World Cup 1962
Third Place: Chile
Fourth Place: Yugoslavia
Participants: 16 (Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Czechoslovakia, England, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, USSR, West Germany, Yugoslavia)
The World Cup made it’s return to South America after a 12 year absence with Chile receiving the honour of playing host for 1962 finals. It was called ‘Campeonato Mundial de Futbol‘ in Chile and the South American surroundings obviously played a huge part with both the hosts (Chile) and Brazil going far in the tournament. Chile went on to secure a third-place finish while Brazil ran out victorious in the final against the Czechoslovakia.
During the preparations for the tournament, Chile suffered the largest earthquake of the twentieth century in 1960 which caused massive damage around the country. The slogan for the 1962 World Cup became ‘Because we don’t have anything, we will do everything within our power to rebuild’ after the president of the organisation committee announced that Chile would not forfeit their bid to host the forthcoming World Cup.
The 1962 finals saw the rise and fall of several of the World’s biggest stars. Pele‘s tournament came to an abrupt end when he was injured midway through Brazil’s second game although his replacement was Amarildo who went on to have arguably his best tournament in his career.
The tournament didn’t go down too well with the rest of the World though with the home nation giving travelling fans a hostile reception. This cumulated in two red cards in the opening match of the tournament when Chile took on Italy where the Italian’s needed police escorts to leave the pitch safely.
Brazil 3 – 1 Czechoslovakia – Estadio Nacional ~ 68,689 Attendance
Brazil – Amarildo, Zito, Vava
Czechoslovakia – Masopust
Third Place Play-Off
Chile 1 – 0 Yugoslavia
Chile – Rojas