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1954 FIFA World Cup qualification

 

1954 FIFA World Cup qualification

1954 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams 39 (from 3 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 57
Goals scored 208 (3.65 per match)

A total of 39 teams entered the 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Switzerland, as the hosts, and Uruguay, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

37 teams were divided into 13 groups, based on geographical considerations, as follows:

  • Groups 1 to 10 - Europe: 11 places, contested by 32 teams (including Egypt, Israel and Syria).
  • Group 11 and 12 - The Americas: 2 places, contested by 7 teams.
  • Group 13 - Asia: 1 place, contested by 3 teams.

A total of 33 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 57 qualifying matches were played, and 208 goals were scored (an average of 3.65 per match).

Listed below are the dates and results of the qualification rounds.

Contents

  • Groups 1
    • Group 1 1.1
    • Group 2 1.2
    • Group 3 1.3
    • Group 4 1.4
    • Group 5 1.5
    • Group 6 1.6
    • Group 7 1.7
    • Group 8 1.8
    • Group 9 1.9
    • Group 10 1.10
    • Group 11 1.11
    • Group 12 1.12
    • Group 13 1.13
  • Qualified teams 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Groups

The 13 groups had different rules, as follows:

  • Groups 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 had 3 teams each. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.
  • Group 3 had 4 teams. The teams played against each other once. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.
  • Group 11 had 4 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
  • Group 12 had 3 teams. The teams played against each other twice. The group winner would qualify.
  • Group 13 had 3 teams. After Taiwan withdrew before the matches began, the remaining 2 teams played against each other twice. The group winner would qualify.

Group 1

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  West Germany 7 4 3 1 0 12 3 +9
2  Saar 3 4 1 1 2 4 8 −4
3  Norway 2 4 0 2 2 4 9 −5





West Germany qualified.

Group 2

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Belgium 7 4 3 1 0 11 6 +5
2  Sweden 3 4 1 1 2 9 8 +1
3  Finland 2 4 0 2 2 7 13 −6





Belgium qualified.

Group 3

This group was also the 1953-1954 British Home Championship.

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  England 6 3 3 0 0 11 4 +7
2  Scotland 3 3 1 1 1 8 8 0
3  Northern Ireland 2 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3
4  Wales 1 3 0 1 2 5 9 −4





England and Scotland qualified.

Group 4

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  France 8 4 4 0 0 20 4 +16
2  Republic of Ireland 4 4 2 0 2 8 6 +2
3  Luxembourg 0 4 0 0 4 1 19 −18





France qualified.

Group 5

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Austria 3 2 1 1 0 9 1 +8
2  Portugal 1 2 0 1 1 1 9 −8
 Denmark withdrew

Austria qualified.

Group 6

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  Spain 2 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
1=  Turkey 2 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2
 Netherlands Withdrew

Spain and Turkey finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

Turkey qualified after drawing lots. Since the 1970 FIFA World Cup finals, goal difference was used as a tiebreaker for future qualifying rounds. Had those rules been in place, Spain would have qualified, and Turkey would have been eliminated. A 14-year-old local (i.e. Roman) boy whose father worked at the stadium, Luigi Franco Gemma, picked Turkey's name from the lots with his eyes blindfolded.[1][2]

Group 7

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Hungary qualified
 Poland withdrew

Poland withdrew, so Hungary qualified automatically.

Group 8

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Czechoslovakia 7 4 3 1 0 5 1 +4
2  Romania 4 4 2 0 2 5 5 0
3  Bulgaria 1 4 0 1 3 3 7 −4





Czechoslovakia qualified.

Group 9

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Italy 4 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5
2  Egypt 0 2 0 0 2 2 7 −5

Italy qualified.

Group 10

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Yugoslavia 8 4 4 0 0 4 0 +4
2  Greece 4 4 2 0 2 3 2 +1
3  Israel 0 4 0 0 4 0 5 −5





Yugoslavia qualified.

Group 11

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Brazil 8 4 4 0 0 8 1 +7
2  Paraguay 4 4 2 0 2 8 6 +2
3  Chile 0 4 0 0 4 1 10 −9
 Peru Withdrew





Brazil qualified.

Group 12

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Mexico 8 4 4 0 0 19 1 +18
2  United States 4 4 2 0 2 7 9 −2
3  Haiti 0 4 0 0 4 2 18 −16





Mexico qualified.

Group 13

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  South Korea 3 2 1 1 0 7 3 +4
2  Japan 1 2 0 1 1 3 7 −4
 Republic of China withdrew

Korea Republic qualified.

Qualified teams

FIFA World Cup qualification 1954
Qualifying countries
Team Finals Appearance Streak Last Appearance
 Austria 2nd 1 1934
 Belgium 4th 1 1938
 Brazil 5th 5 1950
 Czechoslovakia 3rd 1 1938
 England 2nd 2 1950
 France 4th 1 1938
 Hungary 3rd 1 1938
 Italy 4th 4 1950
 South Korea 1st 1
 Mexico 3rd 2 1950
 Scotland 1st 1
  Switzerland (h) 4th 4 1950
 Turkey 1st 1
 Uruguay (c) 3rd 2 1950
 West Germany 3rd 1 1938
 Yugoslavia 3rd 2 1950

(h) - qualified automatically as hosts

(c) - qualified automatically as defending champions

Notes

  • Turkey gained a place in the World Cup through drawing lots, over Spain after failing to decide which team was the winner of Group 6 after three matches. However, it was not the only one. Morocco eliminated Tunisia during qualification for the 1962 FIFA World Cup by drawing lots, and eliminated Tunisia again on a coin toss during 1970 World Cup qualification. They also eliminated Tunisia during qualification for the 1968 Olympics either by drawing lots or a coin toss. In 1978, Tunisia defeated Morocco during World Cup qualification on penalties, in the first time penalties were ever used during World Cup qualification.[1]
  • For the first time, qualification matches were actually played in South America, since in all previous World Cups, the South American teams all qualified automatically due to withdrawals (in the case of 1934) or through the South American Football Championship for the 1938 and 1950 tournaments.
  • As the French-occupied Saarland protectorate became part of the Federal Republic of Germany only in 1957, the Saarland entered their only World Cup competition and actually had to play Germany in the qualifiers.
  • The entries of Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Iceland, India and South Vietnam were not accepted by the FIFA.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b "FIFA Fact Sheet: History of the FIFA World Cup (TM) Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). FIFA. 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)" (PDF). FIFA. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

External links

  • FIFA World Cup Official Site - 1954 World Cup Qualification
  • RSSSF - 1954 World Cup Qualification
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