1950 FIFA World Cup qualification

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1950 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams34 (from 3 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played26
Goals scored121 (4.65 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Jack Rowley
Mexico Horacio Casarín
Mexico Luis de la Fuente
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željko Čajkovski
(4 goals each)
1938
1954

A total of 34 teams entered the qualification rounds of the 1950 FIFA World Cup, competing for a total of 16 spots in the final tournament. Brazil, as the hosts, and Italy, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

The remaining 32 teams were divided into 10 groups, based on geographical considerations, as follows:

  • Groups 1 to 6 – Europe: 7 places, contested by 18 teams (including Israel and Syria).
  • Groups 7 to 9 – The Americas: 6 places, contested by 10 teams.
  • Group 10 – Asia: 1 place, contested by 4 teams.

However, due to the withdrawals of India, Scotland and Turkey after qualifying, only 13 teams actually competed in the final tournament.

A total of 19 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 26 qualifying matches were played, and 121 goals were scored (an average of 4.65 per match).

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

Groups[edit]

The 10 groups had different rules, as follows:

  • Group 1 had 4 teams. The teams played against each other once. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.
  • Groups 2, 3 and 4 had 3 teams each. The strongest team of each group was seeded. There would be two rounds of play:
    • Final Round: The seeded team played against the winner of the First Round on a home-and-away basis. The winner would qualify.
  • Group 5 had 3 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
  • Group 6 had 2 teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner would qualify.
  • Group 7 had 3 teams. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.
  • Group 8 had 4 teams. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.
  • Group 9 had 3 teams. The teams played against each other twice. The group winner and runner-up would qualify.
  • Group 10 had 4 teams. The group winner would qualify.

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  England 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 6
2  Scotland 3 2 0 1 10 3 +7 4
3=  Wales 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1
3=  Ireland (IFA) 3 0 1 2 4 17 −13 1
1 October 1949 Ireland (IFA) 2–8 ScotlandBelfast, Northern Ireland
Smyth Goal 50'59' Report Morris Goal 2'70'88'
Waddell Goal 5'31' (pen.)
Steel Goal 23'
Reilly Goal 24'
Mason Goal 80'
Stadium: Windsor Park
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Reginald Mortimer (England)

15 October 1949 Wales 1–4 EnglandCardiff, Wales
Griffiths Goal 80' Report Mortensen Goal 22'
Milburn Goal 29'34'66'
Stadium: Ninian Park
Attendance: 61,079
Referee: Jack Mowat (Scotland)

9 November 1949 Scotland 2–0 WalesGlasgow, Scotland
McPhail Goal 25'
Linwood Goal 78'
Report Stadium: Hampden Park
Attendance: 73,782
Referee: S.K. Law (England)

16 November 1949 England 9–2 Ireland (IFA)Manchester, England
Rowley Goal 6'47'56'58'
Froggatt Goal 25'
Mortensen Goal 35'50'
Pearson Goal 33'68'
Report Smyth Goal 55'
Brennan Goal 75'
Stadium: Maine Road
Attendance: 69,742
Referee: Mervyn Griffiths (Wales)

8 March 1950 Wales 0–0 Ireland (IFA)Wrexham, Wales
Report Stadium: Racecourse Ground
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Reginald Leafe (England)

15 April 1950 Scotland 0–1 EnglandGlasgow, Scotland
Report Bentley Goal 64' Stadium: Hampden Park
Attendance: 133,300
Referee: Reginald Leafe (England)

England qualified. Scotland also qualified, but declined to participate.

Group 2[edit]

First round[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Turkey 1 1 0 0 7 0 +7 2
2  Syria 1 0 0 1 0 7 −7 0
20 November 1949 Turkey 7–0 SyriaAnkara, Turkey
Cansever Goal 12'16'87'
Eken Goal 44'
Kücükandonyadis Goal 66'
Keskin Goal 67'
Kilic Goal 72'
Stadium: 19 Mayıs Stadium
Referee: Antonio Gamba (Italy)

Syria withdrew, and remaining match was not played.

Turkey advanced to the Final Round.

Final round[edit]

Pos Team Pld Pts Qualification
 Turkey 0 0 Qualified, later withdrew
 Austria 0 0 Withdrew

Austria withdrew, so Turkey qualified automatically. But Turkey later also withdrew, and FIFA offered the place to Portugal, the runner-up of Group 6, but they declined. FIFA decided not to allow anyone else to qualify, leaving the World Cup two teams short.

Group 3[edit]

First round[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Yugoslavia 2 2 0 0 11 2 +9 4
2  Israel 2 0 0 2 2 11 −9 0
21 August 1949 Yugoslavia 6–0 IsraelBelgrade, Yugoslavia
Pajević Goal 12'19'26'
Senčar Goal 44'
Že. Čajkovski Goal 63'
Bobek Goal 83' (pen.)
Report Stadium: JNA Stadion
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Giovanni Galeati (Italy)

18 September 1949 Israel 2–5 YugoslaviaTel Aviv, Israel
Glazer Goal 65'76' Report Valok Goal 19'64'
Bobek Goal 20'
Zl. Čajkovski Goal 41'
Že. Čajkovski Goal 82'
Stadium: Maccabiah Stadium
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Yosef Kinstlich (Cyprus)

Yugoslavia advanced to the Final Round.

Final round[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  France 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
1  Yugoslavia 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
9 October 1949 Yugoslavia 1–1 FranceBelgrade, Yugoslavia
Že. Čajkovski Goal 36' Report Baillot Goal 55' Stadium: JNA Stadion
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Karel van der Meer (Netherlands)

30 October 1949 France 1–1 YugoslaviaParis, France
Baillot Goal 8' Report Bobek Goal 44' Stadium: Stade Olympique de Colombes
Attendance: 53,569
Referee: Giovanni Galeati (Italy)

France 2–2 Yugoslavia on aggregate, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

11 December 1949 Yugoslavia 3–2 (a.e.t.) FranceFlorence, Italy
Mihajlović Goal 12'84' (pen.)
Že. Čajkovski Goal 114'
Report Walter Goal 13'
Luciano Goal 83'
Stadium: Stadio Giovanni Berta
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Giovanni Galeati (Italy)

Yugoslavia qualified while France were also offered a place by FIFA. France initially accepted, but later declined.

Group 4[edit]

First round[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Switzerland 2 2 0 0 8 4 +4 4
2  Luxembourg 2 0 0 2 4 8 −4 0
26 June 1949 Switzerland  5–2 LuxembourgZürich, Switzerland
Maillard Goal 20'
Fatton Goal 30'41'
Ballaman Goal 48'
Antenen Goal 59'
Report Wagner Goal 3'
Reuter Goal 88'
Stadium: Hardturm
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Charles Delasalle (France)

18 September 1949 Luxembourg 2–3  SwitzerlandLuxembourg, Luxembourg
Muller Goal 3'
Kremer Goal 38'
Report Maillard Goal 1'
Friedländer Goal 59'
Fatton Goal 75'
Stadium: Stade Municipal
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Pierre Theunen (Belgium)

Switzerland advanced to the Final Round.

Final round[edit]

Pos Team Pld Pts Qualification
  Switzerland 0 0 Qualified
 Belgium 0 0 Withdrew

Belgium withdrew, so Switzerland qualified automatically.

Group 5[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Sweden 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 4
2  Ireland (FAI) 4 1 1 2 6 7 −1 3
3  Finland 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3 1
2 June 1949 Sweden 3–1 Ireland (FAI)Stockholm, Sweden
Anderson Goal 17' (pen.)
Jeppson Goal 37'
Liedholm Goal 69'
Report Walsh Goal 9' Stadium: Råsunda Stadion
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Louis Baert (Belgium)

8 September 1949 Ireland (FAI) 3–0 FinlandDublin, Ireland
Gavin Goal 35'
Martin Goal 44' (pen.)68'
Report Stadium: Dalymount Park
Attendance: 22,479
Referee: W.H.E. Evan (England)

9 October 1949 Finland 1–1 Ireland (FAI)Helsinki, Finland
Vaihela Goal 89' Report Farrell Goal 65' Stadium: Olympiastadion
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Johan Bronkhorst (Netherlands)

13 November 1949 Ireland (FAI) Republic of Ireland1–3 SwedenDublin, Ireland
Martin Goal 61' (pen.) Report Palmér Goal 4'40'68' Stadium: Dalymount Park
Attendance: 41,031
Referee: William Ling (England)

Sweden qualified. Finland withdrew before the group was completed. Ireland (FAI) were subsequently invited to enter competition but declined the opportunity because of traveling costs.[1]

Sweden beat Finland 8–1 on 2 October 1949 in Malmö.[2] However, FIFA's website does not include this match in the list of matches or in the group standings.[3] RSSSF's website lists the match with the note "Sweden played B-team", and does not provide group standings.[4]

Group 6[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Spain 2 1 1 0 7 3 +4 3
2  Portugal 2 0 1 1 3 7 −4 1
2 April 1950 Spain 5–1 PortugalMadrid, Spain
Zarra Goal 11'58'
Basora Goal 13'
Panizo Goal 15'
Molowny Goal 65'
Report Cabrita Goal 36' Stadium: Estadio Nuevo Chamartín
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Reg Leafe (England)

9 April 1950 Portugal 2–2 SpainLisbon, Portugal
Travassos Goal 51'
Correia Goal 53'
Report Zarra Goal 24'
Gaínza Goal 82'
Stadium: Jamor
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Jack Mowat (Scotland)

Spain qualified. Portugal were also invited to take part but they declined.

Group 7[edit]

Pos Team Pld Pts Qualification
1  Bolivia 0 0 Qualified
1  Chile 0 0
3  Argentina 0 0 Withdrew

Argentina withdrew, so Bolivia and Chile qualified automatically.

Group 8[edit]

Pos Team Pld Pts Qualification
1  Uruguay 0 0 Qualified
1  Paraguay 0 0
3  Ecuador 0 0 Withdrew
3  Peru 0 0

Ecuador and Peru withdrew, so Uruguay and Paraguay qualified automatically.

Group 9[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Mexico 4 4 0 0 17 2 +15 8
2  United States 4 1 1 2 8 15 −7 3
3  Cuba 4 0 1 3 3 11 −8 1
4 September 1949 United States 0–6 MexicoMexico City, Mexico
Flores Goal 20'
Luna Goal 30'
de la Fuente Goal 37'55'58'
Septién Goal 85'
Stadium: Estadio de los Deportes
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: José Tapia (Cuba)

11 September 1949 Mexico 2–0 CubaMexico City, Mexico
Luna Goal 26'
Casarín Goal 57'
Stadium: Estadio de los Deportes
Referee: Prudencio García (United States)

14 September 1949 Cuba 1–1 United StatesMexico City, Mexico
Gómez Goal 28' Wallace Goal 23' Stadium: Estadio de los Deportes
Attendance: 8,000

18 September 1949 Mexico 6–2 United StatesMexico City, Mexico
Ortiz Goal 14'
Casarín Goal 23'41'76'
de la Fuente Goal 47'
Ochoa Goal 89'
Souza Goal 52'
Wattman Goal 90'
Stadium: Estadio de los Deportes
Attendance: 54,500
Referee: José Tapia (Cuba)

21 September 1949 United States 5–2 CubaMexico City, Mexico
Bahr Goal 16'
Souza Goal 23'
Matevich Goal 30'35'
Wallace Goal 48'
Barquín Goal 42'
Veiga Goal 50'
Stadium: Estadio de los Deportes
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: José Tapia (Cuba)

25 September 1949 Mexico 3–0 CubaMexico City, Mexico
Naranjo Goal 44'88'
Flores Goal 58'
Stadium: Estadio de los Deportes
Referee: Prudencio García (United States)

Mexico and the United States qualified.

Group 10[edit]

Pos Team Pld Pts Qualification
1  India 0 0 Qualified, later withdrew
1  Burma 0 0 Withdrew
3  Indonesia 0 0
3  Philippines 0 0
Source: rsssf.com

Burma, Indonesia and the Philippines all withdrew before the draw, so India qualified automatically. But India later also withdrew "because of the expense of traveling such a long way to play,"[5] and the AIFF wanted to concentrate on the 1952 Olympics.[6] Although according to some reports, it was caused by a FIFA ruling that players were not allowed to play barefoot.[7] FIFA decided not to invite anyone else, leaving the World Cup three teams short.

Qualified teams[edit]

FIFA World Cup qualification 1950
Participating countries after 3 of the 16 qualifying countries withdrew.
Team Finals appearance Streak Last appearance
 Bolivia 2nd 1 1930
 Brazil (H) 4th 4 1938
 Chile 2nd 1 1930
 England 1st 1
 India 1st 1
 Italy (c) 3rd 3 1938
 Mexico 2nd 1 1930
 Paraguay 2nd 1 1930
 Spain 2nd 1 1934
 Scotland 1st 1
 Sweden 3rd 3 1938
  Switzerland 3rd 3 1938
 Turkey 1st 1
 United States 3rd 1 1934
 Uruguay 2nd 1 1930
 Yugoslavia 2nd 1 1930
  •  India,  Scotland and  Turkey withdrew after qualifying.
  • (H) – qualified automatically as hosts
  • (c) – qualified automatically as defending champions

6 of the 13 teams subsequently failed to qualify for the 1954 finals: Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Spain, Sweden and United States.

Goalscorers[edit]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Notes[edit]

  • At the start of 1950 there were, in effect, two Ireland teams, chosen by two rival associations. Both associations, the Northern Ireland-based IFA and the Republic of Ireland-based FAI claimed jurisdiction over the whole of Ireland and selected players from the whole island. As a result, several notable Irish players from this era played for both teams. Four players – Tom Aherne, Reg Ryan, Davy Walsh and Con Martin – actually played for both the FAI XI and the IFA XI in these qualifying rounds. FIFA intervened, after complaints from the FAI,[8] and subsequently restricted players' eligibility based on the political border. In 1953 FIFA ruled neither team could be referred to as Ireland, decreeing that the FAI team be officially designated as the Republic of Ireland, while the IFA team was to become Northern Ireland.
  • For the third qualifying tournament in a row, the South American teams qualified automatically after withdrawals. In Group 7, Bolivia and Chile did play two matches between them, but they were not classified as official World Cup qualifiers by FIFA.
  • Burma, the Philippines and Indonesia all withdrew, so India qualified automatically. However, India withdrew later because of "disagreements over team selection and insufficient practice time.". India had never been able to qualify for the World Cup before and have never been able to do since then, which means they are the only team to have qualified for the World Cup and that never played a World Cup match.
  • Germany and Japan were both banned because of their actions during World War II, Italy, despite originally being a member of the Axis powers, was allowed to participate because it changed sides in 1943.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Invitation to World Cup turned down www.independent.ie, February 22, 2004
  2. ^ "WORLD CUP 1950". allworldcup.narod.ru. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  3. ^ "1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™ - Groups". FIFA.com. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  4. ^ "World Cup 1950 Qualifying". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  5. ^ "World Cup: US v England match recalls 1950 upset". BBC. 2 June 2010.
  6. ^ Cronin, Brian (19 July 2011). "Did India withdraw from the 1950 World Cup because they were not allowed to play barefoot?". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Ryan, Sean (1997). The Boys in Green: the FAI international story. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 1-85158-939-2. pp. 50.

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