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1966 FIFA World Cup
1966 FIFA World Cup logo.png
1966 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host countryEngland.png England
Dates11 July - 30 July
Teams16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)16 (in 8 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland.png England
Runner-upFlag of Germany.svg West Germany
Third placeFlag of Portugal.gif Portugal
Fourth placeFlag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Goals scored89 (2.78 per match)
Attendance1,608,723 (50,273 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Portugal Eusébio (9 goals)
1962
1970

The 1966 FIFA World Cup, the eighth staging of the World Cup, was held in England from 11 to 30 July. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the World Cup. With this victory, England won their first FIFA World Cup title and became the third World Cup host to win the tournament after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934.

The 1966 Final, held at Wembley Stadium, was the last to be broadcast in black and white. The tournament held a 28-year FIFA record for the largest average attendance until it was surpassed by the United States in 1994.

Host selection

England was chosen as host of the 1966 World Cup in Rome, Italy on 22 August 1960, over opposition from West Germany and Spain.

Qualification

Main article: 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification

Sixteen African nations boycotted the tournament in protest of a 1964 FIFA ruling that required the three second-round winners from the African zone to enter a play-off round against the winners of the Asian zone in order to win a place at the finals. The Africans felt that winning their zone was enough in itself to merit qualification for the finals.

Despite the Africans' absence, there was another new record number of entries for the qualifying tournament, with 70 nations taking part. After all the arguments, FIFA finally ruled that ten teams from Europe would qualify, along with four from South America, one from Asia and one from North and Central America.

Portugal and North Korea qualified for the first time. Portugal would not qualify again until 1986, while North Korea's next appearance was at the 2010 tournament. This was also Switzerland's last World Cup finals until 1994. Notable absentees from this tournament included 1962 semi-finalists Yugoslavia and 1962 finalists Czechoslovakia.

Format

The format of the 1966 competition remained the same as 1962: 16 qualified teams were divided into four groups of four. Each group played a round-robin format. Two points were awarded for a win and one point for a draw, with goal average used to separate teams equal on points. The top two teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage.

In the knockout games, if the teams were tied after 90 minutes, 30 minutes of extra time were played. For any match other than the final, if the teams were still tied after extra time, lots would be drawn to determine the winner. The final would have been replayed if tied after extra time. In the event, no replays or drawing of lots was necessary.

Summary

The 1966 World Cup had a rather unusual hero off the field, a dog called Pickles. In the build-up to the tournament, the Jules Rimet trophy was stolen from an exhibition display. A nationwide hunt for the icon ensued. It was later discovered wrapped in newspaper as the dog sniffed under some bushes in London. The FA commissioned a replica cup in case the original cup was not found in time. This replica is held at the English National Football Museum in Manchester, where it is on display.

The draw for the final tournament, taking place on 6 January 1966 at the Royal Garden Hotel in London was the first ever to be televised, with England, West Germany, Brazil and Italy as seeds.

First round

1966 was a World Cup with few goals as the teams began to play much more tactically and defensively. This was exemplified by Alf Ramsey's England as they finished top of Group 1 with only four goals to their credit, but having none scored against them. They also became the first World Cup winning team not to win its first game in the tournament. Uruguay were the other team to qualify from that group at the expense of both Mexico and France. All the group's matches were played at Wembley Stadium apart from the match between Uruguay and France which took place at White City Stadium. In Group 2, West Germany and Argentina qualified with ease as they both finished the group with 5 points, Spain managed 2, while Switzerland left the competition after losing all three group matches. FIFA cautioned Argentina for its violent style in the group games, particularly in the scoreless draw with West Germany, which saw Argentinean Rafael Albrecht get sent off and suspended for the next match.

In the northwest of England, Old Trafford and Goodison Park played host to Group 3 which saw the two-time defending champions Brazil finish in third place behind Portugal and Hungary, and be eliminated along with Bulgaria. Brazil were defeated 3–1 by Hungary in a classic encounter before falling by the same scoreline to Portugal in a controversial game; this was Brazil's worst performance in any World Cup. Portugal appeared in the finals for the first time, and made quite an impact. They won all three of their games in the group stage, with a lot of help from their outstanding striker Eusébio, whose nine goals made him the tournament's top scorer.

Group 4, however, provided the biggest upset when North Korea beat Italy 1–0 at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough and finished above them, thus earning qualification to the next round along with the Soviet Union. This was the first time that a nation from outside Europe or the Americas had progressed from the first stage of a World Cup: the next would be Morocco in 1986.

Quarter-finals, semi-finals, and third-place match

The quarter-finals provided a controversial victory for West Germany as they cruised past Uruguay 4–0; the South Americans claimed that this occurred only after the referee (who was Jim Finney, from England) had not recognised a handball by Schnellinger on the goal line and then had sent off two players from Uruguay: Horacio Troche and Héctor Silva. It appeared as though the surprise package North Korea would claim another major upset in their match against Portugal when after 22 minutes they lead 3–0. It fell to one of the greatest stars of the tournament, Eusébio, to change that. He scored four goals in the game and José Augusto added a fifth in the 78th minute to earn Portugal a 5–3 win.

Meanwhile in the other two games, Ferenc Bene's late goal for Hungary against the Soviet Union, who were led by Lev Yashin's stellar goalkeeping, proved little more than a consolation as they crashed out 2–1, and the only goal between Argentina and England came courtesy of England's Geoff Hurst. During that controversial game (for more details see Argentina and England football rivalry), Argentina's Antonio Rattín became the first player to be sent off in a senior international football match at Wembley. Rattín at first refused to leave the field and eventually had to be escorted by several policemen. After 30 minutes England scored the only goal of the match. This game is called el robo del siglo (the robbery of the century) in Argentina.

All semi-finalists were from Europe. The venue of the first semi-final between England and Portugal was changed from Goodison Park in Liverpool to Wembley, due to Wembley's larger capacity. This larger capacity was particularly significant during a time when ticket revenue was of crucial importance. Bobby Charlton scored both goals in England's win, with Portugal's goal coming from a penalty in the 82nd minute after a handball by Jack Charlton on the goal line. The other semi-final also finished 2–1: Franz Beckenbauer scoring the winning goal with a left foot shot from the edge of the area for West Germany as they beat the Soviet Union. Portugal went on to beat the Soviet Union 2–1 to take third place. Portugal's third place remains the best finish by a team making its World Cup debut since 1934. It was subsequently equalled by Croatia in the 1998 tournament.

Final

Main article: 1966 FIFA World Cup Final

London's Wembley Stadium was the venue for the final, and 98,000 people attended. After 12 minutes 32 seconds Helmut Haller put West Germany ahead, but the score was levelled by Geoff Hurst four minutes later. Martin Peters put England in the lead in the 78th minute; England looked set to claim the title when the referee awarded a free kick to West Germany with one minute left. The ball was launched goalward and Wolfgang Weber scored, with England appealing in vain for handball as the ball came through the crowded penalty area.

With the score level at 2–2 at the end of 90 minutes, the game went to extra time. In the 98th minute, Hurst found himself on the scoresheet again; his shot hit the crossbar, bounced down onto the goal line, and was awarded as a goal. Debate has long raged over whether the ball crossed the line, with the goal becoming part of World Cup history; Ian Reid and Andrew Zisserman claim to prove that the ball did not cross the line. England's final goal was scored by Hurst again, as a celebratory pitch invasion began. This made Geoff Hurst the only player ever to have scored three times in a World Cup final. BBC commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme's description of the match's closing moments has gone down in history: "Some people are on the pitch. They think it's all over ... [Hurst scores] It is now!".

England's total of eleven goals scored in six games set a new record low for average goals per game scored by a World Cup winning team. The record stood until 1982, when it was surpassed by Italy's twelve goals in seven games; in 2010 this record was lowered again by Spain, winning the Cup with eight goals in seven games. England's total of three goals conceded also constituted a record low for average goals per game conceded by a World Cup winning team. That record stood until 1994, when it was surpassed by Brazil's three goals in seven games. Spain again lowered the record to two goals by conceding them during the group stage and then shutting out its four knockout stage opponents by 1–0 scores.

England received the recovered Jules Rimet trophy from Elizabeth II and were crowned World Cup winners for the first time.

In this World Cup edition, although had the ceremony with the military bands during the players entrance to the pitch, the national anthems were not played. This was because England feared that North Korea's presence - a socialist country that is not recognized by United Kingdom - in the World Cup would cause problems with South Korea. An office memo of the Foreign Office months before the finals stated that the solution would be "denying the visas to North Korean players".

Mascot

World Cup Willie, the mascot for the 1966 competition, was the first World Cup mascot, and one of the first mascots to be associated with a major sporting competition. World Cup Willie is a lion, a typical symbol of the United Kingdom, wearing a Union Flag jersey emblazoned with the words "WORLD CUP".

Venues

White City Stadium in London was used for a single game from Group 1, between Uruguay and France. The game was scheduled for a Friday, the same day as regularly scheduled greyhound racing at Wembley. Because Wembley's owner refused to cancel this, the game had to be moved to the alternative venue.

Sunderland Middlesbrough Liverpool
Roker Park Ayresome Park Goodison Park
Capacity:40,310 Capacity:40,310 Capacity:50,151
Roker Park August 1976 Ayresome Park in 1991 - geograph.org.uk - 2796728 Goodisonview1
Manchester Sheffield Birmingham
Old Trafford Hillsborough Stadium Villa Park
Capacity:42,730 Capacity:42,730 Capacity:55,000
Stretford end 1992 Hillsborough Clock Holt End in 1983
London
Wembley Stadium White City Stadium
Capacity:100,000 Capacity:76,567
Old Wembley Stadium (external view) White City Stadium 1908

Match officials

Europe

Seeding

Pot 1: South American Pot 2: European Pot 3: Latin European Pot 4: Rest of the World

Squads

For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1966 FIFA World Cup squads.

Results

Group stage

Group 1

Main article: 1966 FIFA World Cup Group 1
Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
England.png England 3210405
Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay 3120212.004
Flag of Mexico.png Mexico 3021130.332
Flag of France.png France 3012250.401
11 July 1966
19:30 BST
England England.png 0–0 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 87,148
Referee: Istvan Zsolt (Hungary)
Report

13 July 1966
19:30 BST
France Flag of France.png 1–1 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 69,237
Referee: Menachem Ashkenazi (Israel)
Hausser Soccerball 62' Report Borja Soccerball 48'

15 July 1966
19:30 BST
Uruguay Flag of Uruguay.gif 2–1 Flag of France.png France White City Stadium, London
Attendance: 45,662
Referee: Karol Galba (Czechoslovakia)
Rocha Soccerball 26'
Cortés Soccerball 31'
Report De Bourgoing Soccerball 15' (pen.)

16 July 1966
19:30 BST
England England.png 2–0 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 92,570
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)
B. Charlton Soccerball 37'
Hunt Soccerball 75'
Report

19 July 1966
16:30 BST
Mexico Flag of Mexico.png 0–0 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 61,112
Referee: Bertil Lööw (Sweden)
Report

20 July 1966
19:30 BST
England England.png 2–0 Flag of France.png France Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 98,270
Referee: Arturo Yamasaki (Peru)
Hunt Soccerball 38'75' Report

Group 2

Main article: 1966 FIFA World Cup Group 2
Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 3210717.005
Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 3210414.005
Flag of Spain.png Spain 3102450.802
Switzerland.png Switzerland 3003190.110
  • West Germany were placed first due to superior goal average.
12 July 1966
19:30 BST
West Germany Flag of Germany.svg 5–0 Switzerland.png Switzerland Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Attendance: 36,127
Referee: Hugh Phillips (Scotland)
Held Soccerball 16'
Haller Soccerball 21'77' (pen.)
Beckenbauer Soccerball 40'52'
Report

13 July 1966
19:30 BST
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 2–1 Flag of Spain.png Spain Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 42,738
Referee: Dimiter Rumentchev (Bulgaria)
Artime Soccerball 65'77' Report Pirri Soccerball 67'

15 July 1966
19:30 BST
Spain Flag of Spain.png 2–1 Switzerland.png Switzerland Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Attendance: 32,028
Referee: Tofiq Bahramov (Soviet Union)
Sanchís Soccerball 57'
Amancio Soccerball 75'
Report Quentin Soccerball 31'

16 July 1966
15:00 BST
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 0–0 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 46,587
Referee: Konstantin Zečević (Yugoslavia)
Report

19 July 1966
19:30 BST
Argentina Flag of Argentina.png 2–0 Switzerland.png Switzerland Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Attendance: 32,127
Referee: Joaquim Campos (Portugal)
Artime Soccerball 52'
Onega Soccerball 79'
Report

20 July 1966
19:30 BST
West Germany Flag of Germany.svg 2–1 Flag of Spain.png Spain Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 42,187
Referee: Armando Marques (Brazil)
Emmerich Soccerball 39'
Seeler Soccerball 84'
Report Fusté Soccerball 23'

Group 3

Main article: 1966 FIFA World Cup Group 3
Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 3300924.506
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 3201751.404
Brazil.png Brazil 3102460.672
Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 3003180.130
12 July 1966
19:30 BST
Brazil Brazil.png 2–0 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 47,308
Referee: Kurt Tschenscher (West Germany)
Pelé Soccerball 15'
Garrincha Soccerball 63'
Report

13 July 1966
19:30 BST
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif 3–1 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 29,886
Referee: Leo Callaghan (Wales)
José Augusto Soccerball 1'67'
Torres Soccerball 90'
Report Bene Soccerball 60'

15 July 1966
19:30 BST
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 3–1 Brazil.png Brazil Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 51,387
Referee: Ken Dagnall (England)
Bene Soccerball 2'
Farkas Soccerball 64'
Mészöly Soccerball 73' (pen.)
Report Tostão Soccerball 14'

16 July 1966
15:00 BST
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif 3–0 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 25,438
Referee: José María Codesal (Uruguay)
Vutsov Soccerball 17' (o.g.)
Eusébio Soccerball 38'
Torres Soccerball 81'
Report

19 July 1966
19:30 BST
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif 3–1 Brazil.png Brazil Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 58,479
Referee: George McCabe (England)
Simões Soccerball 15'
Eusébio Soccerball 27'85'
Report Rildo Soccerball 70'

20 July 1966
19:30 BST
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 3–1 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 24,129
Referee: Roberto Goicoechea (Argentina)
Davidov Soccerball 43' (o.g.)
Mészöly Soccerball 45'
Bene Soccerball 54'
Report Asparuhov Soccerball 15'

Group 4

Main article: 1966 FIFA World Cup Group 4
Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union 3300616.006
Flag of North Korea.png North Korea 3111240.503
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 3102221.002
Flag of CHI.png Chile 3012250.401
12 July 1966
19:30 BST
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 3–0 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 23,006
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)
Malofeyev Soccerball 31'88'
Banishevskiy Soccerball 33'
Report

13 July 1966
19:30 BST
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 2–0 Flag of CHI.png Chile Roker Park, Sunderland
Attendance: 27,199
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)
Mazzola Soccerball 8'
Barison Soccerball 88'
Report

15 July 1966
19:30 BST
Chile Flag of CHI.png 1–1 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 13,792
Referee: Ali Kandil (United Arab Republic)
Marcos Soccerball 26' (pen.) Report Pak Seung-zin Soccerball 88'

16 July 1966
15:00 BST
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 1–0 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Roker Park, Sunderland
Attendance: 27,793
Referee: Rudolf Kreitlein (West Germany)
Chislenko Soccerball 57' Report

19 July 1966
19:30 BST
North Korea Flag of North Korea.png 1–0 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 17,829
Referee: Pierre Schwinte (France)
Pak Doo-ik Soccerball 42' Report

20 July 1966
19:30 BST
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 2–1 Flag of CHI.png Chile Roker Park, Sunderland
Attendance: 16,027
Referee: John Adair (Northern Ireland)
Porkujan Soccerball 28'85' Report Marcos Soccerball 32'

Knockout stage

Main article: 1966 FIFA World Cup knockout stage
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
23 July – London (Wembley)        
 England.png England  1
26 July – London (Wembley)
 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina  0  
 England.png England  2
23 July – Liverpool
     Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal  1  
 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal  5
30 July – London (Wembley)
 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea  3  
 England.png England (aet)  4
23 July – Sheffield    
   Flag of Germany.svg West Germany  2
 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany  4
25 July – Liverpool
 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay  0  
 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany  2 Third place
23 July – Sunderland
     Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union  1   28 July – London (Wembley)
 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union  2
 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal  2
 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary  1  
 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union  1
 

Quarter-finals

23 July 1966
15:00 BST
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif 5–3 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 40,248
Referee: Menachem Ashkenazi (Israel)
Eusébio Soccerball 27'43' (pen.)56'59' (pen.)
José Augusto Soccerball 80'
Report Pak Seung-zin Soccerball 1'
Li Dong-woon Soccerball 22'
Yang Seung-Kook Soccerball 25'

23 July 1966
15:00 BST
West Germany Flag of Germany.svg 4–0 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Attendance: 40,007
Referee: Jim Finney (England)
Haller Soccerball 11'83'
Beckenbauer Soccerball 70'
Seeler Soccerball 75'
Report

23 July 1966
15:00 BST
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 2–1 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Roker Park, Sunderland
Attendance: 26,844
Referee: Juan Gardeazábal Garay (Spain)
Chislenko Soccerball 5'
Porkujan Soccerball 46'
Report Bene Soccerball 57'

23 July 1966
15:00 BST
England England.png 1–0 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 90,584
Referee: Rudolf Kreitlein (West Germany)
Hurst Soccerball 78' Report

Semi-finals

25 July 1966
19:30 BST
West Germany Flag of Germany.svg 2–1 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 38,273
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)
Haller Soccerball 42'
Beckenbauer Soccerball 67'
Report Porkujan Soccerball 88'

26 July 1966
19:30 BST
England England.png 2–1 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 94,493
Referee: Pierre Schwinte (France)
B. Charlton Soccerball 30'80' Report Eusébio Soccerball 82' (pen.)

Third-place match

28 July 1966
19:30 BST
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif 2–1 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 87,696
Referee: Ken Dagnall (England)
Eusébio Soccerball 12' (pen.)
Torres Soccerball 89'
Report Malofeyev Soccerball 43'

Final

Main article: 1966 FIFA World Cup Final
30 July 1966
15:00 BST
England England.png 4–2
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 96,924
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)
Hurst Soccerball 18'101'120'
Peters Soccerball 78'
Report Haller Soccerball 12'
Weber Soccerball 89'

Goalscorers

With nine goals, Eusébio is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 89 goals were scored by 47 different players, with two of them credited as own goals.

9 goals

6 goals

4 goals
3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goals

All-star team

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards

England Gordon Banks

England George Cohen
England Bobby Moore
Flag of Portugal Vicente
Flag of Argentina Silvio Marzolini

Germany Franz Beckenbauer
Flag of Portugal Mário Coluna
England Bobby Charlton

Flag of Hungary Flórián Albert
Germany Uwe Seeler
Flag of Portugal Eusébio

FIFA retrospective ranking

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 1966 tournament were as follows:

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1 England.png England 1 6 5 1 0 11 3 +8 11
2 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 2 6 4 1 1 15 6 +9 9
3 Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 3 6 5 0 1 17 8 +9 10
4 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union 4 6 4 0 2 10 6 +4 8
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5 Flag of Argentina.png Argentina 2 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2 5
6 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 3 4 2 0 2 8 7 +1 4
7 Flag of Uruguay.gif Uruguay 1 4 1 2 1 2 5 −3 4
8 Flag of North Korea.png North Korea 4 4 1 1 2 5 9 −4 3
Eliminated in the group stage
9 Flag of Italy.gif Italy 4 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 2
10 Flag of Spain.png Spain 2 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 2
11 Brazil.png Brazil 3 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 2
12 Flag of Mexico.png Mexico 1 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
13 Flag of CHI.png Chile 4 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Flag of France.png France 1 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
15 Flag of Bulgaria.png Bulgaria 3 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
16 Switzerland.png Switzerland 2 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0

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