WORLD CUP : History—1962

Another Brazilian triumph, but Pele played in only the opening game against Mexico before being injured. Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the final in Santiago with goals from Amarildo, Zito and Vava. The tournament also staged one of the most notorious matches in World Cup history — the Battle of Santiago between Italy and Chile, in which two Italians were sent off and one had his nose broken by a solid left-hook from a Chilean player.

After two consecutive European-based tournaments — Switzerland 1954 and Sweden 1958 — the World Cup returned to South America twelve years after Brazil played host. Fifty-six teams took part in the qualifying rounds, which saw the elimination of France and

Sweden, two of the big guns from the 1958 tournament. Many first-round games in this 1962 World Cup were unfortunately marred by over-physical play.

The emotional high-spot came in the quarter-finals when the hosts Chile beat the USSR 2-1 and the whole country took to the streets. The joy was short lived, however, for in the semi-final the Brazilians proved too strong for the hosts. Their opponents for the title were to be Czechoslovakia, surprise winners over Yugoslavia in the semis.

The Czechs had already forged a draw (0-0) against the Brazilians in the first round and also miraculously beaten the Hungarians in the quarter-finals. Against all the odds it was the Czechs who took the lead in this final, before the Brazilians equalised and then went on to score two more to retain the title.