A total of 56 teams competed in the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification stages, with a total of 16 slots in the final tournament up for grabs. Chile, as hosts, and Brazil, as defending champions, automatically qualified, leaving 14 spots open for competition. The regulations of the qualification stages were as perplexing as they had been in previous World Cups. Only associations representing continental zones other than Europe or North America were allowed to enter their teams, but no other restrictions were in place. This meant that many small countries from around the world could compete on an equal footing with the larger nations.
The first round of qualifying saw 32 teams take part in a series of games called 'groups', with four groups of four teams each. The group winners went on to qualify for the finals. If two or more teams were tied on points after completing their groups, then their rankings according to how many goals they scored during their group matches would determine their final positions. For example, if two teams had scored one point each during their group matches, then the team who had scored more goals would advance along with the other team if they were equal on points.
Some groups were quite balanced while others seemed almost predetermined, such as the group containing Italy, West Germany, England and Argentina. But no matter what position any team found themselves in at the end of the first round, it was clear that only eight of them would go onto play in the final tournament.
The inaugural World Cup had thirteen teams. Seven are from South America, four are from Europe, and two are from North America. Teams were divided into four groups, with the victor of each group advancing to the semi-finals. Uruguay won the trophy after defeating Argentina in the final.
Uruguay finished as top scorer at the tournament with six goals, one more than Switzerland who finished second. They were followed by Argentina, Belgium, and Denmark who scored five goals each. The remaining teams all scored less than five goals.
The first World Cup was held in 1930 in Vienna, Austria and Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was played over a series of ten matches on land and water for a total world cup match length of 90 minutes. The winner was decided by goal average, so many matches ended in draws. In the first ever World Cup final, Uruguay defeated their southern hemisphere rivals Argentina by three goals to one, thanks to three own goals by Argentinian players.
Here are the countries that participated in the first World Cup: Brazil, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, and Uruguay.
Toggle navigation: Navigate to the search for The 1962 FIFA World Cup Final was the tournament's deciding match. Czechoslovakia and Brazil competed in the event, which was place at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago. Brazil won the game 3-1, their second World Cup triumph in a row.
The final was played on July 5, 1962. What is the current population of Chile?
400 million. That's about 10 percent of the world population at the time. Chile is a large country in South America, with an area of 147,500 km2 (57,860 sq mi). It borders Argentina to the south, Bolivia to the west, Peru to the northeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the east.
Chile has some of the highest mountains in the continent, including Mount Everest-like Cerro Aconcagua (667m/2230ft) and nearby Cerro Fitzroy (228m/731ft). About 70 percent of the country is made up of desert or grassland, but there are also forests, especially in the north and northwest regions.
Chile is one of the most stable countries in Latin America, having avoided civil wars or military regimes for its entire history. It became a republic after winning its independence from Spain in 1818. However, political instability began in 1920 when President Carlos Ibáñez del Campo took power by force.
The FIFA World Cup 2010 was held in South Africa from June 11 to July 11, with 32 countries competing. The FIFA World Cup 2014 was held in Brazil from June 12–13, with 32 countries competing. The FIFA World Cup 2018 was held in Russia from July 14–15, with 32 countries competing.
The 1958 FIFA World Cup was the sixth World Cup, and it was held in Sweden from June 8 to 29. It was the first time a FIFA World Cup was held in a Nordic country. Brazil won the event, defeating Sweden 5-2 in the final at the Stockholm suburb of Solna for their first title.
The 1958 FIFA World Cup, held in Sweden from June 8 to 29, 1958, was the sixth FIFA World Cup. It was the first time a FIFA World Cup was held in a Nordic country. Brazil won their first championship by defeating Sweden 5-2 in the final at the Stockholm suburb of Solna.