Fifa World Cup 1958, Sweden

world cup 1958

Uefa qualifying Group 4

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
21601/05/1957Wales 1-0 CzechoslovakiaVernonNinian Park, CardiffWCQ
21719/05/1957East Germany 2-1 WalesM CharlesZentralstadion, LeipzigWCQ
21826/05/1957Czechoslovakia 2-0 Wales Stadion Československé Armády, Strahov, PragueWCQ
21925/09/1957Wales 4-1 East GermanyPalmer (3), C JonesNinian Park, CardiffWCQ

3.East Germany41035122

World Cup Eur/Asia Play-Off

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
22215/01/1958Israel 0-2 WalesI Allchurch, BowenNational Stadium, Ramat Gan, Tel AvivWCQ
22305/02/1958Wales 2-0 IsraelI Allchurch, C JonesNinian Park, CardiffWCQ

World Cup Group C

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
22508/06/1958Hungary 1-1 WalesJ CharlesJernvallen, Sandviken, SwedenWC
22611/06/1958Mexico 1-1 WalesI AllchurchRåsunda Fotbollstadion, Stockholm, SwedenWC
22715/06/1958Sweden 0-0 Wales Raasunda Stadion, SolnaWC


1958 World Cup Group C (play-off)

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
22817/06/1958Hungary 1-2 WalesI Allchurch, MedwinMalmö Stadion, MalmöWC

1958 World Cup Quarter Final

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
22919/06/1958Brazil 1-0 Wales Nya Ullevi Stadion, GothenburgWC


Egypt and Sudan had refused to play against Israel while Indonesia insisted on meeting Israel on neutral ground.

As a result Israel were proclaimed winners of their respective groups in the Asian/African zone. Fifa were understandably reluctant to allow a team to qualify for the World Cup finals without actually playing a match and so lots were drawn of all the second placed teams in the Uefa qualifying groups.

Wales were drawn out of the hat and awarded a two-legged play-off match against Israel with a place in Sweden for the winners.

In the days before Fifa used goal difference to separate teams level on points, play-off matches were arranged, and so Wales faced Hungary for a second time within the space of nine days for the right to face Brazil in the World Cup quarter finals.