The 1974 FIFA World Cup was the 10th FIFA World Cup, and was played in West Germany (including West Berlin) between 13 June and 7 July. The tournament marked the first time that the current trophy, the FIFA World Cup Trophy, created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga, was awarded. The previous trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, had been won for the third time by Brazil in 1970 and awarded permanently to the Brazilians. This was the first out of three World Cups to feature two rounds of group stages.
The host nation won the title, beating the Netherlands 2–1 in the final at Munich's Olympiastadion. The victory was the second for West Germany, who had also won in 1954. Australia, East Germany, Haiti and Zaire made their first appearances at the final stage, with East Germany making their only appearance before Germany was reunified in 1990.
|1974 FIFA World Cup|
|Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 1974 (German)|
1974 FIFA World Cup official logo
|Host country||West Germany|
|Dates||13 June – 7 July|
|Teams||16 (from 5 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||9 (in 9 host cities)|
|Champions||West Germany (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||97 (2.55 per match)|
|Attendance||1,865,762 (49,099 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Grzegorz Lato (7 goals)|
|Best young player||Władysław Żmuda|
|Fair play award||West Germany|
West Germany was chosen as the host nation by FIFA in London, England on 6 July 1966. Hosting rights for the 1978 and 1982 tournaments were awarded at the same time. West Germany agreed a deal with Spain by which Spain would support West Germany for the 1974 tournament, and in return West Germany would allow Spain to bid for the 1982 World Cup unopposed.
Ninety-eight countries took part in the qualifying tournament.
Some of football's most successful nations did not qualify, including 1966 champions England, France, hosts and quarter-finalists of the 1970 tournament Mexico, Spain, 1966 third-place finishers Portugal, 1970 quarter-finalists Peru, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania. The USSR was also disqualified after refusing to travel for the second leg of their playoff against Chile as a result of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état. The Netherlands and Poland qualified for the first time since 1938. Scotland was back in the Finals after a 16-year absence. Argentina and Chile were also back after having missed the 1970 tournament and Yugoslavia was back after missing both the 1966 and 1970 tournaments.
First-time qualifiers were East Germany; Australia, which would not qualify again until the next time the tournament was held in Germany, in 2006; Haiti, the first team from the Caribbean to qualify since Cuba in 1938; and Zaire, the first team from sub-Saharan Africa to reach the finals.
As of 2018, this was the last time Haiti and Zaire (now DR Congo) qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals, as well as the last time Spain failed to qualify.
This was the first tournament in which the defending champions (in this case Brazil) played in the opening game as opposed to the hosts, although this was later changed back to the hosts for the 2006 tournament, which was also held in Germany.
The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.
The tournament featured a new format. While the competition once again began with the sixteen teams divided into four groups of four teams, the eight teams which advanced did not enter a knockout stage as in the previous five World Cups but instead played in a second group stage. The winners of the two groups in the second stage then played each other in the final, with the respective runners-up from each group meeting in the third place play-off. This was one of only two times that this format was deployed (1978 being the other); in 1982 a semi-final stage was introduced after the second group stage (expanded to four groups of three) before the World Cup revived the knockout stage in 1986 which is still used to the present day.
It was decided in advance that if the host nation progressed to the second stage their matches would not take place simultaneous to the other matches but instead be held in the other timeslot (either 16:00 or 19:30 local time).
The tournament was held mostly in bad weather, and the stadia had few protected places. Few western European nations had qualified, of which only The Netherlands, West Germany and Sweden made it past the Group Stage. Fans from the Eastern Communist neighbour states such as East Germany were hindered by political circumstances.
Carlos Caszely of Chile became the first player to be sent off with a red card in a World Cup match, during their match against West Germany. Red cards were formally introduced in World Cup play in 1970, but no players were sent off in that tournament.
Two teams made a particularly powerful impact on the first round. The Netherlands demonstrated the "Total football" techniques pioneered by the top Dutch club Ajax, in which specialised positions were virtually abolished for the outfield players, and individual players became defenders, midfielders or strikers as the situation required. The Dutch marked their first World Cup finals since 1938 by topping their first-round group, with wins over Uruguay and Bulgaria and a draw with Sweden. Sweden joined the Dutch in the second group round after beating Uruguay 3–0.
Poland, meanwhile, took maximum points from a group containing two of the favourites for the tournament. They beat Argentina 3–2, trounced Haiti 7–0, then beat Italy 2–1 – a result that knocked the Italians out of the Cup and resulted in Argentina qualifying for the second group round on goal difference. Argentina would not fail to win either of their opening two games of a World Cup again until 2018. While Haiti didn't do particularly well in their first World Cup finals (losing all three of their games and finishing second to last) they did have one moment of glory. In their opening game against Italy, they managed to take the lead with a goal from Emmanuel Sanon, before eventually losing 3–1 (Italy had not conceded a goal in 12 international matches). That goal proved to be a significant goal as it ended Dino Zoff's run of 1142 minutes without conceding a goal.
Group 2 was a particularly close group. With Brazil, Yugoslavia and Scotland drawing all their games against each other, it was decided by the number of goals these three teams scored when defeating Zaire. Yugoslavia hammered the African nation 9–0, equalling a finals record for the largest margin of victory. Brazil beat them 3–0. Scotland however only managed a 2–0 margin, and so were edged out of the tournament on goal difference. They were the only team that did not lose a game in the tournament as well as becoming the first ever country to be eliminated from a World Cup Finals without having lost a match.
Group 1 contained both East Germany and the host West Germany, and they both progressed at the expense of Chile and newcomers Australia. The last game played in Group 1 was much anticipated, a first ever clash between the two German teams. West Germany was already assured of progression to the second round whatever the result. In one of the most politically charged matches of all time, it was the East that won, thanks to a late Jürgen Sparwasser goal. This result forced a realignment of the West German team that would later help them win the Cup.
Coincidentally, the two second-round groups both produced matches that were, in effect, semi-finals. In Group A, the Netherlands and Brazil met after each had taken maximum points from their previous two matches. In Group B, the same happened with West Germany and Poland – so the winners of these two games would contest the final.
In Group A, two goals from the inspirational Johan Cruyff helped the Dutch side thrash Argentina 4–0. At the same time, Brazil defeated East Germany 1–0. The Dutch triumphed over East Germany 2–0 while in the "Battle of the South Americans", Brazil managed to defeat Argentina 2–1 in a scrappy match. Argentina and East Germany drew 1–1 and were on their way home while the crucial match between the Netherlands and Brazil turned into another triumph for 'total football', as second-half goals from Johan Neeskens and Cruyff put the Netherlands in the final. However the match would also be remembered for harsh defending on both sides.
Meanwhile, in Group B, West Germany and Poland both managed to beat Yugoslavia and Sweden. The crucial game between the Germans and the Poles was goalless until the 76th minute, when Gerd Muller scored to send the hosts through 1–0. The Poles took third place after defeating Brazil 1–0.
The final was held on 7 July 1974 at Olympiastadion, Munich. West Germany was led by Franz Beckenbauer, while the Dutch had their star Johan Cruyff, and their Total Football system which had dazzled the competition. With just a minute gone on the clock, following a solo run, Cruyff was brought down by Uli Hoeneß close to the German penalty area, and the Dutch took the lead from the ensuing penalty by Johan Neeskens before any German player had even touched the ball. West Germany struggled to recover, and in the 26th minute were awarded a penalty, after Bernd Hölzenbein fell within the Dutch area, causing English referee Jack Taylor to award another controversial penalty. Paul Breitner spontaneously decided to kick, and scored. These two penalties were the first in a World Cup final. West Germany now pushed, and in the 43rd minute, in his typical style, Gerd Müller scored what turned out to be the winning goal, and the last of his career as he retired from the national team. The second half saw chances for both sides, with Müller putting the ball in the net for a goal that was disallowed as offside. In the 85th, Hölzenbein was fouled again, but no penalty this time. Eventually, West Germany, European Champions of 1972, also won the 1974 World Cup.
This was the only case of the reigning European champions winning the World Cup, until Spain (champions of the UEFA Euro 2008) defeated the Netherlands in the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. France have also held both trophies, albeit in a different order, at the same time by winning the 1998 World Cup followed by Euro 2000.
This was only the second time that a team had won the World Cup after losing a match in the Finals (West Germany losing to East Germany during the group stage). The previous occasion was West Germany's earlier win in 1954.
Poland's Grzegorz Lato led the tournament in scoring seven goals. Gerd Müller's goal in the final was the 14th in his career of two World Cups, beating Just Fontaine's record of 13, in his single World Cup. Müller's record was only surpassed 32 years later, in 2006 by Ronaldo's 15 goals from three World Cups and then 8 years after, in 2014 by Klose's 16 goals from four World Cups.
Günter Netzer, who came on as a substitute for West Germany during the defeat by the East Germans, was playing for Real Madrid at the time: this was the first time that a World Cup winner had played for a club outside his home country.
|Capacity: 77,573||Capacity: 86,000||Capacity: 72,200||Capacity: 72,000|
|Capacity: 70,100||Capacity: 62,200|
|Capacity: 61,300||Capacity: 60,400||Capacity: 53,600|
For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1974 FIFA World Cup squads.
It was agreed by a vote by the FIFA Organising Committee on who would be seeded. The four seeds, who had been the final four teams of the previous tournament, were first placed in separate groups:
Then the remaining spots in the groups were determined by dividing the participants into pots based on geographical sections. When the final draw was held, the sixteenth and final qualifier was not yet known; it would be either Yugoslavia or Spain. These teams finished with an identical record in their qualification group and following this situation, rules were changed so that tied teams had to compete in a play-off game on neutral ground.
|Pot 1: Western European||Pot 2: Eastern European||Pot 3: South American||Pot 4: Rest of The World|
The final draw took place on 5 January 1974 in Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks in Frankfurt. The TV broadcast of this show was followed by an estimated 800 million people.
FIFA and the Local Organising Committee decided that the host nation (West Germany) and trophy holder (Brazil) would be respectively placed in Group 1 and Group 2. It was also decided that South American nations cannot play in same group during the first group stage. In other words, Argentina and Chile will not be allocated in a group seeded by Brazil or Uruguay.
Uruguay was drawn before Italy, taking a place in Group 3, and the runner up of 1970 FIFA World Cup received the seeding of Group 4. Other nations were draw one by one, pot by pot.
The "innocent hand" who made the draws was an 11-year-old boy, Detlef Lange, a member of the Schöneberger Sängerknaben, a children's choir.
The great sensation of the draw was the meeting of the two "German teams" in Group 1. When FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous had announced the lot, the room was quiet for a few moments, followed by long-lasting applause. In the days following the event, a rumour began circulating that the GDR would consider a World Cup withdrawal due to a meeting with the team of the Federal Republic. However, this was quickly and officially denied by the Government of East Germany.
The first round, or first group stage, saw the sixteen teams divided into four groups of four teams. Each group was a round-robin of six games, where each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams were awarded two points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The teams finishing first and second in each group qualified for the second round, while the bottom two teams in each group were eliminated from the tournament.
Teams were ranked on the following criteria:
|1||East Germany||3||2||1||0||4||1||+3||5||Advance to second round|
|14 June 1974|
|West Germany||1–0||Chile||Olympiastadion, West Berlin|
|East Germany||2–0||Australia||Volksparkstadion, Hamburg|
|18 June 1974|
|Australia||0–3||West Germany||Volksparkstadion, Hamburg|
|Chile||1–1||East Germany||Olympiastadion, West Berlin|
|22 June 1974|
|Australia||0–0||Chile||Olympiastadion, West Berlin|
|East Germany||1–0||West Germany||Volksparkstadion, Hamburg|
|1||Yugoslavia||3||1||2||0||10||1||+9||4||Advance to second round|
|13 June 1974|
|14 June 1974|
|18 June 1974|
|22 June 1974|
|1||Netherlands||3||2||1||0||6||1||+5||5||Advance to second round|
|15 June 1974|
|19 June 1974|
|23 June 1974|
|1||Poland||3||3||0||0||12||3||+9||6||Advance to second round|
|15 June 1974|
|19 June 1974|
|23 June 1974|
The second round, or second group stage, saw the eight teams progressing from the first round divided into two groups of four teams on the basis of the tournament regulations. Group A would consist of the winners of Groups 1 and 3, plus the runners-up from Groups 2 and 4. Group B would consist of the other four teams, namely the winners of Groups 2 and 4, plus the runners-up from Group 1 and 3. Like the first group stage, each group in the second round was a round-robin of six games, where each team played one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams were awarded two points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The two teams finishing first in each group advanced to the final, while the two runners-up would meet to decide third place.
Teams were ranked on the following criteria:
All times listed below are at local time (UTC+1)
|1||Netherlands||3||3||0||0||8||0||+8||6||Advance to final|
|2||Brazil||3||2||0||1||3||3||0||4||Advance to third place play-off|
|26 June 1974|
|Brazil||1–0||East Germany||Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover|
|30 June 1974|
|East Germany||0–2||Netherlands||Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen|
|3 July 1974|
|Argentina||1–1||East Germany||Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen|
|1||West Germany||3||3||0||0||7||2||+5||6||Advance to final|
|2||Poland||3||2||0||1||3||2||+1||4||Advance to third place play-off|
|26 June 1974|
|Yugoslavia||0–2||West Germany||Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf|
|30 June 1974|
|West Germany||4–2||Sweden||Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf|
|3 July 1974|
|Poland||0–1||West Germany||Waldstadion, Frankfurt|
The third place play-off was the first match in FIFA World Cup history in which a penalty shoot-out could potentially be held (in the event of the score being level after the regular 90 minutes and 30 minutes' extra time). If the teams remained tied in the final after extra time, a replay would be held. Only if the scores remained level during the replay after the regular 90 minutes and 30 minutes' extra time would penalties be used to determine the champion. At all previous World Cup tournaments, the drawing of lots had been foreseen in this situation to split the teams.
All times listed below are at local time (UTC+1)
|Neeskens 2' (pen.)||Report||Breitner 25' (pen.)
With seven goals, Grzegorz Lato was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 97 goals were scored by 53 players, with three of them credited as own goals.
In 1986, FIFA published a report that ranked all teams in each World Cup up to and including 1986, based on progress in the competition, overall results and quality of the opposition. The rankings for the 1974 tournament were as follows:
|Eliminated in the second group stage|
|Eliminated in the first group stage|
The 1973 CONCACAF Championship, the sixth edition of the CONCACAF Championship, was held in Haiti from 29 November to 18 December. All matches were played at Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince. This is the first edition to double as qualification for the World Cup. Haiti became winners for the first time in the CONCACAF region and qualified for West Germany '74. The North, Central American and Caribbean zone was allocated 1 place (out of 16) in the World Cup.1974 FIFA World Cup Final
The 1974 FIFA World Cup Final was the final match of the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the 10th FIFA World Cup, a competition to determine the world champion among national men's football sides. The match was contested by the Netherlands and West Germany, with the West Germans winning 2–1. The Netherlands opened the scoring via a Johan Neeskens penalty in the second minute, only for Paul Breitner to equalise with another penalty in the 25th minute before Gerd Müller scored the winning goal in the 43rd minute, claiming West Germany's second FIFA World Cup.Five German players (Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer, Wolfgang Overath, Jürgen Grabowski, Horst-Dieter Höttges) became the first men in history who have won gold, silver and bronze medals at the FIFA World Cup.1974 FIFA World Cup qualification
99 teams entered the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds, competing for 16 spots in the final tournament. West Germany, as the hosts, and Brazil, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.
The 16 spots available in the 1974 World Cup would be distributed among the continental zones as follows:
Europe (UEFA): 9.5 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier West Germany, while the other 8.5 places were contested by 32 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from CONMEBOL).
South America (CONMEBOL): 3.5 places, 1 of them went to automatic qualifier Brazil, while the other 2.5 places were contested by 9 teams. The winner of the 0.5 place would advance to the Intercontinental Play-offs (against a team from UEFA).
North, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 1 place, contested by 14 teams.
Africa (CAF): 1 place, contested by 24 teams.
Asia (AFC) and Oceania (OFC): 1 place, contested by 18 teams.90 teams played at least one qualifying match. 226 qualifying matches were played, and 620 goals were scored (an average of 2.74 per match).1974 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)
Listed below are the dates and results for the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification.
A total of 32 UEFA teams entered the competition. The European zone was allocated 9.5 places (out of 16) in the final tournament. West Germany, the hosts, qualified automatically, leaving 8.5 spots open for competition between 32 teams.
The 32 teams were divided into 9 groups of 3 or 4 teams each (four groups with 3 teams and five groups with 4 teams). The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify, except the winner of Group 9, which would advance to the UEFA / CONMEBOL Intercontinental Play-off.1974 FIFA World Cup squads
Below are the squads for the 1974 FIFA World Cup final tournament in West Germany. For the first time, a majority of countries (9 of 16) had players representing foreign clubs.Allan Maher
Allan Maher (born 21 July 1950) is an Australian former football (soccer) goalkeeper, who was part of Australia's squad for the 1974 FIFA World Cup.Colin Curran
Colin John Curran (born 21 August 1947) is a former football (soccer) defender. He was a member of the Australian 1974 FIFA World Cup squad in West Germany and represented Australia 34 times between 1970 and 1979. He scored Australia's first goal in the World Cup, an own goal, against East Germany.Erich Linemayr
Erich Linemayr (24 January 1933 in Linz – 4 June 2016) was an Austrian football referee. He is known for have refereed three matches in the FIFA World Cup. Two in 1974 and one in 1978. He also refereed two matches in the 1980 UEFA European Football Championship in Italy. He refereed the European Cup final in 1979.
His most strange task became the return game of 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA–CONMEBOL play-off) between Chile and (absent) Soviet Union on November 26, 1973. Chile scored 1-0 in the first minute, then he blew off the game, as there were no USSR players present at the pitch.Harry Williams (Australian soccer player)
Harry Williams (born 7 May 1951) is a former football (soccer) player. He was the first recognised Indigenous Australian to play for the senior Australian national football team, the 'Socceroos'.
He was part of Australia's 1974 FIFA World Cup squad. Like four of his teammates on that squad, Williams played in the New South Wales competition for St George Budapest.Hristo Mladenov
Hristo Stefanov Mladenov (Bulgarian: Хpиcтo Cтeфaнoв Mлaдeнoв) (7 January 1928 – 24 August 1996) was a Bulgarian football player and manager. He was the manager of the Bulgaria national football team during the 1974 FIFA World Cup
.He coached Bulgaria three times, and narrowly failed to get them to the finals of Euro 88. He also managed Spartak Pleven, Spartak Sofia, Levski Sofia, Beroe Stara Zagora, Slavia Sofia, Farensehttp://www.algarvepress.net/conteudo.php?menu=-1&cat=Desporto&scat=&id=1418 and Belenenses.Jimmy Rooney
James Rooney (born 10 December 1945 in Dundee, Scotland) is a former association football player. He was a member of the Australian 1974 FIFA World Cup squad in West Germany.Joachim Streich
Joachim Streich (born 13 April 1951 in Wismar) is a former German footballer, who won the bronze medal with East Germany at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.Johnny Watkiss
John Watkiss (born 28 March 1941 in Willenhall, England) is a former football (soccer) defender. He was a member of the Australian 1974 FIFA World Cup squad in West Germany and represented Australia 31 times between 1965 and 1974 scoring 4 times.
Watkiss Street in the Sydney suburb of Glenwood is named for him.Kent Karlsson
Kent Karlsson (born 25 November 1945 in Arboga) is a Swedish football coach and former player.
He was capped 38 times for the national team and played at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
As a manager, he has managed Swedish, Danish and Norwegian clubs such as IFK Norrköping, Bryne IL, Lyngby BK and FC Copenhagen.Luis Álamos
Luis "El Zorro" Álamos Luque (25 December 1923, Chañaral – 26 June 1983) was a football manager from Chile, who guided the national team at the 1966 and 1974 FIFA World Cup. Álamos was also manager for Chilean team Colo-Colo for four seasons (1972-1975) and for Universidad de Chile.Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stuttgart)
Mercedes-Benz Arena (German pronunciation: [mɛʁˌtseːdəsˈbɛnts ʔaˌʁeːnaː]) is a stadium located in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and home to German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart.
Before 1993 it was called Neckarstadion [ˈnɛkaɐ̯ˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn], named after the nearby river Neckar and between 1993 and July 2008 it was called Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion [ˌɡɔtliːpˈdaɪmlɐˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn]. From the 2008–09 season, the stadium was renamed the Mercedes-Benz Arena, starting with a pre-season friendly against Arsenal on 30 July 2008.Parkstadion
Parkstadion was a multi-purpose stadium in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that is no longer used to host any major events. The stadium was built in 1973 and hosted five matches of the 1974 FIFA World Cup. It had a capacity of 62,109 with seats for 45,067.
During the 1974 FIFA World Cup Yugoslavia set the record for the biggest win ever at a FIFA World Cup with a 9–0 (6–0) hammering of Zaire.
Michael Jackson performed at the stadium during his Bad World Tour on September 4, 1988 and during his HIStory World Tour on June 15, 1997. He also scheduled to perform at the stadium on September 6, 1992 on his Dangerous World Tour, but was cancelled due to ill health.
The Rolling Stones performed at the stadium during their Urban Jungle Tour on August 16, 1990 and during their Bridges To Babylon Tour on July 27, 1998.
Pink Floyd performed at the stadium during The Division Bell Tour on August 23, 1994.
It was the home ground of football club FC Schalke 04 until May 2001, before the newly built and adjacent Veltins-Arena opened in July of the same year.
The stadium also played host to two Euro 88 fixtures (Germany v Denmark, and The Netherlands v the Republic of Ireland), as well as the first leg of the 1997 UEFA Cup final between Schalke and Internazionale.The last competitive football match played in the stadium was a Bundesliga fixture between Schalke and SpVgg Unterhaching on May 19, 2001. The match was attended by approximately 65,000 people. At the end of the match, after a difficult win against SpVgg Unterhaching (5–3), and thanks to a last minute goal scored by Hamburg SV against Bayern Munich (1–0), the crowd celebrated Schalke 04's first Bundesliga title. But Patrik Andersson equalized in the additional time for Bayern (90+4), who retained the title and instantly killed the joy of the fans celebrating in Parkstadion.
The stadium is now partly demolished and the Jumbotron that was placed atop of the northern stand was donated to Erzgebirgsstadion in Aue, where it was installed during the renovations of the stadium in 2004.Rheinstadion
The Rheinstadion was a multi-purpose stadium, in Düsseldorf, Germany. The stadium was built, near the Rhine, in 1926 and held 55,900 people, at the end of its life.
It was the home ground for Fortuna Düsseldorf from 1953 to 1970 and 1972–2002. It was used during the 1974 FIFA World Cup and 1988 European Championships. In 1995, the Rhein Fire, of the World League of American Football became tenants in their inaugural season. It hosted World Bowl '99 and World Bowl X.
Metallica performed at the stadium during their Nowhere Else to Roam Tour on May 20, 1993, with The Cult & Suicidal Tendencies as their opening act.
It was demolished in the summer of 2002, after the World Bowl X championship game, to be replaced by the Esprit Arena in 2005.Thomas Ahlström
Thomas Ahlström (*17 July 1952) is a former Swedish footballer.
Thomas played for IF Elfsborg between 1971–1979 and 1982–84 and was the top scorer in Allsvenskan year 1983 with 16 goals. In 1979-82 he played in Olympiacos F.C., Greece. Thomas Ahlström was a member of the Swedish squad in the 1974 FIFA World Cup. He primarily was a midfielder, but could also play as a forward.
1974 FIFA World Cup
1974 FIFA World Cup finalists
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|First group stage|
|Overall records and statistics|
Notes: There was no qualification for the 1930 World Cup as places were given by invitation only. In 1950, there was no final; the article is about the decisive match of the final group stage.