1954 FIFA Men's World Cup • June 16 - July 4

Switzerland 1954

The 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland is best known for "The Miracle of Bern," where the underdog West Germany team overturned Hungary's dominance to win their first World Cup. This final was a stunning upset, with the Germans overcoming a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2, despite the Hungarians' earlier 8-3 victory over them in the group stages and their unbeaten record over the previous four years, including the earlier tournament rounds. The match was played in heavy rain, dubbed "The Rain of Bern," which some argue leveled the playing field against the mighty Hungarian side led by Ferenc Puskás. The tournament was a goal fest, with an average of over five goals per game, and was the first to be broadcast on television, bringing the excitement of the game into homes across the continent. The 1954 World Cup is often remembered for its David versus Goliath storyline and the spirit of post-war resurgence it symbolized for West Germany.

Winners and awards

Third place

Golden Boot (top scorer)
Sándor Kocsis
Silver Boot
Max Morlock
Josef Hügi
Erich Probst

Top scorers

Sándor Kocsis (11)
Erich Probst (6)
Josef Hügi (6)
Max Morlock (6)
Carlos Borges (4)
Ottmar Walter (4)
Robert Ballaman (4)
Hans Schäfer (4)
Ferenc Puskás (4)
Helmut Rahn (4)


St. Jakob Stadium
Basel, Switzerland • 55000
Wankdorf Stadium
Bern, Switzerland • 65000
Charmilles Stadium
Geneva, Switzerland • 36000
Stade Olympique de la Pontaise
Lausanne, Switzerland • 50000
Cornaredo Stadium
Lugano, Switzerland • 36000
Hardturm Stadium
Zürich, Switzerland • 35000

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