1958 FIFA World Cup

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1958 FIFA World Cup
Världsmästerskapet i Fotboll
Sverige 1958
1958 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countrySweden
Dates8–29 June (22 days)
Teams16 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s)12 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil (1st title)
Runners-upFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Third placeFlag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France
Fourth placeFlag of Germany.svg  West Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played35
Goals scored126 (3.6 per match)
Attendance819,810 (23,423 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of France (1794-1815).svg Just Fontaine (13 goals)
Best young player Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Pelé

The 1958 FIFA World Cup, the sixth staging of the World Cup, was hosted by Sweden from 8 to 29 June. The tournament was won by Brazil, who beat Sweden 5–2 in the final in the Stockholm suburb of Solna for their first title. The tournament is also notable for marking the debut on the world stage of a then 17-year-old Pelé.

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The Brazil national football team represents Brazil in international men's association football. Brazil is administered by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the governing body for football in Brazil. They have been a member of FIFA since 1923 and member of CONMEBOL since 1916.

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The Sweden national football team represents Sweden in association football and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association, the governing body for football in Sweden. Sweden's home ground is Friends Arena in Stockholm and the team is coached by Janne Andersson. From 1945 to late 1950s, they were considered one of the greatest teams in Europe.


Host selection

Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Sweden expressed interest in hosting the tournament. [1] Swedish delegates lobbied other countries at the FIFA Congress held in Rio de Janeiro around the opening of the 1950 World Cup finals. [1] Sweden was awarded the 1958 tournament unopposed on 23 June 1950. [2]

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The hosts (Sweden) and the defending champions (West Germany) qualified automatically. Of the remaining 14 places, nine were allocated to Europe, three to South America, one to North/Central America, and one to Asia/Africa.

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Aside from the main European zone matches, Wales, which finished second in its group behind Czechoslovakia, was drawn into a play-off with Israel after Israel won its group by default because its three opponents, Turkey, Indonesia and Sudan, refused to play. FIFA had imposed a rule that no team would qualify without playing at least one match, something that had happened in several previous World Cups. Wales won the play-off and qualified for the first, and so far only, time. With Northern Ireland making its debut, and England and Scotland also qualifying, this World Cup was the only one to feature all four of the United Kingdom's Home Nations.

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The Czechoslovakia national football team was the national association football team of Czechoslovakia from 1920 to 1992. The team was controlled by the Czechoslovak Football Association, and the team qualified for eight World Cups and three European Championships. It had two runner-up finishes in World Cups, in 1934 and 1962, and won the European Championship in the 1976 tournament.

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This World Cup also saw the entry and qualification of the Soviet Union for the first time, while Argentina appeared for the first time since 1934. Until 2018, this FIFA World Cup was the only one for which Italy failed to qualify (Italy did not take part in the 1930 tournament but there was no qualification for that competition). Other teams that failed to qualify included two-time champions and 1954 semifinalists Uruguay, as well as the Spain and Belgium national teams.

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The Italy national football team has officially represented Italy in association football since their first match in 1910. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Europe by UEFA—the latter of which was co-founded by the Italian team's supervising body, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC). Italy's home matches are played at various stadiums throughout Italy, and their primary training ground is located at the FIGC headquarters in Coverciano, Florence.

On 8 February 1958, in Solna, Lennart Hyland and Sven Jerring presented the results of the draw where the qualified teams were divided into four groups. Seeding was geographical rather than by team strength, with each group containing one western European team, one eastern European team, one of the four British teams that had qualified, and one from the Americas. [3]

Solna Municipality Municipality in Stockholm County, Sweden

Solna Municipality is a municipality in Stockholm County in Sweden, located just north of the Stockholm City Centre. Its seat is located in the town of Solna, which is a part of the Stockholm urban area.

Lennart Hyland Swedish radio and television presenter

Otto Lennart Hyland, was a Swedish TV-show host and journalist and one of the most popular and renowned TV personalities in the history of Swedish television. His biggest success as an entertainer was unquestionably the show Hylands hörna, that aired from 1962 on Sveriges Television.

Sven Jerring Swedish radio presenter

Sven Alfred Teodor Jerring, was a Swedish radio man that during almost 50 years worked as a presenter sports journalist and commentator at AB Radiotjänst and Sveriges Radio.

List of qualified teams

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.


The format of the competition changed from 1954: 16 teams still competed 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 the event of a draw. Two points were awarded for a win and one point for a draw. If the first two teams finished on equal points then goal average would decide who was placed first and second. As in 1954, if the second and third placed teams finished on the same points, then there would be a play-off with the winner going through. If a play-off resulted in a draw, goal average from the group games would be used to determine who went through to the next round. If the goal averages were equal then lots would have been drawn. These arrangements had not been finalised by the time the tournament started and were still being debated as it progressed. Some teams complained that a play-off match, meaning three games in five days, was too much, and before the second round of group matches FIFA informed the teams that goal average would be used before resorting to a play-off. [4] This was overturned when the Swedish Football Association complained, ostensibly that it was wrong to change the rules mid-tournament, but also because it wanted the extra revenue from playoff matches. [4]

This was the first time that goal average was available to separate teams in a World Cup. It was used to separate the teams finishing first and second in one of the groups. However, all three playoffs finished with decisive results and so it was not needed to separate the teams involved in a tied playoff.

Almost all the matches kicked off simultaneously in each of the three rounds of the group phase, as did the quarter-finals and semi-finals. The exceptions were Sweden's three group matches, all of which were televised by Sveriges Radio; these started at other times so Swedes could attend other matches without missing their own team's. Apart from these, one match per round was televised, and relayed across Europe by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Many Swedes bought their first television for the World Cup.

The official ball was the "Top-Star VMbollen 1958" model made by Sydsvenska Läder & Remfabriks AB (aka "Remmen" or "Sydläder") in Ängelholm. It was chosen from 102 candidates in a blind test by four FIFA officials. [5] [6]


Official 1958 FIFA World Cup poster. 1958 Football World Cup poster.jpg
Official 1958 FIFA World Cup poster.

In Group 4, Pelé did not play until the last of Brazil's group games, against the Soviet Union. He failed to score, but Brazil won the game 2–0 (much thanks to an impressive exhibition of dribbling prowess by his partner Garrincha) and the group by two points. Previously, they had drawn 0–0 with England in what was the first ever goalless game in World Cup history. Eventually, the Soviet Union 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. The English side had been weakened by the Munich air disaster earlier in the year, which killed three internationals on the books of Manchester United, including England's young star Duncan Edwards.

Playoffs were also needed in Group 1 (Northern Ireland beat Czechoslovakia to join the defending champions West Germany in the quarter-finals) and Group 3 (Wales topped Hungary to advance with hosts 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 in the wake of the failed uprising against the communist regime. In a rather restrictive sense, from the 1954 team, only goalkeeper Gyula Grosics, defender Jozsef Bozsik and forward Nándor Hidegkuti remained.

In Group 2, Scotland faced Yugoslavia, Paraguay, and France. France topped the group, with Just Fontaine netting six goals. Yugoslavia finished second, while Scotland came in last.

The quarter-finals saw France's Just Fontaine continue in similar form as in the group stage, managing another two goals as France triumphed over Northern Ireland. West Germany's Helmut Rahn put them into the semi-finals with a single goal against Yugoslavia, while Sweden went through at the expense of USSR. The other game in the quarter-finals saw Pelé score the only goal against Wales.

In the semi-finals, Sweden continued their strong run as they defeated West Germany 3–1 in a vicious game that saw the German player Erich Juskowiak sent off (the first ever German player to be sent off in an international game) and German veteran forward Fritz Walter injured, which further weakened the German team (substitutes were first allowed in the 1970 FIFA World Cup).

In the other semi-final, Brazil and France were tied 1-1 for much of the first half. However, 36 minutes into the game French captain and most experienced defender Robert Jonquet suffered broken leg in a clash with Vavá, and France was down to ten men for the rest of the game (substitutions were not allowed back then). Brazil dominated the rest of the match, as a Pelé hat-trick gave them a 5–2 victory. Fontaine of France added one goal to his impressive tally.

The third place match saw Fontaine score four more goals as France defeated West Germany 6–3. This brought his total to 13 goals in one competition, a record that still stands.


The final was played in Solna, in the Råsunda Stadium; 50,000 people watched as the Brazilians went a goal down after four minutes. However Vavá equalised shortly afterwards and then put them a goal ahead before half time. In the second half, Pelé outshone everyone, notching two goals, including the first one where he lobbed the ball over Bengt Gustavsson then followed it with a precise volley shot. Zagallo added a goal in between, and Sweden managed a consolation goal.

The Final saw many records made in World Cup history that still stand as of 2014. At age 17, Pelé simultaneously became the youngest player to participate in, score, and win a World Cup Final. Conversely, Nils Liedholm became the oldest player to score in a World Cup Final at 35 years, 263 Days. This final had the highest number of goals scored by a winning team (5), the highest number of total goals scored (7), and together with the 1970 and 1998 finals shares the highest goal margin of difference (3); Brazil played in all those three finals.

The game is also notable for many firsts in FIFA World Cup. With the exception of the 1950 FIFA World Cup final group stage, this marked the first time that a World Cup host reached the final without winning it. Additionally, the match marked the first time two nations from different continents (Europe and South America) met in a World Cup final. It also marks the first and only World Cup hosted in Europe not won by a European team; a feat mirrored in 2014 where a World Cup hosted in the Americas was not won by a team from the Americas for the first time, with Germany beating Argentina 1-0 at the final.


A total of twelve cities throughout the central and southern parts of Sweden hosted the tournament. FIFA regulations required at least six stadiums to have a capacity of at least 20,000. [7] If Denmark had qualified, the organisers had planned to use the Idrætsparken in Copenhagen for Denmark's group matches. [7] The Idrætsparken was renovated in 1956 with this in mind, but Denmark lost out to England in qualification. [7] When doubts arose about whether funding would be forthcoming for rebuilding the Ullevi and Malmö Stadion, the organisers considered stadiums in Copenhagen and Oslo as contingency measures. [8]

The Rasunda Stadium was expanded from 38,000 for the World Cup by building end stands. [9] Organising committee chairman Holger Bergérus mortgaged his house to pay for this. [9] The new Malmö Stadion was built for the World Cup, replacing the 1896 Malmö Stadion at a new site [10] The Idrottsparken had 4,709 seats added for the World Cup. The Social Democratic municipal government refused to pay for this until the organisers threatened to select Folkungavallen in Linköping instead. [11] At the Rimnersvallen, a stand from the smaller Oddevallen stadium was moved to Rimnersvallen for the World Cup. The crowd at Brazil v. Austria was estimated at 21,000, with more looking in from the adjoining hillside. [9] The most used stadium was the Rasunda Stadium in Stockholm, which hosted 8 matches including the final, followed by the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg (the biggest stadium used during the tournament), which hosted 7 matches.

Gothenburg Solna (Stockholm)
Ullevi Stadium Råsunda Stadium
Capacity: 53,500Capacity: 52,400
Ullevi 1959-06-03.jpg Rasunda February 2013 01.jpg
Malmö Helsingborg
Malmö Stadion Olympia
Capacity: 30,000Capacity: 27,000
South Stand, Malmo Stadion.jpg Olympia Helsingborg.jpg
Eskilstuna Norrköping Sandviken Uddevalla
Tunavallen Idrottsparken Jernvallen Rimnersvallen
Capacity: 22,000Capacity: 20,000Capacity: 20,000Capacity: 17,778
Tunavallen 2011.jpg Nyaparken.jpg Jernvallen.jpg Rimnersvallen.jpg
Borås Halmstad Örebro Västerås
Ryavallen Örjans Vall Eyravallen Arosvallen
Capacity: 15,000Capacity: 15,000Capacity: 13,000Capacity: 10,000
Ryavallen, main stand, january 2008.JPG Northern Ireland vs Czechoslovakia FIFA World Cup 1958.jpg Behrn Arena 2008.JPG Arosvallen Gasmyrevreten Vasteras.jpg

Match officials

22 match officials were assigned to the tournament to serve as referees and assistant referees.

South America


Western European PotEastern European PotBritish PotAmericas Pot

The geographical basis of the seeding attracted criticism, especially from Austria, who were drawn against the teams considered strongest in each of the other three pots. [12]


For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1958 FIFA World Cup squads .

The team of the tournament voted by journalists was as follows: [13]

Although Just Fontaine got more votes than any other forward, they were split between the left and right inside forward positions. [13]

Group stage

Group 1

The West Germans, surprise world champions four years before, were still very strong, and fielded an exciting young forward in Uwe Seeler. But this time the Germans had to contend with a real powerhouse in Argentina's team, competing for the first time since 1934. In fact, some experts[ who? ] thought Argentina had a very realistic chance of reaching the semi finals or even winning the World Cup this time.

Czechoslovakia was a fairly strong team with a rich football tradition, and was considered to be no walk-over for the West Germans or the Argentinians, but nobody expected much from tiny newcomers Northern Ireland. But the Northern Irish had already shown that they could be a danger to anyone, by knocking out double world champions Italy in the qualifying tournament for the World Cup.

In the end, the Northern Irish did pull off one of the biggest upsets in World Cup Finals history by qualifying for the quarter-finals, beating Czechoslovakia in a play-off. Finishing last in the group with a −5 goal differential was a horrible blow for Argentina, and on the way home the Argentinian team met the wrath of several thousand angry football fans at Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires. [14]

Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 3120751.404
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 3111450.803
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 3111842.003
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 31025100.502
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–3Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
Corbatta Soccerball shade.svg 3' Report Rahn Soccerball shade.svg 32', 79'
Seeler Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 31,156
Referee: Reginald Leafe (England)
Northern Ireland  Ulster Banner.svg1–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Cush Soccerball shade.svg 21' Report
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 10,647
Referee: Fritz Seipelt (Austria)

West Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2–2Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Schäfer Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Rahn Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Report Dvořák Soccerball shade.svg 24' (pen.)
Zikán Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Olympiastadion, Helsingborg
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg3–1Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Corbatta Soccerball shade.svg 37' (pen.)
Menéndez Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Avio Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Report McParland Soccerball shade.svg 4'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 14,174
Referee: Sten Ahlner (Sweden)

West Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2–2Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Rahn Soccerball shade.svg 20'
Seeler Soccerball shade.svg 78'
Report McParland Soccerball shade.svg 18', 60'
Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 21,990
Referee: Joaquim Campos (Portugal)
Czechoslovakia  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg6–1Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Dvořák Soccerball shade.svg 8'
Zikán Soccerball shade.svg 17', 39'
Feureisl Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Hovorka Soccerball shade.svg 81', 89'
Report Corbatta Soccerball shade.svg 64' (pen.)
Olympiastadion, Helsingborg
Attendance: 16,418
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)


Northern Ireland  Ulster Banner.svg2–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
McParland Soccerball shade.svg 44', 97' Report Zikán Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Attendance: 6,196

Group 2

The second group saw the largest number of goals scored in a single group in the 1958 World Cup with 31 goals in total (~5.16 goals per game). Just Fontaine of France scored 6 of his 13 goals in the tournament, making him the tournament's top scorer going into the quarter-finals.

None of the teams in this group had been particularly successful at previous World Cups. France, despite having hosted the 1938 event, had not achieved any real World Cup success, Yugoslavia had not been able to replicate their semi-final success of 1930 and Paraguay and Scotland were considered underdogs during the tournament.

France won the group ahead of Yugoslavia and would go on to finish third.

Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France 32011171.574
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 3120761.174
Flag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg  Paraguay 31119120.753
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 3012460.671
France  Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg7–3Flag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg  Paraguay
Fontaine Soccerball shade.svg 24', 30', 67'
Piantoni Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Wisnieski Soccerball shade.svg 61'
Kopa Soccerball shade.svg 70'
Vincent Soccerball shade.svg 83'
Report Amarilla Soccerball shade.svg 20', 44' (pen.)
Romero Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Idrottsparken, Norrköping
Attendance: 16,518
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)
Yugoslavia  Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg1–1Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Petaković Soccerball shade.svg 6' Report Murray Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Arosvallen, Västerås
Attendance: 9,591
Referee: Raymond Wyssling (Switzerland)

Yugoslavia  Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg3–2Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France
Petaković Soccerball shade.svg 16'
Veselinović Soccerball shade.svg 63', 88'
Report Fontaine Soccerball shade.svg 4', 85'
Arosvallen, Västerås
Attendance: 12,217
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)
Paraguay  Flag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg3–2Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Agüero Soccerball shade.svg 4'
Soccerball shade.svg 45'
Parodi Soccerball shade.svg 73'
Report Mudie Soccerball shade.svg 24'
Collins Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Idrottsparken, Norrköping
Attendance: 11,665
Referee: Vincenzo Orlandini (Italy)

France  Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg2–1Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Kopa Soccerball shade.svg 22'
Fontaine Soccerball shade.svg 44'
Report Baird Soccerball shade.svg 58'
Eyravallen, Örebro
Attendance: 13,554
Referee: Juan Brozzi (Argentina)
Paraguay  Flag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg3–3Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
Parodi Soccerball shade.svg 20'
Agüero Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Romero Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Report Ognjanović Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Veselinović Soccerball shade.svg 21'
Rajkov Soccerball shade.svg 73'
Tunavallen, Eskilstuna
Attendance: 13,103
Referee: Martin Macko (Czechoslovakia)

Group 3

The Swedish hosts could count themselves lucky in ending up in a rather weak group which they proceeded to win fairly easily with their powerful workmanlike football. The group included Hungary which had been considered by far the best team in the world some years ago – although the Hungarians could not beat West Germany in the final of the World Cup in 1954. But the Hungarian team had been dealt a blow by the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 after which star players like Sándor Kocsis and Ferenc Puskás left their homeland. Striker Nándor Hidegkuti was still playing, but he was by now 36 years old and nowhere near his previous form.

In spite of Hungary's recent travails, they were still considered a strong side and everyone expected the Hungarian players to advance from their group. The success of Wales therefore was a great surprise but the Welsh managed to draw all the group games and then beat the once-mighty Hungarians in a play-off match to decide which nation should follow Sweden into the knock-out stage. Had goal difference been the decider, Hungary would have gone through as the Hungarians had a goal ratio of 6–3 compared to 2–2 of Wales. As it was, Wales had the honour of meeting Brazil in the quarterfinals and becoming the recipient of young Pelé's first World Cup goal. The 1–1 draw between Wales and Mexico was the first point scored by Mexico in a World Cup.

The match between Hungary and Wales in Sandviken became the northern-most World Cup match in history.

Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3210515.005
Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg  Wales 3030221.003
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 3111632.003
Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico 3012180.131
Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg3–0Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico
Simonsson Soccerball shade.svg 17', 64'
Liedholm Soccerball shade.svg 57' (pen.)
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 34,107
Referee: Nikolay Latyshev (Soviet Union)
Hungary  Flag of Hungary.svg1–1Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg  Wales
Bozsik Soccerball shade.svg 5' Report J. Charles Soccerball shade.svg 27'
Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 15,343
Referee: José María Codesal (Uruguay)

Mexico  Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg1–1Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg  Wales
Belmonte Soccerball shade.svg 89' Report I. Allchurch Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 15,150
Referee: Leo Lemesic (Yugoslavia)
Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg2–1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Hamrin Soccerball shade.svg 34', 55' Report Tichy Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 38,850
Referee: Jack Mowat (Scotland)

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg0–0Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg  Wales
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 30,287
Referee: Lucien van Nuffel (Belgium)
Hungary  Flag of Hungary.svg4–0Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico
Tichy Soccerball shade.svg 19', 46'
Sándor Soccerball shade.svg 54'
Bencsics Soccerball shade.svg 69'
Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 13,300
Referee: Arne Eriksson (Finland)


Wales  Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg2–1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
I. Allchurch Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Medwin Soccerball shade.svg 76'
Report Tichy Soccerball shade.svg 33'
Attendance: 2,823

Group 4

Notwithstanding the disappointments of the previous tournaments, Brazil were considered extremely powerful, as would indeed prove to be the case. The Soviet Union were the reigning Olympic champion and Austria had won the bronze medal in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, four years earlier. And although England, weakened by the loss of several players at the Munich air disaster, were not considered at their very best, they were still always a formidable team.

In the end, this group had the highest average attendance, even higher than Group 3 with the host nation, Sweden.

The quality of the football in this group did not quite live up to expectations, however. Only 15 goals were scored in the whole group, fewer than in any of the other groups. And when England and Brazil drew 0–0, it was the first time in World Cup history that a game ended with no goals.

Brazil won the group without conceding a single goal. The teenage Pelé played Brazil's last game against the Soviet Union. He did not score but drew wild reviews for his play. The Soviet Union, in their first World Cup, took second place.

Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 3210505
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 3111441.003
Flag of England.svg  England 3030441.003
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 3012270.291
Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg3–0Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
Altafini Soccerball shade.svg 37', 85'
Nílton Santos Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Rimnersvallen, Uddevalla
Attendance: 17,778
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)
Soviet Union  Flag of the Soviet Union.svg2–2Flag of England.svg  England
Simonyan Soccerball shade.svg 13'
A. Ivanov Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Report Kevan Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Finney Soccerball shade.svg 85' (pen.)
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 49,348
Referee: István Zsolt (Hungary)

Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg0–0Flag of England.svg  England
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 40,895
Referee: Albert Dusch (West Germany)
Soviet Union  Flag of the Soviet Union.svg2–0Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
Ilyin Soccerball shade.svg 15'
V. Ivanov Soccerball shade.svg 62'
Ryavallen, Borås
Attendance: 21,239
Referee: Carl Jørgensen (Denmark)

England  Flag of England.svg2–2Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
Haynes Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Kevan Soccerball shade.svg 74'
Report Koller Soccerball shade.svg 15'
Körner Soccerball shade.svg 71'
Ryavallen, Borås
Attendance: 15,872
Referee: Jan Bronkhorst (Netherlands)
Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg2–0Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Vavá Soccerball shade.svg 3', 77' Report
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 50,928
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)


Soviet Union  Flag of the Soviet Union.svg1–0Flag of England.svg  England
Ilyin Soccerball shade.svg 69' Report
Attendance: 23,182
Referee: Albert Dusch (West Germany)

Knockout stage


19 June – Gothenburg
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 1
24 June – Solna
Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg  Wales 0
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 5
19 June – Norrköping
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France 2
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France 4
29 June – Solna
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 0
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 5
19 June – Solna
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2
24 June – Gothenburg
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 0
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3
19 June – Malmö
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1 Third place
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1
28 June – Gothenburg
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 0
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France 6
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 3


Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg1–0Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg  Wales
Pelé Soccerball shade.svg 66' Report
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 25,923
Referee: Fritz Seipelt (Austria)

France  Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg4–0Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Wisnieski Soccerball shade.svg 44'
Fontaine Soccerball shade.svg 55', 63'
Piantoni Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Idrottsparken, Norrköping
Attendance: 11,800
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg2–0Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Hamrin Soccerball shade.svg 49'
Simonsson Soccerball shade.svg 88'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 31,900
Referee: Reginald Leafe (England)

West Germany  Flag of Germany.svg1–0Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia
Rahn Soccerball shade.svg 12' Report
Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 20,055
Referee: Raymond Wyssling (Switzerland)


Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg5–2Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France
Vavá Soccerball shade.svg 2'
Didi Soccerball shade.svg 39'
Pelé Soccerball shade.svg 52', 64', 75'
Report Fontaine Soccerball shade.svg 9'
Piantoni Soccerball shade.svg 83'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 27,100
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg3–1Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
Skoglund Soccerball shade.svg 32'
Gren Soccerball shade.svg 81'
Hamrin Soccerball shade.svg 88'
Report Schäfer Soccerball shade.svg 24'
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 49,471
Referee: István Zsolt (Hungary)

Third place play-off

France  Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg6–3Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
Fontaine Soccerball shade.svg 16', 36', 78', 89'
Kopa Soccerball shade.svg 27' (pen.)
Douis Soccerball shade.svg 50'
Report Cieslarczyk Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Rahn Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Schäfer Soccerball shade.svg 84'
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 32,483
Referee: Juan Brozzi (Argentina)


Brazil  Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg5–2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Vavá Soccerball shade.svg 9', 32'
Pelé Soccerball shade.svg 55', 90'
Zagallo Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Report Liedholm Soccerball shade.svg 4'
Simonsson Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 49,737
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)


With 13 goals, Just Fontaine was the top scorer in the tournament. As of 2018, no player has ever scored more goals in a single FIFA World Cup Final stage. In total, 126 goals were scored by 60 players, with none of them credited as own goal. [15]

13 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 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. [16] [17] The rankings for the 1958 tournament were as follows:

1Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg  Brazil 4 6510164+1211
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 3 6411127+59
3Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  France 2 64022315+88
4Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1 62221214−26
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5Flag of Wales (1953-1959).svg  Wales 3 51314405
6Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 4 521256−15
7Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 1 5212610−45
8Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 2 41217704
Eliminated in the group stage
9Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 1 411296+33
10Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 3 411275+23
11Flag of England.svg  England 4 403145−13
12Flag of Paraguay (1954-1988).svg  Paraguay 2 3111912−33
13Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1 3102510−52
14Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 2 301246−21
15Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 4 301227−51
16Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico 3 301218−71

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