No replays: World governing body FIFA decided that for the first time there would be no replayed matches.
Heart problem: The man behind Chile's successful bid to host the 1962 World Cup, Carlos Dittborn, failed to fulfil his dream of seeing the tournament held in his country. He died following a heart attack at the age of 38, one month before the competition.
Fatal injury: Soviet defender Edouard Dubinski broke a leg during the match against Yugoslavia and later died of complications.
Attack and defence: Defensive players became more involved in attacks as teams altered their tactics. Brazil adopted a 4-3-3 formation in place of their usual 4-2-4 line-up.
Fewer goals: Only 89 goals were scored in 32 matches during the competition, lower than 1958 when 126 goals were scored, and far below the 1954 competition when there were 140 strikes.
Carbajal's distinction: When Mexican goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal played in his country's 2-0 loss against Brazil, he became the first player to take part in four consecutive World Cups. He went one better in England in 1966, playing in his fifth tournament.
Nationality: Ferenc Puskas became the first European to play for two different countries. A finalist with Hungary in 1954, he also played three matches for Spain in Chile.
Super sub: Amarildo replaced the injured Pele and scored twice in Brazil's last group match against Spain.
Finalist again: Brazil became the first nation to reach three World Cup finals when it beat the host nation 4-2 in the semifinals in Chile.
Streak: By defeating Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the 1962 final, Brazil became the second country (Italy was the first) and first South American nation to win two consecutive titles. Vava became the first player to score in two consecutive finals.
Dozen: Brazilian coach Aimore Morera set a new record when he fielded just 12 players in his successful World Cup campaign.
Improvisation: Czechoslovakia had such little faith in its chances that it had not booked a hotel for the quarterfinals, semifinal and final. It was also one of the few teams not to bring a masseur. — AFP