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After a gap of 12 years, the football World Cup has returned for the fourth time.

Host: Brazil
Team: 13
Format: Group stage, final round
Matches: 22
Goal: 88
Winner: Uruguay
runner-up: Brazil
Golden shoe: Ademir (Brazil)


After a gap of 12 years, the football World Cup has returned for the fourth time.

The devastation, tragedy and political instability caused by the Second World War took its toll on all European nations. Elsewhere in the world, the consequences of the match have also been felt, which is why it took time for FIFA to find willing hosts.

South America, which had not hosted the tournament since its opening, took advantage of the opportunity and Brazil was selected to host its first World Cup.

Eligibility for the tournament is complicated for financial and political reasons. The defending champions Italy are in crisis of their own as the Superga air disaster resulted in the deaths of some of Italy’s biggest football stars. In the end, the whole team joined, but with a weakened roster.

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Other qualifiers, such as India and Turkey, withdrew for financial and logistical reasons.

England, despite its footballing history, played its first World Cup after eventually joining the governing body.

When the tournament finally started, two groups of four teams, one with three teams and one with just two teams.

The winning team in the group will advance to the final round, where a round-robin format will take place to maximize the number of matches and ticket sales.

Brazil seemed to be the favorites as they won their final match against Uruguay and were crowned champions in front of nearly 200,000 home fans. A goal in the 47th minute gave them the lead but Uruguay completed the comeback to score twice after 13 minutes and stunned the home fans.

Uruguay becomes the second country to win this title after Italy.

High level

After more than a decade of grief and war, the world saw a certain color and celebration as Brazil rose to host and brought joy to world football fans for three weeks. .

The host country built a massive 200,000-capacity stadium, the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, which was packed for the final and other matches featuring Brazil.

It was the first World Cup where the jerseys had numbers on the back.


Argentina withdrew from the tournament citing disagreements with the Brazilian Football Federation.

Some teams that were once considered great powers, such as Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, could not participate as they were still reeling from the effects of the war.

No Asian teams participated in the tournament.

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