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Wednesday, 11 June 1958
World Cup 1958 Finals First Phase Pool 4, Match Three/Four

Brazil 0 England 0 [0-0]


Match Summary
Brazil Squad
England Squad

Nya Ullevi Stadion, Heden, Göteborg, Västra Götalands Iän, Sweden
Attendance: 40,895;
Kick-off: 8.00pm CET, 7.00pm BST
Live on BBC (UK) - Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme, Also live on ITV (various regions) - Commentator: Peter Lloyd and Gerry Loftus

Results 1955-1960

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Match Summary





Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc


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Brazil Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Yellow jerseys with lime green collars/cuffs, light blue shorts with white side stripe, white socks with two narrow yellow and lime green stripes at top.
Capt:   Manager:  
Brazil Lineup
        G     GA
2       RB      
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5       CHB      
6       LHB      
7       OR      
8       IR      
9       CF      
10       IL      
11       OL      
Brazil Substitutes


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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



No official ranking system established;
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 1954 Umbro home uniform - White v-necked short-sleeved continental jerseys, blue shorts, red socks with white calf hoop.
Capt: Billy Wright, 79th captaincy Manager: Walter Winterbottom, 45 (31 March 1913), appointed director of coaching in September 1946, and team manager in May 1947;
97th match, W 59 - D 21 - L 17 - F 273 - A 134, one abandoned. Team chosen by Selection Committee.
England Lineup
  McDonald, Colin A. 27 15 October 1930 G Burnley FC 3 3 GA
2 Howe, Donald 22 12 October 1935 RB West Bromwich Albion FC 9 0
3       LB      
4       RHB      
5 Wright, William A. 34 6 February 1924 CHB

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

94 3
6 Slater, William J. 31 29 April 1927 LHB Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 8 0
7       OR      
8 Robson, Robert W. 25 18 February 1933 IR West Bromwich Albion FC 4 2
9 Kevan, Derek T. 23 6 March 1935 CF West Bromwich Albion FC 9 5
10 Haynes, John N. 23 17 October 1934 IL Fulham FC 22 8
11       OL      
England Substitutes



team notes:

Billy Wright extends his record appearance tally, in his record 59th consecutive match.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

This was the only World Cup match in which eventual champions Brazil failed to score, and it was due mainly to the defensive tactics worked out by Walter Winterbottom's assistant Bill Nicholson, who had watched their opening match against Austria. The Brazilians were not allowed to get into their smooth rhythm. The nearest they got to breaking down the disciplined England defence was when Vava rocked the crossbar with a shot from twenty yards. Bill Slater played a key role in what was a triumph for England, sticking close to their ball master Didi and not giving him room to produce his devastating passes. The result forced the Brazilians to re-think, and they were persuaded to call up two exceptional but untested individualists: Garrincha and Pele. The rest is World Cup history!  Slater finished the match with bruises on the inside of both knees where he had kept banging them together to stop Didi pulling off his favourite trick of threading the ball through an opponent's legs - now known as the nutmeg.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author