FIFA World Cup 1962

World Cup held in Chile, was the seventh staging of the world's most prestigious international soccer tournament. This edition of the tournament featured a total of sixteen teams, with eventually emerging victorious. The tournament began on May 30th in Santiago, Chile, and rest of 15 teams from around the world go head-to-head in a battle for the coveted World Cup trophy. In the end, Brazil emerged victorious, becoming the third nation after Italy and Uruguay to win the World Cup for the second time.

Chile as host nation and Brazil as defending World Cup champions, were granted automatic qualification, with the remaining 14 finals places divided among the continental confederations. Eight places were contested by  teams and three by  teams, CAF teams,  teams, NAFC teams and CCCF teams contested three play-offs slots. The three winners would then face a European or South American team for entry into the World Cup. The 1962 tournament was the last one for which only nations from or the Americas qualified. Two teams qualified for the first time ever: Colombia and Bulgaria.

In the group stage, Soviet Union, West Germany, Brazil and topped their groups, with Yugoslavia, Chile, Czechoslovakia and England coming in second place. Then, in the quarterfinals, Chile beat Soviet Union 2-1, Brazil beat England 3-1, Yugoslavia beat the West Germany 1-0 and Czechoslovakia beat Hungary 1-0.

The semi-final was played between Brazil and Chile, Brazilian defeated Chile with 4-2. In the second Semi Final which was held between Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia defeated Yugoslavia with 3-1.

In the final, Brazil faced Czechoslovakia and eventually defeated Czechoslovakia 3-1. This gave Brazil the 1962 FIFA World Cup title, making them back-to-back champions, having won the tournament as well.

The tournament was also remembered for the controversial decisions made by the referee, Ken Aston. As well as controversial decisions such as awarding Brazil penalties, Aston also introduced the red and yellow cards, which are still used today in .

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