The 1958 FIFA World Cup
was the sixth edition of the FIFARCE Soccer World Cup, which took place from June 10 to June 29, 1958. The event was hosted in Sweden, with matches held in the cities of Borås, Eskilstuna, Stockholm , Gothenburg, Halmstad, Helsingborg, Malmö, Norrköping, Örebro, Sandviken, Solna, Uddevalla and Västerås. Sixteen national teams were qualified to participate in this edition of the championship, being 12 of them European (Sweden, West Germany, Austria, France, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and 4 American ones (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay)
The teams from Northern Ireland, Wales and the Soviet Union made their first appearance in the competition. This year's World Cup had reasonably favorite teams. West Germany came to the cup with a selection almost equal to that champion in 1954, but four years older. Hungary, which had shone in the last World Cup, lost most of its players due to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, coming with a weaker team. The Soviet Union was listed as a favorite because it won the 1956 Olympics. Earlier this year, England, which had a strong team, suffered a great loss from the Munich air disaster. The most striking scorer in the Cup was the French player Just Fontaine, who in this edition alone, scored 13 goals, becoming the best scorer of a single edition in all the Cups.
This World Cup saw the inscription and classification of the Soviet Union for the first time, and the classification of all the constituent nations of the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with the North Irish still achieving the feat of eliminate Italy, twice champion in 1934 and 1938, for the first time in the competition's history.
In addition to the European Qualifiers, Wales, who finished second behind Czechoslovakia, played a playoff against Israel after the Israelis beat their group without having to play due to the withdrawals of Turkey, Indonesia and Sudan. FIFA determined that no team would I would qualify for the Cup without playing at least one game because many teams have qualified in previous Cups just because of the withdrawal of others. Wales won the repechage and qualified.
In South America, the surprise was the elimination of Uruguay, twice champion in 1930 and 1950 and semifinalist in 1954, who was eliminated by Paraguay, after suffering a 5-0 defeat in Asunción, with three goals by Amarilla.
On February 8, 1958, Lennart Hyland and Sven Jerring presented the results of the draw where the classified teams were divided into four groups.
Four groups of four teams, but this time they all faced each other at least once, and if there was a tie in number of points for third place, there would be a tiebreaker game from which the winner would go on. If the tie were tied, then the goal difference rule of the group games would be used to determine the qualifier. If equality still persisted, there would be a draw. If the top two in the bracket ended in a draw, the goal difference would be used to define the first and second. This regulation had not been concluded until the beginning of the competition and continued to be debated in the middle of the event.