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1950 FIFA WORLD CUP
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  1950 WORLD CUP  
   

The 1950 FIFA World Cup took place in Brazil from 24 June to 16 July 1950. This was the first celebration of the World Cup after the World War II, as competitions planned for 1942 and 1946 were both cancelled due to the war.

13 teams from 3 confederations participated in the final tournament:  6 from Europe (UEFA), 5 from South America (CONMEBOL), and 2 from North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF). Three teams were withdrawn after qualifying (India, Scotland and Turkey); therefore, only 13 teams competed in the final tournament. Only one team made its first World Cup appearance: England.

The World Cup was won by Uruguay that defeated surprisingly the hosts Brazil 2-1 in the deciding match of the four-team final group. This was the only tournament not decided by a one-match final. Thus, Uruguay reached Italy as the only teams to win two World Cups. FIFA also announced that from 1950 the World Cup trophy would be known as the Jules Rimet Cup, to mark the 25th anniversary of Jules Rimet president of FIFA.

 
     
 
 
 
Maracanã Stadium

The English team before the match again Spain

 
     
   
Quick facts  
   
  Teams
  13
  When
  24 June 1950 to 16 July 1950 Super duplo T
  Matches
  22
  Venues
  6
  Attendance
  1,045,246 (average 47,511)
  Goals Scored
  88 (4.00 per match)
 
   
URUGUAY 2-1 BRAZIL
  Champion
 Golden shoe
1
8
  Runner-up
  Brazil
2
5
  Third place
  Sweden
3
4
  Fourth Place
  Spain
 
 
   
     
  The world in 1950  
   
Germany invades Poland and occupies Moravia and Bohemia (1939).
World War II begins. France and England declare war on Germany (1939).
Hitler and Stalin divide Eastern Europe between themselves (1939).
Siam changes its name to Thailand (1939).
The Spanish Civil War ends (1939).
Manhattan Project –the atomic bomb- begins to be conceived (1939).
Batman, the fictional character created by Kane, appears (1939).
The world’s first practical helicopter, took flight at Stratford, Connecticut (1939).
   
 
Igor Sikorsky in the VS-300, at the end of 1941
   
Germany invades Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France (1940). 
Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain (1940).
Trotsky is assassinated in Mexico (1940).
URSS annexes Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (1940).
Italy invades Greece (1940).
The Japanese fleet attacks Pearl Harbor (1941).
Germany attacks Finland, Soviet Union, and the Balkans (1941).
Germany invades Yugoslavia and Greece (1941).
Australian and British forces attack Libya (1941).
T-shirt is introduced (1942).
The Japanese invades Burma, Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia (1942).
The Japanese warplanes attack Darwin, and The Japanese submarines attack Sydney and Newcastle, Australia (1942).
Holocaust begins. Approximately six million European Jews were exterminated during World War II by Nazi Germany (1942).
British forces capture Tripoli (Libya) from the Nazis (1943).
Josef Mengele becomes the new medical director of Auschwitz (1943).
Operation Gomorrah and The British bomb Hamburg creates one of the greatest firestorms that kill more than 42,000 civilians. The entire city of Hamburg was destroyed (1943). 
Lebanon gains independence from France (1943).
Allies invades Normandy: D-Day (1944).
British Commonwealth and USSR propose the formation of the United Nations (1944).
Jean Paul Sartre publishes No Exit (1944). 
Roosevelt was elected president of the United States for the fourth time (1944).
Iceland gains independence from Denmark (1944).
U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (1945).
Adolf Hitler and his wife Eva Braun commit suicide (1945).
Benito Mussolini killed (1945).
Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler commit suicide (1945).
Harry Truman becomes U.S. president after Roosevelt's death (1945).
Japan surrenders and World War II ends (1945).
United Nations is founded on October 24, 1945.
The first electronic computer (ENIAC) is built (1945).
   
 
The first ENIAC
   
The first UN meeting held in London (1946).
UNICEF is founded (1946).
Juan Perón becomes President of Argentina (1946).
Women vote for the first time in Italy (1946).
World War II officially ends (1946).
The Marshall Plan for rebuilding Europe is proposed (1947).
India and Pakistan became independent of British rule (1947).
Anne Frank's diary is published (1947).
Palestine is separated in Jewish and Arab states (1947).
New Zealand becomes independent of legislative control of the United Kingdom (1947).
The Plague of Albert Camus is published (1947).
Tom and Jerry, the one-reel animated cartoon, is released (1947).
Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi (1948).
The Nation of Israel was proclaimed (1948).
The Republic of Korea was proclaimed (1948).
Burma and Ceylon –later Sri Lanka- became independent of British rule (1948).
Long-playing record invented (1948).
The Big Bang Theory is formulated (1948).
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is adopted by United Nations (1948).
St Moritz, France, holds the V Winter Olympic Games (1948).
London, United Kingdom, holds the XIV Summer Olympic Games (1948).
South Africa institutionalizes apartheid (1949).
The Republic of Ireland is formed as an independent nation (1949).
The Communist People’s Republic of China is proclaimed by Mao Zedong (1949).
David Ben-Gurion becomes, in the first Israeli election, Prime Minister of Israel (1949).
Jorge Luis Borges, Simone de Beauvoir, and Agatha Christie publish new books (1949).
First organ transplant (1950).
Korean War begins (1950).
Ernest Hemingway and Isaac Asimov publish new books (1950).
Truman orders the development of hydrogen bomb (1950).
The first race in the history of FIA Formula One World Championship is held in Silverstone, England (1950).
 
     
   
  Antecedents  
   

The World Cups planned for 1942 and 1946 were both wiped out by the World War II. When the war ended, FIFA wanted to resurrect the competition as soon as possible, but the global picture was not very encouraging. European countries were not enthusiastic to offer their bids; because their governments viewed the world stage was not favourable to celebrate a sporting event of this magnitude. In addition, many countries were still in turmoil and ruins after the war.

For some time the cup was at risk to be undertaken. However, at the conference held in Luxemburg on July 25, 1946, Brazil submitted a bid to host the World Cup that was unanimously and quickly accepted. Brazil would host the fourth World Cup.

Germany and Japan were banned from the qualifying process because they were still busy. Countries that were behind the Iron Curtain declined to participate. On the other hand, after a 21-year exile the British nations were able to take part in the qualifying process. The 1950 World Cup will see England playing in the finals for the first time.

 
   
      
Qualification  
   
  Participating countries:
34
  Withdrew:
8
  Qualified automatically:
7
  Teams that played at least one qualifying match:
19
  Matches:
26
  Total goals:
121 (4.65 per match)
 
     
 

A total of 34 teams signed up to participate in the 1950 World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 14 spots in the final tournament. Brazil, as the hosts, and Italy, as the defending champions, qualified automatically.

Several countries withdrew from the World Cup for a variety of reasons. Argentina said "no" because of a problem with the Brazilian soccer federation. Germany (occupied and partitioned) and Japan (occupied) were not allowed to participate in the qualification rounds. Countries that were behind the Iron Curtain declined to participate, including the Soviet Union, Hungary (the finalist of 1938), and Czechoslovakia (the finalist of 1934).

This was also the first time that the 4 teams from the UK (Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales) decided to take part in the qualifying process, after 17 years of self-impose exile. They would play the British Home Championship as a qualifying group, with the top two teams qualifying.  FIFA made a real effort to convince the teams from UK. They offered the vice presidency of FIFA to an Scottish Football Association (SFA) member, a place on the executive to the UK associations, and two places for the winners and runners-up of the 1950 British International Championship in the World Cup finals.

The 14 available spots were distributed in continental zones as shown below:

Europe (UEFA): 18 teams (including Israel and Syria) competed for 7 direct places.  Italy, as the defending champions, qualified automatically. Austria and Belgium withdrew. Turkey qualified, but later withdrew.
South America (CONMEBOL): 7 teams competed for a 4 direct places. Brazil, as the host country, qualified automatically. Argentina (a dispute with the Brazilian Football Confederation), Ecuador and Peru (a dispute with FIFA and CONMEBOL) withdrew. Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay qualified by default without playing any match.
North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 3  teams competed for 2 spots.
Asia (AFC): 4 teams competed for 1 spot. Burma, the Philippines and Indonesia withdrew, so India qualified automatically. India qualified, but later withdrew.
 

A total of 19 teams played at least one qualifying match. 26 qualifying matches were played, and 121 goals were scored.

The preliminary competition became something of a farce. Some teams qualified and then withdrew, others were invited and then decided not to take part. Originally, 16 teams qualified for the  final stage that would be played in Brazil. However, three teams declined to participate and the tournament finally started with only 13 participants. Scotland, who had won the second place in the British Home Championship, decided to resign for having obtained the second place. George Graham, secretary of the SFA, had previously declared that the Scots would only go if they became British champions. Turkey also resigned citing financial problems. Finally, Peru also withdrew at the last minute, due to a dispute with FIFA and CONMEBOL. 

Three teams were invited to fill these three gaps: United States, Portugal and France. Portugal refused. After the draw, India, that had qualified for the final stage in Brazil, decided not take part because in those days Indian footballers used to play barefoot, as they did in the Olympics in 1948, and from the 1950 World Cup it was compulsary  to wear shoes. France was offered Turkey's spot and originally accepted, but then also withdrew citing the amount of travel that would be required in Group 4.

 
The teams that qualified for the World Cup were:
 
Flag
Team
Final Appearance
Streak
Last Appearance
 Bolivia
2
1
 Brazil
4
4
 Chile
2
1
 England
1
1
 Mexico
2
1
 Spain
2
1
 Italy
3
3
 Paraguay
2
1
 Sweden
3
3
 Switzerland
3
3
 United States
3
1
 Uruguay
2
1
 Yugoslavia
2
1
 
External link:
RSSSF 1950 FIFA World Cup Qualification
 
   
 

CONCACAF   CONMEBOL   UEFA
 
     
      
  Format and seedings  
   

The round-robin format used in the first World Cup was chosen again. The sixteen teams were divided into four groups and the winner of each of them would advance to the final round in which they would face in the round-robin format. The organizers wanted a format that ensured that teams will play at least three games, generating both more ticket revenue and more incentive mainly for teams that had to travel long distances to reach Brazil.

The groups were arranged on a non-geographic basis, so for every game the teams had to travel long distances between venues. One of the teams that had to travel a lot was the United States that had to play in Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Recife, accumulating a lot of miles.

The only criteria used to determine the winner of the group were the points. Thus, if two teams tied for first place, then a playoff would be necessary to determine the group winner.

The four seeded teams were: Brazil (hosts), Italy (defending champions), Uruguay and England. Withdrawals meant there were two groups of four, one of three and one of two.

 
     
   
  Squads  
   
For a complete list of all squads that appeared in the 1950 FIFA World Cup, please, visit: 1950 World Cup squads

 
     
   
  Venues  
   
Six cities hosted the tournament. The Host Cities for the 1950 FIFA World Cup were Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Porto Alegre, and Curitiba.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
  Match officials  
   
Fourteen referees participated in the tournament. 11 from UEFA, and 3 from CONMEBOL. George Reader, and Giovanni Galeati refereed three matches.
 
   
CONMEBOL
Referee
Flag
RM
  Mario Vianna 
1
  Alberto Malcher
1
  Mario Gardelli
1
UEFA
Referee
Flag
RM
  George Reader
3
  Giovanni Galeati 
3
  Reginald Leafe 
2
  Arthur Ellis 
2
  Karel van der Meer 
2
  Benjamin Griffiths 
2
  Generoso Dattilo
1
  Robert Mitchell 
1
  Ramón Azon Roma
1
  Ivan Eklind 
1
  Jean Lutz
1
 
       
       
  TOURNAMENT SUMMARY  
   

The first round had some facts worth noting. In Group A, there was no surprise. Brazil, just as planned, advanced to the final round. Spain topped Group B ahead of England, Chile, and United States. This group produced the greatest surprise of the tournament. England came to the competition as one of the favourites. They never doubted that it was the best soccer nation in the world, especially considering that a Great Britain team recently had beaten the rest of Europe 6–1 in Glasgow, Scotland, in a game dubbed the “Match of the Century”. However, it was not to be. They suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to the United States in the northern industrial town of Belo Horizonte and were eliminated from the tournament after another loss to Spain. When news of the defeat against the United States came to England, people thought it was a misprint in the newspapers and the actual score of the game was 10-1. They began as one of the favourites but ended it in ignominy. A talented Sweden topped Group C after surprisingly beating the defending champions 3–2 in its opening match. Because of this defeat, Italy failed to progress to the second round. It must be said that the majority of its national team died in a tragic plane crash a year earlier, on May 4, 1949. Uruguay had no problems winning Group D, the only group with only two members. They thrashed Bolivia 8-0. The star forward Juan Schiaffino grabbed four goals.

 
   
 
  Final round in Sao Paulo: Uruguay 3-2 Sweden
Ademir in the decisive match against Uruguay
 
   

The final four-team round robin involved Brazil, Spain, Sweden, and Uruguay, who were making their first World Cup appearance since winning the inaugural tournament. The World Cup winner would be the team that finished on top of this group. Brazil came from thrashing to Sweden by a resounding 7-1 and Spain by a crushing 6 to 1. The Brazilians should not have trouble beating their South American neighbour Uruguay. In the worst case, they only needed a draw and they would be crowned world champions. That's what all Brazilians thought. But what Brazilians thought is not what happened.

The final and deciding match of the four-team final group was contested at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, before a crowd of 200,000 spectators, by Uruguay, who were making their first appearance after the first World Cup, and the hosts Brazil.  The match was hard fought and was tied 1-1, but Ghiggia beat Bigode one more time and scored the winner 11 minutes from time to give Uruguay the second World Cup title. Uruguay definitely stunned the crowd and crowned World Cup champion after beating the heavily-favoured Brazil 2-1. One of the biggest surprises in the World Cups history had occurred. For the whole of Brazil, it was a national disaster. After the negative result, that match is referred to as the Maracanazo, a name still used to show a defeat for a Brazilian team by foreign rivals at the famous stadium. It was the first and only time in World Cup history that the champion was not decided by a one-match final.

 
   
 
Team captains of Brazil and Uruguay exchange pennats before the decisive march
The brazilian team
 
     
First Round - Group A
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Brazil
3
2
1
0
8
2
6
5
2
 Yugoslavia
3
2
0
1
7
3
4
4
3
 Switzerland
3
1
1
1
4
6
-2
3
4
 Mexico
3
0
0
3
2
10
-8
0
   
   
Match 1
4-0
Mexico  
Date: 24 June 1950
Ademir 30, 79'
 
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã,
Jair 65'
 
Venue: Rio de Janeiro  
Attendance:  81,649  
Referee: George Reader (England)  
   
Match 2
Yugoslavia
3-0
Switzerland  
Date: 25 June 1950  
Stadium: Estádio Independência  
Venue: Belo Horizonte  
Attendance:  7,336    
Referee: Giovanni Galeati (Italy)  
   
Match 6
2-2
Switzerland  
Date: 28 June 1950 J. Fatton 17', 88'
Stadium: Estádio do Pacaembu  
Venue: São Paulo    
Attendance: 42,032  
Referee: Ramón Azon Roma (Spain)  
   
Match 7
Yugoslavia
4-1
Mexico    
Date: 28 June 1950 H. Ortiz 89'  
Stadium: Estádio dos Eucaliptos    
Venue: Porto Alegre    
Attendance: 11,078      
Referee: Reginald Leafe (England)    
 
     
Match 11
2-0
Yugoslavia    
Date: 1 July 1950    
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã    
Venue: Rio de Janeiro      
Attendance: 142,429    
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)    
 
     
Match 12
2-1
Mexico    
Date: 2 July 1950 H. Casarín 89'  
Stadium: Estádio dos Eucaliptos    
Venue: Porto Alegre      
Attendance: 3,580    
Referee: Ivan Eklind (Sweden)    
 
     
 
First Round - Group B
 
     
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Spain
3
3
0
0
6
1
5
6
2
 England
3
1
0
2
2
2
0
2
3
 Chile
3
1
0
2
5
6
-1
2
4
 United States
3
1
0
2
4
8
-4
2
 
     
     
Match 3
2-0
Chile  
Date: 25 June 1950    
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã  
Venue: Rio de Janeiro    
Attendance: 29,703      
Referee: Karel van der Meer (Netherlands)  
   
Match 4
3-1
United States  
Date: 25 June 1950 G. Pariani 17'
Stadium: Estádio Durival de Britto  
Venue: Curitiba  
Attendance: 9,511  
Referee: Mario Vianna (Brazil)  
   
Match 8
2-0
Chile  
Date: 29 June 1950  
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã  
Venue: Rio de Janeiro    
Attendance: 19,790  
Referee: Alberto Malcher (Brazil)  
   
Match 9
1-0
England  
Date: 29 June 1950    
Stadium: Estádio Independência    
Venue: Belo Horizonte    
Attendance: 10,151  
Referee: Generoso Datillo (Italy)    
   
Match 13
1-0
England  
Date: 2 July 1950  
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã    
Venue: Rio de Janeiro    
Attendance: 74,462    
Referee: Giovanni Galeati (Italy)    
   
Match 14
5-2
United States  
Date: 2 July 1950 F. Wallace 47'
Stadium: Estádio Ilha do Retiro
A. Cremaschi 32', 60'
J. Maca 48'
Venue: Recife  
Attendance: 8,501  
Referee: Mario Gardelli (Brazil)  
   
 
First Round - Group C
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Sweden
2
1
1
0
5
4
1
3
2
 Italy
2
1
0
1
4
3
1
2
3
 Paraguay
2
0
1
1
2
4
-2
1
   
   
Match 5  
Sweden
3-2
Italy  
Date: 25 June 1950
H. Jeppson 25', 69'
  R. Carapellese 7'
Stadium: Estádio do Pacaembu E. Muccinelli 78'
Venue: São Paulo    
Attendance: 36,502  
Referee: Jean Lutz (Switzerland)  
   
Match 10
Sweden
2-2
Paraguay  
Date: 29 June 1950 C. López Fretes 35'
Stadium: Estádio Durival Britto A. López 74'
Venue: Curitiba    
Attendance: 7,903  
Referee: Robert Mitchell (Scotland)  
   
Match 15
2-0
Paraguay  
Date: 2 July 1950  
Stadium: Estádio do Pacaembu  
Venue: São Paulo    
Attendance: 25,811    
Referee: Arthur Ellis (England)  
   
 
First Round - Group D
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Uruguay
2
1
0
0
8
0
8
2
2
 Bolivia
2
0
0
1
0
8
-8
0
       
       
Match 16
8-0
Bolivia  
Date: 2 July 1950
O. Míguez 4', 40', 51'
 
Stadium: Estádio Independência  
Venue: Belo Horizonte
J. Schiaffino 23', 54'
 
Attendance: 5,284  
Referee: George Reader (England)    
 
   
Final round
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Uruguay
3
2
1
0
7
5
2
5
2
 Brazil
3
2
0
1
14
4
10
4
3
 Sweden
3
1
0
2
6
11
-5
2
4
 Spain
3
0
1
2
4
11
-7
1
   
   
Match 17
2-2
Spain  
Date: 9 July 1950 E. Basora 37', 39'
Stadium: Estádio do Pacaembu  
Venue: São Paulo    
Attendance: 44,802    
Referee: Benjamin Griffiths (Wales)    
   
Match 18
7-1
Sweden  
Date: 9 July 1950
Ademir 17', 36', 52', 58'
  S. Andersson 67'
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã
Chico 39', 88'
 
Venue: Rio de Janeiro
Maneca 85'
 
Attendance: 138,886  
Referee: Arthur Ellis (England)  
 
Match 19
6-1
Spain  
Date: 13 July 1950
J. Parra o.g. 15'
  S. Igoa 71'
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã
Jair 21'
 
Venue: Rio de Janeiro
Chico 31', 55'
 
Attendance: 152,772
Ademir 57'
 
Referee: Reginald Leafe (England)  
   
Match 20
3-2
Sweden    
Date: 13 July 1950   K. Palmér 5'  
Stadium: Estádio do Pacaembu
O. Míguez 77', 85'
S. Sundqvist 40'  
Venue: São Paulo
   
Attendance: 7,987
   
Referee: Giovanni Galeati (Italy)
   
 
Match 21
Sweden
3-1
Spain  
Date: 16 July 1950   A. Zarra 82'
Stadium: Estádio do Pacaembu  
Venue: São Paulo  
Attendance: 11,227  
Referee: Karel van der Meer (Netherlands)  
 
Match 22
2-1
Brazil  
Date: 16 July 1950   Friaça 47'
Stadium: Estádio do Maracanã  
Venue: Rio de Janeiro    
Attendance: 173,850  
  Referee: George Reader (England)  
 
The goalkeeper of Brazil has been beaten. Uruguay scored the second goal
Uruguay: World Cup winners
 
   
   
Standings
     
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Sum(P/Nt)
PTsS
Pt
Ap.
1
 Uruguay
4
3
1
0
15
5
10
7
1.75
0.0769
13.00
C
2
2
 Brazil
6
4
1
1
22
6
16
9
1.50
0.1538
6.50
F
4
3
 Sweden
5
2
1
2
11
15
-4
5
1.00
0.2308
4.88
TP
3
4
 Spain
6
3
1
2
10
12
-2
7
1.17
0.3077
3.25
FP
2
5
 Yugoslavia
3
2
0
1
7
3
4
4
1.33
0.3846
1.00
1R
2
6
 Switzerland
3
1
1
1
4
6
-2
3
1.00
0.4615
1.00
1R
3
7
 Italy
2
1
0
1
4
3
1
2
1.00
0.5385
1.00
1R
3
8
 England
3
1
0
2
2
2
0
2
0.67
0.6154
1.00
1R
1
9
 Chile
3
1
0
2
5
6
-1
2
0.67
0.6923
1.00
1R
2
10
 United States
3
1
0
2
4
8
-4
2
0.67
0.7692
1.00
1R
3
11
 Paraguay
2
0
1
1
2
4
-2
1
0.50
0.8462
1.00
1R
2
12
 Mexico
3
0
0
3
2
10
-8
0
0.00
0.9231
1.00
1R
2
13
 Bolivia
1
0
0
1
0
8
-8
0
0.00
1.0000
1.00
1R
2
 
       
 
 Where: Perf.: Performance   Sum(P/Nt): Position between all the participant teams   Pt: Reached round
 PtsS: Points scored for statistics   Ap: Appearances in world cups
     
       
  STATISTICS
     
     
Goalscorers
   
 
Pos
Player
Team
Flag
Goals
1
 Ademir  Brazil
8
2
 O. Míguez  Uruguay
5
3
 Chico  Brazil
4
 E. Basora  Spain
4
 T. Zarra  Spain
4
 A. Ghiggia  Uruguay
4
7
 S. Sundqvist  Sweden
3
 K. Palmér  Sweden
3
 J. Schiaffino  Uruguay
3
10
 Baltazar  Brazil
2
 Jair  Brazil
2
 Zizinho  Brazil
2
 A. Cremaschi  Chile
2
 R. Carapellese  Italy
2
 S. Igoa  Spain
2
 H. Jeppson  Sweden
2
 S. Andersson  Sweden
2
 J. Fatton  Switzerland
2
 Ž. Čajkovski  Yugoslavia
2
 K. Tomašević  Yugoslavia
2
21
 Maneca  Brazil
1
 Friaça  Brazil
1
 Alfredo  Brazil
1
 J. Parra (Spain, o.g.)  Brazil
1
 A. Prieto  Chile
1
 F. Riera  Chile
1
 G. Robledo  Chile
1
 S. Mortensen  England
1
 W. Mannion  England
1
 E. Muccinelli  Italy
1
 E. Pandolfini  Italy
1
 H. Casarín  Mexico
1
 H. Ortiz  Mexico
1
 C. López Fretes  Paraguay
1
 A. López  Paraguay
1
 B. Mellberg  Sweden
1
 R. Bader  Switzerland
1
 C. Antenen  Switzerland
1
 J. Maca  United States
1
 F. Wallace  United States
1
 J. Gaetjens  United States
1
 G. Pariani  United States
1
 J. Pérez  Uruguay
1
 E. Vidal  Uruguay
1
 O. Varela  Uruguay
1
 S. Bobek  Yugoslavia
1
 T. Ognjanov  Yugoslavia
1
 R. Mitić  Yugoslavia
1
 
 
 
 
 
   
        
Overall top goal scorers
   
 

In gold the topscorers (golden shoe) of the tournament. The complete list is available at: Goleadores-1950

   
Pos
Player
 Team
Flag
Goals
WC-1
WC-2
1
 Guillermo Stábile  Argentina
8
30
 Leônidas  Brazil
8
34
38
 Ademir  Brazil
8
50
4
 Oldřich Nejedlý  Czechoslovakia
7
34
38
5
 György Sárosi  Hungary
6
34
38
6
 Gyula Zsengellér  Hungary
5
38
 Silvio Piola  Italy
5
38
 Pedro Cea  Uruguay
5
30
 Oscar Míguez  Uruguay
5
50
10
 Chico  Brazil
4
50
 Angelo Schiavio  Italy
4
34
 Gino Colaussi  Italy
4
38
 Ernest Wilimowski  Poland
4
38
 Telmo Zarra  Spain
4
50
 Estanislao Basora  Spain
4
50
 André Abegglen  Switzerland
4
34
38
 Bert Patenaude  United States
4
30
 Alcides Ghiggia  Uruguay
4
50
 Edmund Conen  West Germany
4
34
 
   
   
Scoring frequency by team
   
Pos
Team
Flag
Tot
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Ch
 
312
3
1
1
4
10
20
31
93
 
1
  Brazil
42
2
1
3
4
5
+1
2
  Uruguay
30
2
1
2
3
4
+3
3
  Italy
27
1
2
2
2
4
-2
4
  Sweden
26
6
2
4
+1
5
  Argentina
20
1
1
2
5
-3
  Hungary
20
1
1
1
1
4
-3
7
  Czechoslovakia
14
1
1
5
0
  Germany
14
1
2
6
0
  Spain
14
2
2
2
+11
  Switzerland
14
1
1
1
5
+2
  Yugoslavia
14
1
3
5
+6
12
  United States
12
1
8
-1
13
  Chile
10
3
4
-3
  France
10
1
1
5
-4
15
  Romania
8
1
5
-4
16
  Austria
7
1
5
-3
17
  Mexico
6
1
4
+1
18
  Cuba
5
1
2
-3
  Poland
5
1
1
-3
20
  Belgium
3
1
1
0
  Paraguay
3
3
+3
22
  Egypt
2
1
-1
  England
2
2
  Netherlands
2
2
-1
25
  Norway
1
1
-2
  Peru
1
1
-2
 
   
   
Interesting facts
   
 
Milestone goals. The goal number 300 in the World Cups history was scored by Chico from Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July 1950. Chico scored the 4-0. Brazil defeated Spain 6-1.
The 1950 World Cup was the only tournament not decided by a one-match final.
Alcides Ghiggia from Uruguay became the first player to score in every match of a World Cup. Ghiggia scored four goals in four matches. The only other players to do that were Just Fontaine of France in 1958 and Brazil's Jairzinho in 1970 - they both scored in all six games they played.
Alfred Bickel, also referred to as Fredy Bickel, was born in Eppstein, Germany and was a Swiss football player and coach. He participated in the World Cup finals of 1938 and 1950. Bickel holds the World Cup record for the longest period between matches played (12 years, 13 days), and is one of only two footballers ever to participate in World Cups before and after World War II.
Erik Nilsson, the captain of Sweden, is the other player ever to participate in World Cups before and after World War II.
The average attendance of 60,733 per game in Brazil set a new World Cup record that lasted until the 1994 World Cup.
Poker: Ademir (Brazil)
The youngest player was Carlos Ibañez from Chile: 18y (30 November 1931).  The youngest goalkeeper was Antonio Carbajal from Mexico: 21y (07 June 1929).  The youngest scorer was Kiki Antenen from Switzerland: 20y (3 November 1929). The youngest champion was Rubén Morán from Uruguay: 19y (6 August 1930). The youngest captain was Harry Keough from United States: 22y (15 November 1927).
The oldest player was Stanley Matthews from England: 35y (1 February 1915). The oldest goalkeeper was Srdjan Mrkušić from Yugoslavia: 35y (26 May 1915). The oldest scorer was Obdulio Varela from Uruguay: 32y (20 September 1917). The oldest champion was also Obdulio Varela from Uruguay: 32y (20 September 1917). The oldest captain was Erik Nilsson from Sweden: 33y (6 August 1916).
 
 
 
 
The Swedish team

The Jules Rimet Cup

 
   
   
  Teams that contributed players for national teams
   
 
The most important teams that contributed players to the national teams are shown in the table below. The complete list is available at Teams-Countries-Players-1950
   
 
   
        
Cumulative teams contributions
   
 
The complete list is available at Teams-Countries-Players-1950
   
 
Pos
Log
Team
Country
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
1
File:Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas logo.svg
  Botafogo
  Brazil
19
4
9
5
1
  SK Slavia Praha
  Czechoslovakia
19
10
9
3
  Juventus   Italy
16
10
2
4
  Grasshopper-Club Zürich   Switzerland
16
6
9
1
5
  Vasco da Gama
  Brazil
15
4
2
1
8
File:Escudo de Peñarol.svg
  Peñarol
15
5
1
9
File:Club Nacional de Football's logo.png
  Nacional
15
9
1
5
8
File:Colo-Colo.svg
  Colo-Colo
  Chile
14
8
6
  AC Sparta Prague
  Czechoslovakia
14
6
8
  Ferencvárosi TC   Hungary
14
6
8
  Internazionale   Italy
14
4
5
5
12
  Fluminense
  Brazil
12
5
5
2
  Újpest FC   Hungary
12
7
5
  Servette FC   Switzerland
12
5
4
3
15
File:Escudo de Olimpia.png
  Club Olimpia
  Paraguay
11
5
6
  FC Ripensia Timişoara
  Romania
11
6
5
17
  Racing Club de France
  France
10
5
2
3
  MTK Budapest FC   Hungary
10
3
7
  Alianza Lima
  Peru
10
10
20
  SK Rapid Wien
  Austria
9
5
4
  K. Beerschot V.A.C.   Belgium
9
1
8
  FC Sochaux-Montbéliard
  France
9
2
2
5
  Athletic Bilbao   Spain
9
5
4
  Malmö FF   Sweden
9
1
8
25
  R. Daring Club Molenbeek   Belgium
8
1
4
3
  São Paulo FC
  Brazil
8
4
4
File:Atlante FC logo.svg
  Atlante
  Mexico
8
7
1
  Club América
  Mexico
8
5
3
File:Club Libertad.png
  Club Libertad
  Paraguay
8
5
3
  Venus Bucureşti
  Romania
8
2
2
4
  FC Barcelona   Spain
8
3
5
  AIK Fotboll   Sweden
8
2
3
3
  Red Star Belgrade
  Yugoslavia
8
8
File:OFK Beograd.svg
  OFK Beograd
  Yugoslavia
8
8
        
        
Leagues that countributed players for national teams
   
 
The most important leagues that contributed players to the national teams are shown in the table below.

   
 
Pos
Team
Flag
NoP
Per
 
270
 
1
  Brazil
22
8.15%
  England
22
8.15%
  Italy
22
8.15%
  Mexico
22
8.15%
  Paraguay
22
8.15%
  Spain
22
8.15%
22
8.15%
  Yugoslavia
22
8.15%
9
  Chile
21
7.78%
10
  Bolivia
19
7.04%
  Switzerland
19
7.04%
12
  Sweden
18
6.67%
13
17
6.30%
   
   
Cumulative contributions (leagues)
   
   
 
Pos
Team
Flag
Total
30
34
38
50
Per
Ch
 
1146
243
317
316
270
 
1
 Brazil
83
24
15
22
22
7.24%
+1
2
 France
67
19
23
25
5.85%
-1
3
 Italy
66
22
22
22
5.76%
+2
4
 Switzerland
62
23
20
19
5.41%
+2
5
 Belgium
61
16
22
23
5.32%
-3
6
 Sweden
56
16
22
18
4.89%
+5
7
 United States
52
16
19
17
4.54%
+5
8
 Romania
51
15
15
21
4.45%
-4
9
 Uruguay
46
22
2
22
4.01%
+6
10
 Paraguay
44
22
22
3.84%
+6
 Spain
44
22
22
3.84%
+6
12
 Hungary
43
22
21
3.75%
-6
 Netherlands
43
22
21
3.75%
-6
14
 Argentina
40
22
18
3.49%
-5
 Chile
40
19
21
3.49%
+7
16
 Mexico
39
17
22
3.40%
+6
 Czechoslovakiakia
39
17
22
3.40%
-6
18
 Bolivia
36
17
19
3.14%
+4
19
 West Germany
35
22
13
3.05%
-6
 Yugoslavia
35
13
22
3.05%
+8
21
 Austria
31
22
9
2.70%
-7
22
 England
22
22
1.92%
 Poland
22
22
1.92%
-6
24
 Norway
21
21
1.83%
-5
 Peru
21
21
1.83%
-5
26
 Indonesia
17
17
1.48%
-4
27
 Cuba
15
15
1.31%
-2
 Egypt
15
15
1.31%
-2
   
 
H-index, i-10 index and ne
   
 
H-index is the largest number h such that h teams have at least h players.  i-10 index is the number of teams with at least 10 players.  nt is the number of teams. cha is the number of positions won or lost compared to the previous world cup.
 
 
Pos
Team
Flag
h-index
i-10 index
ne
Ch
1
 Brazil
5
3
17
0
2
 Italy
5
2
14
+4
3
 France
5
1
19
-1
4
 Paraguay
5
1
8
+15
5
 Belgium
5
0
18
-2
6
 Hungary
4
3
6
-2
7
 Switzerland
4
2
18
+2
8
 Romania
4
1
18
-3
9
 United States
4
0
26
+5
10
 Sweden
4
0
17
-3
11
 Bolivia
4
0
13
+13
 Spain
4
0
13
+6
13
 Yugoslavia
4
0
7
+14
14
 Austria
4
0
5
-6
15
 Uruguay
3
2
11
-5
16
 Chile
3
1
12
+8
17
 Argentina
3
0
23
-6
 Netherlands
3
0
23
-6
19
 West Germany
3
0
22
-6
20
 Mexico
3
0
13
-1
21
 Norway
3
0
11
-6
 Poland
3
0
11
-6
23
 Cuba
3
0
5
-5
24
 Czechoslovakiakia
2
2
7
-3
25
 Peru
2
1
6
-3
26
 England
2
0
14
27
 Indonesia
2
0
12
-4
28
 Egypt
2
0
6
-2
 
        
Coaches contributed by country
   
 
The coaches contributed by country are shown in the table below. England and Italy contributed two coaches each.

   
 
Pos
Country
Flag
NoC
1
  England
2
  Italy
2
3
  Brazil
1
  Chile
1
  Mexico
1
  Paraguay
1
  Spain
1
  Switzerland
1
1
1
  Yugoslavia
1
   
   
Cumulative contributions (coaches)
   
Pos
Country
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
 
57
13
16
15
13
1
6
2
2
2
2
  Hungary
5
1
2
2
3
  Brazil
4
1
1
1
1
  Italy
4
1
1
2
5
3
2
1
  Austria
3
2
1
  Spain
3
1
1
1
3
1
1
1
9
  Belgium
2
1
1
  Czechoslovakia
2
1
1
  France
2
1
1
  West Germany
2
1
1
  Mexico
2
1
1
  Romania
2
1
1
  Switzerland
2
1
1
2
1
1
  Yugoslavia
2
1
1
18
  Bolivia
1
1
  Chile
1
1
  Cuba
1
1
  Netherlands
1
1
  Norway
1
1
  Paraguay
1
1
  Poland
1
1
  Scotland
1
1
 
        
 
Referees, countries and world cup matches
 
Referees from 19 countries have conducted 75 world cup matches till The 1950 FIFA Worl Cup.
   
 
Pos
Country
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
Ch
75
18
17
18
22
1
  Italy
13
7
2
4
+1
2
  Belgium
10
5
2
3
-1
3
7
     
7
4
  Brazil
6
3
3
+3
  France
6
1
5
-1
6
  Sweden
5
2
2
1
-1
  Switzerland
5
2
2
1
-1
5
5
-2
9
  Netherlands
3
1
2
+2
  Austria
3
2
1
-2
11
2
2
-2
  Germany
2
1
1
-2
  Wales
2
     
2
14
  Bolivia
1
1
-3
  Chile
1
1
-3
  Czechoslovakia
1
   
1
-3
  Hungary
1
   
1
-3
  Scotland
1
     
1
 
  Spain
1
     
1
 
      
 
Referees, confederations and world cup matches
 
Referees from 2 confederations have conducted 75 world cup matches till The 1950 FIFA Worl Cup.
   
 
Pos
Confederation
Logo
Tot
30
34
38
50
Per
 
75
18
17
18
22
1
  UEFA
60
6
17
18
19
80%
2
  CONMEBOL
15
12
   
3
20%
 
 
 
Attendance
   
 
The total attendance at the World Cup as well as both the total and average attendance for each of the national teams is shown in the table below.

   
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Total
#M
Average
  
1,045,246
22
47,511
1
  Brazil
731,618
6
121,936
2
  Spain
312,564
6
52,094
3
  Uruguay
231,923
4
57,981
4
  Sweden
202,505
5
40,501
5
  Yugoslavia
160,843
3
53,614
6
  England
114,316
3
38,105
7
  Mexico
96,307
3
32,102
8
  Italy
62,313
2
31,157
9
  Chile
57,994
3
19,331
10
  Switzerland
52,948
3
17,649
11
  Paraguay
33,714
2
16,857
12
  United States
28,163
3
9,388
13
  Bolivia
5,284
1
5,284
   
 
Cumulative attendance
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Total
#M
Average
Ch
  
2,374,495
75
31,660
1
  Brazil
900,757
14
64,340
+3
2
  Uruguay
507,893
8
63,487
0
3
  Spain
411,564
9
45,729
+8
4
  Italy
410,768
11
37,343
-3
5
  Yugoslavia
283,075
6
47,179
+3
6
  Argentina
262,200
6
43,700
-3
7
  Sweden
258,505
10
25,851
+10
8
  United States
162,701
7
23,243
-1
9
  Switzerland
160,125
8
20,016
+1
10
  Mexico
152,100
6
25,350
+8
11
  Czechoslovakia
142,162
7
20,309
-6
12
  France
134,762
6
22,460
-6
13
  Hungary
121,000
6
20,167
-4
14
  England
114,316
3
38,105
15
  Chile
110,702
6
18,450
+4
16
  Romania
96,571
5
19,314
-4
17
  Austria
81,000
4
20,250
-4
18
  West Germany
80,177
6
13,363
-4
19
  Belgium
68,800
4
17,200
-4
20
  Paraguay
64,020
4
16,005
+2
21
  Peru
60,284
2
30,142
-5
22
  Bolivia
49,056
3
16,352
-1
23
  Netherlands
44,000
2
22,000
-3
24
  Cuba
22,000
3
7,333
-1
25
  Norway
19,000
1
19,000
-1
26
  Poland
13,452
1
13,452
-1
27
  Indonesia
9,000
1
9,000
-1
  Egypt
9,000
1
9,000
-1
        
      

  Awards and best players
   
 
The top scorer (Golden Shoe) of the tournament was Ademir from Brazil, who would go on to score eight goals. The names that people probably remember from those times are:

    
 
   
     
    
  All-star team
   
 
The All-Star Team is a team of the best performers at the respective World Cup finals
   
 
 
 
  Cumulative participation by country
 
Pos
Team
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
Ch
1
  Italy
12
6
6
0
12
7
5
+1
3
  Brazil
6
2
4
+1
4
  Spain
4
3
1
-1
5
2
2
-1
  Czechoslovakia
2
1
1
-1
  Hungary
2
2
-1
8
  Austria
1
1
0
  Sweden
1
1
1
1
0
  Yugoslavia
1
1
0
       
    

  DID YOU KNOW?
   
 
The trophy that was given to the World Cup winners was named Victoria. In 1950, in order to pay homage to Jules Rimet who had been President of FIFA for 25 years and promoted the organization of the championship again after World War II, the trophy was first called Jules Rimet Cup, although it was subsequently referred to as the Jules Rimet Trophy.
The Italian Ottorino Barassi, Vice President of FIFA in those years, hid the trophy in a shoebox under the bed in his house to avoid falling into the hands of the occupying army.
India, who had been invited by FIFA to participate in the final stage in Brazil, decided to give up, because FIFA did not accept them play in bare feet, as they did in the Olympics in 1948.
Italy, the defending champion, suffered the loss of most of their best players, who died in a plane crash, Superga air disaster, on 4 May 1949. The Torino team was returning to Italy after a match against Benfica in Portugal when the Fiat G.212, an Italian three-engine airliner, flew into a thunderstorm and crashed into the hill of Superga near Turin, killing all 31 aboard.
United States stunned the world by defeating the mighty English team 1 to 0. The Haitian-born Joe Gaetjens gave the victory to the USA. The British media, assuming that there was a typographical error in the information they received, changed the result to 10 to 1. Unfortunately for England, the Kings of Football, there was no such misprint.
Joseph Gaetjens, the goal-scoring hero for the USA against England, returned to his native Haiti in 1954. A decade later, he was arrested by the country's secret police and is believed to have been killed - like thousands of other Haitians - by the death squad.
   
 

World Cup 1950 poster

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