A qualifying tournament was necessary to reduce the number of participants to 16. Australia bye Poland bye Bulgaria 2-0 Great Britain Great Britain 3-3 Bulgaria (Bulgaria qualify 5-3 on aggregate) Yugoslavia vs Romania (Yugoslavia qualify; Romania withdrew) Hungary vs East Germany (Hungary qualify; East Germany withdrew) Turkey vs West Germany (both teams awarded byes) Soviet Union 5-0 Israel Israel 1-2 Soviet Union (Soviet Union qualify 7-1 on aggregate) Ethiopia 1-4 Egypt Egypt 5-2 Ethiopia (Egypt qualify 9-3 on aggregate) Vietnam 5-2 Cambodia Cambodia 3-4 Vietnam (Vietnam qualify 9-5 on aggregate) Iran vs Afghanistan (both teams withdrew) India vs Thailand (both teams awarded byes) Japan 2-0 South Korea South Korea 2-0 Japan (in Tokyo. Japan qualify on the drawing of lots) China vs Philippines (China qualify; the Philippines withdrew) Indonesia vs Taiwan (Indonesia qualify; Taiwan withdrew) United States vs Mexico (United States qualify; Mexico withdrew) East and West Germany agreed to send a combined Germany team. Poland withdrew and were replaced by Great Britain. The original draw for the finals (made in Zürich on 1st September 1956) was: United States vs Yugoslavia Bulgaria vs Egypt China vs Turkey Germany vs Soviet Union Vietnam vs Indonesia Thailand vs Great Britain Australia vs Japan India vs Hungary Hungary withdrew. South Korea declined the invitation to replace them. Subsequently Egypt, Vietnam, China and Turkey also withdrew, for reasons of finance and distance.
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