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1954 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country Chile
Dates June 12-July 12
Teams 16 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s) 8
Final positions
Champions Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary (1st title)
Runners-up 23x15px Romania
Third place Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Fourth place Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 90 (2.81 per match)
Top scorer(s) Hungary Sándor Kocsis (8 goals)
Sweden 1950
Switzerland 1958

The 1954 FIFA World Cup was the tenth FIFA World Cup, was held in Chile between June 12 and July 12. After the brief extension to 20 teams, the competition dropped back down to a sixteen format.

In the final it would be Hungary who would take out the trophy after they defeated fellow first-time finalists in Romania 5-1 at Santiago.


Background

After the partial success of the 1950 FIFA World Cup where the draw was twenty teams, there was suggestions that the 20 team format will stay in the next World Cup. But the host Federation (Federación de Football de Chile) declared that they won't be having the sixteen team competition as they didn't want to see blowouts in their competition and damage the model of the Cup. During the 1952 Summer Olympics, it was declared that the competition would drop back to a sixteen team format to follow the 1934 format.

Bids

Only two nations bid for the World Cup with Chile and Argentina putting their hand up to host the 1954 edition after the FIFA rotation was put that into play. But when the Argentines withdrew from bidding it was decided that Chile would win the rights for the World Cup on April 21, 1948.

Qualifying

Main article: 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification

Qualifying for the 1954 World Cup started in 1952 with North America holding the first qualifying matches. The fourteen spots were separated into ten spots for Europe, one spot for North America, two spots for South America and one spot going to Asia.

Seeding

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Group Stage

Group A

Group A was what some would call the group of death with Sweden, Hungary, Uruguay and Spain in the group. In a close group, it would be the likes of Hungary with the goal scorer of Sandor Kocsis who score three of the five goals to have Hungary end top of the group with Sweden just finishing ahead of Spain by only a single goal when Spain had to come from two down after Juan Hohberg score the two goals for Uruguay.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary 3 2 0 1 5 1+4 4
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden 3 1 1 1 3 30 3
Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain 3 1 1 1 4 5−1 3
Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay 3 0 2 1 3 6−3 2


June 13, 1954
Sweden Flag of Sweden.svg 1-1 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay
Svensson Soccerball shade 11' Borges Soccerball shade 55'
Rancagua


June 13, 1954
Hungary Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg 2-0 Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain
Kocsis Soccerball shade 31'
Tóth Soccerball shade 78'


June 20, 1954
Spain Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg 2-1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Pasieguito Soccerball shade 45'
Venancio Soccerball shade 84'
Thillberg Soccerball shade 63'


June 20, 1954
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg 0-3 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary
Kocsis Soccerball shade 15'83'
Lantos Soccerball shade 41'
Rancagua


June 27, 1954
Sweden Flag of Sweden.svg 1-0 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary
Jönsson Soccerball shade 43'


June 27, 1954
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.svg 2-2 Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain
Ambrois Soccerball shade 31'
Borges Soccerball shade 77'
Gaínza Soccerball shade 15'
Miguel Soccerball shade 61'
Rancagua

Group B

Group B would see Yugoslavia take out the group victory after they did win all three of their matches in Group B. Rajko Mitić would aid in the team as he scores three goals throughout the group stage. Joining Yugoslavia would be Austria with Erich Probst aiding them with three for himself with all them coming off in the group match against Portugal where it was a 5-0 demolition for Austria and putting Portugal last in the group.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia 3 3 0 0 8 3+5 6
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 3 1 1 1 7 3+4 3
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay 3 1 1 1 1 2−1 3
Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal 3 0 0 3 1 9−8 0


June 14, 1954
Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg 3-1 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Mitić Soccerball shade 33'
Milutinović Soccerball shade 39'
Crnković Soccerball shade 61'
Águas Soccerball shade 79'
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar


June 14, 1954
Austria Flag of Austria.svg 0-0 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay
Concepción


June 21, 1954
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.svg 0-2 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Zebec Soccerball shade 55'
Mitić Soccerball shade 74'
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar


June 21, 1954
Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg 0-5 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Probst Soccerball shade 23'44'75'
Carvalho Soccerball shade 15' (o.g)
Wagner Soccerball shade 83'
Concepción


June 28, 1954
Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg 3-2 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Zebec Soccerball shade 15'
Mitić Soccerball shade 44'
Vukas Soccerball shade 72'
Stojaspal Soccerball shade 19'63'
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar


June 28, 1954
Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg 0-1 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay
López Soccerball shade 62'
Concepción

Group C

In Group C, the only nation to not score a goal for the whole tournament was in this group with Korea not getting any goals while the goalkeeper (Hong Deok-young) let in thirteen goals in the three matches to put Korea on the bottom. During these thirteen, two hat-tricks were scored in the games against the Soviet Union (who was on debut) and France with only the former one getting through to the knock-out stage. The other nation to get through was Romania who surprised everyone by finishing top of the group.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
23x15px Romania 3 2 1 0 7 1+6 5
23x15px Soviet Union 3 1 2 0 7 2+5 4
Flag of France.svg France 3 1 1 1 6 4+2 3
23x15px Korea 3 0 0 3 0 13−13 0


June 15, 1954
France Flag of France.svg 1-1 23x15px Soviet Union
Kopa Soccerball shade 71' Bobrov Soccerball shade 43'


June 15, 1954
Romania 23x15px 3-0 23x15px Korea
Perényi Soccerball shade 35'49'
Ozon Soccerball shade 15'
Valdivia


June 22, 1954
Korea 23x15px 0-5 Flag of France.svg France
Fontaine Soccerball shade 13'42'81'
Strappe Soccerball shade 35'
Bieganski Soccerball shade 84'


June 22, 1954
Soviet Union 23x15px 1-1 23x15px Romania
Trofimov Soccerball shade 59' Calinoiu Soccerball shade 41'
Valdivia


June 29, 1954
France Flag of France.svg 0-3 23x15px Romania
Perényi Soccerball shade 23'78'
Suru Soccerball shade 48'


June 29, 1954
Soviet Union 23x15px 5-0 23x15px Korea
Bobrov Soccerball shade 65'79'82'
Nikolayev Soccerball shade 24'
Petrov Soccerball shade 35'
Valdivia

Group D

Group D had the host nation in Chile and a debutant in Turkey. The other two teams being Great Britain and Mexico to fill the group. For the British team they would dominate the group as they defeated all of their opponents by at least a goal with Nat Lofthouse scoring four in the group victory. Coming in second was Mexico after they defeated the two opponents that they required to take out the second place while Chile and Turkey would only score a point against each other with Chile rooted to the bottom because of scoring fewer goals than Turkey.

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 3 3 0 0 8 1+7 6
Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico 3 2 0 1 6 3+3 4
23x15px Turkey 3 0 1 2 2 7−5 1
Flag of Chile.svg Chile 3 0 1 2 1 6−5 1


June 12, 1954
Chile Flag of Chile.svg 0-2 Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico
Lamadrid Soccerball shade 37'
Cortés Soccerball shade 75'


June 12, 1954
Great Britain Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 3-0 23x15px Turkey
Lofthouse Soccerball shade 57'71'
Johnstone Soccerball shade 33'
Talcahuano


June 19, 1954
Turkey 23x15px 1-1 Flag of Chile.svg Chile
Mamat Soccerball shade 79' Molina Soccerball shade 51'


June 19, 1954
Mexico Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png 1-2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
Naranjo Soccerball shade 71' Wilshaw Soccerball shade 13'
Lofthouse Soccerball shade 59'
Talcahuano


June 26, 1954
Chile Flag of Chile.svg 0-3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
Charles Soccerball shade 14'62'
Lofthouse Soccerball shade 33'


June 26, 1954
Mexico Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png 3-1 23x15px Turkey
Septién Soccerball shade 4'
Lamadrid Soccerball shade 46'
Naranjo Soccerball shade 77'
Mamat Soccerball shade 15'
Talcahuano

Knockout Stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
2 July - Viña del Mar        
 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary  1
8 July - Arica
 23x15px Soviet Union  0  
 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary  3
2 July - Arica
   Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia  0  
 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia  2
12 July - Santiago
 Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico  1  
 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary  5
3 July - Santiago
   23x15px Romania  1
 23x15px Romania (aet)  2
8 July - Viña del Mar
 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden  0  
 23x15px Romania  2 Third place
3 July - Rancagua
   Flag of Austria.svg Austria  0  
 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain  0  Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia  3
 Flag of Austria.svg Austria (aet)  1    Flag of Austria.svg Austria  0
12 July - Santiago


Quarter Finals

The quarter finals would see two brand new teams in the top 4 for the first time with Hungary and Romania both making it through to the semi-finals after they dispatched the Soviet Union and the defending champions in Sweden. The other two qualifiers had difficult quarter finals but for Yugoslavia and Austria they would make a return to the semi-final for the first time since 1926.

July 2, 1954
Hungary Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg 1-0 23x15px Soviet Union
Hidegkuti Soccerball shade 39'
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar


July 2, 1954
Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg 2-1 Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico
Mitić Soccerball shade 41'77' Tomás Balcázar Soccerball shade 23'


July 3, 1954
Romania 23x15px 2-0 (a.e.t.) Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Perényi Soccerball shade 95'
Paraschiva Soccerball shade 111'


July 3, 1954
Great Britain Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 0-1 (a.e.t.) Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Ocwirk Soccerball shade 108'

Semi Finals

With all the semi-finalists never making it through to the final, we would see a newcomer lift the World Cup trophy and the semi-finals. In the semi-finals themselves, Romania and Hungary would make it through to the final after dispatching their opponents while not letting in any goals on the opposite end. The first semi-final would see Sándor Kocsis scoring a double to bring down Yugoslavia from making another final.

The second semi saw a much tougher affair with Romania needing to go to the 84th minute to than scoring two quick goals in the time to record a memorable victory which to this day is something that the team wouldn't forget.

July 8, 1954
Hungary Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg 3-0 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Kocsis Soccerball shade 43'79'
Tóth Soccerball shade 12'


July 8, 1954
Romania 23x15px 2-0 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Farmati Soccerball shade 84'
Suru Soccerball shade 89'
Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar

Third Place Playoff

In the curtain raiser to the Final it was Yugoslavia who would take out third place with a three-nil victory over Austria in the match with Bernard Vukas scoring two goals in the victory.

July 12, 1954
Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg 3-0 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Vukas Soccerball shade 23'72'
Čajkovski Soccerball shade 59'

Final

The final would see history being created with Sándor Kocsis being in the first player in World Cup history to score a World Cup hat-trick in the final which would be proven to be helpful as Hungary would go on and lift the title after they defeated Romania to record their first (and to date only) World Cup trophy. For Romania, they had fallen short once again after the 1952 Summer Olympics result where they lost to the Soviet Union in the final.

July 12, 1954
Hungary Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg 5-1 23x15px Romania
Kocsis Soccerball shade 14'61'87'
Hidegkuti Soccerball shade 37'
Tóth Soccerball shade 77'
Ozon Soccerball shade 35'

Goalscorers

8 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goal

Rankings

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary A 6 5 0 1 14 2 +12 10
2 23x15px Romania C 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 9
3 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia B 6 5 0 1 13 7 +6 10
4 Flag of Austria.svg Austria B 6 2 1 3 8 8 0 5
Eliminated in the quarter finals
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain D 4 3 0 1 8 2 +6 6
6 23x15px Soviet Union C 4 1 2 1 7 3 +4 4
7 Flag of Mexico (1934–1968).png Mexico D 4 2 0 2 7 5 +2 4
8 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden A 4 1 1 2 3 5 -2 3
Eliminated in the group stage
9 Flag of France.svg France C 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 3
10 Flag of Spain (1945–1977).svg Spain A 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 3
11 Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay B 3 1 1 1 1 2 -1 3
12 Flag of Uruguay.svg Uruguay A 3 0 2 1 3 6 -3 2
13 23x15px Turkey D 3 0 1 2 2 7 -5 1
14 Flag of Chile.svg Chile D 3 0 1 2 1 6 -5 1
15 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal B 3 0 0 3 1 9 -8 0
16 23x15px Korea C 3 0 0 3 0 13 -13 0

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