URUGUAY SHOCK THE
Brazil was the host for the first World Cup after World War II. In the
FIFA congress in Luxembourg in July 1946, Brazil was the only candidate
to host the World Cup in 1950, although it was originally planned to be
held in 1949. The decision to stage the fourth World Cup in South America
stemmed from the fact that a large part of Europe was still in turmoil
after the war. The choice of Brazil was to be a good one. They were reigning
South American champions and interest in football was reaching remarkable
levels of fanaticism in that vast country. FIFA was confident Brazil would
stage a spectacular carnival of football. At this 1946 congress, FIFA also
announced that, from 1950, the World Cup trophy would in the future be
known as the Jules Rimet Cup, although it was subsequently referred to
as the Jules Rimet Trophy. This was to mark Rimet's 25th anniversary as
This 1950 Cup also finally saw the entrance of British teams. After Great
Britain had beaten Rest Of Europe 6-1 in a match in 1947, England arrived
as one of the hottest favourites to win. This tournament had a strange
schedule. Some nations withdrew from the cup after the draw of various
reasons. India, for example withdrew because FIFA wouldn't let them play
in bare feet! This made the groups look weird, with two groups of four,
one with three and one with only two teams. The groupwinners would progress
to a final pool where the winners were crowned champions.
One of the biggest shocks in World Cup history came on June 29th when England
were beaten by USA by 1-0. Uruguay who were lucky enough to only have one
opponent in the groupstage, took advantage of that and trashed Bolivia
by 8-0 with their starplayer Schiaffino scoring four of the goals. Sweden
and Spain also showed class and topped their groups.
This World Cup has been the only one without a real final. When Uruguay
met Brazil in the last match, the hosts needed only a draw to win the World
Cup. They had beaten Sweden by 7-1 and Spain by 6-1 in their two earlier
games in the group and were favourites. Uruguay had drawn against Spain
and beaten Sweden by a single goal. A World record 200.000 spectators watched
the game and couldn't believe the outcome. Uruguay stunned the crowd and
won 2-1 after coming from behind. Read more about the final by clicking
on the "Decisive match" link in the left column.
Ademir (BRA) 9 goals
Juan Schiaffino (URU) 5 goals
Estanislao Basora (SPA) 5 goals
Chico (BRA) 4 goals
Telmo Zarra (SPA) 4 goals
Omar Miguez (URU) 4 goals
Alcides Ghiggia (URU) 4 goals
Number of games 22
Total Goals scored 88
Average per game 4,00
Own goals none
Total attendance 1,337,000
Average attendance 60,773
WORLD CUP 1950 STANDINGS
P W D L Goals Pts
1.Uruguay C 4 3 1 0 15- 5 7
2.Brazil F 6 4 1 1 22- 6 9
3.Sweden SF 5 2 1 2 11-15 5
4.Spain SF 6 3 1 2 10-12 7
5.Yugoslavia 1R 3 2 0 1 7- 3 4
6.Switzerland 1R 3 1 1 1 4- 6 3
7.Italy 1R 2 1 0 1 4- 3 2
8.England 1R 3 1 0 2 2- 2 2
9.Chile 1R 3 1 0 2 5- 6 2
10.United States 1R 3 1 0 2 4- 8 2
11.Paraguay 1R 2 0 1 1 2- 4 1
12.Mexico 1R 3 0 0 3 2-10 0
13.Bolivia 1R 1 0 0 1 0- 8 0
*The pointsystem used from 1930 to 1990 was
2 pts for a win and 1 pt for a draw.
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Schiaffino - was one of the best players in the world in the 1950s
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