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Background

The 1954 FIFA World Cup, the fifth staging of the World Cup, was held in Switzerland from 16 June to 4 July.  Switzerland were chosen unopposed as hosts to hold the 1951 World Cup Finals, at the 25th FIFA Congress in Luxembourg on 26 July 1946 (along with the 1950 World Cup). A day later, Congress decided to delay the World Cup Finals for three years, deciding it should take place in 1954.

The Draw

These Finals used a unique format. The sixteen qualifying teams were again divided into four groups of four at the draw in Zürich, 30 November 1953. But each group contained two seeded and two unseeded teams. Only four matches were scheduled for each group, with a seeded team versus an unseeded team. Extra time would then be played if the teams were level after ninety minutes, but a draw would result if the scores were still level after 120 minutes.
Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Switzerland Austria (seeded) France (seeded) Belgium
Uruguay (seeded) England (seeded) Italy (seeded) Mexico
Brazil (seeded) West Germany Czechoslovakia Korea Republic
Hungary (seeded) Yugoslavia Turkey (seeded) Scotland

 

The Build-Up

JUNE 1: England began three days of training at Roehampton, prior to the announcement of the World Cup squad.

The Times: So far 27 players have been named, but only 25 will take part in the training which starts to-day. Matthews and Finney will not be there. Matthews has asked for a rest following his tour of the Continent with his club, Blackpool, and Finney is having treatment for a thigh injury.

The Guardian: The annual general meeting of the Football Association lasted twelve minutes. Not a word was said about England's recent heavy defeat by Hungary in Budapest.

JUNE 3: The Football Association announced the squad of 17 players that were to travel to Switzerland for the tournament.

JUNE 8: The Football Association announced the five reserves, who were to remain at home on standby. All of the 22-man squad returned to Roehampton for a further three days of training. Matthews and Finney were given the third day off. They were all asked to train on their club grounds for the next two days.

JUNE 11: England's team for the opening game, against Belgium, was announced.

JUNE 14: The England squad arrived in Lucerne, their base for the tournament.

 

First Phase
Pool D
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
England 2 1 1 0 6 4 +2 3
Italy 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 2
Switzerland 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 2
Belgium 2 0 1 1 5 8 -3 1
 
17 June 1954
5:50pm CET - Switzerland 2 Italy 1 [1-1]
Stade Olympique de La Pontaise, Lausanne, Canton de Vaud (43,000)
Ballaman, Hügi
 Boniperti
6:10pm CET - Belgium 4 England 4 [1-2] AET
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel, Basel-Stadt (14,000)
Anoul (2), Coppens, Dickinson OG
 Broadis (2), Lofthouse (2)
20 June 1954
5:00pm CET - Italy 4 Belgium 1 [1-0]
Stadio Cornaredo, Lugano, Repubblica e Cantone del Ticino (26,000)
Pandolfini (pen), Galli, Frignani, Lorenzi
Anoul
5:10pm CET - England 2 Switzerland 0 [1-0]
Wankdorfstadion, Bern, Kanton Bern (43,500)
Mullen, Wilshaw

JUNE 18: The Times - ENGLAND THROW VICTORY AWAY

England...were like those rare children of light who can pass through any experience protected by a sheath of impenetrable innocence.

...dominated the central hour with some pure cultured football to take a lead that should have given them a worthy victory.

...too much artistry at the time of their domination.

JUNE 21: The Times - FORMIDABLE PROSPECT AHEAD

...torrid heat of over a hundred degrees under a cloudless sky...

England, in a world sense, represent a Third Division side that has found its way into the last eight of the FA Cup.

...must start thinking intelligently ahead of the pass.

Yet England...deserved to win a match of extreme mediocrity.

...dominating influence of Wright...

23 June 1954 - 6:00pm CET
Switzerland 4 Italy 1 [1-0]
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel, Basel-Stadt (14,000)
Hügi (2), Ballaman, Fatton
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Play-off


Second Phase
Another feature of the 1954 format was that the four group-winning teams were drawn against each other in the knockout stages to provide one finalist, and the four runners-up played against each other to provide the second finalist.

26 June 1954 - all 5:00pm CET
Austria 7 Switzerland 5 [5-4]
Stade Olympique de La Pontaise, Lausanne, Canton de Vaud (32,000)
Wagner (3), A.Körner (2), Ocwirk, Probst
Ballaman (2), Hügi (3)
Uruguay 4 England 2 [2-1]
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel, Basel-Stadt (28,000)
Borges, Varella, Schiaffino, Ambrois
Lofthouse
, Finney
27 June 1954
Hungary 4 Brazil 2 [2-1]
Wankdorfstadion, Bern, Kanton Bern (40,000)
Hidegkuti, Kocsis (2), Lantos (pen)
D.Santos (pen), Julinho
West Germany 2 Yugoslavia 0 [1-0]
Le Stade de Charmilles, Genève, République et Canton de Genève (17,000)
Horvat OG, Rahn

JUNE 28: The Times - ENGLAND'S FOOTBALL PRIDE REGAINED

...departed defiantly with all flags flying and all their guns firing...

...England so nearly could have won.

...Uruguayan defence began to shudder before an articulate English answer made pointed by the inspiration of the evergreen Matthews.

...limping Uruguayans at the end who were most relieved to hear the whistle blow...

...higher degree of mobility, imagination, accuracy, and spirit than one has seen from an English side for some time.

The Uruguayans played the whole second half with only eight fully effective men.

Quarter Finals

Semi Finals

30 June 1954 - both 6:00pm CET
West Germany 6 Austria 1 [1-0]
Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel, Basel-Stadt (57,000)
Schäfer, Morlock, F.Walter (2 pens), O.Walter (2)
Probst
Hungary 4 Uruguay 2 [1-0] AET
Stade Olympique de La Pontaise, Lausanne, Canton de Vaud (45,000)
Czibor, Hidegkuti, Kocsis (2)
Hohberg (2)

 

Third Place Play-off

3 July 1954 - 5:00pm CET
Austria 3 Uruguay 1 [1-1]
Hardturm Stadion, Industriequartier, Zürich, Kanton Zürich (32,000)
Stojaspal (pen), Cruz OG, Ocwirk
Hohberg

 

The 1954 Final

4 July 1954 - 5:00pm CET
West Germany 3 Hungary 2 [2-2]
Wankdorfstadion, Bern, Kanton Bern (62,472)
Morlock, Rahn (2)
Puskás, Czibor

 

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