1950 Brazil

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In 1950 Britain had almost 600,000 sets, and the rest of Europe none. Even in 1960 well over half all European TV sets were in Britain.

What is he going on about? you may well ask.

In football terms this TV gulf is in direct proportion to how far England were behind the rest of the world - especially South America - at tournament World Championship level. Ironically nobody, not the public, the players, nor, of course, the FA, knew it at the time. To them, English football was football. After all they had never been beaten at home by a foreign team, and had, in the past, beaten the newly crowned World champions (famously, at the so-called Battle of Highbury, when they beat Italy 3-2 on 14 November 1934). On the other hand, the team was selected by a committee headed by Walter Winterbottom, and was not to have the facilities of a team doctor until 1966.

1950 was the first time a British team was eligible to qualify for the finals; the home nation had rejoined the fold in 1946. F.I.F.A had graciously allowed the top two teams of our very own Home International competition a guaranteed place. The Scottish FA proudly announced that they would go to Brazil only if they won the qualifying group - which of course they didn't - and no amount of persuasion would change their stubborn selfish decision.

Not that the Jocks were the only team to withdraw in this shambolically organised fiasco!

Argentina had virtually disappeared from International competition after 1945, forcing most of its best professionals to play abroad. They pulled out of their qualifying game citing differences with the Brazilian FA as their apology. The real reason was that they were still sulking about the F.I.F.A. ruling taken at the Luxembourg conference in July 1946, in favour of Brazil over their own bid to host these championships.

Bolivia and Chile thus had a walkover to the finals.

At the 1947 F.I.F.A. conference, Brazil reasoned that, for teams travelling such a long way, they deserved a league format, rather than a straight knock-out - which could see a nation leaving for home after only one match. The proposal set the theme for all later World Cups, but was to backfire spectacularly in 1950 because of the numerous withdrawals. All four Asian representatives withdrew, including, in the end, India, because they would not play in, or could not afford, boots - a not unreasonable stipulation by FIFA.

Peru, Ecuador, Austria, Belgium, and all the Iron Curtain countries, sent in letters of no thanks. Germany and Japan were barred and unforgiven for the small matter of starting the Second World War (a match which they had lost unconditionally.)

Stangely, the other Axis of Evil contingent, Italy, escaped the ban and automatically qualified - probably because they were the reigning World Champions and knew were the cup was hidden (in a Swiss bank vault in Rome, by a Dr. Ottario Barassi). Sadly though, their team had been decimated by the Torino air crash of May 1949, for it was Torino who had been champions of Italy for the past six seasons, and had supplied the backbone of the international team - shades of England in 1958. The squad travelled safely to Brazil by sea.

The withdrawals did not stop even after the qualification matches had been played. Turkey had a 7-0 victory over Syria, then got cold feet. France, who had lost out in qualifying to the powerful Yugoslavians, were invited to take Turkey's place, and they accepted - until they saw the punishing travel arrangements! Then they changed their minds - the squads were not zoned in the 1950 finals, and, except for Brazil, had to travel thousands of miles between games. Portugal were offered the Scotland ticket, and did the same.

The final thirteen was made up by Sweden (pillaged of players by Italian club sides), Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, and the United States (who, like England, had lots of TV sets).

The competition, now named the World Football Championship, together with the trophy, now named the Jules Rimet Cup, gathered in Brazil.

The hosts had nearly completed building the largest football stadium in the world, the Maracana - twice as big as Wembley. Their team had recently thrashed all local opposition in the 1949 South American Championships, and so, along with England, they were the hot favourites.

They were supremely confident. They were both in for a shock.


TV data from "Industry and Empire", E J Hobsbawm, p222 footnote.

PJ Millingstein / E Impin, February 2004

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General Points

  • Locations & Dates: Brazil, 24th June - 16th July 1950 (Belo Horizonte, Built 1947-50 capacity 30,000 Estádio Sete de Setembro (commonly known as Independência); Curitiba, Built 1947 for the WC of 1950 10,000 Estádio Durival de Britto known as Estádio Vila Capanema; Pórto Alegre, modernized 1950 20,000 Estádio Ildo Meneghetti, known as Estádio dos Eucaliptos (closed 1969 and demolished 2012); Rio de Janeiro, Built 1950 200,000 Estádio do Maracanã (officially Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho since 1966); São Paulo 60,000 Estádio do Pacaembu.
  • Decided at FIFA Congress in Luxemburg at 1st July 1946. Competition originally planned for 1949. Brazil was the only candidate.
  • Entries deadline date 31st December 1948. 34 entries (including Brazil and Italy), 19 actually played (7 for the first time, including the UK home nations). Austria, Belgium, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Burma, Indonesia, and the Pjilippines withdrew.
  • Qualiifications drawn 15th January 1949 in Geneva.
  • Although qualified or invited TURKEY, INDIA, and SCOTLAND waived their place in the finals. To replace them France (withdrew at last minute after seeing the schedule) and Portugal (declined) were invited. Argentina would have been seeded in Group D but they withdrew "because of differences with the Brazilian FA" early in 1950.
  • Format of four goups of 4 teams ruined by withdrawals, Winners only of the group stage go through to the final pool of four teams. No final as such.
  • Finals drawn 30th April 1950 in London.
  • Participating teams: Bolivia, Brazil [2], Chile, England [8], Italy [7], Mexico, Paraguay, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay [1], Yugoslavia. Uruguay became the never to be repeated World Champions winning three of their 4 matches, and without playing any preliminary games.
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POOL I – BRAZIL (s), YUGOSLAVIA, MEXICO, SWITZERLAND


Game 1: [FIFA #M1] Saturday 24 June 1950 (15.00) Estádio Municipal do Maracaná, Rio de Janeiro. [54]
(81,649) George Reader (ENG), George Mitchell (SCO), Benjamin Mervyn Griffiths (WAL).

BRAZIL 4 - MEXICO 0 (1:0)
1:0 Ademir 31, 2:0 Jair 65, 3:0 Baltazar 71 , 4:0 Ademir 79.

BRZ: Moacir Nascimento Paulo Barbosa; - Augusto da Costa (c), Amanso Juvenal Amariljo, João Ferreira 'Bigode'; - Ely do Amparo, Danilo Alvim Faria; - Manoel Marinho Alves 'Meneca', Ademir Marques de Menezes, Oswaldo da Silva Baltazar, Jair da Rosa Pinto, Albino Friaça Cardoso.

MEX: Antonio "Tota" Félix Carbajal Rodríguez; - Felipe Zetter Zetter, Mario Ochoa Gil, Alfonso Montemayor Crespo (c); - Rorigo Ruiz Zárate, José Antonio Roca; - Carlos Septién González, Héctor Ortiz Benítez, Horacio Casarín García Lazo, Mario Pérez Plascencia, José Guadalupe 'Lupe' Velázquez Alarcón.

NOTE: Match preceded by the World Cup opening ceremony.


Game 2: [M2] Sunday 25 June 1950 (18.00) Estádio Independência, Sete de Setembro, Belo Horizonte. [58]
(7,336) Giovanni Galeati (ITA), Generoso Dattilo (ITA), Ivan Henning Hjalmar Eklind (SWE).

YUGOSLAVIA 3 - SWITZERLAND 0 (2:0)
1:0 Mitić 58, 2:0 Tomašević 78, 3:0 Ognjanov 84

YUG: Srđan Mrkušić; – Ivan 'Ivica' Horvat, Miodrag Jovanović, Branislav Stanković; - Zlatko Čajkovski, Pedrag Đajić, – Tihomir Ognjanov, Rajko Mitić (c), Kosta Tomašević, Stjepan Bobek, Bernard Vukas.

SUI: Georges Stuber; – Andre Neury, Oliver Eggimann, Roger Bocquet; – Gerhard Lusenti, Roger Quinche; – Alfred Bickel (c), Charles Antenen, Jean Tamini, Rene Bader, Jacques Fatton.

Note: This is the first World Cup finals match in which floodlights were used.


Game 3: [M7] Wednesday 28 June 1950 (15.00) Estádio Paulo Machado de Carvalho (Pacaembu), São Paulo. [59]
(42,032) Ramón Rosa Azón Roma (ESP), Cayetano De Nicola (PAR), Sergio Bustamante González (CHI).

BRAZIL 2 - SWITZERLAND 2 (2:1)
1:0 Alfredo 3, 1:1 Patton 17, 2:1 Baltazar 32, 2:2 Patton 88.

BRZ: Barbosa; - Augusto (c), RUI Campos, Juvenal; - Alfredo Eduardo Barreto de Freitas NORONHA, José Carlos BAUER; - Maneca, Ademir, Baltazar, ALFREDO Ramos dos Santos, Friaça.

SUI: Georges Stuber, – Andre Neury, Oliver Eggimann, Roger Bocquet; - Gerhard Lusenti, Roger Quinche, – Fred Bickel (c), Hans Peter Friedländer, Jean Tamini, Rene Bader, Jacky Fatton.


Game 4: [M6] Thursday 29 June 1950 (18.15) Estádio dos Eucaliptos, Porto Alegre. [63]
(11,078) Reginald James Leafe (ENG), Karel Louis van der Meer (HOL), Mario Rubén Heyen (PAR).

YUGOSLAVIA 4 - MEXICO 1 (2:0)
1:0 Bobek 20, 2:0 Čajkovski 23, 3:0 Čajkovski 51, 4:0 Tomašević 80, 4:1 Ortiz 87 pen.

YUG: Srđan Mrkušić; – Ivica Horvat (c), Miodrag Jovanović, Branko Stanković; - Zlatko Čajkovski, Perdrag Đajić; – Prvoslav Mihajlović, Rajko Mitić, Kosta Tomašević, Stjepan Bobek, Željko Čajkovski.

MEX: Antonio Carbajal; - Manuel Gutiérrez Hernández, Gregorio Álvarez Gómez Mundblid, Samuel Cuburu Cano; - Héctor Ortiz, José Antonio Roca; - Carlos Septién, José Albrto Naranjo Rivera, Horacio Casarín (c), Mario Pérez, José Velázquez.

Zlatko (b. 24 Nov 1923 right-half) and Željko Čajkovski (b. 5 May 1925, winger) were brothers born in Zagreb..




Game 5: [M11] Saturday 1 July 1950 (15.00) Estádio Maracaná, Rio de Janeiro. [64]
(142,429) Benjamin Griffiths (WAL), Alois Beranek (AUT), José Vieira da Costa (POR).

BRAZIL 2 - YUGOSLAVIA 0 (1:0)
1:0 Ademir 4, 2:0 Zizinho 69.

BRZ: Barbosa; - Augusto (c), Juvenal, Bigode; - Bauer, Danilo; - Maneca, Ademir, Jair, Thomas Soares da Silva 'ZIZINHO', Francisco Aramburu 'CHICO'.

YUG: Srđan Mrkušić; – Ivica Horvat, Miodrag Jovanović, Branko Stanković; - Zlatko Čajkovski (c), Pedrag Đajić; – Bernard Vukas, Rajko Mitić, Kosta Tomašević, Stjepan Bobek, Željko Čajkovski.


Game 6: [M12] Sunday 2 July 1950 (15.40) Estádio dos Eucaliptos, Porto Alegre. [68]
(3,580) Ivan Eklind (SWE), Sergio Bustamante (CHI), Gunnar Dahlner (SWE).

SWITZERLAND 2 - MEXICO 1 (2:0)
1:0 Bader 10, 2:0 Antenen 44, 2:1 Casarín 89.

SUI: Adolphe Hug; – Andre Neury, Oliver Eggimann, Roger Bocquet (c); - Gerhard Lusenti, Roger Quinche; – Charly Antenen, Hans-Peter Friedländer, Jean Tamini, Rene Bader, Jacky Fatton.

MEX: Antonio Carbajal; – Manuel Gutiérrez, Mario Ochoa, Gregorio Gómez; - Héctor Ortiz, José Antonio Roca; - Antonio Flores Rodríguez, José Naranjo, Horacio Casarín (c), José Luis Borbolla Chavira, José Velázquez.

Note: Match delayed by 25 minutes due to a colour clash and the replacement shirts had to be found.


Pld W D L F A Pts
Brazil 3 2 1 0 8 2 5
Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 7 3 4
Switzerland 3 0 1 2 4 6 1
Mexico 3 0 0 3 2 10 0



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POOL II - CHILE, ENGLAND (s), SPAIN, USA


Game 1: [M4] Sunday 25 June 1950 (15.00) Estádio Maracaná, Rio de Janeiro. [55]
(29,703) Karel van der Meer (HOL), Mario Gardelli (BRZ), Gunnar Dahlner (SWE).

ENGLAND 2 - CHILE 0 (1:0)
1:0 Mortensen 39, 2:0 Mannion 51.

ENG: [1] Bert Frederick Williams; – [2] Alfred Ernest Ramsey, [5] Lawrence Hughes, (debut), [3] John Aston; – [4] William Ambrose Wright (c), [6] James William Dickinson; – [8] Wilfred James Mannion, [10] Stanley Hardin Mortensen; - [7] Thomas Finney, [9] Roy Thomas Frank Bentley, [11] James Mullen.

CHI: Sergio Roberto Livingstone Polhammer (c); - Arturo Farías Barraza, Miguel Busquets Tarraza, Fernando Roldán Campos; - Manuel Alvarez Jiménez, Hernán Castro Carvallo; – Luis Lindorfo Mayanés Contreras, Atilio Cremaschi Oyarzún, Jorge "George" Robledo Oliver, Manuel Muñoz Muñoz, Guillermo Antonio Díaz Zambrano.


Game 2: [M3] Sunday 25 June 1950 (15.30) Estádio Durival de Brito e Silva, Curitiba. [57]
(9,511) Mario Goncalves Vianna (BRZ), José Vieira da Costa (POR), Charles Adolphe Delasalle (FRA).

SPAIN 3 - USA 1 (0:1)
0:1 Pariani 17, 1:1 Igoa 54, 2:1 Basora 56, 3:1 Zarra 63.

ESP: Ignacio Eizaguirre Arregui (c); - Gabriel Aristiaguirre Alonso, José Gonzalvo Falcón, Francisco Antúnez Espada,- Mariano Gonzalvo Falcón, Antonio Puchades Casanova; - Estanislao Basora Brunet, Rosendo Hernández González, Telmo Zarraonandía Montoya 'Zarra', Silvestre Igoa Garciondía, Agustín Gaínza Vicandi 'Piru'.

USA: Francis C. Borghi; - Harry Joseph Keough (c), Charles Martin Colombo, Joseph André Maca [bn. Belgium]; - Edward John McIlvenny [bn. Scotland], Walter Alfred Bahr; – Adam Wolanin [bn. Poland], John Benevides Souza, Joseph Eduard Nicolas Gaetjens [bn. Haiti], Virginio 'Gino' Peter Pariani, Francis Valicenti 'Wallace'.


Game 3: [M9] Thursday 29 June 1950 (15.00) Estádio Maracaná, Rio de Janeiro. [60]
(19,790) Alberto Monard da Gama Malcher (BRZ), Esteban Marino Camel (URU), Alfredo Alvarez Fernández (BOL).

SPAIN 2 - CHILE 0 (2:0)
1:0 Basora 17, 2:0 Zarra 30

ESP: Antonio Ramallets Simón; – Gabriel Alonso, José Gonzalvo, José Parra Martínez; - Mariano Gonzalvo, Antonio Puchades; - Estanislao Basora, José Luis López Panizo, 'Zarra', Silvestre Igoa, Agustín Gaínza (c).

CHI: Sergio Livingstone (c); - Arturo Farías, Miguel Busquets, Fernando Roldán; - Manuel Alvarez, Hernán Carvallo; – Andrés Prieto Urrejola, Atilio Cremaschi, George Robledo, Manuel Muñoz, Guillermo Diaz.


Game 4: [M8] Thursday 29 June 1950 (18.00) Estádio Independencia, Belo Horizonte. [62]
(10,151 swelled to 40,000 by full-time) Generoso Dattilo (ITA), Giovanni Galeati (ITA), Charles Delasalle (FRA).

USA 1 - ENGLAND 0 (1:0)
1:0 Gaetjens 38.

USA: Frank Borghi; - Harry Keough, Charlie Colombo, Joe Maca; - Ed McIlvenny (c), Walter Bahr; – Frank Wallace, John Souza, Joe Gaetjens, Gino Pariani, Edward Souza Neto.

ENG: [1] Bert Williams; – [2] Alf Ramsey, [5] Laurie Hughes, [3] Jack Aston; - [4] Billy Wright (c), [6] Jimmy Dickinson; – [8] Wilf Mannion, [10] Stan Mortensen; - [7] Tom Finney, [9] Roy Bentley, [11] Jimmy Mullen.

Note: Contrary to a popular myth at the time, only three of the US team were not American-born,
Maca (Belgian), McIlvenny (Scottish) and the goalscorer Gaetjens a New Yorker born in Haiti.


Billy Wright with Ed McIlvenny before the game


Also see: Extract from 'Soccer America' by Harry Keogh (RB for the USA) click on photo.


Game 5: [M13] Sunday 2 July 1950 (15.00) Estádio Maracaná, Rio de Janeiro. [65]
(74,462) Giovanni Galeati (ITA), Jean Lutz (SUI), Generosa Dattilo (ITA)

SPAIN 1 - ENGLAND 0 (0:0)
1:0 Zarra 49

ESP: Antonio Ramallets; - Gabriel Alonso, José Gonzalvo, José Parra; - Mariano Gonzalvo, Antonio Puchades; - Estanislao Basora, José Luis Panizo, 'Zarra', Silvestre Igoa, Agustín Gaínza (c).

ENG: [1] Bert Williams; – [2] Alf Ramsey, [5] Laurie Hughes, [3] William 'Bill' Eckersley (debut); - [4] Billy Wright (c), [6] Jimmy Dickinson; – [8] Stan Mortensen, [10] Edward 'Eddie' Francis Baily (debut); - [7] Stanley Matthews, [9] John 'Jackie' Edward Thompson Milburn, [11] Tom Finney.


Game 6: [M14] Sunday 2 July 1950 (18.00) Estádio da Ilha do Retiro, Recife. [69]
(8,501) Mario Gardelli (BRZ), Alfredo Alvarez (PAR), Mario Ruben Heyen (MEX).

CHILE 5 - USA 2 (2:0)
1:0 Robledo 16, 2:0 Cremaschi 33, 2:1 Wallace 46, 2:2 Maca 49 pen, 3:2 Prieto 54, 4:2 Cremaschi
60, 5:2 Cremaschi 63.

CHI: Sergio Livingstone (c); - Manuel Machuca Berrios, Arturo Farías, Manuel Alvarez; - Miguel Busquets, Carlos Rodolfo Rojas Rojas; - Andrés Prieto, Atilio Cremaschi, George Robledo, Fernando Riera Bauzá, Carlos Ibánez Garcia.

USA: Frank Borghi; - Harry Keough, Charlie Colombo, Joe Maca; - Ed McIlvenny, Walter Bahr (c); - Frank Wallace, John Souza, Joe Gaetjens, Gino Pariani, Ed Souza.

Note: Some sources award the last goal to Riera.


Pld W D L F A 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
USA 3 1 0 2 4 8 2


England's first World Cup ends in humiliation

England's homecoming





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POOL III - ITALY (s), PARAGUAY, SWEDEN, (INDIA withdrew).



Game 1: [M5] Sunday 25 June 1950 (15.00) Estádio Pacaembu, São Paulo. [56]
(56,502) Jean Lutz (SUI), Alois Beranek (AUT), Carlos Esteves Tejada (MEX).

SWEDEN 3 - ITALY 2 (2:1)
0:1 Carapallese 7, 1:1 Jeppson 25, 2:1 Andersson 34, 3:1 Jeppson 69, 3:2 Muccinelli 78

SWE: Karl-Oskar 'Kalle' Svensson; - Lennart Samuelsson, Knut Nordahl, Erik Henry Sixten Nilsson (c); - Sune Isidor Andersson, Ingvar Gärd; - Stig Sundqvist, Karl-Erik Palmér, Hans Jeppson, Lennart 'Nacka' Skoglund, Stellan Nilsson.

ITA: Lucidio Sentimenti IV; - Attilio Giovannini, Carlo Parola, Zeffiro Furiassi; - Carlo Annovazzi, Augusto Magli; - Ermes Muccinelli, Gianpiero Boniperti, Gino Cappello IV, Aldo Campatelli, Riccardo Carapellese (c).

This is this first defeat of any World Champion team in the WC funals.


Game 2: [M10] Thursday 29 June 1950 (15.30) Estádio Durival de Brito, Curitiba. [61]
(7,903) George Mitchell (SCO), Leo Lamešic (YUG), Prudencio Garcia (USA).

SWEDEN 2 - PARAGUAY 2 (2:1)
1:0 Sundqvist 17, 2:0 Palmér 25, 2:1 López Fretes 34, 2:2 López 74.

SWE: Kalle Svensson; - Lennart Samuelsson, Knut Nordahl, Erik Nilsson (c); - Sune Andersson, Ingvar Gärd; - Egon Jönsson, Karl-Erik Palmér, Hans Jeppson, Nacka Skoglund, Stig Sundqvist.

PAR: Marcelino Vargas; - Alberto González 'Gonzalito', Victoriano Leguizamón, Casiano Céspedes; - Manuel Gavilan, Castor Sixto Cantero; - Rafael Enrique Avalos, Higinio Atilio López Riveros, Dario Jara Saguier, Cesar López Fretes (c), Leongino Unzaín.


Game 3: [M15] Sunday 2 July 1950 (15.00) Estádio Pacaembu, São Paulo. [68]
(25,811) Arthur Edward Ellis (ENG), Charles Delasalle (FRA), Pruencio Garcia (USA).

ITALY 2 - PARAGUAY 0 (1:0)
1:0 Carapallese 12, 2:0 Pandolfini 62.

ITA: Guiseppe 'Bepi' Moro; - Ivano Blason, Leandro Remondini, Zeffiro Furiassi; - Osvaldo Fattori, Giacomo Mari; - Ermes Muccinelli, Egisto Pandolfini, Amedeo Amadei, Gino Cappello, Riccardo Carapellese (c).

PAR: Marcelino Vargas, - 'Gonzalito', Victoriano Leguizamón, Casiano Céspedes; - Manuel Gavilan, Sixto Cantero; - Enrique Avalos, Atilio López, Dario Saguier, Cesar López Fretes (c), Leongino Unzaín.


Pld W D L F A 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




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POOL IV - BOLIVIA and URUGUAY (s). (SCOTLAND and TURKEY and finally FRANCE forfeited).



Game 1: [M16] Sunday 2 July 1950 (15.00) Estádio Independencia, Belo Horizonte. [67]
(5,284) George Reader (ENG), Mario Goncalvez Viana (BRZ), Leo Lamešic (YUG).

URUGUAY 8 – BOLIVIA 0 (4:0)
1:0 Míguez 14, 2:0 Vidal 17, 3:0 Schiaffino 18, 4:0 Míguez 40, 5:0 Míguez 51, 6:0 Schiaffino 53, 7:0 Pérez 83, 8:0 Ghiggia 87.

URU: Roque Gaston Máspoli; - Matias Gonzáles, Eusebio Ramón Tejera Kirkerup; - Juan Carlos Gonzáles Ortiz, Obdulio Jacinto Varela Muiños(c), Victor Pablo Carlos Rodríguez Andrade; - Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia, Julio Gervasio Peréz Gutiérrez, Óscar Omar Míguez Antón, Juan Alberto Schiaffino Villano, Ernesto José Vidal.

BOL: Eduardo Gutiérrez Valdivia; - Alberto Figueroa de Achá, Antonio José Valencia, José Bustamente Nava (c); - Antonio Grecco, Leonardo Ferrel; – Víctor Celestino Algarañaz, Victor Agustin Ugarte Oviedo, Roberto Caparelli Coringrato, Benigno Gutiérrez Valdivia, Benjamin Maldonado.


Pld W D L F A Pts
Uruguay 1 1 0 0 8 0 2
Bolivia 1 0 0 1 0 8 0


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FINAL POOL - BRAZIL, SPAIN, SWEDEN, URUGUAY



Game 1: [M17] Sunday 9 July 1950 (15.00) Estádio Maracaná, Rio de Janeiro. [70]
(138,886) Arthur Edward Ellis (ENG), Charles Delasalle (FRA), Prudencio Garcia (USA).

BRAZIL 7 - SWEDEN 1 (3:0)
1:0 Ademir 17, 2:0 Ademir 37, 3:0 Chico 39, 4:0 Ademir 51, 5:0 Ademir 59, 5:1 Andersson 57 pen, 6:1 Maneca 65, 7:1 Chico 87.

BRZ: Barbosa; - Augusto (c), Juvenal, Bigode; - Bauer, Danilo; - Jair, Zizinho; - Maneca, Ademir, Chico.

SWE: Kalle Svensson, - Lennart Samuelsson, Knut Nordahl, Erik Nilsson (c); - Sune Andersson, Ingvar Gärd; - Stig Sundqvist, Karl-Erik Palmér, Hans Jeppson, Nacka Skoglund, Stellan Nilsson.


Game 2: [M18] Sunday 9 July 1950 (15.00) Estádio Pacaembu, São Paulo. [71]
(44,802) Benjamin Griffiths (WAL), Alfredo Alvarez (BOL), Generoso Dattilo (ITA).

SPAIN 2 - URUGUAY 2 (2:1)
0:1 Ghiggia 29, 1:1 Basora 39, 2:1 Basora 41, 2:2 Varela 72.

ESP: Antonio Ramallets; - Gabriel Alonso, José Gonzalvo, José Parra; - Mariano Gonzalvo, Antonio Puchades; - Estanislao Basora, Silvestre Igoa, 'Zarra', Luis Molowny Arbelo, Agustín Gaínza (c).

URU: Roque Máspoli; - Matias Gonzáles; - Victor Andrade, Eusebio Tejera, Juan Carlos Gonzáles; - Julio Peréz, Obdulio Varela (c), Óscar Míguez; - Alcides Ghiggia, Juan Schiaffino, Ernesto Vidal.


Game 3: [M19] Thursday 13 July 1950 (15.00) Estádio Maracaná, Rio de Janeiro. [72]
(152,772) Reginald Leafe (ENG), José Vieira da Costa (POR), George Mitchell (SCO).

BRAZIL 6 - SPAIN 1 (3:0)
1:0 Parra (o.g.)15, 2:0 Jair 21, 3:0 Chico 29, 4:0 Chico 55, 5:0 Ademir 57, 6:0 Zizinho 61, 6:1 Igoa 70.

BRZ: Barbosa; - Augusto (c), Juvenal, Bigode; - Bauer, Danilo; - Jair, Zizinho; - Friaça, Ademir, Chico.

ESP: Antonio Ramallets; - Gabriel Alonso, José Gonzalvo, José Parra; - Mariano Gonzalvo, Antonio Puchades; - Estanislao Basora, Silvestre Igoa, 'Zarra', José Luis Panizo, Agustín Gaínza (c).

Note: The 15th minute goal has recently been credited by FIFA to Ademir, but other contemporaneous sources give it as an own goal. Definitive Brazilian sources confirm the o.g. (See Freddi).


Game 4: [M20] Thursday 13 July 1950 (15.00) Estádio Pacaembu, São Paulo. [73]
(-8,000) Giovanni Galeati (ITA), Alois Beranek (AUT), Cayetano de Nicola (PAR).

URUGUAY 3 - SWEDEN 2 (1:2)
0:1 Palmér 4, 1:1 Ghiggia 39, 1:2 Sandqvist 41, 2:2 Míguez 77, 3:2 Míguez 84.

URU: Aníbal Luis Paz; - Matias Gonzáles; - Victor Andrade, Eusebio Tejera, Schubert Gambetta Saint Léon; - Julio Peréz, Obdulio Varela (c), Óscar Míguez; - Alcides Ghiggia, Juan Schiaffino, Ernesto Vidal.

SWE: Kalle Svensson, - Lennart Samuelsson, Gunnar Johansson, Erik Nilsson (c); - Sune Andersson, Ingvar Gärd; - Egon Jönsson, Bror Lars Astley Mellberg, Hans Jeppson, Karl-Erik Palmér, Stig Sundqvist.


Game 5: [M21] Sunday 16 July 1950 (15.00) Estádio Pacaembu, São Paulo. [74]
(11,227) Karel Van Der Meer (HOL), Prudencio Garcia (USA), Jean Lutz (SUI).

SWEDEN 3 - SPAIN 1 (2:0)
1:0 Sundqvist 15, 2:0 Mellberg 34, 3:0 Palmér 79, 3:1 Zarra 82.

SWE: Kalle Svensson, - Lennart Samuelsson, Gunnar Johansson, Erik Nilsson (c); - Sune Andersson, Ingvar Gärd, - Egon Jönsson, Bror Mellberg, Ingvar Rydell, Karl-Erik Palmér, Stig Sundqvist.

ESP: Ignacio Eizaguirre 'INAKI'; - Vicente Asensi Albertosa, Alfonso Silva Placeres, José Parra; - Gabriel Alonso, Antonio Puchades; - Estanislao Basora, Rosendo Hernández, 'Zarra' (c), José Luis Panizo, José Juncosa Bellmut.

NOTE: Some sources award Sundqvist's goal to Jönsson.


Game 6: [M22] Sunday 16 July 1950 (15.00) Estádio Maracaná, Rio de Janeiro. [75]
(205,000) George Reader (ENG), Arthur Ellis (ENG), George Mitchell (SCO).

Result: URUGUAY 2 - BRAZIL 1 (0:0)
0:1 Friaça 46, 1:1 Schiaffino 66, 2:1 Ghiggia 79.

URU: Roque Máspoli; - Matias Gonzáles; - Victor Andrade, Eusebio Tejera, Schubert Gambetta; - Julio Peréz, Obdulio Varela (c), Óscar Míguez; - Alcides Ghiggia, Juan Schiaffino, Ruben Morán.

BRZ: Barbosa; - Augusto (c), Juvenal, Bigode; - Bauer, Danilo; - Zizinho, Jair; - Friaça, Ademir, Chico.

The crowd at this game given as 199,589 by The Guinness Book of Records.
BELOW: The Uruguay team are eventually World Champions. Brazil - play for the last time in their predominantly white kit, it was a constant reminder of this traumatic international defeat.


Winners Uruguay and runners up Brazil


Pld W D L F A 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



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TOP SCORERS


Goals Player(s)
8
Ademir (BRZ) (b. Recife 8 Nov 1922 - d. Rio de Janeiro 11 May 1996).
5
Míguez (URU)
4
Chico (BRZ), Basora, Zarra (ESP), Ghiggia (URU).
3
Cremaschi (CHI), Palmér, Sundqvist (SWE), Schiaffino (URU).
2
Baltazar, Zizinho, Jair (BRZ), Igoa (ESP), Carapallese (ITA), Čajkovski (YUG), Fatton (SUI), Andersson, Jeppson (SWE).


  • In total 88 goals (3 pen, 1 og), 4.00 per match.
  • Most goals BRAZIL (22).
  • BOLIVIA without goals. 46 players scored.
  • No player sent off. One player booked.
  • Alfred Bickel (SUI) and Erik Nilsson (SWE) are the only two men to have played in the final stages of the World Cup before and after WWII (1938 & 1950).



MANAGER-COACH, ASSISTANTS, RESERVE PLAYERS


BOL: Mario Pretto [ITA].
Vicente Arraya Castro(GK), Alberto Aparicio (MF), Duberto Aráoz (MF), Victor Brown (FW), René Cabrera (MF), Benedicto Godoy Véizaga (FW), Juan Guera (FW), Mario Mena (FW), Humberto Saavedra Araújo (MF).

BRZ: Flávio Rodrigues da Costa.
Carlos José CASTILHO (GK), Olavo Rodrigues Barbosa - 'NENA' (DF), Adão Nunes Dornelles - 'ADÃOZINHO' (FW), Francisco RODRIGUES (FW), NILTON dos Reis SANTOS (LB).

CHI: Alberto Arturo Bucciardi Ferrari.
René Quitral Encina (GK),Francisco Urroz Martínez (DF), Miguel Flores Espinoza (DF), Fernando Campos Quirós (MF), Osvaldo Sáez Álvarez (MF), Raymundo Infante Rencolet (FW).

ENG: Walter Winterbottom (his team was picked by the FAISC the notorious Football Association International Selection Committee, the 'suits' of self-appointed non-entities, usually chairmen of football clubs).
Edwin 'Ted' George Ditchburn (GK) Tottenham Hotspur, Lawrence Scott (RB Arsenal, never added to his 17 caps), Henry Cockburn (LH) Manchester United, William ‘Bill’ Edward Nicholson (RB) Tottenham Hotspur, James 'Jim' Guy Taylor (CB Fulham, gained 2 caps in 1951), William 'Willie' Watson (LB) Sunderland. (Note: only 21 players).

The only position England were short of experience was in central defence. Their best number five was Neil Franklin, who had commited the sin of leaving Stoke City to earn very good money in Colombia, he was never forgiven by the suits at the F.A. and never palyed for England again.

In 1950 the FA had two teams touring before the WC finals. The following did not make the final squad. Ray Middleton (GK never capped, Chesterfield);William 'Bill' Henry Jones (CH 2 caps Liverpool); Richard 'Dicky' Robinson (FB never capped, Middlesbrough) John 'Jackie' Wright (FB never capped, Blackpool); Philip 'Phil' Henry Taylor (RH 3 caps, Liverpool); Redfearn Froggatt (IR/L 4 caps, 2 goals Sheffield Wednesday); John Ronald Crosland (FB never capped, Blackpool); Jim B. Payne (OR never capped, Liverpool); Leonard 'Len' Francis Shackleton (IR 5 caps, 1 goal Sunderland); Jesse Pye 1 cap (CF 1 cap, Wolverhampton Wanderers); Edward 'Eddie' Quigley (IF never capped, Preston North End); and Robert 'Bobby' Langton (OL 11 caps, 1 goal, Bolton Wanderers).
This was the 'B' squad that toured Canada between 20th May and 22nd June 1950: Stanley 'Stan' Hanson (GK never capped, Bolton Wanderers); Stanley Milburn (FB never capped brother of Jack, Chesterfield); Bertram 'Bert' Mozley (RB 2 caps, Derby County); Reginald 'Reg' Flewin (CH never capped, Portsmouth); James 'Jim' Guy Taylor (CH 2 caps, Fulham); Henry 'Harry' Johnston (LH/CH 10 caps, Blackpool); Stanley 'Stan' Matthews (OR 54 caps 11 goals Blackpool); John 'Johnny' Hancocks (OR 3 caps, 2 goals Wolverhampton Wanderers); Francis 'Frank' Bowyer (IF never capped Stoke City); James 'Jimmy' Hagan (IR 1 cap Sheffield United); Nathaniel 'Nat' Lofthouse (CF 33 caps 30 goals Bolton Wanderers); Edward 'Eddie' T. Russell (IF never capped, Wolverhampton Wanderers); John 'Jackie' Sewell (IR/L 6 caps, 3 goals Notts County); Charles 'Charle' John Vaughan (CF never capped, Charlton Athletic); Edward 'Eddie' Wainwright (IF never capped, Everton); and Leslie 'Les' Dennis Medley (OL 6 caps, 1 goal Tottenham Hotspur).
Because of the ineptitude of the FA, Matthews, Lofthouse, Sewell and Taylor only joined the squad at the Luxor Hotel on Copacabana beach 3 days before the opening first game after a 28 hour trip from Canada via New York and Trinidad. The rest of the squad endured a 31 hour marathon that took in Paris, Lisbon, Dakar and Recife. They arrived exhuasted and jet-lagged into 80 degree heat and altitude.

ESP: Guillermo Eizaguirre Olmos with Don Benito Díaz Iraola.
Juan Acuña Naya (GK), Rafael Lesmes Bobed (DF), 'Nando' – Fernando González Valenciaga (MF), César Rodríguez Alvarez (FW).

ITA: Ferruccio Novo. The 'second' (assistant) manager, a journalist Aldo Bardelli was sacked on the voyage to Brazil.
Guiseppe Cesari (GK), Omero Tognon (MF), Emilio Caprile (FW), Benito 'Valeno' Lorensi (FW).

MEX: Octavio Vial de la Llata.
Raúl Córdoba Alcala (GK), Francisco Javier Hernández Pineda (MF), Carlos Guevara Jiménez (MF), José Leonardo Navarro Galindo (FW), Maximiliano Prieto Sánchez (FW).

PAR: Manuel Agustín Fleitas Solich .
Pablo Centurión (GK), Antonio Cabrera (DF), Elioro Peredes (DF), Melanio Báez (MF), Armando González (MF), Marcial Avalos (FW), Angel Berni Gómez (FW), Lorenzo Fransisco Calonga (FW), Juan Leon Cañete (FW), Hilarion Osorio (FW), Francisco Sosa (FW).

SUI: Franco Andreoli.
Walter Beerli (FW), Eugen Corrodi (GK), Rudolf 'Rudi' Gyger (CB), Wilhelm 'Willy' Kernen (DF), Kurt Rey (DF), Walter Schneiter (OR), Hans Siegenthaler (OL), Willi Steffen (LB), Felice Soldini (DF) was ineligible to play.

SWE: George Sidney Raynor [ENG].
Tomas Torsten Lindberg (GK), Tore Svensson (GK), Erik Ivan Bodin (DF), Arne Sigur Månsson (DF), Olaf 'Olle' Åhlund (MF), Börje Tapper (MF), Kurt Svensson (FW).

URU: Juan López Fontana.
Julio Cesar Britos Vázquez (OR), Juan Burgueño Pereira (FW), William Pablo Martínez Carreras (LB), Washington Ortuño (MF), Rodolfo Pini Giovio (CH), Luis Alberto Rijo (FW), Carlos Romero (IR), Héctor Vilchez (LB).

USA: William 'Bill' Jeffrey [SCO, Coach], Walter John Giesler.
Gino Gardassanich (GK), Robert 'Bob' Joseph Annis (DF), Geoffrey Coombes (DF), Robert 'Bob' Waite Craddock (FW), Nicholas DiOrio (FW), Bernard 'Benny' Joseph McLaughlin (FW).

YUG: Milorad Arsenijević, with Ljubisa Brocić.
Vladimir Beara (GK), Aleksander Atanacković (MF), Božo Broketa (DF), Ratko Čolić (DF), Vladimir Firm (DF), Ervin Katnić (MF), Bela Palfi (MF), Ivo Radovniković (MF), Siniša Zlatković (DF).


YOUNGEST AND OLDEST


1950 Youngest Oldest
Player Ibánez (CHI) 18y 224d Matthews (ENG) 35y 151d
Goalkeeper Carbajal (MEX) 21y 17d Mrkušic (YUG) 35y 36d
Scorer Antenen (SUI) 20y 241d Varela (URU) 32y 292d
Champion Morán (URU) 19y 344d Varela (URU) 32y 299d
Finalist Morán (URU) 19y 344d Nilsson (SWE) 33y 344d
Captain Keough (USA) 22y 222d Nilsson (SWE) 33y 344d
Coach Vial (MEX) 31y 210d Jeffrey (USA) 58y 48d
Referee Leafe (ENG) 35y 210d Reader (ENG) 53y 236d




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