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Brazil, who were playing in their sixth finals out of six in Sweden, presented a 17 year-old Pelé to the world; who went on to score against Wales, claim a hat-trick in Brazil's (5:2) semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final against the 1958 hosts, Sweden.

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Sweden 1958 - First Round, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, Third place, 1958 World Cup Final.

World Cup History - Sweden 1958

Eight years after their disappointing performance against Uruguay, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil returned home with the Jules Rimet Cup.... which they would keep forever after their third win, in 1970.

While the young Pelé was making the headlines, there was one record he would never beat: Just Fontaine of France scored a record 13 goals in the tournament. Pelé would only manage 12, in four World Cup Finals appearances.

The1958 World Cup is also the only time all British teams have made it to the World Cup Finals. Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England were all drawn in seperate groups, but none of them would make it to the semi-final stage.

First Round - Group Stage

The 16 teams were again arranged into four groups of 4 teams each, with the first two teams moving on to the quarter-finals.

This time, unlike in Switzerland, all the teams would play each other in their group. Again this would result in a few play-offs for second place; where Wales would overcome Hungary; Northern Ireland see off the challenge of Czechoslovakia; and England go out to the USSR.

Group 1

8th June
Halmstad: Northern Ireland vs Czechoslovakia (1:0)
Malmö: West Germany vs Argentina (3:1)

11th June
Helsingborg: West Germany vs Czechoslovakia (2:2)
Orjansvallen: Argentina vs Northern Ireland (3:1)

15th June
Helsingborg: Czechoslovakia vs Argentina (6:1)
Malmö: West Germany vs Northern Ireland (2:2)

2nd place Playoff -- 17th June
Malmö: Northern Ireland vs Czechoslovakia (2:1 aet)

West Germany and N. Ireland qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group 2

8th June
Norrköping: France vs Paraguay (7:3)
Vasteras: Yugoslavia vs Scotland (1:1)

11th June
Norrköping: Paraguay vs Scotland (3:2)
Vasteras: Yugoslavia vs France (3:2)

15th June
Eskilstuna: Paraguay vs Yugoslavia (3:3)
Orebro: France vs Scotland (2:1)

France and Yugoslavia qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group 3

08th June
Sandviken: Hungary vs Wales (1:1)
Stockholm: Sweden vs Mexico (3:0)

11th June
Stockholm: Mexico vs Wales (1:1)

12th June
Stockholm: Sweden vs Hungary (2:1)

15th June
Sandviken: Hungary vs Mexico (4:0)
Stockholm: Sweden vs Wales (0:0)

2nd place Playoff -- 17th June
Stockholm: Wales vs Hungary (2:1)

Sweden and Wales qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group 4

8th June
Göteborg: USSR vs England (2:2)
Uddevalla: Brazil vs Austria (3:0)

11th June
Boras: USSR vs Austria (2:0)
Göteborg: Brazil vs England (0:0)

15th June
Boras: England vs Austria (2:2)
Göteborg: Brazil vs USSR (2:0)

2nd place Playoff -- 17th June
Göteborg: USSR vs England (1:0)

Brazil and USSR qualify for the quarter-finals.

Quarter-Finals - 19th June, 1958

Göteborg: Brazil vs Wales (1:0)

Malmö: West Germany vs Yugoslavia (1:0)

Norrköping: France vs Northern Ireland (4:0)

Stockholm: Sweden vs USSR (2:0)

Semi-Finals - 24th June, 1958

Göteborg: Sweden vs West Germany (3:1)

Stockholm: Brazil vs France (5:2)

Third Place - 28th June, 1958

Göteborg: France vs West Germany (6:3)

1958 World Cup Final
29th June:
Brazil vs Sweden (5:2)

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16 Countries

Travel to Argentina Argentina
Group 1 (1:3) (3:1) (1:6)

Travel to Austria Austria
Group 4 (0:3) (0:2) (2:2)

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Group 4 (3:0) (0:0) (2:0)
Quarter-finals (1:0)
Semi-finals (5:2)
Winner (5:2)

Travel to Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Group 1
(0:1) (2:2) (6:1) (1:2 aet)

Travel to England England
Group 4
(2:2) (0:0) (2:2) (0:1)

Travel to France France
Group 2 (7:3) (2:3) (2:1)
Quarter-finals (4:0)
Semi-finals (2:5)
Third place (6:3)

Travel to Hungary Hungary
Group 3
(1:1) (1:2) (4:0) (1:2)

Travel to Mexico Mexico
Group 3 (0:3) (1:1) (0:4)

Travel to Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Group 1
(1:0) (1:3) (2:2) (2:1 aet)
Quarter-finals (0:4)

Travel to Paraguay Paraguay
Group 2 (3:7) (3:2) (3:3)

Travel to Scotland Scotland
Group 2 (1:1) (2:3) (1:2)

Travel to Sweden Sweden
Group 3 (3:0) (2:1) (0:0)
Quarter-finals (2:0)
Semi-finals (3:1)
Finalist (2:5)

Travel to Russia USSR
Group 4
(2:2) (2:0) (0:2) (1:0)
Quarter-finals (0:2)

Travel to Wales Wales
Group 3
(1:1) (1:1) (0:0) (2:1)
Quarter-finals (0:1)

Travel to Germany West Germany
Group 1 (3:1) (2:2) (2:2)
Quarter-finals (1:0)
Semi-finals (1:3)
Third place (3:6)

Travel to Serbia Yugoslavia
Group 2 (1:1) (3:2) (3:3)
Quarter-finals (0:1)

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