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In Chile, at the foot of the Andes, Brazil took off to defend their world title with Pele absent from their team. Unfortunately this seventh FIFA World Cup is also remembered as the occasion when football became more "physical".
Brazil defended their trophy in Chile but Pelé played in only the opening game beforere being injured. The tournament also staged one of the most notorious matches in FIFA World Cup history - the Battle of Santiago between Italy and Chile, in which two Italians were sent off and one had his nose broken by a solid left-hook from a Chilean player.
After two consecutive European-based tournaments - Switzerland 1954 and Sweden 1958 - the FIFA World Cup returned to South America twelve years after Brazil played host. FIFA's choice of Chile, however, raised more than a few eyebrows as it was believed to be sorely deficient in many areas (stadiums, access roads, capacity) and incapable of playing host to such a large-scale event.
Fifty-six teams - a new record - took part in the qualifying rounds, which saw the elimination of France and Sweden, two of the big guns from the 1958 tournament. Many first-round games in this 1962 FIFA World Cup, such as USSR vs. Yugoslavia, Chile vs. Italy and West Germany vs. Switzerland, were unfortunately marred by over-physical play.
The ugly side of football had reared its head for the first time in a FIFA World Cup competition: all the more apparent because the Brazilian world champions were not really able to deliver their usual scintillating style of play, having problems getting into their stride. And the injury sustained by Pelé did nothing to make matters easier. The star of the 1958 FIFA World Cup finally limped out of the 1962 tournament for good following a muscle injury suffered against Czechoslovakia. Nevertheless, the Brazilians, led by Garrincha and Zagallo, though less devastating than in Sweden, managed to qualify for the quarter-finals, which was not to be the case for Uruguay, Argentina or Italy.
Recorded from SKY Sports as part of their series featuring World Cup Films from 1954 onwards.
=== File Information ===
File Name: World Cup 1962.avi
Duration: 01:27:18 (130,950 fr)
File Size: 749 MB (or 767,160 KB or 785,571,840 bytes)
=== Video Information ===
Video Codec: XviD
Video Bitrate: 1069 kb/s
Resolution: 608x464 (1.31:1) [=38:29]
frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
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