5 World Cup drubbings to make Brazil feel better!

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Last night history was made as World Cup hosts Brazil were roundly thumped 7-1 by Germany. This was Brazil’s biggest ever tournament loss, matching their worst ever margin of defeat (6-0 v Uruguay in 1920) and ending a run of  6 straight semi-final victories. However, Brazil can take solace in the fact that they aren’t the only side to be on the end of a drubbing at the World Cup. I also write for The Football History Boys and here are some of the games we’ve uncovered:


SWEDEN 8-0 CUBA – Quarter-Finals, 12 June 1938

In the last competition before the horrors of World War Two, Sweden would hammer World Cup new boys Cuba 8-0 in the quarter finals. Sweden had a bye in their first game as Austria, due to be at the tournament, had been annexed by Nazi Germany and had their best players forced to represent the Germans. They didn’t mess about though, seeing off Cuba who had beaten Romania via a reply in their opening tie. 25 year old Harry Anderson notched a hat-trick, as did his teammate Gustav Wetterström.

For more about the 1938 World Cup, read this article!

BRAZIL 7-1 SWEDEN – Final Round, 9 July 1950

In the last World Cup that Brazil hosted the format was different to what we are used to. Each side would play 3 group games but instead of knockout rounds the group winners would go into a ‘Final Round’ of group games. Each would again play 3 more matches and one of these was Brazil’s dismantling of Sweden. 28 year old Ademir would net 4 times, he won the Golden Boot with 8 goals, some 3 of his nearest rival. Brazil then beat Spain 6-1 but would lose 2-1 to Uruguay in the game that decided the World Cup winner.

For more on England’s World Cup debut loss to the USA, read here!

HUNGARY – Group 2, 17 June & 20 June 1954

This was Hungary’s golden generation, the team featuring the incredible Ferenc Puskas and deadly Sandor Kocsis. On 17 June they would destroy South Korea 9-0, Kocsis netting a hat-trick, Puskas getting a brace. 3 days later in their next group game they would decimate the West Germans 8-3, Kocsis this time picking up a haul of 4 goals and Puskas scoring too. Hungary would march to the final winning fans across the world but would be defeated as the West Germans took revenge 3-2 despite leading 2-0 after 8 minutes. Read about ‘The Miracle of Bern’ here! Interestingly Kocsis’ 1.103 goals per game for Hungary is a FIFA record, he scored 75 in 68 matches whilst Puskas’ 84 in 85 games is 3rd on that list with a 0.99 ratio.

HUNGARY 10-1 EL SALVADOR – Group 3, 15 June 1982

Hungary would only win one match in 1982, it was their opener against El Salvador. It is the biggest ever World Cup victory in terms of one team’s score and matches the the highest goals in a game with Brazil’s 6-5 win over Poland in 1938 and Hungary’s 8-3 victory over West Germany in 1954. It featured 6 different Hungarians on the scoresheet with striker László Kiss taking home the match ball after 7 minute hat-trick (69-76mins). El Salvador left the tournament winless and still have a World Cup record of played 6, lost 6.

GERMANY 8-0 SAUDI ARABIA – Group E, 1 June 2002

The Germans scored 11 goals in their group campaign of 2002, 8 of them came against Asian qualifiers Saudi Arabia. Miroslav Klose, who last night broke the World Cup record for individual goals with 16, got himself a hat-trick as the Germans scored 4 in each half. They would make the final of course in 2002 but would be beaten by a brace from Brazil’s Ronaldo. I guess that’s a game last night’s Brazil can hold on to, even more so if Germany fail to win come Sunday night!

Read more on 2002 and David Beckham’s Sapporo salvation here!

By Gareth Thomas | July 9th, 2014

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