The 1962 FIFA World Cup, the seventh staging of the World Cup, was held in Chile from 30 May to 17 June returning to the continent of South America after 12 years.
The tournament bright spots such as the emergence of the young Brazilians Amarildo (standing in for the injured Pelé) and Garrincha, the heroics of Czechoslovakia goalkeeper Viliam Schrojf against Hungary and Yugoslavia, and the inspired performance of the host nation Chile, who unexpectedly took third place with a squad of relatively unknown players, thanks to an outstanding team spirit were overshadowed in a competition marred by overly defensive and often violent tactics. This poisonous atmosphere culminated in the infamous first-round match between host Chile and Italy known as the Battle of Santiago. Two Italian journalists had written unflattering articles about the host country. Although only two players (both of them Italian) were sent off by the English referee Ken Aston, the match saw repeated, deliberate attempts from players on both sides to harm opponents, and the Italian team needed police protection to leave the field in safety.
A brilliant performance from Garrincha, which included two goals in a 3-1 win, saw the defending World Champions and eventual tournament winners Brazil triumph against England in the quarter-finals.
Release Date: 06 July 2009
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1962
Main Language: English