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1958 FIFA World Cup

1958 FIFA World Cup
Världsmästerskapet i Fotboll
Sverige 1958
1958 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country  Sweden
Dates 8–29 June (22 days)
Teams 16 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s) 12 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (1st title)
Runners-up  Sweden
Third place  France
Fourth place  West Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played 35
Goals scored 126 (3.6 per match)
Attendance 819,810 (23,423 per match)
Top scorer(s) Just Fontaine (13 goals)

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 for their first title. To date, this marks the only occasion that a World Cup staged in Europe was not won by a European team. The tournament is also notable for marking the debut on the world stage of a then largely unknown 17-year-old Pelé.

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]


Qualifying countries and their results

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.

This World Cup saw the entry and qualification of the Soviet Union for the first time, and the only qualification of all the United Kingdom's Home Nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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.

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]

This tournament saw the first, and, as of 2014, the only, appearance of Wales at a World Cup finals, and the only time that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have qualified for the same tournament. It also marked the debuts of the Soviet Union and Northern Ireland. Argentina appeared for the first time since 1934. This would be Paraguay's last finals appearance until 1986, Northern Ireland's last until 1982, and Austria's last until 1978.

This FIFA World Cup finals remains the only occasion on 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 were Uruguay, Spain and Belgium.


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. France and Germany successfully lobbied the EBU to have their semi-final televised rather than Sweden's, arguing from the greater potential audience. The Sweden–Brazil match was live only on radio, and many Swedes brought transistor radios to the France–Germany match.[5]

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.[6][7]


The 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 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 to 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 though 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 team captain Fritz Walter injured, which further weakened the German team (substitutes were first allowed in the 1970 FIFA World Cup).

While another goal from Fontaine of France added to his impressive tally, it was not enough to prevent Brazil thundering into the Final as a Pelé hat-trick gave them a 5–2 victory. The French were effectively down to ten men from the 30th minute onwards when their most experienced defender and captain Robert Jonquet got incapacitated after a clash with Vavá. The third place match saw Fontaine score four more goals as France defeated 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 up 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 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). 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).

The game is also notable for the first and only appearance of Sweden in a World Cup Final, and for the first Brazilian win of a World Cup Final.


1958 FIFA World Cup is located in Sweden
A map showing the locations of the venues used at the 1958 FIFA World Cup

A total of twelve cities hosted the tournament. FIFA regulations required at least six stadiums to have a capacity of at least 20,000.[8] If Oslo as contingency measures.[9]

The Rasunda Stadium was expanded from 38,000 for the World Cup by building end stands.[10] Organising committee chairman Holger Bergérus mortgaged his house to pay for this.[10]

The new Malmö Stadion was built for the World Cup, replacing the 1896 Malmö Stadion at a new site[11]

The Idrottsparken had 4,709 seats added for the World Cup. The Folkungavallen in Linköping instead.[12]

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.[10]


Twelve cities hosted the tournament.
Solna (Stockholm) Gothenburg Malmö Helsingborg
Råsunda Stadium Ullevi Stadium Malmö Stadion Olympia
Capacity: 52,400 Capacity: 53,500 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 27,000
Eskilstuna Norrköping Sandviken Uddevalla
Tunavallen Idrottsparken Jernvallen Rimnersvallen
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 17,778
Borås Halmstad Örebro Västerås
Ryavallen Örjans Vall Eyravallen Arosvallen
Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 13,000 Capacity: 10,000

Match officials

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


Western European Pot Eastern European Pot British Pot Americas 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.[13]


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:[14]

Although Just Fontaine got more votes than any other forward, they were split between the left and right inside forward positions.[14]


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 the Germans this time had to contend with a real powerhouse in Argentina's team, competing for the first time since 1934. In fact, many experts thought Argentina had a very realistic chance of 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 Germans or the Argentinians, but nobody expected much from tiny 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.[15]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 West Germany 3 1 2 0 7 5 1.40 4
 Northern Ireland 3 1 1 1 4 5 0.80 3
 Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 8 4 2.00 3
 Argentina 3 1 0 2 5 10 0.50 2
  • Northern Ireland finished ahead of Czechoslovakia by winning a play-off
8 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Argentina  1–3  West Germany
Corbatta Goal 3' Report Rahn Goal 32'79'
Seeler Goal 42'
Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 31,156
Referee: Leafe (England)

Argentina forgot to bring their change strip, and borrowed the yellow shirt of host team IFK Malmö.[16]

8 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Northern Ireland  1–0  Czechoslovakia
Cush Goal 21' Report
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 10,647
Referee: Seipelt (Austria)

11 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
West Germany  2–2  Czechoslovakia
Schäfer Goal 60'
Rahn Goal 71'
Report Dvořák Goal 24' (pen.)
Zikán Goal 42'
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Ellis (England)
11 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Argentina  3–1  Northern Ireland
Corbatta Goal 37' (pen.)
Menéndez Goal 56'
Avio Goal 60'
Report McParland Goal 4'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 14,174
Referee: Ahlner (Sweden)

15 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
West Germany  2–2  Northern Ireland
Rahn Goal 20'
Seeler Goal 78'
Report McParland Goal 18'60'
Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 21,990
Referee: Campos (Portugal)
15 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Czechoslovakia  6–1  Argentina
Dvořák Goal 8'
Zikán Goal 17'39'
Feureisl Goal 68'
Hovorka Goal 81'89'
Report Corbatta Goal 64' (pen.)
Attendance: 16,418
Referee: Ellis (England)
17 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Northern Ireland  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Czechoslovakia
McParland Goal 44'97' Report Zikán Goal 18'
Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 6,196
Referee: Guigue (France)

Group 2

The second group saw the largest number of goals scored in a single group in the 1958 World Cup with 27 goals in total (4.5 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 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.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 France 3 2 0 1 11 7 1.57 4
 Yugoslavia 3 1 2 0 7 6 1.17 4
 Paraguay 3 1 1 1 9 12 0.75 3
 Scotland 3 0 1 2 4 6 0.67 1
  • France finished ahead of Yugoslavia on goal average
8 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
France  7–3  Paraguay
Fontaine Goal 24'30'67'
Piantoni Goal 52'
Wisnieski Goal 61'
Kopa Goal 70'
Vincent Goal 83'
Report Amarilla Goal 20'44' (pen.)
Idrottsparken, Norrköping
Attendance: 16,518
Referee: Gardeazabal (Spain)

8 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Yugoslavia  1–1  Scotland
Petaković Goal 6' Report Murray Goal 49'
Arosvallen, Västerås
Attendance: 9,591
Referee: Wyssling (Switzerland)

11 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Yugoslavia  3–2  France
Petaković Goal 16'
Veselinović Goal 63'88'
Report Fontaine Goal 4'85'
Arosvallen, Västerås
Attendance: 12,217
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)

11 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Paraguay  3–2  Scotland
Agüero Goal 4'
Goal 45'
Parodi Goal 73'
Report Mudie Goal 24'
Collins Goal 74'
Idrottsparken, Norrköping
Attendance: 11,665
Referee: Orlandini (Italy)

15 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
France  2–1  Scotland
Kopa Goal 22'
Fontaine Goal 44'
Report Baird Goal 58'
Eyravallen, Örebro
Attendance: 13,554
Referee: Brozzi (Argentina)

15 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Paraguay  3–3  Yugoslavia
Parodi Goal 20'
Agüero Goal 52'
Report Ognjanović Goal 18'
Veselinović Goal 21'
Rajkov Goal 73'
Tunavallen, Eskilstuna
Attendance: 13,103
Referee: 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 did of course include 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 former form.

In spite of Hungary's recent travails, 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 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 Mexico in Sandviken became the northern-most World Cup match in history.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 5 1 5.00 5
 Wales 3 0 3 0 2 2 1.00 3
 Hungary 3 1 1 1 6 3 2.00 3
 Mexico 3 0 1 2 1 8 0.13 1
  • Wales finished ahead of Hungary by winning a play-off
8 June 1958
14:00 (CET)
Sweden  3–0  Mexico
Simonsson Goal 17'64'
Liedholm Goal 57' (pen.)
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 34,107
Referee: Latychev (Soviet Union)

8 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Hungary  1–1  Wales
Bozsik Goal 5' Report J. Charles Goal 27'
Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 15,343
Referee: Codesal (Uruguay)

11 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Mexico  1–1  Wales
Belmonte Goal 89' Report I. Allchurch Goal 32'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 15,150
Referee: Lemesic (Yugoslavia)

12 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Sweden  2–1  Hungary
Hamrin Goal 34'55' Report Tichy Goal 77'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 38,850
Referee: Mowat (Scotland)

15 June 1958
14:00 (CET)
Sweden  0–0  Wales
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 30,287
Referee: Van Nuffel (Belgium)

15 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Hungary  4–0  Mexico
Tichy Goal 19'46'
Sándor Goal 54'
Bencsics Goal 69'
Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 13,300
Referee: Arne Eriksson (Finland)
17 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Wales  2–1  Hungary
I. Allchurch Goal 55'
Medwin Goal 76'
Report Tichy Goal 33'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 2,823
Referee: Latychev (Soviet Union)

Group 4

In advance the experts considered the Fourth group the toughest one in this World Cup. 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, lower 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.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 0 5
 Soviet Union 3 1 1 1 4 4 1.00 3
 England 3 0 3 0 4 4 1.00 3
 Austria 3 0 1 2 2 7 0.29 1
  • The Soviet Union finished ahead of England by winning a play-off
8 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Brazil  3–0  Austria
Altafini Goal 37'85'
Nílton Santos Goal 50'
Rimnersvallen, Uddevalla
Attendance: 17,778
Referee: Guigue (France)

8 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Soviet Union  2–2  England
Simonyan Goal 13'
A. Ivanov Goal 56'
Report Kevan Goal 66'
Finney Goal 85' (pen.)
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 49,348
Referee: Zsolt (Hungary)

11 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Brazil  0–0  England
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 40,895
Referee: Dusch (West Germany) [17]

This was the first goalless draw in World Cup finals history.[18]

11 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Soviet Union  2–0  Austria
Ilyin Goal 15'
V. Ivanov Goal 62'
Ryavallen, Borås
Attendance: 21,239
Referee: Jorgensen (Denmark)

15 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
England  2–2  Austria
Haynes Goal 56'
Kevan Goal 74'
Report Koller Goal 15'
Körner Goal 71'
Ryavallen, Borås
Attendance: 15,872
Referee: Bronkhorst (Netherlands)

15 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Brazil  2–0  Soviet Union
Vavá Goal 3'77' Report
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 50,928
Referee: Guigue (France)
17 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Soviet Union  1–0  England
Ilyin Goal 69' Report
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 23,182
Referee: Dusch (West Germany)

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
19 June – Gothenburg        
  Brazil  1
24 June – Solna
  Wales  0  
  Brazil  5
19 June – Norrköping
      France  2  
  France  4
29 June – Solna
  Northern Ireland  0  
  Brazil  5
19 June – Solna    
    Sweden  2
  Sweden  2
24 June – Gothenburg
  Soviet Union  0  
  Sweden  3 Third place
19 June – Malmö
      West Germany  1   28 June – Gothenburg
  West Germany  1
  France  6
  Yugoslavia  0  
  West Germany  3


19 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Brazil  1–0  Wales
Pelé Goal 66' Report
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 25,923
Referee: Seipelt (Austria)
19 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
France  4–0  Northern Ireland
Wisnieski Goal 22'
Fontaine Goal 55'63'
Piantoni Goal 68'
Idrottsparken, Norrköping
Attendance: 11,800
Referee: Gardeazabal (Spain)
19 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Sweden  2–0  Soviet Union
Hamrin Goal 49'
Simonsson Goal 88'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 31,900
Referee: Leafe (England)
19 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
West Germany  1–0  Yugoslavia
Rahn Goal 12' Report
Malmö Stadion, Malmö
Attendance: 20,055
Referee: Wyssling (Switzerland)


24 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Brazil  5–2  France
Vavá Goal 2'
Didi Goal 39'
Pelé Goal 52'64'75'
Report Fontaine Goal 9'
Piantoni Goal 83'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 27,100
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)
24 June 1958
19:00 (CET)
Sweden  3–1  West Germany
Skoglund Goal 32'
Gren Goal 81'
Hamrin Goal 88'
Report Schäfer Goal 24'
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 49,471
Referee: Zsolt (Hungary)

Match for third place

28 June 1958
17:00 (CET)
France  6–3  West Germany
Fontaine Goal 16'36'50'89'
Kopa Goal 27' (pen.)
Douis Goal 78'
Report Cieslarczyk Goal 18'
Rahn Goal 52'
Schäfer Goal 84'
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 32,483
Referee: Brozzi (Argentina)


29 June 1958
15:00 (CET)
Brazil  5–2  Sweden
Vavá Goal 9'32'
Pelé Goal 55'90'
Zagallo Goal 68'
Report Liedholm Goal 4'
Simonsson Goal 80'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 49,737
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)



With 13 goals, Just Fontaine is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 126 goals were scored by 60 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

13 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.[20][21] The rankings for the 1958 tournament were as follows:

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1  Brazil 4 6 5 1 0 16 4 +12 11
2  Sweden 3 6 4 1 1 12 7 +5 9
3  France 2 6 4 0 2 23 15 +8 8
4  West Germany 1 6 2 2 2 12 14 −2 6
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Yugoslavia 2 4 1 2 1 7 7 0 4
6  Wales 3 4 0 3 1 2 3 −1 3
7  Soviet Union 4 4 1 1 2 4 6 −2 3
8  Northern Ireland 1 4 1 1 2 4 9 −5 3
Eliminated in the group stage
9  Czechoslovakia 1 3 1 1 1 8 4 +4 3
10  Hungary 3 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3 3
11  England 4 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
12  Paraguay 2 3 1 1 1 9 12 −3 3
13  Argentina 1 3 1 0 2 5 10 −5 2
14  Scotland 2 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
15  Austria 4 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
16  Mexico 3 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7 1

See also

  • Conspiracy 58, a mockumentary conspiracy theory film claiming the 1958 World Cup never happened.


  • Norlin, Arne (2008). 1958: När Folkhemmet Fick Fotbolls-VM (in Svenska). Malmö: Ross & Tegner.  
  1. ^ a b Norlin, pp.24–25
  2. ^ "FIFA World Cup: host announcement decision" (PDF). FIFA. 12 March 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "History of the World Cup Final Draw" (PDF). Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
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  15. ^ Mundo Deportivo, 23 June 1958; El Grafico, 27 June 1958.
  16. ^ Norlin, p.57
  17. ^ FIFA anachronistically indicates the referee as a representative from 'GER' and not 'FRG' as it should have been at the time.
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  21. ^ "FIFA World Cup: Milestones, facts & figures. Statistical Kit 7".  

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