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1950 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country Sweden
Dates June 16-July 19
Teams 20 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s) 13 (in 13 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden (1st title)
Runners-up Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
Third place Flag of Norway.svg Norway
Fourth place Flag of France.svg France
Tournament statistics
Matches played 48
Goals scored 189 (3.94 per match)
Attendance 1,001,560 (20,866 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Brazil (1889-1960) Ademir (7 goals)
Flag of Argentina 1938
Flag of Chile 1954

The 1950 FIFA World Cup was the eighth FIFA World Cup to be held since its inception in 1906. It was the first World Cup after the Second World War after the planned 1942 and 1946 editions were cancelled.

This World Cup saw an attendance of over one million people for the first time in World Cup history which was reached in the final. Sweden who would take out the title after they defeated Great Britain by a score of 2-1 at Solna.

Background

After the Second World War ended in 1945 which cancelled the 1942 and 1946 editions of the World Cup, FIFA was keen to resurrect the competition as soon as possible so that they make plans. After the war, most of the European countries were in ruin and FIFA look towards the north as the Nordic countries stayed out of the war. On June 15, 1947, Sweden won the hosting rights for the 1950 edition. It was also discussed that the competition would expand to a twenty team competition to try and get more teams into international football. After Denmark qualified through to the World Cup, the Swedish FA decided to move some of the Group B games over to Copenhagen to create history by being the first World Cup to not be exclusivly feature in one country.

Qualifying

Main article: 1950 FIFA World Cup qualification

Qualifying for the World Cup began in 1948 with the first round of North American qualifying taking place with Cuba taking on Hawaii. With the competition expanded to twenty teams and Sweden (hosts) and Italy (defending champions) automatically qualifying, this left eighteen spots remaining. Of these, ten spots went to Europe, four spots went to North America, three spots went to South America and one spot went to Asia.

Seeding

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

Group Stage

Group A

Group A saw the hosts in Sweden being placed with two World Champions in Italy (1934 and 1938) and Belgium (1922) with the other two teams being Mexico and Chile. The big surprise in Group A was on the 20th June when Albert De Hert scored the winning goal for Belgium to later cause a shock elimination of the Italians. Despite some people thinking that Sweden would only just scrape through the group stage, they would finish on top spot after a shaky start against Mexico (who would finish in the last spot) before winning three on the trot including a 4-2 win over Italy in Stockholm.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 4 3 1 0 10 3+7 7
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 4 3 0 1 6 1+5 6
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 4 2 0 2 9 5+4 4
Flag of Chile.svg Chile 4 1 0 3 3 11−8 2
Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico 4 0 1 3 1 8−7 1


June 16, 1950
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 4-0 Flag of Chile.svg Chile
Muccinelli Soccerball shade 15'
Amadei Soccerball shade 33'
Pandolfini Soccerball shade 64'
Parola Soccerball shade 86'
Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 19,496


June 16, 1950
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 1-1 Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico
Palmér Soccerball shade 84' Velázquez Soccerball shade 77'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 45,141


June 20, 1950
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 1-0 Flag of Italy.svg Italy
De Hert Soccerball shade 83'
Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
Attendance: 28,741


June 20, 1950
Flag of Chile.svg Chile 1-4 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Prieto Soccerball shade 39' Jeppson Soccerball shade 15'61'
Mellberg Soccerball shade 32'78'
Malmö Idrottsplats, Malmö
Attendance: 18,331


June 24, 1950
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 1-0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
Andersson Soccerball shade 79'
Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
Attendance: 48,218


June 24, 1950
Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico 0-2 Flag of Chile.svg Chile
Ibáñez Soccerball shade 31'
Roldán Soccerball shade 58'
Eyravallen, Örebro
Attendance: 7,143


June 28, 1950
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 3-0 Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico
Carapellse Soccerball shade 5'41'
Muccinelli Soccerball shade 79'
Olympia, Helsingborg
Attendance: 15,248


June 28, 1950
Flag of Chile.svg Chile 0-3 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
Mermans Soccerball shade 2'73'
Mees Soccerball shade 19'
Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 11,517


July 2, 1950
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 4-2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy
Palmér Soccerball shade 16'62'
Bodin Soccerball shade 5'
Rydell Soccerball shade 77'
Carapellese Soccerball shade 37'75'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 41,155


July 2, 1950
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium 2-0 Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico
Mermans Soccerball shade 72'
Mordant Soccerball shade 88'
Eyravallen, Örebro
Attendance: 4,869

Group B

Group B saw a massive upset with the Netherlands struggling in the Group B with only a lonely win in the first match of the group against Jamaica who conceded 29 goals against them without even troubling the goalkeeper at the other end. The team that would replace the Netherlands would be Norway who claimed a surprise second in the group (Uruguay came in first) after Gunnar Dahlen scored a goal in the 76th minute to give Norway a victory over the second-ranked Netherlands. For Jamaica, as well as the worst World Cup record in history, they also were the wrong end of the record scoreline when the game against Uruguay saw a score line of eleven-nil in favour of Uruguay which is the biggest margin in a World Cup. Austria would be the unlucky one after the 2-2 draw against Norway on the final matchday couldn’t get the team into the quarter-finals.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 4 4 0 0 17 3+14 8
Flag of Norway.svg Norway 4 2 1 1 12 6+6 5
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 4 1 2 1 9 5+4 4
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 4 1 1 2 9 4+5 3
23x15px Jamaica 4 0 0 4 0 29−29 0


June 17, 1950
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 7-0 23x15px Jamaica
Clavan Soccerball shade 10'65'
Lenstra Soccerball shade 17'43'
Huijbregts Soccerball shade 2'
Wilkes Soccerball shade 35'
Terlouw Soccerball shade 63'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 6,167


June 17, 1950
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 3-2 Flag of Norway.svg Norway
Varela Soccerball shade 36'
Ortuño Soccerball shade 75'
Morán Soccerball shade 86'
H Anderson Soccerball shade 3'
Dahlen Soccerball shade 21'
Ryavallen, Borås
Attendance: 10,418


June 21, 1950
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 1-1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Melchior Soccerball shade 39' Lenstra Soccerball shade 61'
Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
Attendance: 25,866


June 21, 1950
23x15px Jamaica 0-11 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
Míguez Soccerball shade 4'17'38'66'
Morán Soccerball shade 31'47'89'
Ghiggia Soccerball shade 9'51'
Pini Soccerball shade 37'
Gambetta Soccerball shade 81'
Olympia, Helsingborg
Attendance: 5,511


June 25, 1950
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 2-1 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Schiaffino Soccerball shade 4'
Míguez Soccerball shade 55'
Dienst Soccerball shade 76'
Malmö Idrottsplats, Malmo
Attendance: 11,536


June 25, 1950
Flag of Norway.svg Norway 6-0 23x15px Jamaica
H Anderson Soccerball shade 9'77'
Thoresen Soccerball shade 24'45'
Dahlen Soccerball shade 61'
V Anderson Soccerball shade 88'
Arosvallen, Västerås
Attendance: 1,355


June 29, 1950
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 1-2 Flag of Norway.svg Norway
Clavan Soccerball shade 55' H Anderson Soccerball shade 18'
Karlsen Soccerball shade 73'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 28,331


June 29, 1950
23x15px Jamaica 0-5 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Ocwirk Soccerball shade 16'48'77'
Walzhofer Soccerball shade 23'
Körner Soccerball shade 33'
Eyravallen, Örebro
Attendance: 1,152


July 3, 1950
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 1-0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Míguez Soccerball shade 14'
Malmö Idrottsplats, Malmo
Attendance: 18,611


July 3, 1950
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 2-2 Flag of Norway.svg Norway
Aurednik Soccerball shade 20'
Melchior Soccerball shade 65'
H Anderson Soccerball shade 37'
Thoresen Soccerball shade 76'
Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 17,955

Group C

Group C went according to the seeds that were set earlier in the year with France and Brazil each booking a spot in the quarter-final. But that wasn’t almost the case with third place Denmark needing to win against Spain to book a spot at the expensive of France and after conceding early in the second half, they got one back in the second half from Edvin Hansen but they couldn’t get a winner. Also in this group was debutantes Costa Rica who couldn’t defend against tough opposition but did score two goals with both being late in the match.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil 4 3 1 0 18 3+15 7
Flag of France.svg France 4 2 1 1 10 5+5 5
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 4 1 1 2 10 5+5 3
Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain 4 1 1 2 7 70 3
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 4 0 0 4 2 27−25 0


June 18, 1950
Flag of France.svg France 6-1 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica
Baratte Soccerball shade 24'76'86'
Baillot Soccerball shade 14'
Kargu Soccerball shade 63'
Belver Soccerball shade 88'
??? Soccerball shade 35'
Rimnersvallen, Uddevalla
Attendance: 11,335


June 18, 1950
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil 6-0 Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain
Ademir Soccerball shade 36'72'85'
Jair Soccerball shade 4'55'
Rui Soccerball shade 71'
Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
Attendance: 30,966


June 22, 1950
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 1-2 Flag of France.svg France
Petersen Soccerball shade 35' Doye Soccerball shade 67'
Baratte Soccerball shade 83'
Idrætsparken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 19,586


June 22, 1950
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 0-8 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil
Ademir Soccerball shade 13'45'75'
Chico Soccerball shade 22'56'84'
Ely Soccerball shade 7'
Jair Soccerball shade 77'
Tunavallen, Eskilstuna
Attendance: 7,629


June 26, 1950
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil 1-1 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
Ely Soccerball shade 34' Lyngsaa Soccerball shade 71'
Idrætsparken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 18,594


June 26, 1950
Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain 6-0 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica
Basora Soccerball shade 33'75'
Molowny Soccerball shade 65'81'
Puchades Soccerball shade 15'
Igoa Soccerball shade 59'
Rimnersvallen, Uddevalla
Attendance: 5,143


June 30, 1950
Flag of France.svg France 0-0 Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain
Malmö Idrottsplats, Malmo
Attendance: 15,679


June 30, 1950
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica 1-7 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
??? Soccerball shade 88' Seebach Soccerball shade 15'77'
Petersen Soccerball shade 44'68'
Colberg Soccerball shade 2'
Lyngsaa Soccerball shade 24'
Hansen Soccerball shade 77'
Idrætsparken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 13,414


July 4, 1950
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil 3-2 Flag of France.svg France
Ademir Soccerball shade 13'
Bauer Soccerball shade 36'
Baltazar Soccerball shade 62'
Luciano Soccerball shade 51'56'
Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
Attendance: 40,862


July 4, 1950
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 1-1 Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain
Hansen Soccerball shade 74' Zarra Soccerball shade 57'
Idrætsparken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 18,155

Group D

Group D saw the debut of Great Britain in a FIFA World Cup and they delivered on the favourite tag that was given to them before the tournament when they easily got through the group with four from four. The only real test for them was second place Yugoslavia who kept the team to only two lucky goals in the second half. Korea who was the second team that was debuting in this group almost caused a massive boilover when they ahead of the United States who lost to Romania in the first game when they were 4-3 up with only fifteen minutes left to play. But the Americans held the nerves and score two goals from John Souza who also got his hat-trick in this match to give the United States their only win of the group stage.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 4 4 0 0 12 1+11 8
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia 4 2 1 1 12 4+8 5
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States 4 1 1 2 8 10−2 3
23x15px Romania 4 1 1 2 6 10−4 3
23x15px Korea 4 0 1 3 8 21−13 1


June 19, 1950
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia 7-0 23x15px Korea
Tomašević Soccerball shade 44'72'76'88'
Čajkovski Soccerball shade 11'34'
Katnić Soccerball shade 61'
Olympia, Helsingborg
Attendance: 18,797


June 19, 1950
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States 1-3 23x15px Romania
Pariani Soccerball shade 11' Mercea Soccerball shade 54'
Bodo Soccerball shade 73'
Farmati Soccerball shade 88'
Tunavallen, Eskilstuna
Attendance: 9,736


June 23, 1950
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 2-0 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Mortensen Soccerball shade 57'
Wright Soccerball shade 85'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 41,835


June 23, 1950
23x15px Korea 4-5 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States
Kook-Chin Soccerball shade 24'47'59'
Byung-Dae Soccerball shade 52'
Souza Soccerball shade 1'37'89'
Moniz Soccerball shade 14'
Wolanin Soccerball shade 81'
Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 13,584


June 27, 1950
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States 0-1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
Mortensen Soccerball shade 80'
Helsingborg, Olympia
Attendance: 41,163


June 27, 1950
23x15px Romania 3-3 23x15px Korea
Bodo Soccerball shade 46'51'
Apolzan Soccerball shade 13'
Nam-Sik Soccerball shade 25'
Jong-Soo Soccerball shade 58'
Kook-Chin Soccerball shade 84'
Jernvallen, Sandviken
Attendance: 14,682


July 1, 1950
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia 3-0 23x15px Romania
Čajkovski Soccerball shade 27'68'
Tomašević Soccerball shade 41'
Rimnersvallen, Uddevalla
Attendance: 14,655


July 1, 1950
23x15px Korea 1-6 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
Kook-Chin Soccerball shade 84' Matthews Soccerball shade 21'47'68'
Griffiths Soccerball shade 35'39'71'
Ryavallen, Borås
Attendance: 3,166


July 5, 1950
Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States 2-2 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Gaetjens Soccerball shade 11'
Coombes Soccerball shade 62'
Palfi Soccerball shade 41'
Katnić Soccerball shade 84'
Olympia, Helsingborg
Attendance: 25,144


July 5, 1950
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 3-0 23x15px Romania
Burgess Soccerball shade 14'
Bentley Soccerball shade 38'
Hughes Soccerball shade 83'
Örjans Vall, Halmstad
Attendance: 12,151

Knockout Stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
9 July - Solna        
 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden  2 (aet)
15 July - Helsingborg
 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia  1  
 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden  3
9 July - Helsingborg
   Flag of Norway.svg Norway  0  
 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil  0
19 July - Solna
 Flag of Norway.svg Norway  2  
 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden  2
10 July - Malmö
   Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain  1
 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay  1
15 July - Gothenburg
 Flag of France.svg France  2  
 Flag of France.svg France  0 Third place
10 July - Gothenburg
   Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain (aet)  1  
 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain  3  Flag of Norway.svg Norway  1
 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium  0    Flag of France.svg France  0
19 July - Solna


Quarter Finals

In quarterfinal action, all of the semi-finalists would be European after Uruguay and Brazil both got knocked out in their quarterfinals to France and Norway respectively. Also happening in the quarter-finals was the host nation in Sweden making it through to their first semi-final after they defeated Yugoslavia in extra time after Bror Mellberg scored a goal in the 117th minute to record the victory. In the other quarter-final it was Great Britain who would take out a 3-0 victory over Belgium with Stanley Matthews scoring a double in the victory.

July 9, 1950
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 2-1 (a.e.t) Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Jeppson Soccerball shade 51'
Mellberg Soccerball shade 117'
Ognjanov Soccerball shade 85'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 44,652


July 9, 1950
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil 0-2 Flag of Norway.svg Norway
Hvidsten Soccerball shade 29'
Andresen Soccerball shade 71'
Olympia, Helsingborg
Attendance: 20,455


July 10, 1950
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 1-2 Flag of France.svg France
Vidal Soccerball shade 62' Baillot Soccerball shade 74'
Baratte Soccerball shade 86'
Malmö Idrottsplats, Malmo
Attendance: 21,133


July 10, 1950
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 3-0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
Matthews Soccerball shade 14'62'
Burgess Soccerball shade 73'
Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
Attendance: 35,168

Semi Finals

The Semi-Finals of the 1950 FIFA World Cup saw two new nations make it to the final for the first time. The first semi-final saw Sweden completely outplay their fellow Nordic opponents in Norway with goals on either side of the half giving the victory to Sweden at home.

Unlike the first semi, the second saw a struggle between two neighbours battled it out for all ninety minutes with both teams having numerous chances in taking out the victory. Extra time was the same and a lucky fluke in the 113th minute from Bill Eckersley got the British into the final at the expense of the French.

July 15, 1950
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 3-0 Flag of Norway.svg Norway
Nilsson Soccerball shade 16'
Rydell Soccerball shade 37'
Palmér Soccerball shade 81'
Olympia, Helsingborg
Attendance: 26,363


July 15, 1950
Flag of France.svg France 0-1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
Eckersley Soccerball shade 113'
Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg
Attendance: 35,168

Third Place Playoff

In the curtain raiser to the final, it was Norway who would take out the victory by only a single goal over their French opponents with Harry Karlsen getting a goal in 63rd minute.

July 19, 1950
Flag of Norway.svg Norway 1-0 Flag of France.svg France
Karlsen Soccerball shade 63'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 24,161

Final

For the Swedes, this would be a moment that the nation would savour as their team became the seventh team to win the World Cup after they defeated Great Britain in the final which was held at Solna. The man that got them the critical goal was Karl-Erik Palmér who score the goal with ten minutes left to play in the match. This was also after they did fell behind early as Jim Taylor scored the first goal of the match.

July 19, 1950
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 2-1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
Månsson Soccerball shade 52'
Palmér Soccerball shade 80'
Taylor Soccerball shade 37'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 51,393

Goalscorers

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Unknown

  • Flag of Costa Rica ??? (2 goals)

Rankings

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden A 7 5 2 0 17 5 +12 12
2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain D 7 5 1 1 16 4 +12 11
3 Flag of Norway.svg Norway B 7 4 1 2 15 9 +6 9
4 Flag of France.svg France C 7 3 2 2 12 8 +4 8
Eliminated in the quarter finals
5 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay B 5 4 0 1 18 5 +13 8
6 Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg Brazil C 5 3 1 1 18 5 +13 8
7 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia D 5 2 2 1 14 6 +8 6
8 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium A 5 3 0 2 6 4 +2 6
Eliminated in the group stage
9 Flag of Italy.svg Italy A 4 2 0 2 9 5 +4 4
10 Flag of Austria.svg Austria B 4 1 2 1 9 5 +4 4
11 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark C 4 1 1 2 10 5 +5 3
12 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands B 4 1 1 2 9 4 +5 3
13 Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain C 4 1 1 2 7 7 0 3
14 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg United States D 4 1 1 2 8 10 -2 3
15 23x15px Romania D 4 1 1 2 6 10 -4 3
16 Flag of Chile.svg Chile A 4 1 0 3 3 11 -8 2
17 Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico A 4 0 1 3 1 8 -7 1
18 23x15px Korea D 4 0 1 3 8 22 -14 1
19 Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica C 4 0 0 4 2 27 -25 0
20 23x15px Jamaica B 4 0 0 4 0 29 -29 0

Trivia

  • This is the first time in World Cup history that the top two teams in the World have been eliminated in the group stage.
  • This would be the only time that the World Cup would have 20 teams as the next World Cup had four teams less which was the case until 1974.
  • This is also the first time that a World Cup winner came from a team that didn’t qualify in the previous edition.
  • Uruguay 11-0 win over Jamaica is the biggest win in the World Cup history and second only to the 17-1 result between Denmark and France at the 1908 Olympics.

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