The soccer/football World Cup is currently taking place in Brazil. In commemoration, we have a few images from an infamous old match sixty years ago.


It was June 27, 1954 in Bern, Switzerland, and Hungary faced Brazil in a World Cup soccer/football match. They were two of the best teams in the world at the time and a titanic battle was expected. But, the game descended into something of a farce and became known as the Battle of Berne…

What the above and below pictures show are the results of violence. For the match almost descended into a running battle. Three players were sent off the field as Hungary won 4-2. More alarmingly, after the match the Brazilian team attacked the Hungarians in their dressing room.

Let’s hope no matches end like that in this year’s World Cup.

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AuthorGeorge Levrier-Jones