Winners Uruguay 2-1 against Brazil
Throughout the Second World War the Italian Vice-President of FIFA, Dr. Ottorino Barassi, hid the FIFA World Cup trophy in a shoe-box under his bed and thus saved it from falling into the hands of occupying troops.
Only 13 teams participated in the final tournament and Uruguay won it for a second time in the "final which was not a final".
Before that, however, the United States beat England 1-0 in Belo Horizonte and Sweden's amateurs beat Italy 3-2 in Sao Paulo.
A mini-league format was used and Brazil, Sweden, Spain and Uruguay were the final contestants.
Brazil needed only a draw in their clash with Uruguay to clinch the trophy, but lost 2-1 in front of a crowd of 174,000 in Rio's Maracana Stadium.
A total that is not likely to be equalled ever again is the 174,000 crowd in the Maracana stadium in Rio on 16 July (unofficial sources quote the figure as over 200,000).
With the score at 1-1, Ghiggia broke the hearts of the home supporters by scoring the winning goal eleven minutes from time.
Apart from 1958, it was the only World Cup in which the home team reached the final and failed to win the title.
A unique record was by Mexico's goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal in terms of World Cup final appearances.
He represented his country at five World Cups between 1950 and 1966.
Eight players have made it four times, but Germany's Lothar Matthäus went one better at France 98 and equalled Carbajal's record.
Matthäus has also played in a total of 25 World Cup final round matches - another record.
Best among active players is Italian defender Paolo Maldini, with 14 matches to his credit.
- World Cup 1950 - results -
|GROUP A||GROUP B|
|Brasil - Mexico||4:0 (1:0)||England - Chile||2:0 (1:0)|
|Yugoslavia - Switzerland||3:0 (0:0)||Spain - USA||3:1 (0:1)|
|Brasil - Switzerland||2:2 (2:1)||Spain - Chile||2:0 (2:0)|
|Yugoslavia - Mexico||4:1 (2:0)||USA - England||1:0 (1:0)|
|Brasil - Yugoslavia||2:0 (1:0)||Spain - England||1:0 (0:0)|
|Switzerland - Mexico||2:1 (2:0)||Chile - USA||5:2 (2:0)|
|GROUP C||GROUP D|
|Sweden - Italy||3:2 (2:1)||Uruguay - Bolivia||8:0 (4:0)|
|Sweden - Paraguay||2:2 (2:1)|
|Italy - Paraguay||2:0 (1:0)|
|India withdrew||Turkey, Scotland withdrew|
|Brasil - Sweden||7:1 (3:0)|
|Uruguay - Spain||2:2 (1:2)|
|Brasil - Spain||6:1 (3:0)|
|Uruguay - Sweden||3:2 (1:2)|
|Sweden - Spain||3:1 (2:0)|
|Uruguay - Brasil||2:1 (0:0)|
|3. PLACE GAME *|
|Sweden - Spain||3:1 (2:0)||* played in final round|
|Uruguay - Brasil||2:1 (0:0)||* played in final round|
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