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1954 FIFA World Cup qualification Group 2

The three teams in this group played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winner Belgium qualified for the fifth FIFA World Cup held in Switzerland.

1954 FIFA World Cup qualification Group 2 Intro articles: 2

Table and Matches

Final table Home Away
Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pld W D L GF GA Pts Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1.  Belgium 4 3 1 0 11 6 +5 7 X 2:0 2:2 2 1 1 0 4 2 3 2 2 0 0 7 4 4
2.  Sweden 4 1 1 2 9 8 +1 3 2:3 X 4:0 2 1 0 1 6 3 2 2 0 1 1 3 5 1
3.  Finland 4 0 2 2 7 13 -6 2 2:4 3:3 X 2 0 1 1 5 7 1 2 0 1 1 2 6 1
25 May 1953 Finland  2 – 4  Belgium Helsinki, Finland
Lehtovirta  49'75' Report Coppens  4'26'83'
Anoul  9'
Stadium: Olympic Stadion
Referee: Helge (Denmark)

28 May 1953 Sweden  2 – 3  Belgium Stockholm, Sweden
Berndtsson  20'
Selmosson  26'
Report Anoul  28'
Straetmans  37'
Lemberechts  40'
Stadium: Råsunda Stadion
Referee: Mowat (Scotland)

5 August 1953 Finland  3 – 3  Sweden Helsinki, Finland
Lehtovirta  63'
Lahtinen  67'
Rikberg  70'
Report Sandell  9'71'
Persson  23'
Stadium: Olympic Stadion
Referee: Baalstad (Norway)

16 August 1953 Sweden  4 – 0  Finland Stockholm, Sweden
Sandberg  22'
Sandell  24'61'
Sandin  56'
Report Stadium: Råsunda Stadion
Referee: Asmussen (Denmark)

23 September 1953 Belgium  2 – 2  Finland Brussels, Belgium
Bollen  25'  75' Report Lahtinen  83'
Vaihela  90'
Stadium: Heysel Stadion
Referee: Baumberger (Switzerland)

8 October 1953 Belgium  2 – 0  Sweden Brussels, Belgium
Coppens  23'
Mees  49'
Report Stadium: Heysel Stadion
Referee: Schipper (Netherlands)

Belgium qualified.

Team stats

 Belgium

Head coach: Bill Gormlie (first and second match); Doug Livingstone (third and fourth match)

Pos. Player DoB Games
played
Goals Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on Club
FW Léopold Anoul August 19, 1922 4 2 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 FC Liégeois
MF Fernand Blaise February 7, 1925 1 0 90 0 0 90 B - - Standard Liège
FW Mathieu Bollen December 31, 1928 2 2 180 0 0 - - 90 90 Waterschei Thor
MF Louis Carré January 7, 1925 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 FC Liégeois
FW Henri Coppens April 29, 1930 4 4 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 Beerschot VAV
GK François Daenen August 18, 1919 2 0 180 0 0 B 90 90 B FC Tilleur
DF Henri Dirickx July 7, 1927 2 0 180 0 0 90 B B 90 Union Saint-Gilloise
DF Marcel Dries September 19, 1929 2 0 180 0 0 B 90 90 B Berchem Sport
GK Léopold Gernaey February 25, 1927 1 0 90 0 0 - - B 90 AS Oostende
MF Joseph Givard May 7, 1923 1 0 90 0 0 - - - 90 Standard Liège
FW Augustin Janssens September 24, 1930 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 - Union Saint-Gilloise
FW Victor Lemberechts May 18, 1924 2 1 180 0 0 90 90 - - KV Mechelen
MF Robert Maertens January 24, 1930 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 FC Antwerp
MF Victor Mees January 27, 1927 3 1 270 0 0 B 90 90 90 FC Antwerp
FW Joseph Mermans February 16, 1922 1 0 90 0 0 90 B B B RSC Anderlecht
GK Armand Seghers June 21, 1926 1 0 90 0 0 90 B - - AA Gent
FW Jean Straetmans June 13, 1930 1 1 90 0 0 B 90 - - White Star AC
DF Alfons Van Brandt June 24, 1927 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 Lierse SK
FW Fernand Van Gestel January 20, 1930 2 0 180 0 0 - - 90 90 Lyra TSV
MF Robert Van Kerkhoven October 1, 1924 0 0 0 0 0 B B B B Daring Bruxelles

 Sweden

Head coach: Putte Kock

Pos. Player DoB Games
played
Goals Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on Club
FW Hans Andersson 2 0 180 0 0 90 - - 90
Jan Aronsson 1 0 90 0 0 - - - 90 Degerfors IF
DF Orvar Bergmark November 16, 1930 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 Örebro SK
FW Bengt Berndtsson January 26, 1933 1 1 90 0 0 90 - - - IFK Göteborg
FW|align="left"|Lars Eriksson 2 0 180 0 0 90 90 - - Degerfors IF
MF Bengt Gustavsson January 13, 1928 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 IFK Norrköping
FW Kurt Hamrin November 19, 1934 1 0 90 0 0 - - - 90 AIK
FW Lennart Holmqvist 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 - - IFK Norrköping
DF Gösta Lindh August 8, 1924 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 Örebro SK
FW Gösta Löfgren August 29, 1923 2 0 180 0 0 - - 90 90 Motala AIF
FW Hans Persson 1929 1 1 90 0 0 - 90 - - Helsingborgs IF
DF Lennart Samuelsson July 7, 1924 3 0 270 0 0 90 - 90 90 IF Elfsborg
FW Gösta Sandberg August 6, 1932 3 1 270 0 0 90 - 90 90 Djurgårdens IF
DF Sune Sandbring April 10, 1928 1 0 90 0 0 - 90 - - Malmö FF
FW Nils-Åke Sandell February 5, 1927 2 4 180 0 0 - 90 90 - Malmö FF
FW Herbert Sandin 1 0 90 0 0 - - 90 - IFK Norrköping
FW Arne Selmosson March 29, 1931 1 1 90 0 0 90 - - - Jönköpings Södra IF
GK Kalle Svensson November 11, 1925 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 Hälsingborgs IF
MF Sven-Ove Svensson 1922 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 Hälsingborgs IF
MF Henry Tillberg 2 0 180 0 0 - 90 90 Malmo FF

 Finland

Head coach: Aatos Lehtonen

Pos. Player DoB Games
played
Goals Minutes
played
Sub off Sub on Club
FW Rainer Forss October 20, 1930 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 - Pyrkivä Turku
FW Matti Hiltunen January 26, 1933 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - - Koparit
GK Matti Jokinen November 8, 1928 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - - Vasa IFK
GK Aarre Klinga March 20, 1930 2 0 180 0 0 - 90 90 - KIF Helsinki
DF Pekka Kupiainen November 25, 1929 1 0 90 0 0 - - - 90 KTP Kotka
FW Olavi Lahtinen January 5, 1929 4 1 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 HJK Helsinki
MF Martti Laitinen August 2, 1925 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - - Helsingin Ponnistus
MF Lauri Lehtinen August 19, 1927 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 - HJK Helsinki
FW Kalevi Lehtovirta February 20, 1928 4 3 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 /2[1] TPS Turku
DF Åke Lindman January 11, 1928 3 0 270 0 0 - 90 90 90 /2[1] HIFK
DF Kurt Martin March 13, 1923 4 0 360 0 0 90 90 90 90 Vasa IFK
FW Stig-Göran Myntti August 6, 1925 3 0 270 0 0 90 90 90 - Vasa IFK
DF Sulo Parkkinen April 24, 1930 1 0 90 0 0 90 - - - KTP Kotka
MF Seppo Pelkonen March 13, 1930 3 0 270 0 0 - 90 90 90 KuPS
DF Aimo Pulkkinen June 14, 1928 2 0 180 0 0 - 90 90 - FC Haka
FW Nils Rikberg March 29, 1928 3 1 270 0 0 - 90 90 90 /2[1] ÅIFK Turku
GK Mauno Rintanen November 28, 1925 1 0 90 0 0 - - - 90 HJK Helsinki
FW Aulis Rytkönen January 5, 1929 1 1 90 0 0 - - - 90 Toulouse FC
DF Reino Suojanen September 3, 1925 1 0 90 0 0 - - - 90 Pyrkivä Turku
FW Jorma Vaihela September 30, 1925 2 1 180 0 0 90 - - 90 RU-38 Pori
  1. ^ a b c The number indicates the league the team played in that year.

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