1954 FIFA World Cup

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1954 FIFA World Cup
Schweiz 1954
Championnat du Monde de Football
Suisse 1954
Campionato mondiale di calcio
Svizzera 1954
Campiunadis mundials da ballape
Svizra 1954
1954 FIFA World Cup.jpg
Tournament details
Host countrySwitzerland
Dates16 June – 4 July
Teams16 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s)6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Germany.svg  West Germany (1st title)
Runners-upFlag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary
Third placeFlag of Austria.svg  Austria
Fourth placeFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored140 (5.38 per match)
Attendance768,607 (29,562 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg Sándor Kocsis (11 goals)
Best player(s) Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg Sándor Kocsis

The 1954 FIFA World Cup was the fifth edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football tournament for senior men's national teams of the nations affiliated to FIFA. It was held in Switzerland from 16 June to 4 July. Switzerland was selected as the host country in July 1946. [1] At the tournament several all-time records for goal-scoring were set, including the highest average number of goals scored per game. The tournament was won by West Germany, who defeated tournament favourites Hungary 3–2 in the final, their first World Cup title.


Host selection

Switzerland was awarded the tournament unopposed at a meeting in Luxembourg City on 22 July 1946, the same day Brazil was selected to host the 1950 World Cup. [1]


The hosts (Switzerland) and the defending champions (Uruguay) qualified automatically. Of the remaining 14 places, 11 were allocated to Europe (including Egypt, Turkey, and Israel), two to the Americas, and one to Asia.

Scotland, Turkey, and South Korea made their World Cup debuts at this tournament (Turkey and Scotland had qualified for the 1950 competition but both withdrew). South Korea became the first independent Asian country to participate in a World Cup tournament. Austria appeared following a hiatus from 1934. South Korea did not appear at a World Cup finals again until 1986, while Turkey's next appearance was not until 2002. Several teams, such as Hungary and Czechoslovakia (the pre-war World Cups' runners-up) were back into the tournament after missing out the 1950 World Cup.

The teams that finished third and fourth in 1950, Sweden and Spain, both failed to qualify. Spain was eliminated by Turkey; the two countries finished level on points in their qualifying group, and then drew their neutral play-off, which led to the drawing of lots by a blindfolded Italian boy, who picked Turkey to progress. [2] [3]

German teams as well as Japan were allowed to qualify again, after having been banned from the 1950 FIFA World Cup. West Germany qualified against fellow Germans from the Saarland (which then was a French protectorate), while East Germany did not enter, having cancelled international football matches after the East German uprising of 1953. Japan failed to qualify, having finished below South Korea in their qualifying group. Argentina declined to participate for the third successive World Cup.

List of qualified teams

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.



Group stage

The 1954 tournament used a unique format. The sixteen qualifying teams were divided into four groups of four teams each. Each group contained two seeded teams and two unseeded teams. Only four matches were scheduled for each group, each pitting a seeded team against an unseeded team. This contrasts with the usual round-robin in which every team plays every other team: six matches in each group. Another oddity was that extra time, which in most tournaments is not employed at the group stage, was played in the group games if the score was level after 90 minutes, with the result being a draw if the scores were still level after 120 minutes. [4]

Two points were awarded for a win and one for a draw. The two teams with the most points from each group progressed to the knockout stage. In the case of a tie between two teams for second place, the two tied teams competed in a play-off to decide which team would progress to the next stage, with extra time and drawing of lots if necessary. [4] [5] Had all four teams in a group been tied on points, there would have been two further play-offs – one play-off between the two seeded teams, and the other between the two unseeded teams, again with extra time and drawing of lots if necessary – with the winner of each play-off progressing to the quarter-finals. [4]

Qualifying countries 1954 world cup.png
Qualifying countries

Two of the four groups ended up requiring play-offs – one between Switzerland and Italy, and the other between Turkey and West Germany. In each match, the unseeded team (Switzerland and West Germany) repeated an earlier victory against the seeded team (Italy and Turkey) to progress. The fact that two group matches were played twice, while other group opponents never faced each other at all, attracted criticism; newly elected FIFA President Rodolphe Seeldrayers declared that this group format would be abandoned in future world cups. [6]


For each of the first two quarter-finals, one team progressing from group 1 was drawn against one team progressing from group 2. For the remaining two quarter-finals, this procedure was repeated for groups 3 and 4. [4] Before the tournament, it was stated that in the event of a quarter-final being tied after 90 minutes, 30 minutes of extra time would be played, followed by drawing of lots if necessary. [4] Later, it was stated that a quarter-final could be replayed in this situation. [7] The draw was scheduled to be held on Sunday 20 June, though in fact it was delayed into the early morning of Monday 21 June. [8]


For the semi-finals, a further draw was held, with each semi-final featuring one team from groups 1–2 against one team from groups 3–4. [4] In the event of a semi-final being tied after extra time, it would be replayed once, followed by drawing of lots if necessary. [4]

The draw for the semi-finals, held on Sunday 27 June, was delayed by a complaint from the Hungarian team concerning the manner in which their quarter-final against Brazil had been played. [9] [7]


The final would be replayed if scores were level after extra-time. If the replay was also tied, the winner would be decided by the tournament organising committee, [4] or by drawing of lots. [10]


Before qualification was complete, the eight seeded teams were determined by FIFA. They were Austria, Brazil, England, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Uruguay.

These seedings were thrown into disarray when, in an unexpected result, Turkey eliminated Spain in qualification. FIFA resolved this situation by giving Turkey the seeding that had previously been allocated to Spain. [11]

Notable results

West Germany, who had been reinstated as full FIFA members in 1950 and were unseeded, convincingly won the first of two encounters with the seeded Turkish side at Wankdorf stadium in Berne. The South Koreans, the other unseeded team, lost 7–0 and 9–0, with West Germany being denied the chance to play such an easy opponent. Sepp Herberger, the West German coach, gambled against the seeded team of Hungary by sending in a reserve side, and lost 8–3; so they had to play off against Turkey, a match that West Germany easily won.

Hungary's team captain Ferenc Puskás, considered by many as the best player in the world in that time, was injured by West German defender Werner Liebrich, and had to miss Hungary's next two matches. Puskás played for Hungary in the final, despite still being in a questionable condition. [12]

In the quarter-finals, the favourites Hungary beat Brazil 4–2 in one of the most violent matches in football history, which became infamous as the Battle of Berne. Meanwhile, the World Cup holders Uruguay sent England out of the tournament, also by 4–2. West Germany dispatched Yugoslavia 2–0, and Austria beat the host nation Switzerland in the game that saw the most goals in any World Cup match, 7–5.

In the first semi-final, West Germany beat Austria 6–1.

The other semi-final, one of the most exciting games of the tournament, saw Hungary go into the second half leading Uruguay 1–0, only for the game to be taken to extra time with a score after 90 minutes of 2–2. The deadlock was broken by Sándor Kocsis with two late goals to take Hungary through to the final, with Uruguay finally losing their unbeaten record in World Cup Final matches. Uruguay then went on to be beaten for a second time as Austria secured third place.

Final: "The Miracle of Bern"

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 Hungary had won 8–3 against the reserves of the German team. The Golden Team of the Hungarians were favourites, as they were unbeaten for a record of 32 consecutive matches, but they had had two tough knockout matches. It started raining on match day – in Germany this was dubbed Fritz-Walter-Wetter ("Fritz Walter's weather") because the West German team captain Fritz Walter was said to play his best in the rain. Adi Dassler had provided shoes with exchangeable studs.

Card autographed by coach Sepp Herberger and the 11 German players that appeared in the final Weltmeister autograph 1954.jpg
Card autographed by coach Sepp Herberger and the 11 German players that appeared in the final

Hungary's Ferenc Puskás played again in the final, even though he was not fully fit. Despite this he put his team ahead after only six minutes and with Zoltán Czibor adding another two minutes later it seemed that the pre-tournament favourites would take the title. However, with a quick goal from Max Morlock in the 10th and the equaliser of Helmut Rahn in the 19th, the tide began to turn.

The second half saw telling misses by the Hungarian team. Barely six minutes before the end of the match, the popular German radio reporter Herbert Zimmermann gave the most famous German piece of commentary, recommending that "Rahn should shoot from deep", which he did. The second goal from Rahn gave West Germany a 3–2 lead while the Hungarian reporter György Szepesi burst into tears. Later, Zimmermann called Puskás offside before he kicked the ball into Toni Turek's net with 2 minutes left. While referee Ling pointed to the centre spot, linesman Griffiths signalled offside. After a one-minute consultation, referee Ling disallowed the claimed equaliser.

The West Germans were handed the Jules Rimet Trophy and the title of World Cup winners, while the crowd sang along to the tune of the national anthem of West Germany (a scandal broke because the first stanza was sung, the atmosphere became tense [13] ). In Germany the success is known as "The Miracle of Berne", upon which a 2003 film of the same name was based. For the Hungarians, the defeat was a disaster, and remains controversial due to claimed referee errors and claims of doping.

One controversy concerns the 2–2 equaliser. Hungarian goalie Gyula Grosics jumped to catch Fritz Walter's corner shot, but in plain sight of the camera, Hans Schäfer obstructed him, and so the ball reached Rahn unhindered. The second controversy concerns allegations of doping to explain the better condition of the West German team in the second half. Though teammates steadfastly denied this rumour, German historian Guido Knopp claimed in a 2004 documentary for German public channel ZDF [14] that the players were injected with shots of vitamin C at half-time, using a needle earlier taken from a Soviet sports doctor, which would also explain the wave of jaundice among team members following the tournament. A Leipzig University study in 2010 posited that the West German players had been injected with the banned substance methamphetamine. [15]

Most controversial was the offside ruling for Puskás's intended 87th-minute equaliser. The camera filming the official footage was in a bad position to judge the situation, but eyewitnesses claimed that the referee was wrong, including West German substitute player Alfred Pfaff. [16] However, since then, unofficial footage surfaced evidencing no offside (shown on North German regional public channel NDR in 2004. [17] )


The following all-time records were set or equalled at this tournament, and have not subsequently been surpassed:

All matches in one tournament

Team records for one tournament

Records for a single game

Other landmarks

For the first time there was television coverage, [18] [19] and special coins were issued to mark the event.

The 11 goals scored by Kocsis of Hungary not only led the World Cup but bettered the previous record (set by Brazilian Ademir in the previous tournament) by three goals. Kocsis' mark was broken by Just Fontaine's 13 goals in 1958. Despite not winning the 1954 tournament, their fourth-place finish and their two previous World Cup titles made Uruguay the most successful World Cup nation for eight years, until Brazil won their second title in 1962. Hungary's 9–0 win against Korea during the group stages remains the biggest margin of victory in FIFA World Cup history, later equalled by Yugoslavia over Zaire (9–0) in 1974 and Hungary over El Salvador (10–1) in 1982.

West Germany also became the first team to win the World Cup after having lost a match at the finals (losing 8–3 to Hungary in the group stage). This feat was subsequently repeated by West Germany in 1974, Argentina in 1978 and Spain in 2010, who all lost group matches 1–0 (coincidentally, all three teams won against the Netherlands in the final), as well as by Argentina in 2022, who lost a group match 2-1 against Saudi Arabia.

West Germany's 1954 victory remains the only time that a team has won the World Cup without playing any team from outside its own continent (Turkey is geographically more in Asia compared to Europe, but qualified from Europe's qualification zone and has always been affiliated with UEFA).

West Germany's victory in the final is considered one of the greatest upsets of all time and one of the finest achievements in German sporting history. The West German team was made up of amateur players, as Germany did not have a professional league at this time, while the Hungarians were de jure amateurs, like all the communist countries at that time, but playing football as professionals, mainly for Budapesti Honvéd FC and later for major clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, and were ranked best in the world. This is the only time a team has won the World Cup with amateur footballers.


Six venues in six cities (1 venue in each city) hosted the tournament's 26 matches. The most used stadium was the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel, which hosted 6 matches. The venues in Bern, Zurich and Lausanne each hosted 5 matches, the venue in Geneva hosted 4 matches, and the venue in Lugano only hosted 1 match.

Bern, Canton of Bern Basel, Basel-Stadt Lausanne, Vaud
Wankdorf Stadium St. Jakob Stadium Stade Olympique de la Pontaise
46°57′46″N7°27′54″E / 46.96278°N 7.46500°E / 46.96278; 7.46500 (Wankdorf Stadium) 47°32′29″N7°37′12″E / 47.54139°N 7.62000°E / 47.54139; 7.62000 (St. Jakob Stadium) 46°32′00″N006°37′27″E / 46.53333°N 6.62417°E / 46.53333; 6.62417 (Stade olympique de la Pontaise)
Capacity: 64,600Capacity: 54,800Capacity: 50,300
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Geneva, Canton of Geneva Lugano, Ticino Zürich, Canton of Zürich
Charmilles Stadium Cornaredo Stadium Hardturm Stadium
46°12′33″N6°07′06″E / 46.2091°N 6.1182°E / 46.2091; 6.1182 (Charmilles Stadium) 46°01′25″N8°57′42″E / 46.02361°N 8.96167°E / 46.02361; 8.96167 (Cornaredo Stadium) 47°23′35″N8°30′17″E / 47.39306°N 8.50472°E / 47.39306; 8.50472 (Hardturm Stadium)
Capacity: 35,997Capacity: 35,800Capacity: 34,800
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The 16 finalists named squads of 22 for the finals, though South Korea only named 20 players in their squad. Unlike recent tournaments, there were no requirements for teams to name three goalkeepers; most teams did, but 6 did not. Some teams also chose to leave some of their named squad at home, only bringing them to Switzerland if necessary.

Match officials

Group stage

All times listed are local time (CET, UTC+1).

Group 1

1Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 211061+53Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 211021+13
3Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France 21013302
4Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico 20022860
Source: FIFA
Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 5–0 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico
Baltazar Soccerball shade.svg23'
Didi Soccerball shade.svg30'
Pinga Soccerball shade.svg34', 43'
Julinho Soccerball shade.svg69'
Charmilles Stadium, Geneva
Attendance: 13,470
Referee: Raymon Wyssling (Switzerland)

Yugoslavia  Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1–0 Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France
Milutinović Soccerball shade.svg15' Report
Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)

Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
Didi Soccerball shade.svg69' Report Zebec Soccerball shade.svg48'
Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne
Attendance: 24,637
Referee: Charlie Faultless (Scotland)

France  Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 3–2 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico
Vincent Soccerball shade.svg19'
Cárdenas Soccerball shade.svg46' (o.g.)
Kopa Soccerball shade.svg88' (pen.)
Report Lamadrid Soccerball shade.svg54'
Balcázar Soccerball shade.svg85'
Charmilles Stadium, Geneva
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Manuel Asensi (Spain)

Group 2

1Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary 2200173+144Advance to the knockout stage
2Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 21017922 [lower-alpha 1]
3Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 210184+42 [lower-alpha 1]
4Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).svg  South Korea 2002016160
Source: FIFA
  1. 1 2 Second place decided over through play-off: West Germany 7–2 Turkey.
West Germany  Flag of Germany.svg4–1Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
Schäfer Soccerball shade.svg14'
Klodt Soccerball shade.svg52'
O. Walter Soccerball shade.svg60'
Morlock Soccerball shade.svg84'
Report Suat Soccerball shade.svg2'
Wankdorf Stadium, Bern
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Jose da Costa Vieira (Portugal)

Hungary  Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg9–0Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).svg  South Korea
Puskás Soccerball shade.svg12', 89'
Lantos Soccerball shade.svg18'
Kocsis Soccerball shade.svg24', 36', 50'
Czibor Soccerball shade.svg59'
Palotás Soccerball shade.svg75', 83'
Hardturm Stadium, Zürich
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Raymond Vincenti (France)

Hungary  Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg8–3Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
Kocsis Soccerball shade.svg3', 21', 69', 78'
Puskás Soccerball shade.svg17'
Hidegkuti Soccerball shade.svg52', 54'
J. Tóth Soccerball shade.svg75'
Report Pfaff Soccerball shade.svg25'
Rahn Soccerball shade.svg77'
Herrmann Soccerball shade.svg84'
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 56,000
Referee: William Ling (England)

Turkey  Flag of Turkey.svg7–0Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).svg  South Korea
Suat Soccerball shade.svg10', 30'
Lefter Soccerball shade.svg24'
Burhan Soccerball shade.svg37', 64', 70'
Erol Soccerball shade.svg76'
Charmilles Stadium, Geneva
Attendance: 3,541 [20]
Referee: Esteban Marino (Uruguay)


West Germany  Flag of Germany.svg7–2Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
O. Walter Soccerball shade.svg7'
Schäfer Soccerball shade.svg12', 79'
Morlock Soccerball shade.svg30', 60', 77'
F. Walter Soccerball shade.svg62'
Report Mustafa Soccerball shade.svg21'
Lefter Soccerball shade.svg82'
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Raymond Vincenti (France)

Group 3

1Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 220090+94Advance to the knockout stage
2Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 220060+64
3Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 20020770
4Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 20020880
Source: FIFA
Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg2–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Míguez Soccerball shade.svg71'
Schiaffino Soccerball shade.svg84'
Wankdorf Stadium, Bern
Attendance: 20,500
Referee: Arthur Ellis (England)

Austria  Flag of Austria.svg1–0Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Probst Soccerball shade.svg33' Report
Hardturm Stadium, Zürich
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Laurent Franken (Belgium)

Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg7–0Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Borges Soccerball shade.svg17', 47', 57'
Míguez Soccerball shade.svg30', 83'
Abbadie Soccerball shade.svg54', 85'
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 34,000
Referee: Vincenzo Orlandini (Italy)

Austria  Flag of Austria.svg5–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Stojaspal Soccerball shade.svg3', 65'
Probst Soccerball shade.svg4', 21', 24'
Hardturm Stadium, Zürich
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Vasa Stefanovic (Yugoslavia)

Group 4

1Flag of England.svg  England 211064+23Advance to the knockout stage
2Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland 21012312 [lower-alpha 1]
3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 210153+22 [lower-alpha 1]
4Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 20115831
Source: FIFA
  1. 1 2 Second place decided over through play-off: Switzerland 4–1 Italy
Switzerland  Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg2–1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Ballaman Soccerball shade.svg18'
Hügi Soccerball shade.svg78'
Report Boniperti Soccerball shade.svg44'
Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne
Attendance: 40,749 [21]
Referee: Mario Vianna (Brazil)

England  Flag of England.svg4–4 (a.e.t.)Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Broadis Soccerball shade.svg26', 63'
Lofthouse Soccerball shade.svg36', 91'
Report Anoul Soccerball shade.svg5', 71'
Coppens Soccerball shade.svg67'
Dickinson Soccerball shade.svg94' (o.g.)
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Emil Schmetzer (West Germany)

Italy  Flag of Italy.svg4–1Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Pandolfini Soccerball shade.svg41' (pen.)
Galli Soccerball shade.svg48'
Frignani Soccerball shade.svg58'
Lorenzi Soccerball shade.svg78'
Report Anoul Soccerball shade.svg81'
Cornaredo Stadium, Lugano
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Carl Erich Steiner (Austria)

England  Flag of England.svg2–0Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland
Mullen Soccerball shade.svg43'
Wilshaw Soccerball shade.svg69'
Wankdorf Stadium, Bern
Attendance: 43,119 [22]
Referee: Istvan Zsolt (Hungary)


Switzerland  Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg4–1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Hügi Soccerball shade.svg14', 85'
Ballaman Soccerball shade.svg48'
Fatton Soccerball shade.svg90'
Report Nesti Soccerball shade.svg67'
Attendance: 28,655 [23]
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)

Knockout stage


27 June – Geneva
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 2
30 June – Basel
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 0
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 6
26 June – Lausanne
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 7
4 July – Bern
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland 5
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 3
27 June – Bern
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary 2
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary 4
30 June – Lausanne
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 2
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary (a.e.t.)4
26 June – Basel
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2 Third place
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 4
3 July – Zürich
Flag of England.svg  England 2
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 3
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1


Austria  Flag of Austria.svg7–5Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland
Wagner Soccerball shade.svg25', 27', 53'
A. Körner Soccerball shade.svg26', 34'
Ocwirk Soccerball shade.svg32'
Probst Soccerball shade.svg76'
Report Ballaman Soccerball shade.svg16', 39'
Hügi Soccerball shade.svg17', 19', 60'
Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne
Attendance: 30,340 [24]
Referee: Charlie Faultless (Scotland)

Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg4–2Flag of England.svg  England
Borges Soccerball shade.svg5'
Varela Soccerball shade.svg39'
Schiaffino Soccerball shade.svg46'
Ambrois Soccerball shade.svg78'
Report Lofthouse Soccerball shade.svg16'
Finney Soccerball shade.svg67'
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Carl Erich Steiner (Austria)

West Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2–0Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
Horvat Soccerball shade.svg9' (o.g.)
Rahn Soccerball shade.svg85'
Charmilles Stadium, Geneva
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Istvan Zsolt (Hungary)

Hungary  Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg4–2Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil
Hidegkuti Soccerball shade.svg4'
Kocsis Soccerball shade.svg7', 88'
Lantos Soccerball shade.svg60' (pen.)
Report Djalma Santos Soccerball shade.svg18' (pen.)
Julinho Soccerball shade.svg65'
Wankdorf Stadium, Bern
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Arthur Ellis (England)


West Germany  Flag of Germany.svg6–1Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
Schäfer Soccerball shade.svg31'
Morlock Soccerball shade.svg47'
F. Walter Soccerball shade.svg54' (pen.), 64' (pen.)
O. Walter Soccerball shade.svg61', 89'
Report Probst Soccerball shade.svg51'
St. Jakob Stadium, Basel
Attendance: 58,000
Referee: Vincenzo Orlandini (Italy)

Hungary  Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg4–2 (a.e.t.)Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Czibor Soccerball shade.svg13'
Hidegkuti Soccerball shade.svg46'
Kocsis Soccerball shade.svg111', 116'
Report Hohberg Soccerball shade.svg75', 86'
Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)

Third place play-off

Austria  Flag of Austria.svg3–1Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Stojaspal Soccerball shade.svg16' (pen.)
Cruz Soccerball shade.svg59' (o.g.)
Ocwirk Soccerball shade.svg89'
Report Hohberg Soccerball shade.svg22'
Hardturm Stadium, Zürich
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Raymon Wyssling (Switzerland)


West Germany  Flag of Germany.svg3–2Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary
Wankdorf Stadium, Bern
Attendance: 62,500
Referee: William Ling (England)


With 11 goals, Sándor Kocsis was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 140 goals were scored by 63 players, with four of them credited as own goals.

11 goals
6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

FIFA retrospective ranking

In 1986, FIFA published a report that ranked all teams in each World Cup up to and including 1986, based on progress in the competition, overall results and quality of the opposition. [25] [26] The rankings for the 1954 tournament were as follows:

1Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 2 65012514+1110
2Flag of Hungary (1949-1956; 1-2 aspect ratio).svg  Hungary 2 54012710+178
3Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 3 54011712+58
4Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 3 5302169+76
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  Switzerland 4 4202111104
6Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 1 311185+33
7Flag of England.svg  England 4 31118803
8Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 1 311123−13
Eliminated in the group stage
9Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 2 31021011−12
10Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 4 310267−12
11Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France 1 21013302
12Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 4 201158−31
13Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico 1 200228−60
14Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 3 200207−70
15Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 3 200208−80
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In film

The final scene of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's film The Marriage of Maria Braun takes place during the finals of the 1954 World Cup; in the scene's background, the sports announcer is celebrating West Germany's victory and shouting "Deutschland ist wieder was!" (Germany is something again); the film uses this as the symbol of Germany's recovery from the ravages of the Second World War.

Sönke Wortmann's 2003 German box-office hit The Miracle of Bern (in German: Das Wunder von Bern) re-tells the story of the German team's route to victory through the eyes of a young boy who admires the key player of the final, Helmut Rahn.

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