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1950 FIFA World Cup

1950 FIFA World Cup
IV Campeonato Mundial de Futebol[1]
1950 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country  Brazil
Dates 24 June – 16 July (23 days)
Teams 13 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Uruguay (2nd title)
Runners-up  Brazil
Third place  Sweden
Fourth place  Spain
Tournament statistics
Matches played 22
Goals scored 88 (4 per match)
Attendance 1,045,246 (47,511 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ademir (8 goals)

The 1950 FIFA World Cup, held in Brazil from 24 June to 16 July 1950, was the fourth FIFA World Cup. It was the first World Cup since 1938, the planned 1942 and 1946 competitions having been cancelled owing to World War II. It was won by Uruguay, who had won the inaugural competition in 1930, clinching the cup by beating the hosts Brazil 2–1 in the deciding match of the four-team final group (this was the only tournament not decided by a one-match final). It was also the first tournament where the trophy was referred to as the Jules Rimet Cup, to mark the 25th anniversary of Jules Rimet's presidency of FIFA.


  • Host selection 1
  • Qualification 2
    • Banned teams 2.1
    • British nations 2.2
    • Teams refusing to participate 2.3
    • Withdrawals during qualification 2.4
    • Withdrawals after qualification 2.5
    • Draw and subsequent withdrawals 2.6
  • Format 3
  • Summary 4
  • Venues 5
  • Squads 6
  • Seeding 7
  • Match officials 8
  • Results 9
    • Group stage 9.1
      • Group 1 9.1.1
      • Group 2 9.1.2
      • Group 3 9.1.3
      • Group 4 9.1.4
    • Final round 9.2
  • Goalscorers 10
  • FIFA retrospective ranking 11
  • Footnotes 12
  • Bibliography 13
  • External links 14

Host selection

Because of World War II, the World Cup had not been staged since 1938; the planned World Cups of 1942 and 1946 were both cancelled. After the war, FIFA were keen to resurrect the competition as soon as possible, and they began making plans for a World Cup tournament to take place. In the aftermath of the war, much of Europe lay in ruins. As a result, FIFA had some difficulties finding a country interested in hosting the event, since many governments believed that their scarce resources ought to be devoted to more urgent priorities than a sporting celebration.

The World Cup was at risk of not being held for sheer lack of interest from the international community, until Brazil presented a bid at the 1946 FIFA Congress, offering to host the event on condition that the tournament take place in 1950 (it was originally planned to take place in 1949).[2] Brazil and Germany had been the leading bidders to host the cancelled 1942 World Cup; since both the 1934 and 1938 tournaments had been held in Europe, football historians generally agree that the 1942 event would most likely have been awarded to a South American host country. Brazil's new bid was very similar to the mooted 1942 bid and was quickly accepted.


Having secured a host nation, FIFA would still dedicate some time to persuading countries to send their national teams to compete. Italy was of particular interest as the long-standing defending champions, having won the two previous tournaments in 1934 and 1938; however, Italy's national team was weakened severely as most of its starting line-up perished in the Superga air disaster one year before the start of the tournament. The Italians were eventually persuaded to attend, but travelled by boat rather than by plane.[3]

Because Brazil and Italy qualified automatically, there were 14 remaining places available. Of these, seven were allocated to Europe, six to the Americas, and one to Asia.

Banned teams

Both Germany (still occupied and partitioned) and Japan (still occupied) had not been permitted to compete for qualification. The French-occupied Saarland had been accepted by FIFA two weeks before the World Cup, several months before the German Football Association (DFB) was reinstated, while Soviet-occupied East Germany had not yet founded a football association. Italy, Austria, and other countries involved in the World War as allies of Germany, were not subject to international sanctions. Italy qualified automatically as defending champions of 1938.

British nations

Participating countries after 3 of the 16 qualifying countries withdrew.

The British nations were invited to take part, having rejoined FIFA four years earlier, after 17 years of self-imposed exile. It was decided to use the 1949–50 British Home Championship as a qualifying group, with the top two teams qualifying. England finished first and Scotland second.

Teams refusing to participate

A number of teams refused to participate in the qualifying tournament, including most nations behind the Iron Curtain, such as the Soviet Union, 1938 finalists Hungary and 1934 finalists Czechoslovakia.[3]

Withdrawals during qualification

Argentina, Ecuador and Peru in South America withdrew after the qualifying draw (in Argentina's case because of a dispute with the Brazilian Football Confederation). This meant that Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay qualified from South America by default.[3] In Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Burma all withdrew, leaving India to qualify by default. In Europe, Austria withdrew, claiming its team was too inexperienced.[3] Belgium also withdrew from the qualification tournament.[3] These withdrawals meant that Switzerland and Turkey qualified without having to play their final round of matches.

Withdrawals after qualification

Before the qualification competition, George Graham, chairman of the Billy Wright, pleaded with the SFA to change its mind and accept the place in Brazil; however, Graham refused to change his position and so Scotland withdrew from the tournament.[4]

Turkey also withdrew, citing financial problems and the cost of travelling to South America.[5] Peru also withdrew at the last minute, due to a dispute with FIFA and CONMEBOL. FIFA invited United States, Portugal and France, who had both been eliminated in qualifying, to fill the gaps left by Peru, Scotland and Turkey. Portugal refused, but France initially accepted, and was entered into the draw.

Draw and subsequent withdrawals

The draw, held in Rio on 22 May 1950, allocated the fifteen remaining teams into four groups:[6][7]

After the draw, the Indian football association AIFF decided against going to the World Cup, citing travel costs (although FIFA had agreed to bear a major part of the travel expenses),[8] lack of practice time, team selection issues and valuing the Olympics over the FIFA World Cup.[8]

Although FIFA had imposed a rule banning barefoot play following the 1948 Olympics[9][10] where India had played barefoot, the Indian captain at the time, Sailen Manna, claimed that this was not part of the AIFF's decision.[8]

France also withdrew, citing the amount of travel that would be required in Group 4. There was not enough time to invite further replacement teams or to reorganise the groups, so the tournament featured only thirteen teams, with just two nations in Group 4.

Of the thirteen teams that competed, only one, England, was making its debut. Several of the Latin American teams were competing for the first time since the inaugural 1930 tournament—this included undefeated Uruguay, as well as Mexico, Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia. Yugoslavia was also making its first appearance since 1930. This would be the United States' last appearance at the World Cup finals until 1990, and Bolivia's last until 1994.


The Brazilian organizers of the tournament proposed a new format in which the 16 teams were divided into four first round groups (or "pools" as they were then called) of four teams, with the four group winners advancing to a final group stage, playing in

  • 1950 FIFA World Cup on
  • Details at RSSSF; note that they often disagree with FIFA on goal scorers and times
  • History of the World Cup-1950

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

External links

  • Lisi, Clemente Angelo (2007). A history of the World Cup: 1930–2006. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.  


  1. ^ The Portuguese pronunciation is , in today's standard Brazilian pronunciation.
  2. ^ Planet World Cup – 1950
  3. ^ a b c d e Lisi (2007), p. 47
  4. ^ a b c BBC – A Sporting Nation – Scotland and the 1950 World Cup
  5. ^ History TFF
  6. ^ Lisi (2007), pp. 48–49
  7. ^ "Brazil's first World Cup draw". 3 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Fit to Post: Yahoo! India News » Blog Archive Barefoot in Bengal and Other Stories «
  9. ^ Lisi (2007), p. 49
  10. ^ "1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil – Overview".  
  11. ^ a b c Lisi (2007), p. 45
  12. ^ Fansworth, Ed (29 April 2010). "The US and the 1950 World Cup". The Philly Soccer Page. Archived from the original on 13 May 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  13. ^ page 45
  14. ^ "FIFA World Cup: Milestones, facts & figures. Statistical Kit 7".  


R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1  Uruguay 4 4 3 1 0 15 5 +10 7
2  Brazil 1 6 4 1 1 22 6 +16 9
3  Sweden 3 5 2 1 2 11 15 -4 5
4  Spain 2 6 3 1 2 10 12 −2 7
Eliminated in the group stage
5  Yugoslavia 1 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 4
6  Switzerland 1 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 3
7  Italy 3 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 2
8  England 2 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 2
9  Chile 2 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 2
10  United States 2 3 1 0 2 4 8 −4 2
11  Paraguay 3 2 0 1 1 2 4 −2 1
12  Mexico 1 2 0 0 3 2 10 −8 0
13  Bolivia 4 1 0 0 1 0 8 −8 0

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.[13][14] The rankings for the 1950 tournament were as follows:

FIFA retrospective ranking

Own goals
1 goal
2 goals
8 goals

With eight goals, Ademir is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 88 goals were scored by 48 different players, with only one of them credited as own goal.


16 July 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  2–1  Brazil
Schiaffino Goal 66'
Ghiggia Goal 79'
Report Friaça Goal 47'
Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 173,850
Referee: England)
16 July 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Sweden  3–1  Spain
Sundqvist Goal 15'
Mellberg Goal 33'
Palmér Goal 80'
Report Zarra Goal 82'

13 July 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  3–2  Sweden
Ghiggia Goal 39'
Míguez Goal 77'85'
Report Palmér Goal 5'
Sundqvist Goal 40'
Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo
Attendance: 7,987
Referee: Giovanni Galeati (Italy)
13 July 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Brazil  6–1  Spain
Parra Goal 15' (o.g.)
Jair Goal 21'
Chico Goal 31'55'
Ademir Goal 57'
Zizinho Goal 67'
Report Igoa Goal 71'

9 July 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Brazil  7–1  Sweden
Ademir Goal 17'36'52'58'
Chico Goal 39'88'
Maneca Goal 85'
Report Andersson Goal 67' (pen.)
Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 138,886
Referee: Arthur Ellis (England)
9 July 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  2–2  Spain
Ghiggia Goal 29'
Varela Goal 73'
Report Basora Goal 37'39'
Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo
Attendance: 44,802
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)
Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Uruguay 3 2 1 0 7 5 5
 Brazil 3 2 0 1 14 4 4
 Sweden 3 1 0 2 6 11 2
 Spain 3 0 1 2 4 11 1

Final round

2 July 1950
18:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  8–0  Bolivia
Míguez Goal 14'40'51'
Vidal Goal 18'
Schiaffino Goal 23'54'
Pérez Goal 83'
Ghiggia Goal 87'
Estádio Independência, Belo Horizonte
Attendance: 5,284
Referee: England)
Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Uruguay 1 1 0 0 8 0 2
 Bolivia 1 0 0 1 0 8 0
France withdrew

Group 4

2 July 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Italy  2–0  Paraguay
Carapellese Goal 12'
Pandolfini Goal 62'
Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo
Attendance: 25,811
Referee: Arthur Ellis (England)

29 June 1950
15:30 BRT (UTC-03)
Sweden  2–2  Paraguay
Sundqvist Goal 17'
Palmér Goal 26'
Report López Goal 35'
López Fretes Goal 74'

25 June 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Sweden  3–2  Italy
Jeppson Goal 25'68'
Andersson Goal 33'
Report Carapellese Goal 7'
Muccinelli Goal 75'
Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo
Attendance: 36,502
Referee: Jean Lutz (Switzerland)
Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Sweden 2 1 1 0 5 4 3
 Italy 2 1 0 1 4 3 2
 Paraguay 2 0 1 1 2 4 1
 India withdrew

Group 3

2 July 1950
18:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Chile  5–2  United States
Riera Goal 32'
Cremaschi Goal 54'82'
Prieto Goal 60'
Report Wallace Goal 47'
Maca Goal 48' (pen.)
Estádio Ilha do Retiro, Recife
Attendance: 8,501
Referee: Mario Gardelli (Brazil)

2 July 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Spain  1–0  England
Telmo Zarra Goal 48' Report

29 June 1950
18:00 BRT (UTC-03)
United States  1–0  England
Gaetjens Goal 38' Report

29 June 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Spain  2–0  Chile
Basora Goal 17'
Telmo Zarra Goal 30'

25 June 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Spain  3–1  United States
Igoa Goal 81'
Basora Goal 83'
Telmo Zarra Goal 89'
Report Pariani Goal 17'
Estádio Durival de Britto, Curitiba
Attendance: 9,511
Referee: Mario Vianna (Brazil)
25 June 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
England  2–0  Chile
Mortensen Goal 27'
Mannion Goal 51'
Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Spain 3 3 0 0 6 1 6
 England 3 1 0 2 2 2 2
 Chile 3 1 0 2 5 6 2
 United States 3 1 0 2 4 8 2

Group 2

2 July 1950
15:40 BRT (UTC-03)
Switzerland  2–1  Mexico
Bader Goal 10'
Antenen Goal 44'
Report Casarín Goal 89'
Estádio dos Eucaliptos, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 3,580
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)

1 July 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Brazil  2–0  Yugoslavia
Ademir Goal 4'
Zizinho Goal 69'

28 June 1950
18:15 BRT (UTC-03)
Yugoslavia  4–1  Mexico
Bobek Goal 19'
Ž. Čajkovski Goal 22'62'
Tomašević Goal 81'
Report Ortiz Goal 89' (pen.)

28 June 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Brazil  2–2  Switzerland
Alfredo Goal 3'
Baltazar Goal 32'
Report Fatton Goal 17'88'
Estádio do Pacaembu, São Paulo
Attendance: 42,032
Referee: Ramón Azon Roma (Spain)

25 June 1950
18:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Yugoslavia  3–0  Switzerland
Mitić Goal 59'
Tomašević Goal 70'
Ognjanov Goal 75'

24 June 1950
15:00 BRT (UTC-03)
Brazil  4–0  Mexico
Ademir Goal 30'79'
Jair Goal 65'
Baltazar Goal 71'
Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 81,649
Referee: England)
Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 8 2 5
 Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 7 3 4
 Switzerland 3 1 1 1 4 6 3
 Mexico 3 0 0 3 2 10 0

Group 1

Group stage


Match officials

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4


For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1950 FIFA World Cup squads.


Rio de Janeiro São Paulo Belo Horizonte
Estádio do Maracanã Estádio do Pacaembu Estádio Sete de Setembro
Capacity: 199,854 Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 30,000
Curitiba Porto Alegre Recife
Estádio Durival de Britto Estádio dos Eucaliptos Estádio Ilha do Retiro
Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 20,000

Six cities hosted the tournament:


The average attendance of nearly 61,000 per game, aided greatly by eight matches (including five featuring hosts Brazil) held in the newly built Maracanã, set a record that would not be broken until 1994. Not counting the Maracanã matches, the average attendance was a still-impressive 37,500; however, the only venues that saw crowds comparable to or greater than those in recent World Cups were the Maracanã and São Paulo. Other venues saw considerably smaller crowds.

The final group stage involved the teams who won their groups: Brazil, Spain, Sweden, and 1930 FIFA World Cup champions Uruguay, who were making their first World Cup appearance since winning the inaugural tournament. The World Cup winner would be the team that managed to finish on top of this group. The final group's six matches were shared between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Brazil played all its final group matches at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio while the games that didn't involve the host nation were played in São Paulo. Brazil won their first two matches with a 7–1 thrashing of Sweden and 6–1 rout of Spain. Before the decisive match, Brazil was sitting on top of the final group and had one game left to play against Uruguay, in second and only a point behind. On July 16, before a huge home crowd of 199,954 (some estimated as 205,000) in the Estádio do Maracanã, the host nation only had to draw against Uruguay and the trophy would be theirs. After such crushing victories over Spain and Sweden, it looked certain they would take the title, especially as the home nation went ahead in the second minute of the second half, thanks to a goal from Friaça; however, Uruguay equalised and then with just over 11 minutes left to play, went ahead 2–1 when Alcides Ghiggia squeaked a goal past Moacyr Barbosa, and Uruguay was crowned World Cup champions for a second time. This stunning defeat surprised Brazil and is referred to as the Maracanazo.

A combined Great Britain team had recently beaten the rest of Europe 6–1 in an exhibition match and England went into the competition as one of the favourites; however, it was not to be, as they went crashing out on 29 June in a shock 1–0 defeat by the United States which, combined with their 1–0 defeat by Spain, led to England being eliminated. Italy, the defending champions, lost their unbeaten record at the World Cup finals when the team was defeated 3–2 by Sweden in its opening match. Because of this defeat, Italy failed to progress to the second round.


The entire tournament was arranged in such a way that the four first round groups had no geographical basis. Hence, several teams were obliged to cover large distances to complete their program, although Brazil was allowed to play two of its three group matches in Rio de Janeiro while its other group game was held in the relatively nearby city of São Paulo.

In each group teams were awarded 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. Had there been a tie on points for first place in a group, then a playoff would have been held to determine the group winner.[12]

[11] FIFA originally resisted this proposal, but backed down after Brazil threatened to back out of hosting the tournament if this format was not used.[11] In addition, this format would guarantee each team at least three games, and thus provide more incentive for European teams to make the journey to South America and compete.[11]

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