BRAZIL DEFEND THEIR
At the 1956 FIFA congress in Lisbon, three
nations formally applied to host the 1962 World Cup - Argentina, Chile
and West Germany. It was generally agreed that the tournament couldn't
be held in Europe for the third successive time, so the Germans application
was rejected. Argentina had better cards on their hands, because of their
footballing heritage, larger stadiums and a tremendous interest in the
game amongst its people. They were the hot favourites, but in May 1960
Chile was rocked by dreadful earthquakes which claimed 5000 lives. This
tragedy, one would have thought, would have made Argentina even stronger
candidates, but powerful pleading by the Chilean FA president, Carlos Dittborn,
won the sympathy of FIFA and Chile were declared hosts for the 1962 tournament.
Dittborn said: "We have nothing - that is why we must have the World Cup."
The Chileans set about building new stadiums and the magnificent National
Stadium in Santiago was completed in time for the start of the tournament.
For a poor nation, Chile did not disappoint FIFA as World Cup hosts. But
the organizers could do little about the football.
This World Cup in Chile brought us little new, only one surprise and that
was in the qualification. Sweden who were runners-up four years earlier
failed to qualify. Brazil came to Chile with a team very much like the
one who won in 1958. Only one major addition, Amarildo, who would take
over after Pelé who got injured already in the second match. June
2nd was a black day in World Cup history. Chile met Italy in front of nearly
70.000 spectators in Santiago. They were witnessing discraceful scenes
on the field as Latin temperament took over. Only two players were sent
off, both Italians, but it should have been a lot more. The English referee
Aston said the match was uncontrollable as the players were punching and
kicking eachother. The teams needed the police to get escorted off the
field safely. The hosts won the football match 2-0.
In the quarterfinals Yugoslavia and West Germany met again for the third
time running. On both the previous occasions, the Germans had ended up
winning. This time a Radakovic goal three minutes before time sent Yugoslavia
through. Brazil with a sparkling Garrincha beat England, the Czechs beat
Hungary and Chile surprisingly beat the Soviet Union and now found themselves
in the semifinal.
There they met Brazil who looked unstoppable and Garrincha and Vava scored
two goals each to send Brazil to yet another final. Czechoslovakia won
the other semifinal against Yugoslavia. Chile captured the bronzemedals
with a winning goal which was the last kick on the ball in the match. It
was a great achievement for Chile who didn't expect their team to go this
far. Garrincha who was sent off in the semifinal eventually was allowed
to play in the final. Even though Czechoslovakia took the lead early on,
Brazil looked like the better team and came back and won the final 3-1.
Even without Pelé for most of the tournament, Brazil managed to
defend their title. Read more about this final, by clicking on the "Final"
link in the left column.
Garrincha (BRA) 4 goals
Valentin Ivanov (SOV) 4 goals
Leonel Sanchez (CHI) 4 goals
Vava (BRA) 4 goals
Florian Albert (HUN) 4 goals
Drazan Jerkovic (YUG) 4 goals
Number of games 32
Total Goals scored 89
Average per game 2,78
Own goals none
Total attendance 776,000
Average attendance 24,250
WORLD CUP 1962 STANDINGS
P W D L Goals Pts
1.Brazil C 6 5 1 0 14- 5 11
2.Czechoslovakia F 6 3 1 2 7- 7 7
3.Chile SF 6 4 0 2 10- 8 8
4.Yugoslavia SF 6 3 0 3 10- 7 6
5.Hungary QF 4 2 1 1 8- 3 5
6.Soviet Union QF 4 2 1 1 9- 7 5
7.West Germany QF 4 2 1 1 4- 2 5
8.England QF 4 1 1 2 5- 6 3
9.Italy 1R 3 1 1 1 3- 2 3
10.Argentina 1R 3 1 1 1 2- 3 3
11.Mexico 1R 3 1 0 2 3- 4 2
12.Spain 1R 3 1 0 2 2- 3 2
13.Uruguay 1R 3 1 0 2 4- 6 2
14.Colombia 1R 3 0 1 2 5-11 1
15.Bulgaria 1R 3 0 1 2 1- 7 1
16.Switzerland 1R 3 0 0 3 2- 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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