2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

9 June - 9 July

2006 FIFA World Cup™

The joy of six in Chile

Four years after Just Fontaine set a scoring record of 13 goals which still stands today, six players shared the title of top scorer at the 1962 FIFA World Cup™ with four goals apiece. FIFAworldcup.com recalls their exploits, starting with the legendary Garrincha.

Garrincha second only to Pele

While Pele remains football's greatest living legend, Garrincha is not far behind in the hearts of thousands of Brazilians who were moved by his fragility and blown away by his talent. Despite being born with one leg shorter than the other, this exceptionally-gifted right winger possessed fantastic dribbling skills and the ability to score magical goals. Garrincha was a genuine idol who, since his death on 20 January 1983 at the age of 49, has entered into football folklore.

Born in 1933 at Pau Grande in Rio de Janeiro state, Manoel Francisco dos Santos was given the deceptive nickname of Garrincha - meaning 'little bird' - by his elder sister and it was under this soubriquet that he soared all the way to the summit of Brazilian football. As well as captivating his country in the colours of Botafogo, he graced the national team 50 times between 1955 and 1966, finishing on the losing side just once.

On his day, Garrincha was virtually unstoppable, as in the match against Mexico on 30 May 1962 when he was famously surrounded by eight defenders - and still found his way out of them. He did not score then but struck twice against both England and Chile to help Brazil through to the Final. On 19 December 1973, Garrincha made his farewell performance for the Seleção in a memorable match during which 130,000 spectators chanted his name incessantly.

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Albert, elegance and efficiency

Florian Albert spent his entire playing career at Ferencvaros, Hungary's most popular club. This slightly built figure (1.85m and 75 kgs) was adept at switching between the short and long-ball game, controlling the pattern of play at will courtesy of his extraordinary technical ability. He made his first-team debut in 1957 at the tender age of 16 and, after only two league appearances, was called up by the national team.

In 1962, when still only 20, Albert almost single-handedly hauled Hungary into the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals by scoring the winning goal against England and converting a spectacular header against Bulgaria. But in the last eight, the young and comparatively inexperienced Hungarians were unable to get the better of a solid Czechoslovakia side, who won 1-0 en route to reaching the Final.

During a match against Denmark in 1969, Albert suffered a serious fracture to his right leg. After coming back from this injury, Albert soldiered on for five years, but was never the same player. On 29 May 1974, he made his 75th and final appearance for Hungary against Yugoslavia, having scored 31 goals.


Edvaldo Izidio Neto - better known as Vava - was already a world champion after Brazil's success in Sweden in 1958 and he played a major role in their next triumph in Chile. Scoring four goals, Vava shone like a beacon in a forward line (Garrincha, Didi, Vava, Amarildo, Mario Zagallo) that made light of the absence of the injured Pele. Following a quiet opening to the tournament, Vava really started motoring from the start of the knockout rounds.

First, he opened his account in the quarter-finals to help beat England 3-1. Then, in the semi-final against Chile, he dealt the host nation a fatal double blow, scoring twice in a 4-2 triumph, before adding a further flourish in the Final as Brazil deprived Czechoslovakia of the world crown with a 3-1 victory.

A loyal servant to Vasco da Gama from 1951 to '58, Vava proceeded to get through seven clubs between 1958 and 1969. At two FIFA World Cups, he found the back of the net nine times, including a brace in the 1958 Final against Sweden. Ironically, he finished joint-top scorer at the 1962 tournament having scored one goal less than he managed four years earlier.

Ivanov's first-round spree

For the Russian Valentin Ivanov, the title of FIFA World Cup top scorer was just reward for his exploits, not only in the colours of the Soviet Union, but also for his club side Torpedo Moscow. An Olympic champion in Melbourne in 1956, Ivanov also played a decisive role in the USSR's capture of the inaugural UEFA European Championship title in 1960.

In Chile, his single strike in the 2-0 success against Yugoslavia, two goals in an exciting 4-4 draw with Colombia and an 89th-minute effort to defeat Uruguay 2-1 helped see the Soviets safely through the group stage before they were knocked out in the quarter-final by hosts Chile. Ivanov finally hung up his boots in 1965 after having led his national team to the 1964 European Championship final.

Jerkovic, part of formidable front line

A big star with Dinamo Zagreb, with whom he won the domestic title in 1958, the Yugoslav Dragan Jerkovic was just one component of a prestigious attacking line-up that featured Dragoslav Sekularac, Milan Galic, Josip Skoblar and Vojislav Melic. A European Championship runner-up in 1960, he netted three goals during the first round in Chile (one against Uruguay and two against Colombia). But most memorably of all, in an all-eastern European semi-final with Czechoslovakia, Jerkovic helped Yugoslavia back into the match by making it 1-1 in the 69th minute, before his side were finally undone by two late striks.

Sanchez shines on home soil

Finally to Leonel Sanchez, a striker from Chile's Universidad club who made a flying start to the FIFA World Cup with a brace against Switzerland in the hosts' 3-1 win in their opening game. What followed was less glorious, as Sanchez played an active part in a number of unsavoury incidents that marred Chile's 2-0 win over Italy.

In the quarter-final, the 26-year-old opened the scoring in a 2-1 victory over the Soviet Union but his semi-final goal against Brazil was not enough to take Chile one step further and they went down 4-2. He remains the only Chilean to have achieved the honour of topping the FIFA World Cup's scoring chart.