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1966 FIFA WORLD CUP
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  1966 WORLD CUP  
   
The 1966 FIFA World Cup, the eighth staging of the World Cup, took place in England from 11 July to 30 July 1966. Sixteen teams from four confederations participated in the final tournament: 10 from Europe (UEFA), 4 from South America (CONMEBOL), 1 from North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF), and 1 from Asia (AFC). Two teams made their first World Cup presentation: Portugal and North Korea.

This World Cup was much more interesting than the previous World Cup. There were also many controversies that will be discussed later. The tournament also set up a record for the largest average attendance in the history of the World Cup. This record was only surpassed 28 years later by the 1994 World Cup held in United States. One of the best matches of the tournament was played between North Korea and Portugal. North Koreans was leading the match by an astonishing 3-0 with only 25 minutes gone, but the Portuguese  produced a stunning fightback to lead Portugal to a 5-3 victory and win one of  the most exciting game in World Cups history. The great Eusebio scored a poker in that match.

The 1966 World Cup was won by the English team that defeated West Germany 4-2 in a controversial final, to achieve their first World Cup title. England became the third host team to win the title after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934.

 
     
 
 
 
The full England 1966 World Cup squad
Wembley Stadium
 
     
   
Quick facts  
   
  Teams
  16
 
Slazenger 25 Challenge
  When
  11 July to 30 July 1966
  
  Matches
  32
  Venues
  8
  Attendance
  1,601,153 (average 50,036)
  Goals Scored
  89 (2.78 per match)
 
   
ENGLAND 4-2 WEST GERMANY
  Champion
 Golden shoe
1
9
  Runner-up
2
6
  Third place
3
4
  Fourth Place
  Soviet Union
4
     
4
 Best young player
4
 
   
     
  The world in 1966  
   
The Feminine Mystique of Betty Friedan launches the reawakening of the Women's Movement in the United States (1963).
The first album of The Beatles is released (1963).
Kenya and Zanzibar gains their independence (1963).
Pope John XXIII dies and is succeeded by Cardinal Montini, who becomes Paul VI (1963).
Martin Luther King delivers I have a dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C (1963).
President Kennedy is killed by the sniper Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas (1963).
Lyndon Johnson becomes President of United States (1963).
Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life imprisonment and incarcerated at Robben Island Prison, off Cape Town (1964).
Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway (1964).
   
 

The Beatles' first album: Please please me

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
The Rolling Stones' first album: Around and around
   
The President of Bolivia Víctor Paz Estenssoro is overthrown by a military rebellion (1964).
Malawi, Malta, and Zambia –formerly known as Rhodesia- gain their independence (1964).
The Rolling Stone release their first album in the United Kingdom (1964).
Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, and The Beatles release new albums (1964).
Cassius Clay – Mohammad Ali- is crowned heavyweight champion of the world after beating Sonny Liston (1964).
Innsbruck, Austria, holds the IX Winter Olympic Games (1964).
Tokyo, Japan, holds the 1964 Summer Olympic Games (1964).
Spain, who beat the defending champion Soviet Union 2–1 in Madrid, wins the 1964 UEFA European Nations Cup (1964).
Malcolm X, the black-nationalist leader and human-right activist, is assassinated in New York City (1965).
   
 
Martin Luther King(1929-1968)
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)
Mao Zedong (1893-1976)
   
Sir Winston Churchill dies (1965).
The Mont Blanc Tunnel in the Alps is inaugurated   (1965).
Gambia and the Maldives become independent (1965).
The Indo-Pakistani War begins (1965).
Mao Zedong, the chairman of the Communist Party of China, launches the Cultural Revolution (1966).
The Indo-Pakistani War ends (1966).
Indira Gandhi is elected prime Minister of India (1966).
Barbados, Botswana and Lesotho gain their independence (1966).
The President of Argentina Arturo Illia is overthrown by a military rebellion (1966).
 
     
   
  Antecedents  
   

England was chosen to host the 1966 FIFA World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Rome, Italy, on 22 August 1960. There were three bids to host the 1966 FIFA World Cup: England, West Germany and Spain. Spain withdrew from the bidding before to voting leaving two remaining bids. In one round of voting, England with 34 votes defeated West Germany with 27 votes for the hosting position.

The Jules Rimet trophy caused a lot of drama when it was stolen from a public stamp exhibition at Westminster Central Hall just three month before kick-off in the tournament. The trophy was found seven days later wrapped in newspaper in South London, by Pickles, a black and white mongrel dog, while taking a walk with his owner.

 
   
      
Qualification  
   
  Participating countries:
72
  Withdrew:
19
  Qualified automatically:
2
  Teams that played at least one qualifying match:
51
  Matches:
127
  Total goals:
393 (3.09 per match)
 
     
 

A total of 74 teams signed up to participate in the 1966 World Cup qualification rounds setting a new record number of entries for the qualifying tournament.  England, as the hosts, and Brazil, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition.

The qualifying process continued to be very unclear and matter of disagreement for participants. Sixteen African nations boycotted the tournament because they did not accept the FIFA rule that required the three second-round winners from the African zone to enter a playoff round against the winners of the Asian zone in order to win a place at the finals. African nations believed that winning their zone should have been enough to go straight through to the finals.

On the other hand, two very important European teams, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia who were runners-up four years earlier failed to qualify. The 14 available spots were distributed in continental zones as shown below:

Europe (UEFA): 10 spots. 34 teams (including Israel and Syria) competed for 9 direct places. England, as the hosts, qualified directly. Syria, Malta and Iceland withdrew.
South America (CONMEBOL): 4 spots. 9 teams competed for 3 direct places. Brazil, as defending champion, qualified automatically.
North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 1 place. 10 teams competed for only 1 place. Guatemala withdrew since the entry was not accepted by FIFA.
Asia (AFC) and AFRICA (CAF): 1 place. 19 teams (including Australia from Oceania) competed for 1 place. African teams withdrew (15). South Africa: banned.
 

A total of 51 teams played at least one qualifying match. A total of 127 qualifying matches were played, and 393 goals were scored (an average of 3.09 per match). The teams that qualified for the World Cup were:

 
Flag
Team
Final Appearance
Streak
Last Appearance
 Argentina
5
3
 Brazil
8
8
 Bulgaria
2
2
 Chile
4
2
 England
5
5
 France
6
1
 Hungary
6
4
 Italy
6
2
 Korea DPR
1
1
 Mexico
6
5
 Portugal
1
1
 Soviet Union
3
3
 Spain
4
2
 Switzerland
6
2
 Uruguay
5
2
 West Germany
6
4
 
External link:
RSSSF 1966 FIFA World Cup Qualification
 
     
      
  Format and seedings  
   

The format of the 1966 competition remained the same as 1962.  The sixteen teams were divided in four groups of four teams with the top two advancing to the quarter-finals.  Each group played a round-robin format. If the top two from each group were equal in points or the second and third teams were equals on points, then goal average would be used to separate any teams equal on points. In the knockout stage, if a match was tied after ninety minutes, then thirty minutes of extra time would be added. If the score was still tied after extra time, then lots would be drawn to determine the winner. This rule would apply to all parties in the knockout stage, except for the final match. The final would have been replayed if tied after extra time. In this World Cup ,replays or drawing of lots were not necessary. 

The teams were divided for purposes of the draw into four groups according to geographic basis. Each of the four groups would contain one team from South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay), one from Europe (England, Hungary, Soviet Union, and West Germany), one from Latin Europe (France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy), and one from rest of the World (Bulgaria, Korea DPR, Mexico, and Switzerland). England, West Germany, Brazil and Italy were the seeded teams.

 
     
   
  Squads  
   
For a complete list of all squads that appeared in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, please, visit: 1966 World Cup squads

 
     
   
  Venues  
   
Eight venues were chosen to host the tournament. The host cities for the 1966 FIFA World Cup were London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Sunderland, and Middlesbrough.
 
 
Overall capacity: 98,600
Overall capacity: 76,567
Overall capacity: 58,000
Overall capacity: 52,000
Overall capacity: 50,151
Overall capacity: 42,730
Overall capacity: 40,310
Overall capacity: 40,000
 
 
       
  Match officials  
   
Twenty five referees participated in the tournament. 19 from UEFA, 4 from CONMEBOL, 1 from ASIA, and 1 from AFRICA.
 
   
 
       
       
  TOURNAMENT SUMMARY  
   

The first round had some facts worth noting. The English hosts had no problems winning Group A ahead of Uruguay and progressed to the quarterfinal stage, while in Group B, West Germany and Argentina with five points each advanced to the quarter-finals. One of the most unpredictable results of the tournament occurred in Group C. Portugal and Hungary advanced to the knock-out stage while the pre-tournament favourite and defending champions Brazil had to go home very early. Brazil won the first game but lost the next two and that was enough to go home early in the tournament. This was undoubtedly one of the worst performance of Brazil in any World Cup. On the other hand, Pele and Garrincha became the first players to find the net in three successive FIFA World Cups, when scoring against Bulgaria in the opening match at Goodison Park. The superstar Pele was injured after being hacked mercilessly by the Bulgarians, and he missed the second game against Hungary. The sight of him stricken, covered in a blanket on the touchline, remains one of that enduring images of the World Cups. Pele was brought back for the last crucial match against Portugal, but he was brutally fouled again. From the start, every time Pele touched the ball, he was put down by a Portuguese. Pele escaped some fouls, but was violently fouled by João Morais and hat to be carried out of the field. It is worth remembering that substitutes were not allowed at that time. George McCabe, the English referee, failed to send Morais from the field after a double foul on Pelé. McCabe played no further part in the competition following this incident. This terrible mistake of the referee is remembered as one of 10 top World Cup refereeing errors. After this game Pele vowed he would not play again in the World Cup, a decision he would later change. Portugal, on the other hand, appeared in the finals for the first time. The amazing striker Eusébio from Portugal, a superstar in Benfica and the 1965 European footballer of the year, scored three goals in this stage, making him one of the tournament's top scorers. 

Another big upset occurred in group D. Soviet Union and the surprising Korea DPR topped this group and progressed to the quarter-finals at the expense of Chile and the two-time World Cup champions Italy. North Korea defeated Italy 1-0 at Ayresome Park in Middlesbrough and advanced to the next stage. Pak Doo Ik became the most famous player in the world when scored the goal against Italy. This was the first time that a nation from outside Europe or the Americas had progressed from the first stage of a World Cup.

 
   
 
 
Eusebio from Portugal in action against Hungary 
Quarter-final: Portugal vs North Korea
 

 

 

In the quarterfinals there were at least two games with great controversy and one with a surprising result. Germany defeated Uruguay 4-0, but The Uruguayans claimed that this occurred only after a clear penalty that the referee Jim Finney from England did not grant -a hand stop by Schnellinger on the goal line- when the game was 0-0 and besides sent off two Uruguayan players to claim. Argentina and England staged another very intense, passionate and controversial match. England beat Argentina 1-0 with a solo goal of Geoff Hurst almost at the end of the game. This game was called “the robbery of the century” in Argentina. The German referee Kreitlein sent off the Argentina captain Antonio Rattín for “violence of the tongue” in the first half, who refused to leave the field and eventually had to be escorted by several policemen. Kreitlein later argued that he had taken the decision, since he “didn’t like how he [Rattín] was looking at me.” After the game, England manager Alf Ramsey stopped his players swapping shirts with the Argentinians whom he described as animals. “We don't swap shirts with animals”, was Sir Alf Ramsey's contribution to British-Argentinian relationships. Meanwhile, in the other two games, the Soviets beat Hungary 2-1 and Portugal, in an extremely interesting game, advanced to semi-finals at the expense of North Korea. Despite going by an astonishing 3-0 up after 22 minutes, the Koreans were beaten 5-3 by Portugal and the unstoppable Eusébio, who scored a poker in just over half an hour. The Black Pearl as he was dubbed, using a combination of skill, power and speed, would be the golden shoe of the tournament. The Portuguese produced a stunning fightback to lead Portugal to a 5-3 victory and win one of the most exciting game in World Cups history. 

All semi-finalists were from Europe as occurred in 1934. England continued their winning streak towards the final as they beat Portugal 2-1 with Bobby Charlton scoring both goals, while West Germany, in the other semi-final, defeated Soviet Union 2-1. The third place match saw the victory of Portugal over Soviet Union 2-1. This was the best finish by a team making its World Cup debut since 1934.

The 1966 FIFA World Cup Final was contested at the legendary Wembley Stadium in London, in front of 98,000 delirious fans and millions more watching on television, for the host, England, with their stars Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton, and West Germany, with the elegant style of Franz Beckenbauer. England, the country that invented football, beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in one of the most exciting and controversial of all World Cup Finals, winning for the first and, so far, only time the World Cup, and becoming the third host to win the tournament. Geoff Hurst became the hero of England after completing a hat-trick in the final, with two goals in extra time. Hurst remains the only man to have scored three goals in a World Cup final. On the other hand, the doubts on the legitimacy of Hurst's second goal remains to this day. TV replays failed to prove if the ball had crossed the line. A British record 32 million viewers watched on television the final, and another 30 million people were watching around the world, a television audience record.

 
   
 
Bobby Moore from England in action against Argentina
Pele with a rose at Brazil hotel during England 1966
 
   
     
First Round - Group 1
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 England
3
2
1
0
4
0
4
5
2
 Uruguay
3
1
2
0
2
1
1
4
3
 Mexico
3
0
2
1
1
3
-2
2
4
 France
3
0
1
2
2
5
-3
1
 
 
Match 1
0-0
Uruguay
Date: 11 July 1966    
Stadium: Wembley Stadium    
Venue: London    
Attendance: 87,148  
Referee: Istvan Zsolt (Hungary)  
 
Match 5
1-1
Mexico
Date: 13 July 1966 E. Borja 48'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium    
Venue: London    
Attendance: 69,237    
Referee: Menachem Ashkenazi (Israel)  
 
Match 9
2-1
France
Date: 15 July 1966 H. De Bourgoing 15'
Stadium: White City Stadium  
Venue: London    
Attendance: 45,662  
Referee: Karol Galba (Czechoslovakia)  
 
Match 16
2-0
Mexico
Date: 16 July 1966  
Stadium: Wembley Stadium  
Venue: London    
Attendance: 92,570    
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)  
 
Match 17
0-0
Uruguay
Date: 19 July 1966    
Stadium: Wembley Stadium    
Venue: London    
Attendance: 61,112  
Referee: Bertil Lööw (Sweden)  
 
Match 21
2-0
France
Date: 20 July 1966
R. Hunt 38', 75'
 
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
 
Venue: London    
Attendance: 98,270  
Referee: Arturo Yamasaki (Peru)  
 
First Round - Group 2
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 West Germany
3
2
1
0
7
1
6
5
2
 Argentina
3
2
1
0
4
1
3
5
3
 Spain
3
1
0
2
4
5
-1
2
4
 Switzerland
3
0
0
3
1
9
-8
0
 
 
Match 2
5-0
Switzerland
Date: 12 July 1966  
Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
H. Haller 20', 77'
 
Venue: Sheffield  
Attendance: 36,127    
Referee: Hugh Phillips (Scotland)  
 
Match 6
2-1
Spain
Date: 13 July 1966
L. Artime 65', 79'
Pirri 71'
Stadium: Villa Park    
Venue: Birmingham    
Attendance: 42,738  
Referee: Dimiter Rumentchev (Bulgaria)  
 
Match 10
2-1
Switzerland
Date: 15 July 1966 R. Quentin 28'
Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium  
Venue: Sheffield    
Attendance: 32,028  
Referee: Tofik Bakhramov (Soviet Union)  
 
Match 13
0-0
West Germany
Date: 16 July 1966    
Stadium: Villa Park    
Venue: Birmingham    
Attendance: 46,587  
Referee: Konstantin Zečević (Yugoslavia)    
 
Match 18
2-0
Switzerland
Date: 19 July 1966  
Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium  
Venue: Sheffield    
Attendance: 32,127    
Referee: Joaquim Campos (Portugal)    
 
Match 22
2-1
Spain
Date: 20 July 1966 J. Fusté 22'
Stadium: Villa Park  
Venue: Birmingham    
Attendance: 42,187    
Referee: Armando Marques (Brazil)  
     
First Round - Group 3
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Portugal
3
3
0
0
9
2
7
6
2
 Hungary
3
2
1
0
7
5
2
4
3
 Brazil
3
1
0
2
4
6
-2
2
4
 Bulgaria
3
0
0
3
1
8
-7
0
 
 
Match 3
2-0
Bulgaria
Date: 12 July 1966
Pelé 15'
 
Stadium: Goodison Park  
Venue: Liverpool    
Attendance: 47,308  
Referee: Kurt Tschenscher (West Germany)  
 
Match 7
3-1
Hungary
Date: 13 July 1966 F. Bene 60'
Stadium: Old Trafford  
Venue: Manchester    
Attendance: 29,886  
Referee: Leo Callaghan (Wales)  
 
Match 11
Hungary
3-1
Brazil
Date: 15 July 1966 Tostão 14'
Stadium: Goodison Park  
Venue: Liverpool  
Attendance: 51,387    
Referee: Ken Dagnall (England)  
     
Match 14
3-0
Bulgaria
Date: 16 July 1966
I. Vutsov (o.g.) 17'
 
Stadium: Old Trafford  
Venue: Manchester  
Attendance: 25438  
Referee: José María Codesal (Uruguay)  
 
Match 19
3-1
Brazil
Date: 19 July 1966 Rildo 73'
Stadium: Goodison Park
Eusébio 27', 85'
 
Venue: Liverpool    
Attendance: 58479    
Referee: George McCabe (England)    
 
Match 23
Hungary
3-1
Bulgaria
Stadium: 20 July 1966
I. Davidov (o.g.) 43'
G. Asparuhov 15'
Venue: Old Trafford  
Venue: Manchester  
Attendance: 24,129  
Referee: Roberto Goicoechea (Argentina)  
   
First Round - Group 4
 
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Soviet Union
3
3
0
0
6
1
5
6
2
 North Korea
3
1
1
1
2
4
-2
3
3
 Italy
3
1
0
2
2
2
0
2
4
 Chile
3
0
1
2
2
5
-3
1
 
 
 
Match 4
Soviet Union
3-0
North Korea
Date: 12 July 1966
E. Malofeyev 31', 88'
 
Stadium: Ayresome Park  
Venue: Middlesbrough    
Attendance: 23,006  
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)  
 
Match 8
2-0
Chile
Date: 13 July 1966  
Stadium: Roker Park  
Venue: Sunderland    
Attendance: 27,199  
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)  
 
Match 12
1-1
North Korea
Date: 15 July 1966 Pak Seung-Zin 88'
Stadium: Ayresome Park
 
Venue: Middlesbrough    
Attendance: 13,792    
Referee: Ali Kandil (United Arab Republic)  
     
Match 15
Soviet Union
1-0
Italy
Date: 16 July 1966  
Stadium: Roker Park    
Venue: Sunderland    
Attendance: 27,793  
Referee: Rudolf Kreitlein (West Germany)  
 
Match 20
North Korea
1-0
Italy
Date: 19 July 1966  
Stadium: Ayresome Park    
Venue: Middlesbrough    
Attendance: 17,829    
Referee: Pierre Schwinte (France)    
 
Match 24
Soviet Union
2-1
Chile
Date: 20 July 1966
V. Porkujan 28', 85'
R. Marcos 32'
Stadium: Roker Park    
Venue: Sunderland    
Attendance: 16,027  
Referee: John Adair (Northern Ireland)  
     
Quarter-finals
   
Match 25
5-3
North Korea
Date: 23 July 1966
Eusébio 27', 43', 56', 59'
Pak Seung-Zin 1'
Stadium: Goodison Park Lee Dong-Woon 22'
Venue: Liverpool   Yang Seung-Kook 25'
Attendance: 40,248    
Referee: Menachem Ashkenazi (Israel)    
 
Match 26
4-0
Uruguay
Date: 23 July 1966
H. Haller 11', 83'
 
Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium  
Venue: Sheffield  
Attendance: 40,007  
Referee: Jim Finney (England)  
 
Match 27
Soviet Union
2-1
Hungary
Date: 23 July 1966 F. Bene 57'
Stadium: Roker Park  
Venue: Sunderland    
Attendance: 26,844    
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)    
 
Match 28
1-0
Argentina
Date: 23 July 1966  
Stadium: Wembley Stadium    
Venue: London    
Attendance: 90,584  
Referee: Rudolf Kreitlein (West Germany)  
     
Semi-finals
   
Match 29
2-1
Soviet Union
Date: 25 July 1966 V. Porkujan 88'
Stadium: Goodison Park  
Venue: Liverpool    
Attendance: 38,273    
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)    
 
Match 30
2-1
Portugal
Date: 26 July 1966
B. Charlton 30', 80'
Eusébio 82'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium    
Venue: London    
Attendance: 94,493  
Referee: Pierre Schwinte (France)  
     
Third-place Match
   
   
Match 31
2-1
Soviet Union
Date: 28 July 1966 E. Malofeyev 43'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium  
Venue: London    
Attendance: 87,696    
Referee: Ken Dagnall (England)    
     
Final
   
  a.e.t.
Match 32
4-2
West Germany
Date: 30 July 1966
G. Hurst 18', 101', 120'
H. Haller 12'
Stadium: Wembley Stadium W. Weber 89'
Venue: London    
Attendance: 96,924  
  Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)  
         
   
 
Bobby Moore kissing the Jules Rimet trophy after winning the World Cup
The English are world champions
 
   
   
Standings
     
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Sum(P/Nt)
Title
Pt
Ap.
1
 England
6
5
1
0
11
3
8
11
1.83
0.0625
16.00
C
5
2
 West Germany
6
4
1
1
15
6
9
9
1.50
0.1250
8.00
F
6
3
 Portugal
6
5
0
1
17
8
9
10
1.67
0.1875
6.00
TP
1
4
 Soviet Union
6
4
0
2
10
6
4
8
1.33
0.2500
4.00
FP
3
5
 Argentina
4
2
1
1
4
2
2
5
1.25
0.3125
2.00
2R
5
6
 Hungary
4
2
0
2
8
7
1
4
1.00
0.3750
2.00
2R
6
7
 Uruguay
4
1
2
1
2
5
-3
4
1.00
0.4375
2.00
2R
5
8
 Korea DPR
4
1
1
2
5
9
-4
3
0.75
0.5000
2.00
2R
1
9
 Italy
3
1
0
2
2
2
0
2
0.67
0.5625
1.00
1R
6
10
 Spain
3
1
0
2
4
5
-1
2
0.67
0.6250
1.00
1R
4
11
 Brazil
3
1
0
2
4
6
-2
2
0.67
0.6875
1.00
1R
8
12
 Mexico
3
0
2
1
1
3
-2
2
0.67
0.7500
1.00
1R
6
13
 Chile
3
0
1
2
2
5
-3
1
0.33
0.8125
1.00
1R
4
14
 France
3
0
1
2
2
5
-3
1
0.33
0.8750
1.00
1R
6
15
 Bulgaria
3
0
0
3
1
8
-7
0
0.00
0.9375
1.00
1R
2
16
 Switzerland
3
0
0
3
1
9
-8
0
0.00
1.0000
1.00
1R
6
 
       
 
 Where: Perf.: Performance   Sum(P/Nt): Position between all the participant teams   Pt: Reached round
 PtsS: Points scored for statistics   Ap: Appearances in world cups
     
       
  STATISTICS
     
     
Goalscorers
   
 
Player
Country
Flag
Goals
 Eusébio  Portugal
9
 H. Haller  West Germany
6
 F. Beckenbauer  West Germany
4
 G. Hurst  England
4
 F. Bene  Hungary
4
 V. Porkujan  Soviet Union
4
 L. Artime  Argentina
3
 José Augusto  Portugal
3
 E. Malofeyev  Soviet Union
3
 B. Charlton  England
3
 J. Torres  Portugal
3
 R. Hunt  England
3
 U. Seeler  West Germany
2
 Pak Seung-Zin  North Korea
2
 K. Mészöly  Hungary
2
 R. Marcos  Chile
2
 I. Chislenko  Soviet Union
2
 J. Fusté  Spain
1
 R. Quentin  Switzerland
1
 Pak Doo-Ik  North Korea
1
 Rildo  Brazil
1
 E. Borja  Mexico
1
 Garrincha  Brazil
1
 Tostão  Brazil
1
 Pelé  Brazil
1
 J. Farkas  Hungary
1
 L. Emmerich  West Germany
1
 I. Vutsov (Bulgaria) o.g.  Portugal
1
 A. Simões  Portugal
1
 S. Mazzola  Italy
1
 I. Davidov (Bulgaria) o.g.  Hungary
1
 W. Weber  West Germany
1
 A. Banishevskiy  Soviet Union
1
 Pirri  Spain
1
 G. Asparuhov  Bulgaria
1
 M. Sanchís  Spain
1
 M. Peters  England
1
 J. Cortés  Uruguay
1
 S. Held  West Germany
1
 P. Barison  Italy
1
 E. Onega  Argentina
1
 Amancio  Spain
1
 P. Rocha  Uruguay
1
 Lee Dong-Woon  North Korea
1
 H. De Bourgoing  France
1
 G. Hausser  France
1
 Yang Seung-Kook  North Korea
1
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
Interesting facts
   
 
Milestone goals. The goal number 700 in the World Cups history was scored by Seung-Zin Pak of North Korea in Middlesbrough on 15 July 1966. Pak scored the 1-1. North Korea tied with Chile 1-1.
Czechoslovakia, which had ended in the second place in the previous World Cup, could not qualify for the finals in England.
The World Cup had its first mascot, a lion named Willie.
This was the first time that doping controls were introduced.
FIFA banned the naturalisation of players.
The North Korea surprising team started winning the match against Portugal 3-0 in the quarter-final, but ended up losing 5-3 with a superb performance of Eusébio who scored four goals.
Portugal remains as the only team in the World Cups history that has come from three goals down to win.
This was the first time that a nation from outside Europe or the Americas (North Korea) had progressed from the first stage of a World Cup.
Pele and Garrincha became the first players to find the net in three successive FIFA World Cups.
Geoffrey Hurst became the first player in the World Cups history to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final.
Portugal had the best finish by a team making its World Cup debut since 1934.
Antonio Carbajal, Mexico's goalkeeper, has an impressive attendance record: 5 World Cup. His first appearance was in the 1950 World Cup held in Brazil.
Antonio Carbajal also holds the record for most thrashed goalkeeper in World Cup history. Carbajal received 25 goals in 11 games.
England became the third host to win the tournament.
Hat-trick: Hurst (England).
Poker: Eusébio (Portugal).
The youngest player was Tostão from Brazil: 19y (25 January 1947). The youngest goalkeeper was Lee Chang-Myung from Korea DPR: 19y (2 January 1947). The youngest scorer was Tostão from Brazil: 19y (25 January 1947). The youngest champion was Alan Ball from England: 21y (12 May 1945). The youngest captain was Gustavo Peña from Mexico: 23y (29 November 1942). The youngest finalist as well as medalist was Franz Beckenbauer from West Germany: 20y (11 September 1945). The youngest coach was Myung Rye-Hyun from Korea DPR: 40y (14 April 1926).
The oldest player was Djalma Santos from Brazil: 37y (27 February 1929). The oldest goalkeeper was Antonio Carbajal from Mexico: 37y (7 June 1929). The oldest scorer was Garrincha from Brazil: 32y (28 October 1933). The oldest champion as well as finalist was Ray Wilson from England: 31y (17 December 1934). The oldest medalist was José Pereira from Portugal: 34y (15 September 1931). The oldest captain was Lev Yashin from Soviet Union: 36y (22 October 1929). The oldest coach was Vicente Feola from Brazil: 56y (20 November 1909).
   
   
  Teams that contributed players for national teams
   
 
The most important teams that contributed players to the national teams are shown in the table below. The complete list is available at: Teams-Countries-Players-1966
   
 
Pos
Logo
Team
NoP
Country
Flag
1
  Universidad de Chile
14
  Chile
2
File:Escudo de Peñarol.svg
  Peñarol
11
3
  Sporting CP
8
4
  Internazionale
7
  Italy
  Benfica
7
  FC Lausanne Sports
7
  Switzerland
7
File:Boca Juniors logo.png
  Boca Juniors
6
  Santos FC
6
  Brazil
  Vasas SC
6
  Hungary
  Ferencvárosi TC
6
  Hungary
  Bologna
6
  Italy
  Moranbong Sports Club
6
  Korea DPR
  Real Madrid
6
  Spain
  FC Zürich
6
  Switzerland
File:Club Nacional de Football's logo.png
  Nacional
6
16
  River Plate
5
  PFC CSKA Sofia
5
  Bulgaria
  FC Dynamo Kyiv
5
  Soviet Union
  Barcelona
5
  Spain
20
  CA Independiente
4
  San Lorenzo
4
File:Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas logo.svg
  Botafogo
4
  Brazil
  PFC Levski Sofia
4
  Bulgaria
  PFC Slavia Sofia
4
  Bulgaria
  FC Nantes
4
  France
  FC Girondins de Bordeaux
4
  France
  Újpest FC
4
  Hungary
  Juventus
4
  Italy
  Kigwancha Sports Club
4
  Korea DPR
  April 25 Sports Club 
4
  Korea DPR
  Rodongja Sports Club
4
  Korea DPR
  Atlas
4
  Mexico
  CD Guadalajara
4
  Mexico
  Atlético de Madrid
4
  Spain
  Borussia Dortmund
4
  West Germany
36
  PFC Lokomotiv Sofia
3
  Bulgaria
File:Colo-Colo.svg
  Colo-Colo
3
  Chile
  Liverpool
3
  England
  Manchester United
3
  England
  West Ham United F.C.
3
  England
  Budapest Honvéd FC
3
  Hungary
  A.C. Milan
3
  Italy
  UNAM
3
  Mexico
  CD Oro
3
  Mexico
  Porto
3
  FC Dinamo Tbilisi
3
  Soviet Union
  Real Zaragoza
3
  Spain
  1. FC Köln
3
  West Germany
  SV Werder Bremen
3
  West Germany
   
        
Cumulated teams contributions
   
 

The complete list is available at: Teams-Countries-Players-1966

   
 
Pos
Log
Team
Country
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
54
58
62
66
1
File:Escudo de Peñarol.svg
  Peñarol
42
5
1
9
9
7
11
2
File:Club Nacional de Football's logo.png
  Nacional
38
9
1
5
8
9
6
3
File:Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas logo.svg
  Botafogo
  Brazil
32
4
9
5
1
1
3
5
4
4
  Internazionale   Italy
30
4
5
5
6
1
2
7
5
  Ferencvárosi TC   Hungary
28
6
8
1
3
4
6
  Juventus   Italy
28
10
2
4
5
1
2
4
7
  Universidad de Chile
  Chile
26
3
9
14
8
  SK Rapid Wien
  Austria
24
5
4
10
5
  MTK Budapest FC   Hungary
24
3
7
6
3
4
1
  Red Star Belgrade
  Yugoslavia
24
8
5
6
5
11
  Újpest FC   Hungary
23
7
5
2
1
4
4
12
  Vasco da Gama
  Brazil
22
4
2
1
8
3
3
1
  Fluminense
  Brazil
22
5
5
2
4
1
3
2
  Colo-Colo
  Chile
22
8
6
5
3
  SK Slavia Praha
  Czechoslovakia
22
10
9
2
1
  CD Guadalajara
  Mexico
22
3
2
6
7
4
  Lausanne Sports   Switzerland
22
2
1
3
4
5
7
18
  Dukla Prague
  Czechoslovakia
21
7
7
7
19
  AC Sparta Prague
  Czechoslovakia
20
6
8
2
2
2
  Real Madrid   Spain
20
5
1
1
7
6
  FC Barcelona   Spain
20
3
5
7
5
  Grasshopper-Club Zürich   Switzerland
20
6
9
1
3
1
23
  São Paulo FC
  Brazil
19
4
4
4
3
2
2
File:Escudo de Olimpia.png
  Club Olimpia
  Paraguay
19
5
6
8
  FK Partizan
  Yugoslavia
19
7
5
3
4
26
  River Plate
18
7
6
5
File:Boca Juniors logo.png
  Boca Juniors
18
4
4
4
6
  Bologna   Italy
18
2
3
1
2
4
6
  Servette FC   Switzerland
18
5
4
3
3
2
1
30
  Santos FC
  Brazil
17
1
3
7
6
  Budapest Honvéd FC   Hungary
17
1
8
4
1
3
  A.C. Milan   Italy
17
1
2
2
1
8
3
33
  Flamengo
  Brazil
16
2
3
2
3
4
2
  Vasas SE   Hungary
16
1
4
5
6
  GNK Dinamo Zagreb
  Yugoslavia
16
2
5
5
4
36
  FC Admira Wacker Mödling
  Austria
14
6
1
4
3
37
  FK Austria Wien
  Austria
13
3
3
4
3
  K. Beerschot V.A.C.   Belgium
13
1
8
4
  PFC CSKA Sofia
  Bulgaria
13
8
5
File:Atlante FC logo.svg
  Atlante
  Mexico
13
7
1
3
1
1
  Atlas
  Mexico
13
2
2
3
2
4
42
  San Lorenzo
12
1
2
5
4
  Wolverhampton Wanderers   England
12
3
3
4
1
1
  Tottenham Hotspur   England
12
4
5
2
1
  Manchester United   England
12
2
3
3
1
3
  Stade de Reims
  France
12
6
6
  Lille OSC
  France
12
4
3
4
1
  Club América
  Mexico
12
5
3
1
2
1
  Necaxa
  Mexico
12
2
1
3
2
3
1
  FC Torpedo Moscow
  Soviet Union
12
4
6
2
  Athletic Bilbao   Spain
12
5
4
2
1
  BSC Young Boys   Switzerland
12
1
2
5
2
2
  1. FC Köln   West Germany
12
2
3
4
3
File:OFK Beograd.svg
  OFK Beograd
  Yugoslavia
12
8
1
3
        
        
Leagues that countributed players for national teams
   
 
The most important leagues that contributed players to the national teams are shown in the table below.

   
 
Pos
Country
Flag
NoP
1
  Italy
29
2
22
  Brazil
22
  Bulgaria
22
  Chile
22
  England
22
  Hungary
22
  Mexico
22
  Korea DPR
22
22
  Soviet Union
22
  Switzerland
22
22
14
  France
20
  Spain
20
16
  West Germany
19
   
   
Cumulated contributions
   
   
 
Pos
Country
Flag
Total
30
34
38
50
54
58
62
66
cha
 
2535
243
317
316
270
345
342
350
352
1
 Brazil
171
24
15
22
22
22
22
22
22
0
2
 England
149
22
29
55
21
22
0
3
 Italy
148
22
22
22
22
6
25
29
0
4
 France
132
19
23
25
22
21
2
20
0
5
 Hungary
131
22
21
22
22
22
22
0
6
 Mexico
127
17
22
22
22
22
22
0
7
 Switzerland
124
23
20
19
22
18
22
1
8
 West Germany
115
22
13
22
18
21
19
2
9
 Uruguay
111
22
2
22
22
21
22
2
10
 Argentina
106
22
18
22
22
22
2
11
 Czechoslovakiakia
105
17
22
22
22
22
-5
12
 Yugoslavia
101
13
22
22
22
22
-3
13
 Spain
86
22
22
1
21
20
4
14
 Chile
84
19
21
22
22
4
15
 Belgium
83
16
22
23
22
-2
16
 Austria
75
22
9
22
22
-2
17
 Sweden
73
16
22
18
17
-2
18
 Paraguay
67
22
22
22
1
-2
19
 Soviet Union
66
22
22
22
2
20
 United States
52
16
19
17
-1
21
 Romania
51
15
15
21
-1
22
 Bulgaria
44
22
22
3
23
 Netherlands
43
22
21
-1
24
 Bolivia
36
17
19
-1
25
 Scotland
32
15
17
-1
26
22
22
-1
 Korea DPR
22
22
 Poland
22
22
-1
22
22
 Turkey
22
22
-1
31
 Norway
21
21
-2
 Peru
21
21
-2
33
 Indonesia
17
17
-2
34
 Cuba
15
15
-2
 Egypt
15
15
-2
15
15
-2
37
 Wales
9
9
-2
 
 
Cumulated h-index, i-10 index and ne
 
 
 
Pos
Country
Flag
h-index
i-10 index
ne
cha
1
 Brazil
8
6
20
0
2
 Mexico
7
5
21
0
 Switzerland
7
5
21
2
4
 West Germany
7
1
42
11
5
 Italy
6
6
20
-2
6
 France
6
4
32
-2
7
 Yugoslavia
6
4
13
-1
8
 Soviet Union
6
4
11
12
9
 England
6
3
35
-1
10
 Argentina
6
3
27
3
11
 Belgium
6
2
20
-3
12
 Czechoslovakiakia
5
5
20
-3
13
 Hungary
5
5
13
-3
14
 Austria
5
4
10
-3
15
 Paraguay
5
3
9
-3
16
 Uruguay
5
2
13
2
17
 Sweden
5
1
20
-3
18
 Spain
4
4
15
-2
19
 Chile
4
3
14
-2
20
 Romania
4
1
18
-1
21
 Bulgaria
4
1
10
11
22
 United States
4
0
25
-1
23
 Bolivia
4
0
13
-1
24
 Korea DPR
4
0
6
25
 Netherlands
3
0
23
-2
26
 Norway
3
0
11
-2
 Poland
3
0
11
-2
 Scotland
3
0
11
-2
29
3
0
8
-2
30
 Turkey
3
0
7
-2
31
3
0
6
32
 Cuba
3
0
5
-3
33
 Peru
2
1
6
-3
34
 Indonesia
2
0
12
-3
35
 Egypt
2
0
6
-2
36
 Wales
2
0
2
-2
37
1
1
5
-2
   
 
h-index is the largest number h such that h teams have at least h players.  i-10 index is the number of teams with at least 10 players.  nt is the number of teams. cha is the number of positions won or lost compared to the previous world cup.
 
        
Coaches contributed by countries
   
 
The coaches contributed by country are shown in the table below. Brazil and Italy contributed two coaches each.
   
 
Pos
Country
Flag
NoC
1
  Brazil
2
  Italy
2
3
1
  Chile
1
  Czechoslovakia
1
  England
1
  France
1
  West Germany
1
  Hungary
1
  Mexico
1
  North Korea
1
  Soviet Union
1
  Spain
1
1
 
 
 
Attendance
   
 
The total attendance at the World Cup, and both total and average attendance for each of the national teams is shown in the table below.

   
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Total
#M
Average
  
1,563,145
32
48,848
1
 England
559,989
6
93,332
2
 Portugal
336,240
6
56,040
3
 West Germany
300,105
6
50,018
4
 Uruguay
233,929
4
58,482
5
 Mexico
222,919
3
74,306
6
 Soviet Union
219,639
6
36,607
7
 France
213,169
3
71,056
8
 Argentina
212,036
4
53,009
9
 Brazil
157,174
3
52,391
10
 Hungary
132,246
4
33,062
11
 Spain
116,963
3
38,988
12
 Switzerland
100,292
3
33,431
13
 Bulgaria
96,875
3
32,292
14
 Korea DPR
94,875
4
23,719
15
 Italy
72,821
3
24,274
16
 Chile
57,018
3
19,006
   
    

Highest attendance
   
First round  
Match 21
2-0
France
Date: 20 July 1966
R. Hunt 38', 75'
 
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
 
Venue: London    
Attendance: 98,270  
Referee: Arturo Yamasaki (Peru)  
   
    

Lowest attendance
   
First round  
Match 12
1-1
North Korea
Date: 15 July 1966 Pak Seung-Zin 88'
Stadium: Ayresome Park
 
Venue: Middlesbrough    
Attendance: 13,792    
Referee: Ali Kandil (United Arab Republic)  
        
      

  Awards and best players
   
 
The top scorer (Golden Shoe) of the tournament was Eusébio from Portugal, who would go on to score nine goals. The best young player of the tournament was Franz Beckenbauer from West Germany. The names that people probably remember from those times are:

    
 
   
Flórián Albert (1941-2011)
     
    
  All-star team
   
 
The All-Star Team is a team of the best performers at the respective World Cup finals
   
 
       
    

  CONTROVERSIES
   
 

Sixteen African nations boycotted the tournament because they did not accept the FIFA rule that required the three second-round winners from the African zone to enter a playoff round against the winners of the Asian zone in order to win a place at the finals. African nations believed that winning their zone should have been enough to go straight through to the finals.

The final match between West Germany and England was a very controversial game. The Germans are still debating whether England's first goal in extra time crossed the line or not. TV replays failed to prove if the ball had crossed the line.

João Havelange, the ex-FIFA President also claimed that the 1966 and 1974 World Cups were fixed so that England and West Germany would win respectively. Havelange told Folha de Sao Paulo that "In the three matches that the Brazilian national team played in 1966, of the three referees and six linesmen, seven were British and two were Germans". On the other hand, it is good to remember that in quarter-finals the referee of the game between England and Argentina was from West Germany, and the referee of the game between West Germany and Uruguay was from England. Havelange's words were published in various newspapers around the world.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1029687/Englands-World-Cup-66-win-fixed-referees-claims-ex-FIFA-president.html

http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/english-football/2008/06/26/753029/1966-1974-world-cups-were-fixed-former-fifa-president

http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/dec/01/alantravis

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/8807225/Englands-1966-World-Cup-win-tainted-by-evidence-to-suggest-three-West-Germany-players-may-have-been-doped.html

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/world-cup-1966/

       
    

  DID YOU KNOW?
   
 
The Jules Rimet trophy was stolen during a public stamp exhibition at Westminster Central Hall just three month before kick-off in the tournament. The trophy was found seven days later wrapped in newspaper in South London, by Pickles, a black and white mongrel dog, while taking a walk with his owner. When England won the trophy, Pickles was invited, as a reward, to the celebration banquet.
The opening match between England and Uruguay was delayed because several of the England players left their ID cards at the team hotel. A police motorcyclist was sent to collect them. Credit: ESPN
The match between Uruguay and France was played at London's White City, not a traditional football venue, because there was greyhound racing scheduled for Wembley and the owners refused to cancel it. Credit: ESPN
North Korea caused the biggest upset of the tournament when beat Italy 1 to 0, at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough. Pak Doo Ik became the most famous player in the world when scored the goal against Italy. This victory is ranked as one of the biggest shocks in the World Cups history. Italy, on the other hand, was eliminated in the group stage. North Korea, which had a lot of trouble coming to England because they did not have diplomatic relations with the UK, got into the hearts of the people of Middlesborough. When North Koreans had to move to Liverpool for the crucial game against Portugal and Eusébio, 3,000 fans from Middlesborough followed the North Korean team. 
Antonio Rattín, the captain of Argentina, became the first player to be sent off in a senior international football match at Wembley Stadium for violence of the tongue. It must be said that the German referee Rudolf Kreitlein spoke no Spanish. Rattín was so angered by what he considered an unfair decision that he initially refused to leave the field and then he sat on the red carpet which was exclusively for the Queen to walk on to show his disgust. The game was referred to in Argentina as the theft of the century, since England won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Geoff Hurst, reclaimed by the Argentines as a clear offside. After the match, the England coach Alf Ramsey refused his players to exchange shirts with the Argentineans whom he described as animals in the press. Argentina's response was immediate; one Argentine newspaper published a picture of the official World Cup mascot, the lion Willie, dressed in pirate regalia to show their opinion of the England team. This was one of several incidents between the English and the Argentine teams and their sets of fans.
   
   
 

Fans dance in the fountains at Trafalgar Square at 1am in 1966, after England’s World Cup victory

A North Korea player signs an autograph at Lime Street Station in Liverpool 
Portugal's Eusebio takes breakfast in bed
   
   
  
           Last updated: 23 July 2017
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