1962 FIFA World Cup

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The 1962 FIFA World Cup, the seventh staging of the World Cup, was held in Chile from 30 May to 17 June. It was won by Brazil, who retained the championship by beating Czechoslovakia 3–1 in the final. This marked the second time that a country successfully defended a World Cup title.

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Host selection

Chile was awarded the 1962 World Cup over opposition from Argentina and West Germany in Lisbon, Portugal on June 10, 1956. This was the first World Cup since 1938 for which there was a contested host selection.

Qualification

The hosts (Chile) and the defending champions (Brazil) qualified automatically. Of the remaining 14 places, 8 went to Europe, and 3 to South America, and 3 were awarded via playoffs. The playoffs took place between six teams, which consisted of 2 European, 1 South American, 1 North/Central American, 1 Asian and 1 African team. In the event, 2 of the 3 playoff places were taken by European teams (Spain and Yugoslavia), and one by a Central American team (Mexico).

Bulgaria and Colombia qualified for the finals for the first time. Colombia would not qualify for another World Cup until 1990. Among the teams failing to qualify were France, 1958 finalists Sweden, and Austria.

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