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1914 FIFA World Cup (An Earlier World Cup of Football)

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1914 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country Flag of England England
Dates April 5-25
Teams 16 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (host cities: London, Manchester, Brighton, Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Nottingham)
Final positions
Champions Flag of Denmark Denmark
Runners-up Flag of England England
Third place Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy
Fourth place Flag of Belgium Belgium
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy 1910
Flag of the Netherlands 1922

The 1914 FIFA World Cup was the 3rd FIFA World Cup and it would be the last before WW1 would break out.


After the failure of the 1910 FIFA World Cup, FIFA elected to go back to the group stage format that had been successful in the 1906 edition. The hosting duties would then go to England who was the founding nation of modern football. The competition would have 16 teams competing in the World Cup for the first time which they would be split into four groups of four, with the top two going through to the knockout stage.


For the first time in history, qualification had to be used to determent who would qualify through to the World Cup as the 20 teams that joined FIFA tried to qualify through to the World Cup. The top 12 teams automatically went through to the World Cup while the bottom four teams had to enter playoffs for the renaming four spots. The final four spots went to Scotland, Norway, Chile and Italy. For Chile and Italy, this would be the debut World Cup tournament for those teams.


5 December 1913
Flag of Scotland Scotland 1-0 Flag of Wales Wales
Mercer Soccerball shade 68'

6 December 1913
Flag of Norway Norway 2-2 Flag of Finland Finland
Aas Soccerball shade 49'60' Öhman Soccerball shade 17'
Wiberg Soccerball shade 33'

7 December 1913
Flag of Finland Finland 0-1 Flag of Norway Norway
Andersen Soccerball shade 66'

7 December 1913
Flag of Russia Russia 1-2 Flag of Chile Chile
Vorontsov Soccerball shade 23' Salazar Soccerball shade 39'56'

8 December 1913
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy 7-0 Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Berardo Soccerball shade 5'23'77'
Rampini Soccerball shade 44'61'
Milano Soccerball shade 12'
De Vecchi Soccerball shade 39'

Group Stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of England England 3300924.56
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 32014224
Flag of Sweden Sweden 31026612
Flag of Chile Chile 30030900
5 April 1914
Flag of England England 4-2 Flag of Sweden Sweden
Fleming Soccerball shade 12', Soccerball shade 34', Soccerball shade 78'
Latheron Soccerball shade 45'
Carlsson Soccerball shade 59'
Bergström Soccerball shade 89'

5 April 1914
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 2-0 Flag of Chile Chile
Collet Soccerball shade 38'
Wyss Soccerball shade 75'

9 April 1914
Flag of Chile Chile 0-4 Flag of England England
Holley Soccerball shade 25', Soccerball shade 84'
Latherton Soccerball shade 44', Soccerball shade 75'

9 April 1914
Flag of Sweden Sweden 1-2 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Börjesson Soccerball shade 25' Wyss Soccerball shade 4'
Weiss Soccerball shade 56'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Denmark Denmark 31204224
Flag of Belgium Belgium 3120431.334
Flag of Scotland Scotland 31114413
Flag of Hungary (1867-1918) Hungary 30120301

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands 3300111116
Flag of Norway Norway 32016614
Flag of the German Empire Germany 3102170.142
Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria 3003260.330

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy 32106235
Flag of France France 3201541.254
Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina 3111321.53
St Patrick's saltire Ireland 3003280.250

Knockout Stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
April 18 - London        
 Flag of England England  2
April 21 - Birmingham
 Flag of France France  1  
 Flag of England England  2
April 19 - Manchester
   Flag of Belgium Belgium  0  
 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands  0
April 25 - London
 Flag of Belgium Belgium  1 (aet)  
 Flag of England England  2
April 18 - Birmingham
   Flag of Denmark Denmark  4 (aet)
 Flag of Denmark Denmark  4
April 22 - Manchester
 Flag of Norway Norway  3  
 Flag of Denmark Denmark  3 Third place
April 19 - Middlesbrough
   Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy  2  
 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy  2  Flag of Belgium Belgium  0
 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland  1    Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy  1
April 24 - Middlesbrough

Tournament team rankings

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Flag of Denmark Denmark B6330159+69
2 Flag of England England A6510157+811
3 Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned Italy D6411116+59
4 Flag of Belgium Belgium B613256−15
Eliminated in the quarter finals
5 Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands C4310112+96
6 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland A420254+14
7 Flag of France France D42026604
8 Flag of Norway Norway C4202910−14
Eliminated in the group stage
9 Flag of Argentina (alternative) Argentina C311132+13
10 Flag of Scotland Scotland B31114403
11 Flag of Sweden Sweden A31026602
12 Flag of the German Empire Germany C310217−62
13 Flag of Hungary (1867-1918) Hungary B301203−31
14 Flag of the Habsburg Monarchy Austria C300326−40
15 St Patrick's saltire Ireland D300328−60
16 Flag of Chile Chile A300309−90

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