Sweden 1958 World Cup Betting
Countries: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, England, France, Hungary, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Scotland, Sweden, USSR, West Germany, Wales, Yugoslavia
Championship: Brazil 5, Sweden 2
Top goal scorer: Just Fontaine, France (13)
The 1958 World Cup was the first for Brazil's Pele, who was just 17 years old at the time. Pele would play in three more World Cups, but it was his performance here that would put him on the path to becoming an international sports star. Pele didn't play in the first two games, but would still finish with six goals and lead Brazil to the championship.
In the quarterfinals against the Welsh, Pele scored what he would later call "the most important goal of my career" in a 1-0 victory for Brazil.
Against France in the semifinals, Pele scored three times within a 20-minute span of the second half and turned a 2-1 lead for Brazil into a 5-2 victory.
This World Cup is noteworthy for the emergence of the 4-2-4, courtesy of Brazil.
This was the first time all four United Kingdom teams -- England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland -- all qualified for the World Cup. This World Cup also marked the debut of the Soviet Union.
Just Fontaine had a remarkable World Cup for France. He scored four goals in a 6-3 triumph over West Germany in a consolation match and finished the tournament with 13 goals -- a record that still stands today.
Sweden was chosen to host the World Cup because of its neutrality. This was the largest World Cup ever, with 53 countries participating and all the continents represented. Only Cyprus, Turkey and Venezuela did not participate.
Argentina was ousted 6-1 by Czechoslovakia, and was greeted by an angry mob when they returned home.
World Cup Sweden 1958 Schedule and Results
|Group 1 Results|
|Argentina||vs||Fed. Rep. of Ger.||1-3||(June 08, Malmoe FF)|
|Northern Ireland||vs||Czechoslovakia||1-0||(June 08, Orjans Vall)|
|Argentina||vs||Northern Ireland||3-1||(June 11, Orjans Vall)|
|Fed. Rep. of Ger.||vs||Czechoslovakia||2-2||(June 11, Olympia)|
|Fed. Rep. of Ger.||vs||Northern Ireland||2-2||(June 15, Malmoe FF)|
|Czechoslovakia||vs||Argentina||6-1||(June 15, Olympia)|
|Northern Ireland||vs||Czechoslovakia||2-1 A.E.T||(June 17, Malmoe FF)|
|Group 1 Standing|
|Fed. Rep. of Ger.||3||1||2||0||7||5||4|
|Group 2 Results|
|Yugoslavia||vs||Scotland||1-1||(June 08, Arosvallen)|
|France||vs||Paraguay||7-3||(June 08, Idrottsparken)|
|Yugoslavia||vs||France||3-2||(June 11, Arosvallen)|
|Paraguay||vs||Scotland||3-2||(June 11, Idrottsparken)|
|Paraguay||vs||Yugoslavia||3-3||(June 15, Tunavallen)|
|France||vs||Scotland||2-1||(June 15, Eyravallen)|
|Group 2 Standing|
|Group 3 Results|
|Sweden||vs||Mexico||3-0||(June 08, Råsunda)|
|Hungary||vs||Wales||1-1||(June 08, Järnvallen)|
|Mexico||vs||Wales||1-1||(June 11, Råsunda)|
|Sweden||vs||Hungary||2-1||(June 12, Råsunda)|
|Sweden||vs||Wales||0-0||(June 15, Råsunda)|
|Hungary||vs||Mexico||4-0||(June 15, Järnvallen)|
|Wales||vs||Hungary||2-1||(June 17, Råsunda)|
|Group 3 Standing|
|Group 4 Results|
|Soviet Union||vs||England||2-2||(June 08, Nya Ullevi)|
|Brazil||vs||Austria||3-0||(June 08, Rimnersvallen)|
|Soviet Union||vs||Austria||2-0||(June 11, Ryavallen)|
|Brazil||vs||England||0-0||(June 11, Nya Ullevi)|
|England||vs||Austria||2-2||(June 15, Ryavallen)|
|Brazil||vs||Soviet Union||2-0||(June 15, Nya Ullevi)|
|Soviet Union||vs||England||1-0||(June 17, Nya Ullevi)|
|Group 4 Standing|
|France||vs||Northern Ireland||4-0||(June 19, Idrottsparken)|
|Brazil||vs||Wales||1-0||(June 19, Nya Ullevi)|
|Sweden||vs||Soviet Union||2-0||(June 19, Råsunda)|
|Fed. Rep. of Ger.||vs||Yugoslavia||1-0||(June 19, Malmoe FF)|
|Brazil||vs||France||5-2||(June 24, Råsunda)|
|Sweden||vs||Fed. Rep. of Ger.||3-1||(June 24, Nya Ullevi)|
|3rd. / 4th. Placing|
|France||vs||Fed. Rep. of Ger.||6-3||(June 28, Nya Ullevi)|
|Brazil||vs||Sweden||5-2||(June 29, Råsunda)|
|World Cup Champions:||Brazil|
|Highest Scoring Game:||France vs. Paraguay 7-3 (Group 2)|
|Total Goals Scored:||126|
|Av. Goals Per Match:||3.6|
|Top Scorer:||Just Fontaine, France-13 Goals|
|Best Scorers in 1 game:||Just Fontaine, France-4 Goals|
|Highest Attendance:||50.000 (Brazil-Soviet Union, Group 4)|
|Debut Appearance:||Soviet Union, Northern Ireland, Wales|
|Stadiums Used:||Malmoe FF, Idrottsparken, Tunavallen, Tunavallen, Nya Ullevi, Rimnersvallen, Arosvallen, Orjans Vall, Eyravallen, Järnvallen, Råsunda, Ryavallen|
Brazil 2014 World Cup
Hosts Brazil continue to head the betting for the 2014 World Cup finals, best price 9/2 to win their sixth World Cup and their first as the host nation. Argentina are also well fancied whilst reigning champions Spain are slightly on the drift following Barcelona and Real Madrid's defeats at the semi-final stage of the Champions League to German opposition, with Germany now around 11/2 with the bookies as a result.