The 1958 FIFA World Cup, the sixth staging of the World Cup, was hosted by Sweden from 8 June to 29 June marked the debut on the world stage of 17-year-old Pelé, who would grow to be considered by many as the greatest footballer of all time.
This World Cup saw the qualification of all the United Kingdom's Home Nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with Northern Ireland eliminating Italy for the first (and only) time in the competition's history.
The England team weakened by the Munich Air Disaster were eliminated from the group stages in a playoff game against the Soviet Union but again in a playoff Northern Ireland beat Czechoslovakia to join the defending champions West Germany in the quarter-finals and Wales topped Hungary to advance with hosts Sweden.
Of the British nations, it was arguably Scotland who had the toughest group, having to face Yugoslavia, Paraguay, and France. France topped Group 2, with Just Fontaine netting six goals. Yugoslavia finished second, while Scotland came in last.
The quarter-finals saw France triumph over Northern Ireland and Pelé score the only goal against Wales who then netted a hat-trick in the semi-final and capped his tournament with two more goals in the final.
Release Date: 06 July 2009
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1954
Main Language: English