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Sunday, 25 June 1950
World Cup 1950 Finals First Phase Pool Two, Match One/Two

England 2 Chile 0 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Squad
Chile Squad

Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Attendance: 29,703, estimated 50,000-65,000;
Kick-off: 3.00pm BRT, 7.00pm BST

England - Stan Mortensen (27), Wilf Mannion (51)
Results 1946-1950

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Match Summary





Referee - Karel van der Meer
x (-), Netherlands.

Linesmen - Mario Gardelli, Brazil & Gunnar Dahlner, Sweden

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: The 1949 home uniform - White collared short-sleeved jerseys, blue shorts, black socks with white tops.
Capt: Billy Wright, fifteenth captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 37 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
30th match, W 23 - D 3 - L 4 - F 102 - A 31.
England Lineup
1 Williams, Bert F. 30 31 January 1920 G

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

8 8 GA
2 Ramsey, Alfred E. 30

22 January 1920


Tottenham Hotspur FC

6 0
3 Aston, John 28

3 September 1921


Manchester United FC

15 0
4 Wright, William A. 24

6 February 1924


Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

30 2
5 Hughes, Lawrence 26

2 March 1924


Liverpool FC

1 0
6 Dickinson, James W. 25 24 April 1925 LH

Portsmouth FC

8 0
7 Finney, Thomas 28

5 April 1922


Preston North End FC

26 18
8 Mannion, Wilfred J. 32

16 May 1918


Middlesbrough FC

20 10
9 Bentley, T.F. Roy 26 17 May 1924 CF

Chelsea FC

5 2
10 Mortensen, Stanley H. 29

26 May 1921


Blackpool FC

19 16
11 Mullen, James 27

6 January 1923


Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

5 2



team notes:

A list of firsts for England - first World Cup Finals match, first match in South America, first South American opposition.
3-2-5 Williams -
Ramsey, Hughes, Aston -
Wright, Dickinson -
Finney, Mannion, Bentley, Mortenson, Mullen.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Chile Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 28th to 30th
Colours: Red jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Sergio Roberto Livingstone Manager: Arturo Bucciardi
Chile Lineup
1 Livingstone, Sergio Roberto     G

CD Universidad Catolica

2 Roldán Campos, Fernando     RB

CD Universidad Catolica

3 Alvarez, Manuel     LB

CD Universidad Catolica

4 Farias, Arturo     RH

CSD Colo Colo

5 Busquets, Miguel     CH

CD Universidad Catolica

6 Carvallo Castro, Luis Hernán     LH

CD Universidad Catolica

7 Mayanás, Luis Lindorfo     OR

CD Universidad Catolica

8 Cremaschi, Atilio     IR

Club Union Espanola

9 Robledo, Jorge Oliver     CF

Newcastle United FC, England

10 Muñoz, Manuel     IL

CSD Colo Colo

11 Diaz Zambrano, Guillermo     OL

CD Santiago Wanderers




team notes:

Chile qualified without playing a match because of the withdrawal of Argentina from its qualifying group.
3-2-2-3 Livingstone -
Roldán, Busquets, Alvarez -
Farias, Carvallo -
Cremaschi, Muñoz -
Mayanás, Robledo, Diaz Zambrano.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne
     Match Report by Norman Giller

England made a far from impressive start to their World Cup campaign against Chile but got away with a victory. The vast Maracana Stadium, with workmen still putting the finishing touches, held 200,000 spectators and it looked and sounded deserted with fewer than 30,000 watching the game. The FA saw fit to organise a goodwill tour of Canada at the same time as the World Cup finals in Brazil, and then ummed and ahhed when Manchester United requested that none of their players should be considered because they had arranged a trip to the United States. Walter Winterbottom, battling against this blinkered club-before-country attitude, almost had to get on his knees to have first choice for the World Cup. As it was, he had to go to Brazil without without England's most famous player, Stanley Matthews, who was sent on the totally meaningless Canadian trip as a footballing ambassador. Special arrangements had to be made to fly him down to Rio for the World Cup, and he arrived after England had won this opening match 2-0 against Chile. Laurie Hughes replaced his Liverpool clubmate Bill Jones at centre-half. He won three England caps, all in this World Cup tournament. Stan Mortensen gave England a thirty-eighth minute lead against the run of play when he headed in a Jimmy Mullen cross. Mullen turned goal scorer just after the hour when he drove the ball into the net following neat approach work by Mortensen and Tom Finney. George Robledo, the Newcastle forward playing for his home country of Chile, rattled the England woodwork with a 30-yard free-kick, and neutral observers thought the Chileans unlucky not to get at least a draw. But an easier match against the USA was to follow!

Source Notes

Attendance:  Most sources, including the FIFA match report, list the attendance as around 30,000.  Many commentators believe it was quite a bit higher, with estimates ranging from 45,000 to 65,000 [Duarte].

Goal times:  The times given for the goals also vary widely, ranging from 27 to 39 minutes for Mortensen's and 51 to 70 minutes for Mannion's.  We have used the times from the FIFA match report, which are the same as or within a minute of the times given in the vast majority of the reports.

England lineup:  Some sources, including the FIFA match report, have Mortensen playing inside right and Mannion inside left, including the FIFA match reportLeatherdale's authoritative work on England's World Cup history notes that Mortensen switched to inside right from inside left only for England's last World Cup 1950 match against Spain, when Mannion was left out and Eddie Baily brought in.  Both the latest Football Association yearbooks and Rothman's Book of Football Records also have Mannion at inside right and Mortensen at inside left.

Chile lineup:  Many European sources, including the FIFA match report, have Arturo Farias as right back and Fernando Roldán as right half.  The exception is the lineup appearing in the World Cup history on La Gazzetta dello Sport website, which has Roldán as right back and Farias as right half.  This coincides with the positions attributed to Chile squad members by South American sources; Roldán was a fullback and Farias a halfback.

George Robledo was born in Chile of a Chilean father and Yorkshire mother, but grew up in England to become a fine goalscorer for Barnsley and Newcastle United.  Chile recruited him for the World Cup 1950 finals, and George became Jorge although he did not speak Spanish.  When he hit the post against England, one of his opponents reputedly said, "Steady, George, you're not playing for Newcastle now, you know."  At the end of his contract with Newcastle in 1953, Robledo returned to Chile and eventually served as the national side's coach.  He scored 127 goals in 251 Football League matches, led the old First Division with 33 goals in the 1951-52 season, won F.A. Cup winners medals with Newcastle in 1951 and 1952 and scored the only goal in the 1952 Cup Final.  He died in 1989.

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Original newspaper reports