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World Cup 1958




Qualifying rounds

GROUP A
Northern Ireland
Czechoslovakia
West Germany
Argentina

GROUP B
Yugoslavia
Scotland
France
Paraguay

GROUP C
Sweden
Mexico
Hungary
Wales

GROUP D
Brazil
Austria
England
Soviet Union


 


QUARTERFINALS
1
0
West Germany
Yugoslavia
2
0
Sweden
Soviet Union
4
0
France
Northern Ireland
1
0
Brazil
Wales
SEMIFINALS
3
1
Sweden
West Germany
5
2
Brazil
France

BRONZEMATCH
6
3
France
West Germany
FINAL
5
2
Brazil
Sweden

 
THE QUALIFICATION ROUNDS



              Participating countries    55    Total matches              89
              Total goals               341    Goals per game average   3.83



Europe

(UEFA Group 1)
03.Oct 56 Dublin Rep. of Ireland 2-1 Denmark 05.Dec 56 Wolverhampton England 5-2 Denmark 08.May 57 London England 5-1 Rep. of Ireland 15.May 57 Copenhagen Denmark 1-4 England 19.May 57 Dublin Rep. of Ireland 1-1 England 02.Oct 57 Copenhagen Denmark 0-2 Rep. of Ireland
P W D L Gls Pts 1.England 4 3 1 0 15- 5 7 2.Rep. of Ireland 4 2 1 1 6- 7 5 3.Denmark 4 0 0 4 4-13 0
(UEFA Group 2)
11.Nov 56 Paris France 6-3 Belgium 02.Jun 57 Nantes France 8-0 Iceland 05.Jun 57 Brussels Belgium 8-3 Iceland 01.Sep 57 Reykjavik Iceland 1-5 France 04.Sep 57 Reykjavik Iceland 2-5 Belgium 27.Oct 57 Brussels Belgium 0-0 France
P W D L Gls Pts 1.France 4 3 1 0 19- 4 7 2.Belgium 4 2 1 1 16-11 5 3.Iceland 4 0 0 4 6-26 0
(UEFA Group 3)
22.May 57 Oslo Norway 1-2 Bulgaria 12.Jun 57 Oslo Norway 2-1 Hungary 23.Jun 57 Budapest Hungary 4-1 Bulgaria 15.Sep 57 Sofia Bulgaria 1-2 Hungary 03.Nov 57 Sofia Bulgaria 7-0 Norway 10.Nov 57 Budapest Hungary 5-0 Norway
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Hungary 4 3 0 1 12- 4 6 2.Bulgaria 4 2 0 2 11- 7 4 3.Norway 4 1 0 3 3-15 2
(UEFA Group 4)
01.May 57 Cardiff Wales 1-0 Czechoslovakia 19.May 57 Leipzig East Germany 2-1 Wales 26.May 57 Prague Czechoslovakia 2-0 Wales 16.Jun 57 Brno Czechoslovakia 3-1 East Germany 25.Sep 57 Cardiff Wales 4-1 East Germany 27.Oct 57 Leipzig East Germany 1-4 Czechoslovakia
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Czechoslovakia 4 3 0 1 9- 3 6 2.Wales 4 2 0 2 6- 5 4 3.East Germany 4 1 0 3 5-12 2
Due to loads of withdrawals and disagreements in the Asia/Africa pool, Israel sneaked through every round without playing a match, but FIFA ruled that no team could qualify for the World Cup without playing so a special play-off was arranged against a runner-up in Europe. Wales was drawn to meet Israel with one place in the World Cup at stake. 15.Jan 58 Ramat Gan Israel 0-2 Wales 05.Feb 58 Cardiff Wales 2-0 Israel
(UEFA Group 5)
30.Sep 56 Vienna Austria 7-0 Luxembourg 20.Mar 57 Rotterdam Netherlands 4-1 Luxembourg 26.May 57 Vienna Austria 3-2 Netherlands 11.Sep 57 Rotterdam Luxembourg 2-5 Netherlands 25.Sep 57 Rotterdam Netherlands 1-1 Austria 29.Sep 57 Luxembourg Luxembourg 0-3 Austria
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Austria 4 3 1 0 14- 3 7 2.Netherlands 4 2 1 1 12- 7 5 3.Luxembourg 4 0 0 4 3-19 0
(UEFA Group 6)
23.Jun 57 Moscow Soviet Union 3-0 Poland 05.Jul 57 Helsinki Finland 1-3 Poland 27.Jul 57 Moscow Soviet Union 2-1 Finland 15.Aug 57 Helsinki Finland 0-10 Soviet Union 20.Oct 57 Chorzów Poland 2-1 Soviet Union 03.Nov 57 Warsaw Poland 4-0 Finland
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Soviet Union 4 3 0 1 16- 3 6 Poland 4 3 0 1 9- 5 6 3.Finland 4 0 0 4 2-19 0
Play-off 24.Nov 57 Leipzig Soviet Union 2-0 Poland
(UEFA Group 7)
05.May 57 Athens Greece 0-0 Yugoslavia 16.Jun 57 Athens Greece 1-2 Romania 29.Sep 57 Bucharest Romania 1-1 Yugoslavia 03.Nov 57 Bucharest Romania 3-0 Greece 10.Nov 57 Belgrade Yugoslavia 4-1 Greece 17.Nov 57 Belgrade Yugoslavia 2-0 Romania
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Yugoslavia 4 2 2 0 7- 2 6 2.Romania 4 2 1 1 6- 4 5 3.Greece 4 0 1 3 2- 9 1
(UEFA Group 8)
16.Jan 57 Lisbon Portugal 1-1 Northern Ireland 25.Apr 57 Rome Italy 1-0 Northern Ireland 01.May 57 Belfast Northern Ireland 3-0 Portugal 26.May 57 Lisbon Portugal 3-0 Italy 22.Dec 57 Milan Italy 3-0 Portugal 15.Jan 58 Belfast Northern Ireland 2-1 Italy
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Northern Ireland 4 2 1 1 6- 3 5 2.Italy 4 2 0 2 5- 5 4 3.Portugal 4 1 1 2 4- 7 3
(UEFA Group 9)
10.Mar 57 Madrid Spain 2-2 Switzerland 08.May 57 Glasgow Scotland 4-2 Spain 19.May 57 Basel Switzerland 1-2 Scotland 26.May 57 Madrid Spain 4-1 Scotland 06.Nov 57 Glasgow Scotland 3-2 Switzerland 24.Nov 57 Lausanne Switzerland 1-4 Spain
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Scotland 4 3 0 1 10- 9 6 2.Spain 4 2 1 1 12- 8 5 3.Switzerland 4 0 1 3 6-11 1
QUALIFIED FROM EUROPE: England, France, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Wales, Austria, Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland and Scotland + Sweden as host nation and West Germany as defending champions.

South America

(CONMEBOL Group 1)
Venezuela withdrew. 13.Apr 57 Lima Peru 1-1 Brazil 21.Apr 57 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 1-0 Peru
(CONMEBOL Group 2)
22.Sep 57 Santiago Chile 2-1 Bolivia 29.Sep 57 La Paz Bolivia 3-0 Chile 06.Oct 57 La Paz Bolivia 2-0 Argentina 13.Oct 57 Santiago Chile 0-2 Argentina 20.Oct 57 Buenos Aires Argentina 4-0 Chile 27.Oct 57 Buenos Aires Argentina 4-0 Bolivia
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Argentina 4 3 0 1 10- 2 6 2.Bolivia 4 2 0 2 6- 6 4 3.Chile 4 1 0 3 2-10 2
(CONMEBOL Group 3)
16.Jun 57 Bogotá Colombia 1-1 Uruguay 20.Jun 57 Bogotá Colombia 2-3 Paraguay 30.Jun 57 Montevideo Uruguay 1-0 Colombia 07.Jul 57 Asunción Paraguay 3-0 Colombia 14.Jul 57 Asunción Paraguay 5-0 Uruguay 28.Jul 57 Montevideo Uruguay 2-0 Paraguay
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Paraguay 4 3 0 1 11- 4 6 2.Uruguay 4 2 1 1 4- 6 5 3.Colombia 4 0 1 3 3- 8 1
QUALIFIED FROM SOUTH AMERICA: Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.

North/Central America

(CONCACAF First round)
Sub-group A 07.Apr 57 Mexico City Mexico 6-0 USA 28.Apr 57 Los Angeles USA 2-7 Mexico 22.Jun 57 Toronto Canada 5-1 USA 30.Jun 57 Mexico City Mexico 3-0 Canada 03.Jul 57 Mexico City Canada 0-2 Mexico 06.Jul 57 Saint Louis USA 2-3 Canada
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Mexico 4 4 0 0 18- 2 8 2.Canada 4 2 0 2 8- 8 4 3.USA 4 0 0 4 5-21 0
Sub-group B 10.Feb 57 Cd. Guatemala Guatemala 2-6 Costa Rica 17.Feb 57 San José Costa Rica 3-1 Guatemala 03.Mar 57 San José Costa Rica 4-0 Curacao 14.Mar 57 Cd. Guatemala Guatemala 1-3 Curacao 04.Aug 57 Willemstad Curacao 1-2 Costa Rica Curacao x-x Guatemala (Game not played because Guatemalan players were not permitted to leave the country due to an attack on the Guatemalan president.)
P W D L Gls Pts 1.Costa Rica 4 4 0 0 15- 4 8 2.Curacao 3 1 0 2 4- 7 2 3.Guatemala 3 0 0 3 4-12 0
(CONCACAF Final round)
20.Oct 57 Mexico City Mexico 2-0 Costa Rica 27.Oct 57 San José Costa Rica 1-1 Mexico QUALIFIED FROM NORTH/CENTRAL AMERICA: Mexico

Africa/Asia

(CAF/AFC First round)
Sub-group 1 Taiwan withdrew so Indonesia had a walkover. 12.May 57 Jakarta Indonesia 2-0 China 02.Jun 57 Beijing China 4-3 Indonesia Play-off 23.Jun 57 Rangoon Indonesia 0-0 China (Indonesia progress due to better goal average.) Sub-group 2 Turkey withdrew so Israel had a walkover. Sub-group 3 Cyprus withdrew so Egypt had a walkover. Sub-group 4 08.Mar 57 Khartoum Sudan 1-0 Syria 24.May 57 Damascus Syria 1-1 Sudan
(CAF/AFC Second round)
Indonesia withdrew so Israel had a walkover. Egypt withdrew so Sudan had a walkover.
(CAF/AFC Third round)
Sudan withdrew so Israel had a walkover. Egypt and Sudan refused to play against Israel, while Indonesia insisted to meet Israel on neutral ground, but FIFA did not accept that. FIFA ruled that no team could qualify for the World Cup without playing so a special play-off was arranged against a runner-up in Europe. Wales was drawn to meet Israel with one place in the World Cup at stake. 15.Jan 58 Ramat Gan Israel 0-2 Wales 05.Feb 58 Cardiff Wales 2-0 Israel QUALIFIED FROM AFRICA & ASIA: None
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