1962 FIFA World Cup

The 1962 FIFA World Cup was the seventh edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for senior men's national teams. It was held from 30 May to 17 June 1962 in Chile. The qualification rounds took place between August 1960 and December 1961, with 56 teams entering from six confederations, and fourteen qualifying for the finals tournament alongside Chile, the hosts, and Brazil, the defending champions.

1962 FIFA World Cup
Campeonato Mundial de Fútbol -
Copa Jules Rimet Chile 1962
1962 FIFA World Cup.jpg
Tournament details
Host countryChile
Dates30 May – 17 June
Teams16 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Brazil (2nd title)
Runners-up Czechoslovakia
Third place Chile
Fourth place Yugoslavia
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored89 (2.78 per match)
Attendance893,172 (27,912 per match)
Top scorer(s)6 players (see below)
(4 goals each)
Best young playerHungary Flórián Albert

Brazil successfully defended their World Cup title, defeating Czechoslovakia 3–1 in the final in the Chilean capital of Santiago. They became the second team, after Italy in 1934 and 1938, to win the World Cup twice consecutively; no team has since achieved the feat. Host nation Chile finished third, defeating Yugoslavia 1–0 in the third-place play-off.

The tournament was marred by violence between players on the pitch and a toxic atmosphere; it included the first-round match between Chile and Italy (2–0), which became known as the Battle of Santiago, one of a number of violent matches played throughout the tournament. It was the first World Cup that used goal average as a means of separating teams with the same number of points. It was also the first World Cup in which the average number of goals per match was less than three (2.78); this has been repeated at every World Cup since, despite expansion of the tournament.

Host selectionEdit

After Europe hosted two consecutive World Cups, the American federations claimed the 1962 edition must be held in South America or they would stage a complete boycott of the tournament, similar to 1938.[1] Argentina, after previously failed candidacies, was the favorite. Magallanes' chairman, Ernesto Alvear, attended a FIFA Congress held in Helsinki while the Finnish city was hosting the 1952 Summer Olympics. He considered that Chile was able to organise the World Cup. Several sources also say that FIFA did not want Argentina to run alone, requesting the participation of Chile as almost symbolic. Chile registered its candidacy in 1954 alongside Argentina and West Germany, the latter withdrawing at the request of FIFA.[1]

Chile's football federation committee, led by Carlos Dittborn and Juan Pinto Durán, toured many countries convincing various football associations about the country's ability to organise the tournament in comparison to Argentina's superior sports infrastructure and prestige. The FIFA Congress met in Lisbon, Portugal on 10 June 1956. That day, Raul Colombo, representing Argentina's candidacy, ended his speech with the phrase "We can start the World Cup tomorrow. We have it all." The next day, Dittborn presented four arguments that supported Chile's candidacy: Chile's continued participations at FIFA-organised conferences and tournaments, sports climate, tolerance of race and creed and political and institutional stability of the country. In addition, Dittborn invoked Article 2 of the FIFA statutes that addressed the tournament's role in promoting the sport in countries deemed "underdeveloped". Chile won 31 votes to Argentina's 12. Thirteen members abstained from voting.[2]


  Countries qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Countries that did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member

57 teams entered the 1962 World Cup (due to rejected entries and withdrawals, 52 teams eventually participated in the qualifying stages). Chile as host nation and Brazil as reigning World Cup champions were granted automatic qualification, with the remaining 14 finals places divided among the continental confederations.

Eight places were contested by UEFA teams (Europe) and three by CONMEBOL teams (South America). CAF teams (Africa), AFC teams (Asia), NAFC teams (North America), and CCCF teams (Central America and Caribbean) contested three play-offs slots. The three winners would then face a European or South American team for entry into the World Cup. The 1962 tournament was the last one for which only nations from Europe or the Americas qualified.

Two teams qualified for the first time ever: Colombia and Bulgaria. Colombia would not qualify for another World Cup until 1990.

Among the teams who failed to qualify were 1958 runners up Sweden and 1958 third-place finishers France. Austria withdrew during the qualification tournament. Italy and Switzerland both qualified for the first time since 1954, and Spain since 1950. Scotland failed to qualify for the first time since 1938.

List of qualified teamsEdit

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.


Originally, eight stadiums were selected to host the World Cup matches in eight cities: Santiago, Viña del Mar, Rancagua, Arica, Talca, Concepción, Talcahuano and Valdivia.

The Valdivia earthquake, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded, occurred on 22 May 1960. With over 50,000 casualties and more than 2 million people affected, the earthquake forced the organising committee to completely modify the World Cup's calendar. Talca, Concepción, Talcahuano and Valdivia were severely damaged and discarded as venues. Antofagasta and Valparaíso declined to host any matches as their venues were not financially self-sustainable. Viña del Mar and Arica managed to rebuild their stadiums while Braden Copper Company, then an American company that controlled the El Teniente copper mine, allowed the use of its stadium in Rancagua. Due to these setbacks, this is the World Cup edition with the smallest number of venues spread across the country (while the 1930 FIFA World Cup was held in three venues, all of them were located in a single city). The most used stadium was the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, with 10 matches; the Estadio Sausalito in Viña del Mar hosted 8 matches, and the stadiums in Rancagua and far-away Arica (the only location that was not close to the other cities) both hosted 7 matches.

Being largely concerned with the build-up of the country after the 1960 earthquake, government support for the tournament was minimal.[3]

Santiago Viña del Mar
Estadio Nacional Estadio Sausalito
33°27′52″S 70°36′38″W / 33.46444°S 70.61056°W / -33.46444; -70.61056 (Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos) 33°00′51.83″S 71°32′6.84″W / 33.0143972°S 71.5352333°W / -33.0143972; -71.5352333 (Estadio Sausalito)
Capacity: 66,660 Capacity: 18,037
Rancagua Arica
Estadio Braden Copper Co. Estadio Carlos Dittborn
34°10′39.95″S 70°44′15.79″W / 34.1777639°S 70.7377194°W / -34.1777639; -70.7377194 (Estadio El Teniente) 18°29′15.47″S 70°17′56.96″W / 18.4876306°S 70.2991556°W / -18.4876306; -70.2991556 (Estadio Carlos Dittborn)
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 17,786

Team basesEdit

Team Site City
  Argentina Hostería El Sauzal Rancagua
  Brazil Villa Retiro Quilpué
  Bulgaria Parque Municipal Machalí
  Chile Villa del Seleccionado Santiago
  Colombia Hotel El Morro Arica
  Czechoslovakia Posada Quebrada Verde Valparaíso
  England Staff House Braden Copper Co. Coya
  Hungary Hotel Turismo Rengo
  Italy Escuela de Aviación Cap. Ávalos Santiago
  Mexico Hotel O'Higgins Viña del Mar
  Soviet Union Hostería Arica Arica
  Spain Hotel Miramar Caleta Abarca Viña del Mar
   Switzerland Club Suizo Santiago
  Uruguay Hotel Azapa Arica
  West Germany Escuela Militar Bernardo O'Higgins Santiago
  Yugoslavia Hotel El Paso Arica


Squads for the 1962 World Cup consisted of 22 players, as for the previous tournament in 1958.

After Attilio Demaría and Luis Monti, who both represented Argentina in 1930 and Italy in 1934, Ferenc Puskás (Hungary in 1954, then Spain), José Santamaría (Uruguay in 1954, then Spain) and José Altafini (Brazil in 1958, then Italy) became the third, fourth and fifth players to play for two national teams in the World Cup. In light of this, FIFA created stipulations describing that once a player represents a nation during a World Cup or its qualifying rounds the player cannot switch to another national team.[4] Robert Prosinečki and Robert Jarni would later become the sixth and seventh such players, playing for Yugoslavia in 1990, then for Croatia in 1998; Davor Šuker was also selected in both squads, but did not play in 1990. This was accepted by FIFA because Croatia was a newly independent former republic of Yugoslavia.

Match officialsEdit

Eighteen match officials from 17 countries were assigned to the tournament to serve as referees and assistant referees.


Pot 1: South America Pot 2: Europe I Pot 3: Europe II Pot 4: Rest of the World


The format of the competition was similar to that of the 1958 competition: 16 teams qualified, divided into four groups of four. Four teams were seeded in the draw taking place in Santiago, on 18 January 1962: Brazil, England, Italy and Uruguay.[5] The top two teams in each group advanced to the quarter-finals.

Two points were awarded for a win and one for a draw. In a change from the 1958 format, goal average was used to separate any teams equal on points.[6] (In 1958, goal average was available, but was only between teams level on points in first place, or if a playoff between teams equal in second place failed to yield a result after extra time). Argentina became the first (and only) team in World Cup history to be eliminated on goal average when England advanced from Group 4 in second place.

In the knockout games, if the teams were level after ninety minutes, thirty minutes of extra time were played. For any match other than the final, if the teams were still even after extra time then lots would be drawn to determine the winner. The final would have been replayed if still tied after extra time; but if still tied after the replay, the champion would have been decided by drawing lots. In the event, no replays or drawing of lots were necessary.

Qualifying countries and their result


In May 1960, as the preparations were well under way, Chile suffered the largest earthquake ever recorded (9.5 magnitude), which caused enormous damage to the national infrastructure. In the face of this, Carlos Dittborn, the president of the Organization Committee, coined the phrase "Porque nada tenemos, lo haremos todo" (Because we have nothing, we will do everything).[7] Stadia and other infrastructure were rebuilt at record speed and the tournament occurred on schedule with no major organisational flaw. Dittborn did not live to see the success of his efforts, as he died one month before the start of the tournament. The World Cup venue at Arica was named Estadio Carlos Dittborn in his honour and bears his name to this day.[8] Even with these few and low-capacity stadiums Chile was able to meet the demand for seats as international travel to Chile, far-away for Europe, was minimal at the time.[3]

President Jorge Alessandri gave an uninspiring inaugural speech before the first match, which was played between Chile and Switzerland. Alessandri left however before the end of the match. While Chilean society was living in a "footballized" atmosphere, Alessandri was criticized for his cold attitude towards the tournament, which forced his ministers to come out and claim he was as "footballized" as everybody else, but was too busy to devote too much attention to the competition.[3]

Official 1962 FIFA World Cup poster.

The competition was marred by constant violence on the pitch. This poisonous atmosphere culminated in the first-round match between host Chile and Italy (2–0), known as the Battle of Santiago. Two Italian journalists had written unflattering articles about the host country and its capital city; describing Santiago as a "proudly backwards and poverty-stricken dump full of prostitution and crime".[9] Although only two players (both of them Italian) were sent off by the English referee Ken Aston, the match saw repeated attempts from players on both sides to harm opponents, and the Italian team needed police protection to leave the field in safety.[10] Articles in the Italian papers La Nazione and Corriere della Sera were saying that allowing Chile to host the World Cup was "pure madness"; this was used and magnified by local newspapers to inflame the Chilean population. The British newspaper the Daily Express wrote "The tournament shows every sign of developing into a violent bloodbath. Reports read like battlefront despatches; the Italy vs West Germany match was described as 'wrestling and warfare'".

As the competition began, a shift in strategy was imminent. Defensive strategies began to take hold as the average goals per match dropped to 2.78, under 3 for the first time in competition history (the average has never been above 3 since).[11]

Pelé was injured in the second group match against Czechoslovakia. The USSR's goalkeeper Lev Yashin, arguably the world's best at the time, was in poor form and his team went out to Chile (1–2) in the quarter-finals. Bright spots included the emergence of the young Brazilians Amarildo (standing in for Pelé) and Garrincha, the heroics of Czechoslovakia goalkeeper Viliam Schrojf against Hungary and Yugoslavia, and the performance of the host nation Chile, who took third place with a squad of relatively unknown players.[citation needed]. This has been the best performance of a South American team in a World Cup so far without taking into account the historical ones (Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay).

In the first round, Brazil topped their group with Czechoslovakia finishing second, above Mexico and Spain. USSR and Yugoslavia finished above Uruguay and Colombia. Hungary, along with England progressed to the quarter-finals, while Argentina and Bulgaria were eliminated. England had the same number of points as Argentina but progressed due to a superior goal average; the first time such a requirement had been necessary in a World Cup finals tournament. Switzerland lost all three games while West Germany and Chile both went through over Italy.

Brazil national football team in the World Cup, 1962. National Archives of Brazil.

Chile defeated European champions USSR to earn a semi-final game against the winner of the England – Brazil game. Garrincha scored two goals in a 3–1 win against England. Meanwhile, 1–0 wins for Yugoslavia against West Germany – and another 1–0 win of Czechoslovakia against neighbours Hungary – saw the two Slavic states meet in the semi-finals.

Viña del Mar was the original venue for the South American semi-final and Santiago for the Slavic one, but due to Chile's surprise qualification, the organisers prompted FIFA to switch the venues. This irritated crowds in Viña del Mar and only a little under 6,000 spectators came to Estadio Sausalito to watch Czechoslovakia beat Yugoslavia 3–1, whereas a capacity crowd of 76,600 in Santiago watched Brazil beat the hosts 4–2.[12] This game saw Garrincha sent off for Brazil and Honorino Landa sent off for Chile. Chile eventually took third place in a 1–0 victory over Yugoslavia with the last play of the match. The same player, Eladio Rojas, had also scored the winning goal in Chile's game against USSR.

Santiago's Estadio Nacional served as the venue for the final, and after 15 minutes, Brazil again found themselves a goal behind in the World Cup final, as a long ball from Adolf Scherer was latched onto by Josef Masopust: 1–0 Czechoslovakia. As in the previous final in 1958, Brazil soon hit back, equalising two minutes later through Amarildo after an error by Czechoslovak goalkeeper Schroijf. The Brazilians scored goals from Zito and Vavá (another Schrojf error) midway through the second half, and the Czechoslovaks could not get back into the game. The match ended 3–1 to Brazil, a successful defence of the title for only the second time in the history of the competition in spite of the absence of one of their star players of 1958, Pelé, who was replaced by Amarildo.

Group stageEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification
1   Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 8 5 1.600 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 8 3 2.667 4
3   Uruguay 3 1 0 2 4 6 0.667 2
4   Colombia 3 0 1 2 5 11 0.455 1
Source: FIFA
Uruguay  2–1  Colombia
Cubilla   56'
Sasía   75'
Report Zuluaga   19' (pen.)
Soviet Union  2–0  Yugoslavia
Ivanov   51'
Ponedelnik   83'

Yugoslavia  3–1  Uruguay
Skoblar   25' (pen.)
Galić   29'
Jerković   49'
Report Cabrera   19'
Soviet Union  4–4  Colombia
Ivanov   8', 11'
Chislenko   10'
Ponedelnik   56'
Report Aceros   21'
Coll   68'
Rada   72'
Klinger   86'

Soviet Union  2–1  Uruguay
Mamykin   38'
Ivanov   89'
Report Sasía   54'
Attendance: 9,973
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)
Yugoslavia  5–0  Colombia
Galić   20', 61'
Jerković   25', 87'
Melić   82'
Attendance: 7,167
Referee: Carlos Robles (Chile)

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification
1   West Germany 3 2 1 0 4 1 4.000 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Chile 3 2 0 1 5 3 1.667 4
3   Italy 3 1 1 1 3 2 1.500 3
4    Switzerland 3 0 0 3 2 8 0.250 0
Source: FIFA
Chile  3–1   Switzerland
L. Sánchez   44', 55'
Ramírez   51'
Report Wüthrich   6'
Attendance: 65,006
West Germany  0–0  Italy

Chile  2–0  Italy
Ramírez   73'
Toro   87'
Attendance: 66,057
West Germany  2–1   Switzerland
Brülls   45'
Seeler   59'
Report Schneiter   73'
Attendance: 64,922

West Germany  2–0  Chile
Szymaniak   21' (pen.)
Seeler   82'
Italy  3–0   Switzerland
Mora   2'
Bulgarelli   65', 67'

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification
1   Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 1 4.000 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 2 3 0.667 3
3   Mexico 3 1 0 2 3 4 0.750 2
4   Spain 3 1 0 2 2 3 0.667 2
Source: FIFA
Brazil  2–0  Mexico
Zagallo   56'
Pelé   73'
Czechoslovakia  1–0  Spain
Štibrányi   80' Report

Brazil  0–0  Czechoslovakia
Spain  1–0  Mexico
Peiró   90' Report

Brazil  2–1  Spain
Amarildo   72', 86' Report Adelardo   35'
Mexico  3–1  Czechoslovakia
Díaz   12'
Del Águila   29'
Hernández   90' (pen.)
Report Mašek   1'

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GR Pts Qualification
1   Hungary 3 2 1 0 8 2 4.000 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   England 3 1 1 1 4 3 1.333 3[a]
3   Argentina 3 1 1 1 2 3 0.667 3[a]
4   Bulgaria 3 0 1 2 1 7 0.143 1
Source: FIFA
  1. ^ a b England finished ahead of Argentina on goal average.
Argentina  1–0  Bulgaria
Facundo   4' Report
Hungary  2–1  England
Tichy   17'
Albert   71'
Report Flowers   60' (pen.)
Attendance: 7,938

England  3–1  Argentina
Flowers   17' (pen.)
Charlton   42'
Greaves   67'
Report Sanfilippo   81'
Hungary  6–1  Bulgaria
Albert   1', 6', 53'
Tichy   8', 70'
Solymosi   12'
Report Sokolov   64'[13]

Hungary  0–0  Argentina
England  0–0  Bulgaria

Knockout stageEdit


10 June – Arica
  Soviet Union1
13 June – Santiago
10 June – Viña del Mar
17 June – Santiago
10 June – Santiago
  West Germany0
13 June – Viña del Mar
10 June – Rancagua
  Czechoslovakia3 Third place
16 June – Santiago


Chile  2–1  Soviet Union
L. Sánchez   11'
Rojas   29'
Report Chislenko   26'
Attendance: 17,268

Czechoslovakia  1–0  Hungary
Scherer   13' Report

Brazil  3–1  England
Garrincha   31', 59'
Vavá   53'
Report Hitchens   38'

Yugoslavia  1–0  West Germany
Radaković   85' Report


Czechoslovakia  3–1  Yugoslavia
Kadraba   48'
Scherer   80', 84' (pen.)
Report Jerković   69'

Brazil  4–2  Chile
Garrincha   9', 32'
Vavá   47', 78'
Report Toro   42'
L. Sánchez   61' (pen.)
Attendance: 76,594

Third place play-offEdit

Chile  1–0  Yugoslavia
Rojas   90' Report


Brazil  3–1  Czechoslovakia
Amarildo   17'
Zito   69'
Vavá   78'
Report Masopust   15'


With four goals each, Flórián Albert, Garrincha, Valentin Ivanov, Dražan Jerković, Leonel Sánchez and Vavá were the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 89 goals were scored by 54 players, with none of them credited as own goal.

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

FIFA retrospective rankingEdit

In 1986, FIFA published a report that ranked all teams in each World Cup up to and including 1986, based on progress in the competition, overall results and quality of the opposition.[14][15] The rankings for the 1962 tournament were as follows:

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1   Brazil 3 6 5 1 0 14 5 +9 11
2   Czechoslovakia 3 6 3 1 2 7 7 0 7
3   Chile 2 6 4 0 2 10 8 +2 8
4   Yugoslavia 1 6 3 0 3 10 7 +3 6
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5   Hungary 4 4 2 1 1 8 3 +5 5
6   Soviet Union 1 4 2 1 1 9 7 +2 5
7   West Germany 2 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2 5
8   England 4 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 3
Eliminated in the group stage
9   Italy 2 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
10   Argentina 4 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
11   Mexico 3 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 2
12   Spain 1 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2
13   Uruguay 3 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 2
14   Colombia 1 3 0 1 2 5 11 −6 1
15   Bulgaria 4 3 0 1 2 1 7 −6 1
16    Switzerland 2 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0


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