World Cup 1958

The 1958 FIFA World Cup was the first to be won by a team not playing in its own continent.  The tournament was played in Sweden between the 8 and 29 June, with Brazil running out winners, beating the hosts in the final.

The 1958 finals saw the first qualification by the Soviet Union and also the only time that all of the home nations qualified for the finals.  Of the four, Northern Ireland and Wales performed the best, with the Irish being defeated by France by 4-0 in the quarter finals, and Wales being beaten by a single goal from Pele as Brazil sent them home.

In the Semi finals, France lost to Brazil and Sweden defeated defending champions West Germany by 3-1.  The final saw a 5-2 victory for Brazil in front of nearly 52,000 at the Rasunda Stadium in Solna.  Pele notching twice along with two from Vava and one from future world cup winning coach Mario Zagallo.

France's Just Fontaine set the record for the most goals scored in a world cup finals tournament with a colossal 13 goals.  It is extremely unlikely that this total will ever be beaten.


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