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1954 World Cup In Switzerland - Scores & Fixtures

The 1954 FIFA World Cup took place in Switzerland from June 16 to July 4. There were 16 teams in this stage of the tournament and they played 26 matches. It was the fifth World Cup and it was the first one that was on television. Livescores are essential and quite excite fans when watching the game.

Background

Uruguay were the previous champions in the 1954 FIFA World Cup. They had won every time they played. However, Hungary was the favorite to win this time because they were really strong in European football. Their player, Ferenc Puskás, got injured in a game against West Germany but got better for the later on.

Something special about this World Cup was that Scotland, South Korea and Turkey all made it to the final for the first time. Even though Scotland used to be a big football power, they only joined FIFA in 1949. Also, Germany was allowed to participate again after being banned in the previous World Cup because of World War II.

The atmosphere in Switzerland was quite different from the last World Cup in Brazil. In Brazil, there was a huge, passionate crowd at the Maracanã Stadium. Switzerland was a small country to host such a big global football tournament, but it hadn't been affected by the recent war, so it was chosen as the host this time.

West Germany, Hungary and the Miracle of Berne

In the final match between West Germany and Hungary at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, Switzerland. There were around 60,000 people gathered to watch. Hungary was the favorite because they had streak of 32 matches. The game started with Hungary taking the lead but West Germany fought back. West Germany won 3-2 in the end but there were some controversies. One was about an offside call that disallowed a Hungarian goal, and the other was about allegations of doping among the West German players. This victory is known as “The Miracle of Berne” in Germany and was even made into a film. For Hungary, the defeat was a disaster and there are still debates about referee decisions and doping claims.

Cities and Stadiums

The matches for the tournament took place in 6 different cities. Each city had a stadium where games were played. The biggest stadium was in Bern that could hold over 64,000 people. The final match was held there. There were 26 matches in the tournament in total. Basel's stadium was used the most. It hosted 6 matches while Bern, Zurich, and Lausanne hosted 5 matches each. Geneva had 4 matches and Lugano only had 1 match.

Scores & Fixtures

Group stage

Group 1
Brazil
5–0
Mexico
Yugoslavia
1–0
France
Brazil
1–1 (a.e.t.)
Yugoslavia
France
3–2
Mexico
Group 2
West Germany
4–1
Turkey
Hungary
9–0
South Korea
Hungary
8–3
West Germany
Turkey
7–0
South Korea
West Germany
7–2
Turkey
Group 3
Uruguay
2–0
Czechoslovakia
Austria
1–0
Scotland
Uruguay
7–0
Scotland
Austria
5–0
Czechoslovakia
Group 2
Switzerland
2–1
Italy
England
4–4 (a.e.t.)
Belgium
Italy
4–1
Belgium
England
2–0
Switzerland
Switzerland
4–1
Italy

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals
Austria
7–5
Switzerland
Uruguay
4–2
England
West Germany
2–0
Yugoslavia
Hungary
4–2
Brazil
Semi-finals
West Germany
6–1
Austria
Hungary
4–2 (a.e.t.)
Uruguay
Third-place play-off
Austria
3–1
Uruguay
Final
Germany
3–2
Hungary

The Squad of Champions Germans (West Germany)

Coach

  • Sepp Herberger

Goalkeeper

  • Toni Turek
  • Heinz Kubsch
  • Heinz Kwiatkowski

Defender

  • Fritz Laband
  • Werner Kohlmeyer
  • Hans Bauer
  • Herbert Erhardt
  • Josef Posipal
  • Werner Liebrich

Midfielder

  • Horst Eckel
  • Karl Mai
  • Paul Mebus
  • Karl-Heinz Metzner
  • Alfred Pfaff

Forward

  • Helmut Rahn
  • Max Morlock
  • Bernhard Klodt
  • Ottmar Walter
  • Fritz Walter
  • Richard Herrmann
  • Ulrich Biesinger
  • Hans Schäfer

Highlights

  • This tournament had a lot of goals with a total of 140 scored.
  • It was the first World Cup to be shown on television even though not all the games were broadcast, and some were not shown completely.
  • Ferenc Puskás, who is considered one of the first global soccer superstars, played in his first World Cup.

Lowlights

  • South Korea made their first appearance in the World Cup but didn't do well. They let in 16 goals and couldn't score any before they were eliminated.
  • Argentina decided not to participate in the World Cup for the third time in a row.

World Cup Tournament

The tournament set a remarkable record with an average of 5.38 goals per match, the highest ever in a World Cup. The most goal-packed game occurred during the Quarter-final match between Austria and Switzerland that ended 7-5 after 90 minutes, with a total of 12 goals. South Korea had a tough time.

In the Quarter-finals, Hungary faced Brazil in a match dubbed a “moral final,” but it was intense on the field. This infamous game is called the “Battle of Berne,” saw three red cards, post-match fights on the sidelines, and even Brazilians attacking Hungarian players in their locker room.

West Germany surprised many by winning the Quarter-final against Yugoslavia. Their 6-1 victory over Austria in the Semi-final was even more astonishing. Even though Germany was seen as the underdog against Hungary in the final, and winning seemed like a miracle.

Hungary took a 2-0 lead, but the German team's determination didn't let Hungary win that led to what's now known as “The Miracle of Bern.” West Germany emerged as the tournament winners by defeating Hungary 3-2 in a tense match.

The 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland was marked by a record-high average of 5.38 goals per match and the first-ever television broadcast of the World Cup. West Germany's victory over Hungary in the final, known as “The Miracle of Bern,” was a standout moment. Overall, it was a memorable tournament with historic moments.