Alternate WC : Continental Cups are Qualifiers (1962-?). A Football TL

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Host for WC 1970 ?

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  1. Argentina

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  2. Australia

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  3. Colombia

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  4. Japan

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  5. Mexico

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  6. Peru

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  1. Wings Alternate History Australian

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    Immediately after the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, many teams rushed to complain to FIFA due to the immensely short time to prepare between games at the World Cup, before and during the WC. However, FIFA couldn't come to a solution. The qualifiers would take a good year to complete, and then the WC would kick in. Without cutting corners on national leagues, this would be impossible. However, UEFA president Ebbe Schwartz had an idea. His EuroCup would see the light of day soon, and he wanted the teams to actually fight like lions for the trophy, instead of disregarding it as a simple B-rated tournament. To put more pressure on the teams and have a better tournament, Schwartz proposed to Arthur Drewry, FIFA president, to have Continental Cups serve as qualifiers for the World Cup tourney. A set number of teams for each region would be set, plus intercontinental playoffs. This would mean teams would have between one and two full years to prepare for the World Cup. Drewry liked the idea, and during a session of FIFA, the proposal was adopted before the Euro 1960 semi-finals, much to the dismay of teams such as Germany, who hadn't participated. However, 1962 would be the first WC using this format, and not the last, as many more will follow.
    This is my first TL, and I had no idea where to post it, so by all means if I'm posting it at the wrong place, do tell me. The concept might be a bit ASB, but it draws of real concerns team coaches faced at the time.
     
  2. Threadmarks: Qualified Teams for 1962

    Wings Alternate History Australian

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    Brazil (World Champion) is qualified automatically, so is Chile (Host Country). There are therefore 14 teams qualified for the tournament :
    Via Euro 1960 :
    USSR (1st)
    Yugoslavia (2nd)
    Czechoslovakia (3rd)
    France (4th)
    Romania (QF)
    Spain (QF)
    Austria (QF)
    Portugal (QF)
    Turkey (R16 - Beat Egypt in Intercontinental Playoff)
    Bulgaria (R16 - Beat South Korea in Intercontinental Playoff)

    Via North American Cup :
    Mexico (1st)

    Via Copa America 1959 :
    Uruguay (1st)
    Argentina (2nd)
    Ecuador (4th)
     
  3. Threadmarks: Group A 1962

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    Defending champions Brazil were drawn into Group 1, along with 3rd place Euro Czechsolovakia, with rising Portugal and weak Ecuador. The two favorites were undoubtedly Brazil and Czechsolovakia, as they were expected to stomp the group. The first game pitted both South American teams against each other, and to no one's surprise, Brazil racked up an easy victory. However, Brazilian star Pelé, victim of an Ecuadorian tackle, was injured and escorted off the pitch at the 78th minute. Although diminished, Pelé will recover in time for the semi-finals, if Brazil make it that far.
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    The other game saw both European teams face off against each other, and to no one's surprise, it was an easy victory for the czechs.
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    Brazil kept on blasting through their opposition
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    And so do the Czechs, mounting to a showdown on the last day
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    The Czechs disappointed in their play though, and couldn't pass through the steel defense of Brazil. In response, Brazil did manage to put two through the Czech goalkeeper to secure first place in the group
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    In the final game of Group 1, Portugal grabbed their first win at a World Cup, beating Ecuador, they were however still eliminated from the tournament
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  4. Threadmarks: Group B 1962

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    Group B saw hosts Chile being drawn into a relatively easy group consisting of France, Romania and Bulgaria. France, led by Kopa and a Just Fontaine, who, on 1st of January 1961 was playing a freindly with France instead of a national league game that would injure him for the WC, and Chile, led by an armada of great players such as Sanchez, Toro or Ramirez are favorites, but the two Eastern Block nations could turn some tides...
    The first game saw Chile easily dispose of Bulgaria, in a one-way game
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    On the other side, France managed to sweep Romania easily
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    However, Chile found themselves stuck against an incrediby solid Romanian team, drawing 1-1
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    But France faltered against Bulgaria, ceding a 3-2 defeat, nearly qualifying Chile
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    But on the day where giants clashed, Chile couldn't hold their defensive line after leading 3-1. I mean, France couldn't either, but France had better strikers and eventually silenced Chile, taking first place in the group.
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    Romania and Bulgaria couldn't find a winner, so they qualified Chile instead, on goal average.
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  5. Threadmarks: Pictures of Groups A & B

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    Pelé is injured against Ecuador

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    Garrincha dribbles through the Portuguese defense in an incredible run accross 50 meters, but sees his shot slam against the post

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    Four Czech defenders try to stop Garrincha from passing through

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    Action between Ecuador (white) and Portugal (dark) during the last game of Group 1

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    Chile's Sanchez strikes it home during the game versus Bulgaria

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    Fontaine scores an equalizer versus Bulgaria, not enough to prevent France from loosing this game

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    Kopa is fouled by a Chilean defender, leading to a penalty and launching France into a come-back

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    Romanian striker Constantin looks on as his strike is repulsed by a Bulgarian defender. This match was extremely close as both teams could still qualify whatever the result between France and Chile
     
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  6. Threadmarks: Group C 1962

    Wings Alternate History Australian

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    South American team uruguay were seeded into a tough group 3 consisting of one of the favourites of the tournament, the USSR, North American contenders Mexico and underdogs Austria.
    Uruguay and Mexico started off the competition by drawing each other in an intense game.
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    On the other hand, the USSR started off its tournament perfectly, wiping out Austria.
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    In the clash between Uruguay and the USSR however, the Uruguayans didn't put much of a fight, qualifying the Soviets for the next round whatever happens
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    Mexico on the other hand worked out a good game against Austria, putting pressure on Uruguay to succeed against Austria in the next game
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    But the Uruguayan team, too weak minded coming into the game, missed their golden opportunity, and let Austria get their only point of the tournament.
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    Both teams being already qualified, the battle was for first place, which the USSR secured after a hard-fought game, as the Mexicans made their first quarter finals ever after a remarkable come-back, being led 4-1 at the 25th minute.
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  7. Threadmarks: Group D 1962

    Wings Alternate History Australian

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    The last group saw the South American squad of Argentina being placed into a rough group with Euro runners-up Yugoslavia, strong-looking Spain and a weaker but not well known opponent in Turkey.
    Argentina started off well, beating Turkey 3-0, however, this would be their only win of the tournament, as they faltered through group stage
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    On the other hand, starting the tournament for Yugoslavia and Spain wasn't as clear cut, as both teams struggled against each other, throwing back punches at each other (sometimes literally).
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    Spain then went on to draw against Argentina, as Puskas, coming on the pitch at the 87th minute, scored the equalizer two minutes later, saving Spain.
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    Yugoslavia had quite a fun time destroying Turkey's defense, who couldn't do much anyways...
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    Yugoslavia assured themselves first place in the group by swiping Argentina...
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    Leaving Spain to clean house and qualify as second of the group.
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  8. Threadmarks: Pictures of Groups C & D

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    A Soviet midfielder dribbles through the Austrian defense during the second game of Group 3

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    The Mexican squad celebrates as Diaz scores the winning goal versus Uruguay

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    Lev Yashin with the referee argues as Mexico is allowed a late penalty while the USSR is a single goal in the lead

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    The Soviets are stopped dead in their tracks as a Mexican defender tackles Ivanov as he was moving towards goal during the historical 4-4 draw between the two squads

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    Puskas scores his first goal in the World Cup since 1954 against Argentina

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    Another goal is blasted through the Turkish keeper during the game between Yugoslavia and Turkey

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    Argentinian defenders are stunned as Melic scores the first goal during the Yugoslavia vs Argentina game

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    Di Stefano takes the shot versus Turkey, scoring the only goal of the game
     
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  9. Ruperto Pesto Well-Known Member

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    Very good so far!
     
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  10. Wings Alternate History Australian

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    Thank you ! Quarters coming up soon...
     
  11. Threadmarks: Quarter Finals 1962

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    In the first game of this Quarter-Final, hosts Chile get wrecked by the Brazilian attack, even with a Toro on fire and an on-point Sanchez, Chile couldn't answer with more than a goal, and with that, the hosts are out of the World Cup. Good news for Pelé, who is scheduled to start for Brazil in the semi-finals.
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    The second quarter final opposed the Soviet Union to Spain. This was a very tense game, as 2 years ago, the Spanish delegation refused to go to Moscow to play the Quarter Final of the European Cup. The staidum was kept under tight security, as the two teams faced off. However, although there were some controversies over the fact that the referee might have been bribed, these were quickly dissipated as the Soviets dominated the game. Gento scores one for Spain to go down with a goal, but the USSR never let the game slip out of control.
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    The third game as a revenge game from the Third place match of the 1960 Euro. However, the Czechs played a more realistic football, shutting down Fontaine for most of the game, and outrunning the French defense. In the end, Czechoslovakia doesn't win easily, as France were in a position to come back into the game at any point, but will show a good football to force a semi-final for themselves.
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    The last quarter final pitted Mexico against Yugoslavia, however the Yugoslavian squad just peirced through the Mexican defense, never letting the first-timers a chance. The Mexican dream stops in quarters, as the World sees 3 Eastern Bloc teams in the semi-finals
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  12. Threadmarks: Pictures of Quarter Finals

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    Garrincha having his way with the Chilean defense

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    Defenses clash at Santiago do Chile

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    The Soviet Squad before the historic game versus Spain in the Quarter Finals

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    Pavlovic outruns a French defender but cannot conclude his action as Czechoslovakia and France battle it out in the first half

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    Scherer scores a second goal in two minutes, putting Czechoslovakia safely in the lead

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    The Mexican keeper drives off another Yugoslavian attack, but cannot stop 4 goals from going into his net
     
  13. QTXAdsy That Fifer

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    Interesting concept this, hopefully we'll see Scotland in due course ;)
     
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  14. Wings Alternate History Australian

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    Thank you ! Of course Scotland will soon make an appearance, although we must be patient for it to happen
     
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  15. Threadmarks: Semi-Finals 1962

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    The first semi-final pitted the favorites Brazil against the Soviet powerhouse. Although many expected Brazil to power through, this wasn't the case, as although the Soviet defense was frail, its goalkeeper, Lev Yashin, was rock solid and alrhough he conceded an early goal, saved 7 more shots before half-time. The Soviet counterattacks were however quite poor and never managed to find an equalizer. Straight after beginning the second half, Vava sealed the deal for Brazil, who went straight into the final.
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    The second semi-final was much more open, as the game between Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia turned into a real banger, both teams favoring very aggressive play and were highly offensive, while having weaker defenses. However, the Czechs got a hard taste of reality when Jerkovic opening with an early goal. Scared of being punished for their hyper-offensive plays, both teams decided to play much more defensive, ending with a 1-0 lead for Yugoslavia at half-time. The second half saw Czechoslovakia move to the offensive, as Yugoslavia relied on counter-attacks. Czech persistence manages to find an equalizer at the 72th minute. From then on out both teams went full on on the offensive, with Scherer answering Skoblar in the same minute. Finally, two minutes before the end of the game, Galic scores a third one for Yugoslavia. On their last counter-offensive, Scherer gets the ball alone against the Yugoslavian keeper, but hits the post. Yugoslavia is in the final.
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  16. Threadmarks: Pictures of the Semi Finals

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    Pelé celebrates his return with an on-and-off performance against the USSR

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    A stray dog appears on the field at the 67th minute during the game between Brazil and the USSR

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    Brazil celebrates as they make a second final in a row

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    Jerkovic opens up the Yugoslavia vs Czechoslovakia game with a great goal

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    Scherer equalizes once again versus Yugoslavia, but Galic would score another two minutes later

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    Galic scores the winner, sending Yugoslavia to the World Cup final
     
  17. Threadmarks: 3rd Place & Final 1962

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    The 3rd place match sparked quite a controversy, as Czechoslovakia put on all of their substitutes against the Soviet A-team. Chatter suggested the Czech coach was forced to have a nice gesture by the Sports Ministry and make the substitutes play. Anywhom, the Soviets smashed the Czechs easily to finish third, while the Czechs were never dangerous.
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    The long awaited final has finally come ! However the supposed Brazilian synergy falters, as Pelé and Garrincha, who has been absorbing most of the spotlight, fail to synergise themselves on the paths to take to the opposite goal. This results in a Yugoslavian attack and a first goal for Jerkovic. The Brazilians have trouble making headway and cannot equalize before the end of the first half. Coach Moreira then decides to put Pelé on the left side, switching placed with Amarildo. This has for effect to envigorate the Brazilian attack, as Vava and Garrincha manage to smash through the Yugoslavian defense and equalize. Not in a great form, Pelé still manages to be the hero for Brazil, scoring a winner at the 79th minute, leading Brazil to a second world title in a row.
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  18. Threadmarks: Pictures of 3rd Place & Final

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    The USSR team before the 3rd place match

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    Yashin saves a ball from the Czech offense

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    The USSR attack manages to get in another goal, making it 3-0

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    Garrincha unlocked during the second half of Brazil-Yugoslavia

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    Zito celebrates as his pass to Pelé results in a goal for the Brazilian squad

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    Mauro lifts the trophy over the Estadio Nacional of Santiago
     
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  19. Threadmarks: WC 1962 Stats

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    Best Goalscorers :
    1. Fontaine (FRA) - 8 goals
    2. Garrincha (BRA) - 7 goals
    3. Ivanov (SOV) & Jerkovic (YUG) - 6 goals
    4. Galic (YUG) - 5 goals
    5. Chislenko (SOV), Diaz (MEX), Scherer (CZE) & Pelé (BRA) - 4 goals

    Best Attacks :
    1. Yugoslavia - 18 goals scored
    2. Brazil - 17 goals scored
    3. USSR - 16 goals scored
    4. France - 13 goals scored
    5. Czechoslovakia - 11 goals scored

    Best Defenses :
    1. Brazil - 2 goals conceded
    2. Argentina - 3 goals conceded
    3. Spain & Bulgaria - 4 goals conceded
    4. Romania, Yugoslavia & Uruguay - 6 goals conceded
    5. Austria & Portugal - 7 goals conceded

    Worst Attacks :
    1. Turkey & Ecuador - 1 goal scored
    2. Romania - 2 goals scored
    3. Bulgaria, Portugal & Austria - 3 goals scored
    4. Spain, Argentina & Uruguay - 4 goals scored
    5. Mexico & Chile - 7 goals scored

    Worst Defenses :
    1. Turkey - 12 goals conceded
    2. Ecuador - 11 goals conceded
    3. Czechoslovakia & Mexico - 10 goals conceded
    4. France & Chile - 9 goals conceded
    5. USSR - 8 goals conceded
     
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  20. Threadmarks: Qualified teams for England 1966

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    England (hosts) and Brazil (titleholders) are qualified automatically
    Via Euro 1964 :
    Spain (1st)
    USSR (2nd)
    Hungary (3rd)
    Denmark (4th)
    Luxembourg (QF)
    Ireland (QF)
    France (QF)
    Sweden (QF)
    East Germany (R16 - Beat Ghana in Intercontinental Playoff)

    Via Copa America 1963 :
    Bolivia (1st)
    Paraguay (2nd)
    Argentina (3rd)

    Via Gold Cup 1965 :
    Mexico (1st)

    Via Asian Cup 1964 :
    Israel (1st - Beat the Netherlands in Intercontinental Playoff)
     
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