1950 FIFA World Cup: Everything You Need To Know

After World War II, the 1950 FIFA world cup was a very big football event for the entire world, especially for soccer lovers. Uruguay won the FIFA world cup in 1950 by defeating Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on 16 July.

The fact that might interest you is that Uruguay defeated Brazil in their own country. However, there is no doubt that Brazil had also given a tough time and played a very competitive match.

Here in this article, you will get to know the qualified teams that played in the 1950 FIFA World Cup tournament as well as other relevant information.

Let’s get started!

Key Takeaways
  • The planned FIFA World Cups of 1942 & 1946 were canceled due to World War II
  • The match of 1950 FIFA World Cup was played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Sweden & Spain were in third and fourth place respectively.
  • In 1950, there was barely a single sponsor at that time which was Coca-Cola.

Format & Match Schedule

In the World Cup of 1950, 16 qualified teams were divided into 4 different groups:

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • England
  • India
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Paraguay
  • Spain
  • Scotland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Yugoslavia

Each qualified team had submitted the squad of 22 players including two goal-keepers except Switzerland, Spain, and Sweden.

The interesting thing is that the 1950 World Cup was the only tournament that did not have a single final match. In fact, 4 teams with each other in order to decide who will become the champion of this year’s FIFA league.

Unfortunately, there was only one slot for the Asian team to qualify which was made by India as other Asian countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Burma withdrew.

The surprising thing is that 3 countries withdrew from the match at the end of the moment including India, Scotland, & Turkey. Whereas, India was the only team qualified from Asia for the FIFA World Cup. therefore, only 13 teams appeared in the group of 4 in the competition.

The Indian Football Federation believed that the Olympics is more considerable than the FIFA which is quite a lame excuse if you are the only lucky team who was qualified from Asia.

Stadiums Of The Tournament

As we said before, no country was willing to host the 1950 FIFA World Cup due to the unstable crises of World War II. The international community believed that there are more important priorities than the celebration of a sports event.

There was a 0% possibility of the 1950 FIFA World Cup match until Brazil shows up and hold the responsibility of hosting the tournament. However, there were six stadiums in six different cities where 22 matches were played.

Below we have mentioned the name of stadiums with their city names in Brazil:

  • Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil –  (200,000 crowd capacity)
  • Estadio do Pacaembu, Sau Paulo, Brazil –  (60,000 crowd capacity)
  • Sete de Setembro, Belo Horizonte, Brazil – (30,000 crowd capacity)
  • Estadio dos Eucaliptos, Porto Alegre, Brazil – (20,000 crowd capacity)
  • Estadio IIha do Retiro, Recife, Brazil – (20,000 crowd capacity)
  • Vila Capanema, Curitiba, Brazil – (10,000 crowd capacity)

The first one that we mentioned was one of the biggest football stadiums in Brazil that has an impressive capacity of a crowd to cheer their favorite team. In this stadium, 8 matches were played in it.

To save dignity and represent yourself as a modern country, Brazil has invested today’s equivalent of more than $290 million in their stadiums from which Estadio do Maracana costs $275 million.

Group Stages

There were 4 groups in the finals and who had a chance of playing against each other as groups one and two had 4 teams whereas, group three had 3 teams, and group four had 2 teams.

Check out the below details to know more:

  • Brazil (group 1 winner)
  • Spain (group 2 winner)
  • Sweden (group 3 winner)
  • Uruguay (group 4 winner)

Semi-Final Matches

In the semi-final matches, Brazil (group 1) played against Spain (group 2) and won with a major difference of 6-1.

On the other hand, Sweden (group 3) played against Uruguay (group 4) and lost the match by 3-2.

Final Match: Uruguay Vs Brazil

The final match of the 1950 FIFA World Cup was very decisive as both teams are highly competitive. Luckily, Uruguay had a chance to beat Brazil and start taking a lead of goals in the first half.

However, Alcides Ghiggia tried his best to take the lead in the second half and he managed to do but. But, unfortunately, Juan Alberto Schiaffino was in the favour of not going equal and won by the lead of 2 goals.

Which Ball Was Used in 1950 FIFA World Cup?

The Duplo T was used in the World Cup of 1950 which was manufactured by Superball. Amazingly, this ball does not have laces as compared to previous balls that were played in FIFA world cups.

Superball introduced the syringe valve in which Duplo T.

Final Thoughts On 1950 FIFA World Cup

After the critical situation of World War II, it was nearly impossible for the 1950 FIFA World Cup will come into action. Thanks for the hospitality of Brazil which made it possible after fighting with the International community.

Things could be different if India does not withdraw at the end of the moment. However, there was barely one sponsor in 1950 who supported the World Cup match and that is Coca-cola.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did India withdraw from the 1950 World Cup?

India Withdraw after being selected for the tournament because the Indian Football Federation believed that the Olympic event is more considerable than FIFA

Was there a final in the 1950 World Cup?

Yes, Uruguay Vs Brazil was a very decisive final match in which Uruguay won the FIFA trophy and beat Brazil.

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