Brazil vs. France: 1958 World Cup Semi-Final

 

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If you would like to know how football was played in the 1950′s, this game on June 24th is the perfect place to start. This match was filled with super talented players dribbling from every position on the field, a complete absence of organization in midfield, and oceans of space for attack after attack. A thrilling encounter played at a pace impossible in today’s world.

 

This game is also a great chance to see the legendary Garrincha in action, 17 year-old Pele, the masterful Didi as well the French genius Raymond Kopa. Quite simply, this is a must-watch.


Line-ups:
Brazil
Gilmar — Nilton Santos, Bellini, Orlando, De Sordi — Didi, Zito — Zagallo, Pele, Vava, Garrincha
Coach: Vincente Italo Feola
France
Abbes — Kaelbel, Lerond, Jonquet, Marcel, Vincent, Wisnieski, Penverne, Kopa, Piantoni, Fontaine
Coach: Albert Batteux

Venue: Solna / Rasunda Stadium

Match Officials: 

Benjamin Mervyn GRIFFITHS (WAL)

Asst. 1 Paul WYSSLING (SUI)

Asst. 2 Reginald James LEAFE (ENG)

Goals Scored:

VAVA (BRA) 2’,  Just FONTAINE (FRA) 9’,  DIDI (BRA) 39’,  PELÉ (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) (BRA) 52’,  PELÉ (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) (BRA) 64’,  PELÉ (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) (BRA) 75’,  Roger PIANTONI (FRA) 83’

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Lothar Matthäus at 18, fresh from hometown club FC Herzogenaurach. A sweet smile. 
Source: 11Freunde/Imago

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Lothar Matthäus at 18, fresh from hometown club FC Herzogenaurach. A sweet smile.

Source: 11Freunde/Imago

Uwe Bein of Hamburg (1987–1989) Photo: 11FREUNDE / imago

Uwe Bein of Hamburg (1987–1989) Photo: 11FREUNDE / imago

Dutch squad for the match against Luxembourg. From left to right: Puck van Heel, Frank Welsh, Bass Paauwe, Piet Point, Henk Spaan Donck, Kick Smit, Ko Bergman, Piet de Boer, Bertus Caldenhove, Gerard Kuppen and Adri van Male. Netherlands - Luxembourg (4-0), played on November 28, 1937 in the Feyenoord Stadium, De Kuip.
Source: ANEFO

Dutch squad for the match against Luxembourg. From left to right: Puck van Heel, Frank Welsh, Bass Paauwe, Piet Point, Henk Spaan Donck, Kick Smit, Ko Bergman, Piet de Boer, Bertus Caldenhove, Gerard Kuppen and Adri van Male. Netherlands - Luxembourg (4-0), played on November 28, 1937 in the Feyenoord Stadium, De Kuip.

Source: ANEFO

Johan Cruyff signed his contract with the Spanish second division club Levante. Valencia, February 28, 1981.

Johan Cruyff signed his contract with the Spanish second division club Levante. Valencia, February 28, 1981.

Johan Cruyff flowers for his farewell game at FC Barcelona against Ajax. In 1978.

Johan Cruyff flowers for his farewell game at FC Barcelona against Ajax. In 1978.

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