1958 FIFA World Cup final
Swedish forward Hamrin (7) attempts to score in the final
Event1958 FIFA World Cup
Date29 June 1958
VenueRåsunda Stadium, Solna
RefereeMaurice Guigue (France)
Brazil's route to the final
Opponent Result
1 Austria 3–0
2 England 0–0
3 Soviet Union 2–0
QF Wales 1–0
SF France 5–2
Sweden's route to the final
Opponent Result
1 Mexico 3–0
2 Hungary 2–1
3 Wales 0–0
QF Soviet Union 2–0
SF West Germany 3–1

The 1958 FIFA World Cup final took place in Råsunda Stadium, Solna (near Stockholm), Sweden, on 29 June 1958 to determine the champion of the 1958 FIFA World Cup.[2] Brazil won the World Cup by defeating Sweden, the host country, and thus won their first World Cup title. Despite losing, the game remains Sweden’s best ever World Cup finish.

The 1958 final holds the record for most goals scored in a World Cup Final, and it shares the record for the greatest winning margin (with the 1970 and 1998 tournaments). The records for both the youngest and oldest goalscorer in a World Cup final were set in this match by Pelé (17 years and 249 days) and Nils Liedholm (35 years, 263 days) respectively.[3] The final also marked several firsts: It was the first final to be disputed between a European team and a team from the Americas. Sweden became the first, and so far, only host to lose a World Cup Final (the Maracanazo of 1950 was the decisive match of the tournament, but was not a 'Final', because Sweden v Spain was played simultaneously). Their loss also meant that for the first and only time a World Cup staged in Europe was not won by a European nation.

The last survivor on Brazil's side was Mário Zagallo, who died on 5 January 2024 at the age of 92.[4] Nearly a month later, the last survivor of the game, Sweden's Kurt Hamrin, died on 4 February 2024 at the age of 89.[5]



Since both teams wore a yellow kit as their first choice, a draw was arranged in order to decide which team would use its regular strip. Brazil boycotted the draw, thus making Sweden winner, and forcing Brazil to find another color to wear. Initially, Brazil was going to wear white, but this idea was rejected when the players were visibly frightened by the idea, recalling their loss in 1950.[6] Eventually the staff went on to buy 22 blue T-shirts and sewed the Brazilian emblem.[7]


Sweden took the lead after only 4 minutes after an excellent finish by captain Nils Liedholm. The lead did not last long, as Vavá equalised just 5 minutes later. On 32 minutes, Vavá scored a similar goal to his first to give Brazil a lead 2–1 at the break. 10 minutes into the second half, Brazil went further in front thanks to a brilliant goal scored by Pelé.[8] He took control of the ball inside the penalty area, chipped the ball over the defender then smashed it past a helpless Kalle Svensson. Halfway through the second half Brazil went 4–1 up with a goal scored by Mário Zagallo. Simonsson pulled one back for Sweden with 10 minutes remaining but it was far too late.[2] Pelé sealed the 5–2 victory for Brazil with a headed goal in stoppage time.


Brazil 5–2 Sweden
Vavá 9', 32'
Pelé 55', 90'
Zagallo 68'
Report Liedholm 4'
Simonsson 80'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 49,737
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)
GK 3 Gilmar
RB 4 Djalma Santos
CB 15 Orlando
CB 2 Hilderaldo Bellini (c)
LB 12 Nílton Santos
RH 19 Zito
LH 6 Didi
OR 11 Garrincha
OL 7 Mário Zagallo
CF 20 Vavá
CF 10 Pelé
Vicente Feola
GK 1 Kalle Svensson
RB 2 Orvar Bergmark
CB 6 Sigge Parling
CB 14 Bengt Gustavsson
LB 3 Sven Axbom
CH 15 Reino Börjesson
OR 7 Kurt Hamrin
IR 8 Gunnar Gren
CF 9 Agne Simonsson
IL 4 Nils Liedholm (c)
OL 11 Lennart Skoglund
England George Raynor


Match rules

See also


  1. ^ "Match report". fifa.com. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "World Cup 1958: Final". Planetworldcup.com. Archived from the original on 25 October 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  3. ^ "FIFA World Cup final: Records, stats and FAQs". Olympics. 18 December 2022. Archived from the original on 20 December 2022. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Morre Zagallo, uma das lendas do futebol brasileiro". G1 (in Brazilian Portuguese). Grupo Globo. 6 January 2024. Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  5. ^ "È morto Kurt Hamrin, addio alla leggenda della Fiorentina". La Nazione (in Italian). 4 February 2024. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  6. ^ Kraba, Milile (10 September 2010). The Story Has Been Told. Xlibris Corporation. p. 60. ISBN 9781453566107.
  7. ^ "The story of Brazil's 'sacred' yellow and green jersey". BBC News. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Diego Maradona goal voted the FIFA World Cup Goal of the Century". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 30 May 2002. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2011.