1954 FIFA World Cup

From Alternate Sport History
Jump to navigationJump to search
1954 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country Chile
Dates June 12-July 12
Teams 16 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s) 8
Final positions
Champions  Hungary (1st title)
Runners-up  Romania
Third place  Yugoslavia
Fourth place  Austria
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 90 (2.81 per match)
Top scorer(s) Hungary Sándor Kocsis (8 goals)
Sweden 1950
Switzerland 1958

The 1954 FIFA World Cup was the tenth FIFA World Cup, was held in Chile between June 12 and July 12. After the brief extension to 20 teams, the competition dropped back down to a sixteen format.

In the final it would be Hungary who would take out the trophy after they defeated fellow first-time finalists in Romania 5-1 at Santiago.


Background[edit | edit source]

After the partial success of the 1950 FIFA World Cup where the draw was twenty teams, there was suggestions that the 20 team format will stay in the next World Cup. But the host Federation (Federación de Football de Chile) declared that they won't be having the sixteen team competition as they didn't want to see blowouts in their competition and damage the model of the Cup. During the 1952 Summer Olympics, it was declared that the competition would drop back to a sixteen team format to follow the 1934 format.

Bids[edit | edit source]

Only two nations bid for the World Cup with Chile and Argentina putting their hand up to host the 1954 edition after the FIFA rotation was put that into play. But when the Argentines withdrew from bidding it was decided that Chile would win the rights for the World Cup on April 21, 1948.

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Main article: 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification

Qualifying for the 1954 World Cup started in 1952 with North America holding the first qualifying matches. The fourteen spots were separated into ten spots for Europe, one spot for North America, two spots for South America and one spot going to Asia.

Seeding[edit | edit source]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Group Stage[edit | edit source]

Group A[edit | edit source]

Group A was what some would call the group of death with Sweden, Hungary, Uruguay and Spain in the group. In a close group, it would be the likes of Hungary with the goal scorer of Sandor Kocsis who score three of the five goals to have Hungary end top of the group with Sweden just finishing ahead of Spain by only a single goal when Spain had to come from two down after Juan Hohberg score the two goals for Uruguay.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Hungary 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 4
 Sweden 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
 Spain 3 1 1 1 4 5 −1 3
 Uruguay 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3 2


June 13, 1954
Sweden  1-1  Uruguay
Svensson Goal 11' Borges Goal 55'
Rancagua


June 13, 1954
Hungary  2-0  Spain
Kocsis Goal 31'
Tóth Goal 78'


June 20, 1954
Spain  2-1  Sweden
Pasieguito Goal 45'
Venancio Goal 84'
Thillberg Goal 63'


June 20, 1954
Uruguay  0-3  Hungary
Kocsis Goal 15'83'
Lantos Goal 41'
Rancagua


June 27, 1954
Sweden  1-0  Hungary
Jönsson Goal 43'


June 27, 1954
Uruguay  2-2  Spain
Ambrois Goal 31'
Borges Goal 77'
Gaínza Goal 15'
Miguel Goal 61'
Rancagua

Group B[edit | edit source]

Group B would see Yugoslavia take out the group victory after they did win all three of their matches in Group B. Rajko Mitić would aid in the team as he scores three goals throughout the group stage. Joining Yugoslavia would be Austria with Erich Probst aiding them with three for himself with all them coming off in the group match against Portugal where it was a 5-0 demolition for Austria and putting Portugal last in the group.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Yugoslavia 3 3 0 0 8 3 +5 6
 Austria 3 1 1 1 7 3 +4 3
 Paraguay 3 1 1 1 1 2 −1 3
 Portugal 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0


June 14, 1954
Yugoslavia  3-1  Portugal
Mitić Goal 33'
Milutinović Goal 39'
Crnković Goal 61'
Águas Goal 79'
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar


June 14, 1954
Austria  0-0  Paraguay
Concepción


June 21, 1954
Paraguay  0-2  Yugoslavia
Zebec Goal 55'
Mitić Goal 74'
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar


June 21, 1954
Portugal  0-5  Austria
Probst Goal 23'44'75'
Carvalho Goal 15' (o.g)
Wagner Goal 83'
Concepción


June 28, 1954
Yugoslavia  3-2  Austria
Zebec Goal 15'
Mitić Goal 44'
Vukas Goal 72'
Stojaspal Goal 19'63'
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar


June 28, 1954
Portugal  0-1  Paraguay
López Goal 62'
Concepción

Group C[edit | edit source]

In Group C, the only nation to not score a goal for the whole tournament was in this group with Korea not getting any goals while the goalkeeper (Hong Deok-young) let in thirteen goals in the three matches to put Korea on the bottom. During these thirteen, two hat-tricks were scored in the games against the Soviet Union (who was on debut) and France with only the former one getting through to the knock-out stage. The other nation to get through was Romania who surprised everyone by finishing top of the group.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Romania 3 2 1 0 7 1 +6 5
 Soviet Union 3 1 2 0 7 2 +5 4
 France 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 3
 Korea 3 0 0 3 0 13 −13 0


June 15, 1954
France  1-1  Soviet Union
Kopa Goal 71' Bobrov Goal 43'


June 15, 1954
Romania  3-0  Korea
Perényi Goal 35'49'
Ozon Goal 15'
Valdivia


June 22, 1954
Korea  0-5  France
Fontaine Goal 13'42'81'
Strappe Goal 35'
Bieganski Goal 84'


June 22, 1954
Soviet Union  1-1  Romania
Trofimov Goal 59' Calinoiu Goal 41'
Valdivia


June 29, 1954
France  0-3  Romania
Perényi Goal 23'78'
Suru Goal 48'


June 29, 1954
Soviet Union  5-0  Korea
Bobrov Goal 65'79'82'
Nikolayev Goal 24'
Petrov Goal 35'
Valdivia

Group D[edit | edit source]

Group D had the host nation in Chile and a debutant in Turkey. The other two teams being Great Britain and Mexico to fill the group. For the British team they would dominate the group as they defeated all of their opponents by at least a goal with Nat Lofthouse scoring four in the group victory. Coming in second was Mexico after they defeated the two opponents that they required to take out the second place while Chile and Turkey would only score a point against each other with Chile rooted to the bottom because of scoring fewer goals than Turkey.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Great Britain 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 6
 Mexico 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 4
 Turkey 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
 Chile 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1


June 12, 1954
Chile  0-2  Mexico
Lamadrid Goal 37'
Cortés Goal 75'


June 12, 1954
Great Britain  3-0  Turkey
Lofthouse Goal 57'71'
Johnstone Goal 33'
Talcahuano


June 19, 1954
Turkey  1-1  Chile
Mamat Goal 79' Molina Goal 51'


June 19, 1954
Mexico  1-2  Great Britain
Naranjo Goal 71' Wilshaw Goal 13'
Lofthouse Goal 59'
Talcahuano


June 26, 1954
Chile  0-3  Great Britain
Charles Goal 14'62'
Lofthouse Goal 33'


June 26, 1954
Mexico  3-1  Turkey
Septién Goal 4'
Lamadrid Goal 46'
Naranjo Goal 77'
Mamat Goal 15'
Talcahuano

Knockout Stage[edit | edit source]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
2 July - Viña del Mar        
  Hungary  1
8 July - Arica
  Soviet Union  0  
  Hungary  3
2 July - Arica
    Yugoslavia  0  
  Yugoslavia  2
12 July - Santiago
  Mexico  1  
  Hungary  5
3 July - Santiago
    Romania  1
  Romania (aet)  2
8 July - Viña del Mar
  Sweden  0  
  Romania  2 Third place
3 July - Rancagua
    Austria  0  
  Great Britain  0   Yugoslavia  3
  Austria (aet)  1     Austria  0
12 July - Santiago


Quarter Finals[edit | edit source]

The quarter finals would see two brand new teams in the top 4 for the first time with Hungary and Romania both making it through to the semi-finals after they dispatched the Soviet Union and the defending champions in Sweden. The other two qualifiers had difficult quarter finals but for Yugoslavia and Austria they would make a return to the semi-final for the first time since 1926.

July 2, 1954
Hungary  1-0  Soviet Union
Hidegkuti Goal 39'
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar


July 2, 1954
Yugoslavia  2-1  Mexico
Mitić Goal 41'77' Tomás Balcázar Goal 23'


July 3, 1954
Romania  2-0 (a.e.t.)  Sweden
Perényi Goal 95'
Paraschiva Goal 111'


July 3, 1954
Great Britain  0-1 (a.e.t.)  Austria
Ocwirk Goal 108'

Semi Finals[edit | edit source]

With all the semi-finalists never making it through to the final, we would see a newcomer lift the World Cup trophy and the semi-finals. In the semi-finals themselves, Romania and Hungary would make it through to the final after dispatching their opponents while not letting in any goals on the opposite end. The first semi-final would see Sándor Kocsis scoring a double to bring down Yugoslavia from making another final.

The second semi saw a much tougher affair with Romania needing to go to the 84th minute to than scoring two quick goals in the time to record a memorable victory which to this day is something that the team wouldn't forget.

July 8, 1954
Hungary  3-0  Yugoslavia
Kocsis Goal 43'79'
Tóth Goal 12'


July 8, 1954
Romania  2-0  Austria
Farmati Goal 84'
Suru Goal 89'
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar

Third Place Playoff[edit | edit source]

In the curtain raiser to the Final it was Yugoslavia who would take out third place with a three-nil victory over Austria in the match with Bernard Vukas scoring two goals in the victory.

July 12, 1954
Yugoslavia  3-0  Austria
Vukas Goal 23'72'
Čajkovski Goal 59'

Final[edit | edit source]

The final would see history being created with Sándor Kocsis being in the first player in World Cup history to score a World Cup hat-trick in the final which would be proven to be helpful as Hungary would go on and lift the title after they defeated Romania to record their first (and to date only) World Cup trophy. For Romania, they had fallen short once again after the 1952 Summer Olympics result where they lost to the Soviet Union in the final.

July 12, 1954
Hungary  5-1  Romania
Kocsis Goal 14'61'87'
Hidegkuti Goal 37'
Tóth Goal 77'
Ozon Goal 35'
Estadio Nacional, Santiago
Referee: William Ling (Great Britain)

Goalscorers[edit | edit source]

8 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goal

Rankings[edit | edit source]

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Hungary A 6 5 0 1 14 2 +12 10
2  Romania C 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 9
3  Yugoslavia B 6 5 0 1 13 7 +6 10
4  Austria B 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 5
Eliminated in the quarter finals
5  Great Britain D 4 3 0 1 8 2 +6 6
6  Soviet Union C 4 1 2 1 7 3 +4 4
7  Mexico D 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2 4
8  Sweden A 4 1 1 2 3 5 -2 3
Eliminated in the group stage
9  France C 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 3
10  Spain A 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 3
11  Paraguay B 3 1 1 1 1 2 -1 3
12  Uruguay A 3 0 2 1 3 6 -3 2
13  Turkey D 3 0 1 2 2 7 -5 1
14  Chile D 3 0 1 2 1 6 -5 1
15  Portugal B 3 0 0 3 1 9 -8 0
16  Korea C 3 0 0 3 0 13 -13 0

External Links[edit | edit source]