1962 World Cup

garrincha was the star from the 1962 world cup.

Hey, galera! Let’s discuss one more cup that Brazil won. What do you know about the 1962 World Cup? The 1962 World Cup had incredible players like Pelé, Vavá, Garrincha and Amarildo, that helped Brazil get to the final and be the winner! This was Brazil’s second win at the World Cup!

1962 FIFA World Cup History

1962 World Cup took place in Chile from May 30th to June 17th and, just like in the 1958 World Cup that we have studied, 16 teams participated on the competition. The matches happened in four different stadiums: Estadio Nacional de Chile, Estadio Sausalito, Estadio El Teniente and Estadio Carlos Dittborn.

Chile made a great effort for the Cup to happen. Just two years before the World Cup, the country went through two earthquakes, considered the strongest in the 20th century, and was capable of rebuilding everything on time for the games. Porque nada tenemos, lo haremos todo (because we have nothing, we’ll make everything) said Carlos Dittborn, Chilean football administrator and former president of CONMEBOL.

Here are the teams that participated in this World Cup:

Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4
Soviet UnionGermanyBrazilHungary

The Battle of Santiago

the battle of santiago was a violent game during the 1962 world cup.
Picture by Wikicommons.

Unfortunately, the 1962 World Cup doesn’t bring us good memories. It was marked by violence in the stadiums and inside the field, especially on the match between Chile and Italy, that later was known as Battle of Santiago (that’s right! Battle!). The match was a Group 2 fixture in the first round of the tournament. Both teams had already experienced tensions before the game, fueled by political and cultural differences between the two nations. The atmosphere was further heightened by the tense political situation in Chile at the time.

The match quickly descended into chaos, with numerous violent incidents and fouls. The referee, Ken Aston of England, struggled to maintain control, as players engaged in brutal tackles and fights. Aston later described the match as “the most difficult, disgraceful and disgusting” game he had ever officiated.

The violence reached a peak when Italy’s Giorgio Ferrini kicked Chilean player Honorino Landa in the face. Ferrini was sent off, but the chaos continued. Another Italian player, Mario David, also received a red card later in the game. The match ended with Chile winning 2-0.

1962 World Cup and Brazil

the brazilian team during the 1962 world cup, included names like vavá, amarildo, pelé and garrincha.
Picture by Wikicommons.

The 1962 World Cup was the first Cup broadcasted on TV in Brazil. Until then, Brazilian had to listen to matches on their radios. Of course, not everything is perfect and the TV broadcast had a 2 days delay, because the tapes of the games had to travel all the way to Brazil to go on TV.

Amarildo and the 1962 World Cup

Three Brazilian players were very important in this World Cup. The first is Amarildo, who played a significant role in the tournament. Amarildo was a Brazilian forward and played for the national team during the 1962 FIFA World Cup, filling in a crucial position after the legendary Pelé suffered an injury in the second match of the group stage.

Pelé had injured himself in the match against Mexico, and with Brazil’s star player unavailable, Amarildo stepped up to take his place. Amarildo not only filled the void left by Pelé but also made a substantial impact on Brazil’s journey to winning the 1962 World Cup. One of the most memorable moments for Amarildo came in the group phase against Spain. He scored two crucial goals, helping Brazil secure a 2-1 victory and advance on the games. Amarildo continued to impress in subsequent matches, displaying skillful dribbling, accurate passing, and effective goal-scoring abilities.

Garrincha and the 1962 World Cup

The second one is Garrincha, considered the biggest star in the Brazilian team in the 1962 World Cup. He played for two, moving much more, running much more and being much more than he used to be. Of course, Amarildo and Garrincha got along amazingly during the 1962 World Cup. Take a look:

Vavá and the 1962 World Cup

The third player was Vavá. The footballer Vavá had already made a name for himself in the 1958 World Cup, where he played a significant role in helping Brazil secure their first-ever World Cup title. In the 1962 World Cup, Vavá continued to showcase his goal-scoring prowess. He formed a formidable attacking partnership with Garrincha and Amarildo.

One of the standout moments for Vavá in the 1962 World Cup came in the quarterfinal against England. He scored a goal in Brazil’s 3-1 victory, helping secure their place in the semifinals. Vavá continued to be a goal-scoring threat in the semifinal against Chile, finding the back of the net as Brazil advanced to the final.

1962 World Cup Knock-Out Stages and Final

The 1962 World Cup final match was held in Estadio Nacional de Chile where Czechoslovakia and Brazil fought for the title. Right in the beginning of the match, with only 15 minutes, Czechoslovakia scored their first goal, but Amarildo made everything even two minutes later, scoring for Brazil. In the second half of the game Brazil scored twice, one goal scored by Zito and the other by Vavá. Watch it:

1962 World Cup Brazil Squad

You already know how important our golden trio (Vavá, Amarildo and Garrincha) were for the 1962 World Cup. But we had other amazing players as well! Take a look:

1Goleiro (Goalkeeper)Gilmar
2Lateral (Full-back)Djalma Santos
4Meio campo (Midfielder)Zito
5Zagueiro (Defender)Zózimo
6Meio campo (Midfielder)Nilton Santos
7Atacante (Foward)Zagallo
8Lateral (Full-back)Oreco
10Atacante (Foward)Pelé
11Atacante (Foward)Garrincha
13Meio campo (Midfielder)Moacir
14Lateral (Full-back)De Sordi
15Zagueiro (Defender)Orlando
16Lateral (Full-back)Mauro
17Atacante (Foward)Joel
18Atacante (Foward)Mazzola
19Meio campo (Midfielder)Vavá
20Atacante (Foward)Amarildo
21Atacante (Foward)Dida
22Goleiro (Goalkeeper)Castilho

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Now it’s your turn!

Answer the questions below, based on what you have learned:

  1. Onde foi sediada a Copa do Mundo de 1962?
  2. Como ficou conhecido o jogo entre Chile e Itália?
  3. Quanto tempo de atraso tiveram as transmissões dos jogos?
  4. Por que Pelé não jogou?
  5. Quem substituiu Pelé?
  6. Em que posição jogava Garrincha?
  7. Quais seleções disputaram a final da Copa de 1962?

That’s all, folks! We hope you are as excited as we are for the next World Cups! What did you think about Amarildo, Vavá and Garrincha performance during the 1962 World Cup? Were you surprised that the final for the 1962 World Cup was between Brazil and Czechoslovakia?

We’ll meet again on our next Dica.
See you!

        Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
1958 World Cup
1970 World Cup
Football Vocabulary in Portuguese
Sports in Portuguese


  1. A copa foi sediada no Chile.
  2. O jogo ficou conhecido como Batalha de Santiago.
  3. As transmissões tiveram 2 dias de atraso.
  4. Pelé não jogou porque estava machucado.
  5. Amarildo substituiu Pelé.
  6. Garrincha jogava como atacante.
  7. A final foi disputada por Checoslováquia e Brasil.

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