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1958 FIFA World Cup Results

The 1958 FIFA World Cup took place in Sweden between 8 and 29 June. In two minutes, can you name all 16 of the national sides that competed in the tournament?
Try your hand at World Cup results from other years in this series.
Four of the nations below no longer exist as such.
An asterisks (*) indicates that a side overcame the table draw (goal difference didn't solve the matter in 1958) via playoff in order to advance to the knockout stage.
Source: Wikipedia.
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Argentina
Austria
Brazil
Czechoslovakia
England
France
Hungary
Mexico
Northern Ireland
Paraguay
Scotland
Soviet Union
Sweden
Wales
West Germany
Yugoslavia
15 Comments
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Level 38
Jul 29, 2021
You should accept "Germany" for West Germany.
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Level 95
Jul 29, 2021
I understand your concern, but 'Germany' did not exist as such in 1958. I make clear in the caveats that there are four such nations. I understand that, in the scheme of FIFA, the honours of West Germany have been given to Germany, but for the sake of this quiz, I think I will keep 'West Germany' as the only valid answer. The same goes for the 'Dutch East Indies' comment in the 1938 World Cup quiz. Feel free to attempt to convince me otherwise!
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Level 38
Aug 8, 2021
Okay, here I go!

"West Germany" was the common English name for the country officially called "Federal Republic of Germany" (FRG), whereas "East Germany" was officially "German Democratic Republic" (GDR). The current country of Germany is officially "Federal Republic of Germany", which is the same FRG that was called "West Germany". This is because in the 1990 unification, the GDR and FRG didn't join together to form a new country, the GDR became a part of FRG. Hence, the current form of Germany (FRG) has been around since 1949.

In footballing terms, the current Germany team is controlled by the "German Football Association" (DFB) which, once again, was the same board that controlled "West Germany" national team. GDR was represented by a different board, the "Deutscher Fußball-Verband der DDR". This is the reason why 3 world cups won by "West Germany" are now given to Germany, because they are technically the same.

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Level 95
Aug 8, 2021
I understand your reasoning here completely, but if we go with the FIFA nomenclature, 'FRG' was the trigramme until 1990. Now, as a unified country, FIFA lists Germany as 'GER'.

While the DFB was and continues to be the governing body of German football, it was established in 1900, when Germany was the 'Deutsches Reich'. This name continued to be used after the abolition of the monarchy (even during the 'Weimarer Republik' and the first decade of Nazi rule).

Of course you are correct in expressing that Germany has been known as the 'BRD' since 1949 and that this name continues to be used to refer to the unified (post-1990) nation of Germany. But in the FIFA nomenclature—despite the inheritance of honours for the DFB—the current nation is distinct. I also think it adds to the historical flavour of these quizzes to acknowledge that the BRD and DDR were two distinct entities and neither are 100% congruous with the modern nation.

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Level 95
Aug 8, 2021
Similarly, the Russian Football Union was established in 1912 and continued as the 'Football Federation of the USSR', during which it gained admittance into UEFA (1954). This continued membership in UEFA carried over after the break-up and collapse of the Soviet Union. Do you think that 'Russia' should be an acceptable type-in for the Soviet Union? And, for that matter, should the 'Czech Republic' be a valid type-in for Czechoslovakia (who also share honours)?
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Level 38
Aug 9, 2021
The code for the Netherlands national team used to be 'HOL' and not 'NED' as it is now. That doesn't make the current Netherlands team different to the one that used 'HOL', does it?
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Level 95
Aug 9, 2021
I'm not basing my argument on the trigramme alone. Netherlands is an incongruous example as there have been no significant political transitions in its geopolitical composition as a nation in the last century. The same cannot be said for nations such as Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic.
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Level 38
Aug 9, 2021
The Football Federation of Soviet Union was formed on 27 December 1934 and was folded on 25 December 1991.
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Level 95
Aug 9, 2021
You are correct with regard to the name, but the Russian Football Union sees itself as a continuous body from 1912 (and UEFA admitted the RFU into its ranks as soon as the FFUSSR folded because of the perceived continuity). Yet 'Russia' would not be an acceptable type-in for 'Soviet Union' due to the geo-political differences between the two. I am arguing that from a footballing heritage perspective, 'Germany' as it exists today did not compete in the 1958 World Cup.
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Level 45
Feb 16, 2023
Would it be possible, that you could make 'BRD' count for West Germany, as it is the offical abbreviation for the official Name of Germany, 'Bundesrepublik Deutschland'. And here in Germany, West Germany is mostly referred as BRD like East Germany is mostly reffered to as DDR. So I think it would make sense, if BRD would count for West Germany and DDR for East Germany
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Level 95
Feb 17, 2023
Done.
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Level 66
Feb 5, 2022
Easy:

4x Latin America

4x uk

4x western europe

4x Eastern Europe

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Level 74
Dec 11, 2022
I think Northern Ireland went -1 in GD not +1.
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Level 95
Dec 11, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 68
Jun 19, 2023
Seems the only time the UK's four countries qualified the world cup together. Oddly enough, the larger two failed to make it into the knockout rounds, while the smaller two were defeated in the quarter-finals.