerland
2
1
1
0
20
  Bolivia
1
1
-1
  Chile
1
1
-1
  Cuba
1
1
-1
  Netherlands
1
1
-1
  Northern Ireland
1
       
1
  Norway
1
1
-1
  Poland
1
1
-1
1
     
1
-1
  Soviet Union
1
       
1
  Wales
1
       
1
        
 
Referees, countries and world cup matches
 
Referees from 24 countries have conducted 136 world cup matches till The 1958 FIFA Worl Cup.
   
 
Pos
Country
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
54
58
Ch
136
18
17
18
22
26
35
1
  Italy
16
7
2
4
2
1
0
2
15
     
7
4
4
0
3
  Belgium
12
5
2
3
1
1
-1
  France
12
1
5
2
4
+1
5
  Switzerland
9
2
2
1
2
2
0
6
  Austria
7
2
1
2
2
+2
  Brazil
7
3
3
1
-1
7
5
1
1
+1
  Wales
7
     
2
3
2
+2
10
  Sweden
6
2
2
1
1
-2
11
  Hungary
5
   
1
2
2
0
  West Germany
5
1
1
1
2
0
13
  Netherlands
4
1
2
1
-2
4
2
2
+2
  Scotland
4
     
1
2
1
-2
  Spain
4
     
1
1
2
+2
17
  Czechoslovakia
2
   
1
1
0
2
       
1
1
0
  Soviet Union
2
         
2
 
  Yugoslavia
2
       
1
1
 
21
  Bolivia
1
1
-4
  Chile
1
1
-4
  Denmark
1
         
1
 
  Finland
1
         
1
 
      
 
Referees, confederations and world cup matches
 
Referees from 2 confederations have conducted 136 world cup matches till The 1958 FIFA Worl Cup.
   
 
Pos
Confederation
Logo
Tot
30
34
38
50
54
58
Per
 
136
18
17
18
22
26
35
1
  UEFA
116
6
17
18
19
24
32
85%
2
  CONMEBOL
20
12
   
3
2
3
15%
   
 
 
Attendance
   
 
The total attendance at the World Cup as well as both the total and average attendance for each of the national teams is shown in the table below.

   
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Total
#M
Average
  
819,800
35
23,423
1
 Sweden
234,352
6
39,059
2
 Brazil
212,361
6
35,394
3
 West Germany
180,155
6
30,026
4
 Soviet Union
176,597
5
35,319
5
 England
129,297
4
32,324
6
 France
113,672
6
18,945
7
 Wales
89,526
5
17,905
8
 Hungary
70,316
4
17,579
9
 Northern Ireland
64,807
5
12,961
10
 Mexico
62,557
3
20,852
11
 Argentina
61,748
3
20,583
12
 Czechoslovakia
58,261
4
14,565
13
 Yugoslavia
54,966
4
13,742
14
 Austria
54,889
3
18,296
15
 Paraguay
41,286
3
13,762
16
 Scotland
34,810
3
11,603
   
 
Cumulative attendance
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Total
#M
Average
Ch
  
3,962,902
136
29,139
1
  Brazil
1,191,225
23
51,792
0
2
  Uruguay
667,393
13
51,338
0
3
  Italy
507,768
14
36,269
0
4
  West Germany
498,832
18
27,713
+3
5
  Sweden
492,857
16
30,804
+5
6
  Spain
411,564
9
45,729
-2
7
  Hungary
407,816
15
27,188
-1
8
  Yugoslavia
395,678
13
30,437
-3
9
  England
329,113
10
32,911
+3
10
  Argentina
323,948
9
35,994
-1
11
  Austria
311,889
12
25,991
0
12
  Switzerland
311,625
12
25,969
-4
13
  France
283,434
14
20,245
+2
14
  Mexico
247,127
11
22,466
0
15
  Czechoslovakia
246,923
13
18,994
-2
16
  Soviet Union
176,597
5
35,319
17
  United States
162,701
7
23,243
-1
18
  Chile
110,702
6
18,450
-1
19
  Belgium
106,800
6
17,800
-1
20
  Paraguay
105,306
7
15,044
0
21
  Romania
96,571
5
19,314
-2
22
  Scotland
93,810
5
18,762
0
23
  Wales
89,526
5
17,905
24
  Northern Ireland
64,807
5
12,961
25
  Peru
60,284
2
30,142
-4
26
  Bolivia
49,056
3
16,352
-3
27
  Turkey
49,000
3
16,333
-3
28
  Netherlands
44,000
2
22,000
-3
29
  Cuba
22,000
3
7,333
-3
30
  Norway
19,000
1
19,000
-3
31
  South Korea
17,000
2
8,500
-3
32
  Poland
13,452
1
13,452
-3
33
  Indonesia
9,000
1
9,000
-3
  Egypt
9,000
1
9,000
-3
        
      

  Awards and best players
   
 
The top scorer (Golden Shoe) of the tournament was Just Fontaine from France, who would go on to score thirteen goals. The names that people probably remember from those times are:

    
 
   
Garrincha (1933-1983)
Gunnar Gren (1920-1991)
John Charles (1931-2004)
     
    
  All-star team
   
 
The All-Star Team is a team of the best performers at the respective World Cup finals
   
 
 
 
  Cumulative participation by country
 
Pos
Team
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
54
58
Ch
1
  Brazil
13
2
4
1
6
+3
13
7
5
1
0
3
  Italy
12
6
6
-1
4
  Hungary
8
2
6
-1
5
  Spain
4
3
1
0
6
2
2
0
  Austria
2
1
1
0
  Czechoslovakia
2
1
1
0
  France
2
       
2
  Northern Ireland
2
       
2
  Sweden
2
1
1
+4
  West Germany
2
       
2
0
13
1
1
-3
  Yugoslavia
1
1
-3
       
    

  DID YOU KNOW?
   
 
England suffered the loss of three mainstays players before the tournament, who died in the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958, when the British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off at Munich-Riem Airport. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, along with supporters and journalists. Manchester United had become one of the most successful teams in Europe. They had won consecutive Championships in 1955/6 and 1956/7 and had reached successive European Cup semi-finals in 1956/7 and 1957/8. The football team was returning from a European Cup match in BelgradeYugoslavia against Red Star Belgrade, and had stopped to refuel in Munich. After two earlier unsuccessful take-offs due to technical problems, it looked unlikely that the plane would be making the return journey that day since it had started to snow heavily. So much so that Duncan Edwards, the star of Manchester United, sent a telegram to his landlady telling he would arrive tomorrow. It read: "All flights cancelled, flying tomorrow. Duncan”. However, the decision was made to have a third attempt. In the final attempt to take-off, the plane skidded off the end of the runway, crashed into the fence surrounding the airport and crossed a road before finishing in a house, home of a family of six. Twenty passengers died on board, and three people died later.
Hungary attended the World Cup without their top stars, as Ferenc Puskás, Zoltán Czibor and Sándor Kocsis had been in exile in Western Europe.
Guillermo Stábile from Argentina, who was runner up in the 1930 World Cup and top scorer of the tournament, was coach of Argentina in the 1958 World Cup. Argentina finished as the last place in Group 1, winning one match (Northern Ireland) and losing two others (Germany and Czechoslovakia). Stábile received 6 goals as Argentina coach against Czechoslovakia.
Only 2,823 spectators watched the playoff game between Hungary and Wales. People boycotted the match to show sympathy with Imre Nagy, the Prime Minister of Hungary, who had been executed the previous day.
The case of Just Fontaine, born in Marrakech, Morocco, is similar to that of Guillermo Stábile from Argentina in the 1930 World Cup. Fontaine was not a part of France´s first team, but an injury in the ankle of the first-choice Rene Bliard that was forced to return France before the tournament even started, let him play and be the top scorer of the tournament. Fontaine set the record for most goals scored in a single FIFA World Cup finals tournament (13), scoring one quadruple, one hat-trick and two braces. He has also scored the fourth most goals of any player in the World Cup history, beaten only by Ronaldo (15 goals in 3 WC), Gerd Müller (14 goals in 2 WC), and Miroslav Klose (14 goals in 3 WC).
This was the first event televised to over 60 countries, albeit not in Eastern Europe because the system there was incompatible.
Brazil introduced its innovative 4-2-4 system at the 1958 World Cup, a completely different schema from that used in football at the time. Shortly after Brazil’s triumph in Sweden, most teams in all around the globe switched over to 4-2-4 formation.
One of the best players of all time appeared in the World Cup in Sweden: a 17 year old known as Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé. Pelé was born on 23 October 1940, almost at the same time his rival in the final, Gunnar Gren, made his Sweden debut. Additional data, Pelé was the youngest scorer of the tournament, and Gren the oldest scorer of the 1958 World Cup.
   
 

World Cup 1958 poster

Pelé with the first World Cup
World Cup 1958 logo
   
  
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