The Brazilian team was the undisputed
superstar of the 1958 World Cup, with their 17-year-old wonder
boy Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as "Pele",
being the center of everyone's attention.
Brazil swept through group play,
defeating the Welsh team in the quarter finals and sweeping France
away with 5-2 in the semi finals.
Host country Sweden had to face
Brazil in the final. Brazil, being at the peak of the soccer world,
never let Sweden the tiniest chance and beat them 5-2, the highest
score ever achieved in a World Cup final. Pele (2), Vava (2) and
Zagalo marked the five goals for the new World Champion from South
- Championship game: Brazil vs.
- Number of participating teams:
- Venue Sites: Boras, Eskilstuna,
Gothenburg, Halmstad, Helsingborg, Malmoe, Noerrkoping, Oerebro,
Stockholm, Sandviken, Udevalla, Vaesteras