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1970 FIFA World Cup
Mexico 70

1970 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country  Mexico
Dates 31 May – 21 June
Teams 16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Brazil (3rd title)
Runner-up  Italy
Third place  West Germany
Fourth place  Uruguay
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Goals scored 95 (2.97 per match)
Attendance 1,603,975 (50,124 per match)
Top scorer(s) West Germany Gerd Müller (10 goals)
1966
1974

The 1970 FIFA World Cup, the ninth staging of the World Cup, was held in Mexico, from 31 May to 21 June. Mexico was chosen as hosts by FIFA in October 1964. The 1970 tournament was the first World Cup hosted in North America, and the first held outside South America and Europe. In a match-up of two-time World Cup champions, the final was won by Brazil, who beat Italy 4–1. With their third World Cup triumph, Brazil were allowed to keep the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently.

The Brazilian team, featuring the likes of Pelé (who was in his fourth and final World Cup), Carlos Alberto, Clodoaldo, Gérson, Jairzinho, Rivelino, and Tostão, is usually regarded as the greatest attacking World Cup team ever. They won all of their 6 games on the way to the title, and had also won all of their 6 qualifying games on their way to Mexico. This tournament saw the return of free-flowing, attacking play after the physical battles of 1962 and 1966, and is still considered by many fans to be the finest World Cup in history.

Contents

Qualification

Qualifying countries

A total of 75 teams entered the qualifying tournament. Those who failed to qualify included France, Portugal, Hungary, Argentina and Spain. Meanwhile, Morocco became the first African nation to reach the World Cup finals since the Second World War.

Summary

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First round

The 1970 World Cup is now remembered as a classic – but, as usual, the tournament was preceded by disputes over the organisation of the event. This World Cup was the first one to be televised in colour. However, to fit into the European viewing schedules, some matches kicked off at noon. This was an unpopular decision with many players and managers because of the intense heat in Mexico at that time of day.

Telstar, the official 1970 FIFA World Cup ball.

The format of the competition stayed the same as 1966: 16 teams qualified, divided into four groups of four playing each other once in a round-robin tournament format. There were no seeds, instead the organizers formed geographical ‘sections’ from which the four groups were drawn in Mexico City, on 10 January 1970.[1] The top two teams in each group advanced to the quarter-finals. However, for the first time in the World Cup finals, teams level on points at the end of the group stage were separated by goal difference (replacing play-offs and goal average) and where two or more teams had equal goal difference, by the drawing of lots. If a quarter-final or semi-final match resulted in a draw after extra time the referee would have drawn the name of the team to progress to the next round out of a hat.

Controversy surrounded the World Cup before a ball was even kicked. For England, the build-up to the tournament took a bizarre turn when their captain was accused of theft. While England were in Colombia for a pre-tournament friendly, Bobby Moore was arrested for allegedly stealing a bracelet from a jeweller's shop. He was released on bail to allow him to appear in the World Cup finals, and the charges were later quietly dropped.

In Group 1, hosts Mexico lived up to the expectations of an entire nation by advancing along with the Soviet Union. Group 2 of the opening round produced just six goals in six games as Uruguay, reigning South America champions, and the reigning European champions, Italy, prevail over Sweden and surprise qualifier Israel after a series of dull, uninspired games. Italy would, however, show the true measure of its talent in the knock-out phase.

The first great moments of this memorable World Cup happened in Group 3, where two-time former World champion Brazil were pooled with the current world champions England and solid European sides Czechoslovakia and Romania. In the rematch of the 1962 World Cup final, they fell behind early in their opening game against Czechoslovakia, but fought back strongly and eventually won 4–1. Pelé scored one of their goals, but a goal attempt that in which Pelé audaciously attempted to lob a shot over Czechoslovak goalkeeper Ivo Viktor from the halfway line, missed the goal by a whisker. The "Clash of the Champions" between Brazil and England lived up to all expectations. The match is best remembered for a Pelé near-miss. His powerful close-range downward header was kept out by an amazing save from Gordon Banks, who somehow managed to get down to the ball and flick it upwards and over the bar. In the end, a single Jairzinho goal was enough to win the game for Brazil. Romania ran Brazil close in their third game, but were finally beaten 3–2. England joined Brazil with two 1–0 victories over Romania and Czechoslovakia.

The official 1970 FIFA World Cup poster.

In Group 4, Peru and its attacking style created a sensation by beating established side Bulgaria 3–2 after trailing 0–2 at halftime. Morocco also got off to a bright start, taking the lead against West Germany in their first match, but the Germans came back to win 2–1. West Germany also went behind against Bulgaria in their second match, but a Gerd Muller hat-trick helped them fight back to win 5–2. Muller hit another hat-trick in the Germans' last group game, scoring all their goals in a 3–1 win over Peru. In the end, Peru eventually advanced along with West Germany after scoring three times in 11 second-half minutes to beat Morocco 3–0.

Quarterfinals, semifinals, and third-place match

The quarter-finals saw a transformed Italy prevail 4–1 over Mexico after trailing 0–1. The host took the lead against Italy with a Jose Gonzales goal, but his team-mate Gustavo Pena equalised with an own goal before half-time. Italy then took over, and dominated the second half. Two goals from Luigi Riva and one from Gianni Rivera saw them go through 4–1. In Guadalajara, Peru's World Cup adventure ended in the quarter-finals, where they lost 4–2 to Brazil after an entertaining and dramatic match between two equally attacking teams.

The game between Uruguay and the Soviet Union was goalless until five minutes from the end of extra time, when Victor Esparrago struck to send the South Americans through. The last quarter-final, a rematch of the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany, produced one of the great matches of World Cup history. England suffered a serious blow before the game, when their great goalkeeper Gordon Banks was taken ill with food poisoning. His deputy Peter Bonetti stepped into the breach, and early in the second half England had a 2–0 lead and seemed to have West Germany firmly in its grasp. However, West Germany pulled one back with a goal from Beckenbauer in the 68th minute. In a panic, England coach Alf Ramsey decided then to substitute the tiring Bobby Charlton. Without Charlton, England lost its ability to set its own pace on the game and could not contain the relentless German attacks which eventually resulted in West Germany equalizing eight minutes from time with an Uwe Seeler header. Momentum had irrevocably shifted and West Germany avenged the 1966 final loss with Gerd Müller's winning goal in extra time after another Bonetti error, thus, ending England's reign as world champions.

The semi-finals featured an exciting final four, all four having won the World Cup in the past: Brazil vs Uruguay, in a rematch of the 1950 World Cup final, and Italy vs West Germany. In the all-South American match, Brazil managed to defeat Uruguay 3–1 despite falling behind 20 minutes into the match. The game was evenly matched for 70 minutes but the Uruguayans found Brazil's attack too much to overcome. This match also featured another bright moment by Pelé: upon holding possession near the box, he managed to rush all alone up to Uruguayan goalkeeper Ladislao Mazurkiewicz and, tipping the ball through his left side, the Brazilian ran through the right side, catching the ball on the run and then taking a shot to the empty goal. Unfortunately, Pelé missed by a sliver again. The other, all-European semi-final was regarded by many as the greatest World Cup game ever. Italy took a 1–0 lead through Roberto Boninsegna on 8 minutes after an excellent "one-two" combination with Luigi Riva. West Germany pressed to equalize for the rest of the game, until the very end when sweeper Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, then with Italy's AC Milan, scored in injury time. In extra time, Gerd Müller brought Germany the lead on 94 minutes before Italy defender Tarcisio Burgnich leveled the score with a rare international goal. On 103 minutes, Riva made it 3–2 past goalkeeper Sepp Maier, only for Müller to equalize six minutes later. As television cameras were still replaying Müller's goal, Italy midfielder Gianni Rivera, left unmarked near the penalty spot, volleyed a fine Boninsegna cross past Maier for the winning goal in the 111th minute. Franz Beckenbauer sustained a broken clavicle during extra time. As Helmut Schön, the West German manager, had already used the two permitted substitutes, Beckenbauer stayed on with his arm in a sling. This match is regarded as the "Game of the Century", also known as the Partita del Secolo in Italy and Jahrhundertspiel in Germany. A monument at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City commemorates it. West Germany went on to win the 3rd place match against Uruguay (1–0).

Final

In the final, Brazil struck first, with Pelé heading in a cross by Rivelino at the 18th minute. Roberto Boninsegna equalized for Italy after a series of blunders in the Brazilian defence. In the second half, Brazil's firepower and creativity was too much for a tired Italian side. Gérson fired in a powerful shot for the second goal, and then helped provide the third, with a long free kick to Pelé who headed down into the path of the onrushing Jairzinho. Brazil's fourth goal, with five minutes to go, is considered one of the greatest goals ever scored in the history of the tournament. A total of 8 outfield players from Brazil were involved, encapsulating 'the beautiful game' in one glorious sweeping move. Tostão started the move just outside the Brazilian 18 yard box, then ran the length of the field to the Italian box without touching the ball again (although he signalled for Pelé to lay it off for Carlos Alberto). Clodoaldo beat 4 Italian players in his own half before passing to Rivelino, who hit a perfect pass down the left wing to Jairzinho. Jairzinho drove inside and passed to Pelé, who showed superb composure, in his last moments of World Cup play, to hold the ball up before rolling a perfectly weighted pass into the path of Carlos Alberto arriving from right back. Carlos Alberto's shot hammered into the bottom corner of the Italian goal.

So Brazil had won the World Cup for the third time after 1958 and 1962, earning the right to retain the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently. In Pelé, Brazil had a player who had won World Cups 12 years apart, yet still remained at the heart of everything Brazil did, providing the game's most sublime moments ranging from his hanging leap for Brazil's opener and his chess-player's pass for the final goal. Even Pelé's misses will go down in history: the 'own-half' attempt against Czechoslovakia, the 'unstoppable' header against England and most memorably of all the dummy against Uruguay in the semi-final. 7 players (all of whom featured in the Carlos Alberto goal) scored a total of 19 goals (more than any team since). Jairzinho scored in every match in the finals while Tostão proved a quick-witted and skilful strike partner. Clodoaldo and particularly Gerson provided superb passes to the front three, as well as goals at critical moments (what would have happened if Uruguay had gone in at half-time 1-0 up?), and Rivelino's left-footed crosses and long-distance shooting were a constant danger. Coach Mário Zagallo was the first footballer to become World Cup champion as a player (1958, 1962) and a coach - sadly his other attempts (1974, 1998) would not be successful.

But it was the style of play that will be remembered. Italy's goal in the final involved four separate errors by the Brazilian defence, but it was of no matter; in 1970 defence was not Brazil's primary interest, with their 7 goals conceded being more than any other champion since. They gambled on outscoring the opposition, and won, every time. Since 1970 winning the World Cup has not been possible without an iron-cast defence, as evidenced by the failure of another great attacking side, Brazil's 1982 team. It would be 24 years before Brazil could put their hands on the new FIFA trophy, once again beating Italy in the final of the 1994, although only on penalties and needing a much more defensive style to that seen in 1970.

Before the finals in Mexico, Brazil had to play the qualifying rounds against Colombia, Venezuela and Paraguay. Brazil was far superior winning all 6 games, scoring 23 goals and conceding only 2. In the last match of the qualifying rounds Brazil beat Paraguay 1 – 0 and had the largest official audience ever recorded for a football match, with 183,341 spectators in Brazil's Maracanã Stadium. In total the Brazilian team won all 12 games , scoring 42 goals and conceding only 8.

The top scorer of the tournament was West Germany's Gerd Müller, with an impressive 10 goals in the competition. Müller incredibly scored hat-tricks in two consecutive games, against Bulgaria and Peru in the group stage.

Mascot

The official mascot of this World Cup was Juanito, a boy wearing Mexico's uniform and a sombrero.

Venues

Five cities hosted the tournament:

Guadalajara León Mexico City Puebla Toluca
Estadio Jalisco Estadio Nou Camp Estadio Azteca Estadio Cuauhtémoc Estadio Luis Dosal
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Match officials

Argentina Argentina
  • Angel Norberto Coerezza
Austria Austria
  • Ferdinand Marschall
Belgium Belgium
  • Vital Loraux
Brazil Brazil
  • Antônio de Moraês
Chile Chile
  • Rafael Hormázabal
East Germany East Germany
England England
Ethiopia Ethiopia
  • Seyoum Tarekegn
France France
  • Roger Machin
Israel Israel
Italy Italy
  • Antonio Sbardella
Mexico Mexico
  • Abel Aguilar Elizalde
  • Diego De Leo
Netherlands Netherlands
  • Laurens van Ravens
Peru Peru
  • Arturo Yamasaki
Portugal Portugal
  • Antonio Ribeiro Saldanha
Romania Romania
  • Andrei Rǎdulescu
Scotland Scotland
Spain Spain
  • Ortíz de Mendibil
Soviet Union Soviet Union
Switzerland Switzerland
United Arab Republic United Arab Republic
  • Ali Kandil
United States United States of America
  • Henry Landauer
Uruguay Uruguay
West Germany West Germany
  • Kurt Tschenscher

Squads

For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1970 FIFA World Cup squads.

Seeding

Pot 1: Americas Pot 2: European I Pot 3: European II Pot 4: Rest of the World

Results

First round

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 5
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 5 0 +5 5
 Belgium 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 2
 El Salvador 3 0 0 3 0 9 −9 0
31 May 1970
12:00 CST
Mexico  0 – 0  Soviet Union Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 107,000
Referee: Kurt Tschenscher (West Germany)
(Report)

3 June 1970
16:00 CST
Belgium  3 – 0  El Salvador Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 92,000
Referee: Andrei Rădulescu (Romania)
Van Moer Goal 12'54'
Lambert Goal 76' (pen.)
(Report)

6 June 1970
16:00 CST
Soviet Union  4 – 1  Belgium Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 59,000
Referee: Rudolf Scheurer (Switzerland)
Byshovets Goal 14'63'
Asatiani Goal 57'
Khmelnitsky Goal 76'
(Report) Lambert Goal 86'

7 June 1970
12:00 CST
Mexico  4 – 0  El Salvador Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 103,000
Referee: Ali Kandil (United Arab Republic)
Valdivia Goal 45'46'
Fragoso Goal 58'
Basaguren Goal 83'
(Report)

10 June 1970
16:00 CST
Soviet Union  2 – 0  El Salvador Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 89,000
Referee: Rafael Hormazábal Díaz (Chile)
Byshovets Goal 51'74' (Report)

11 June 1970
16:00 CST
Mexico  1 – 0  Belgium Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 105,000
Referee: Angel Norberto Coerezza (Argentina)
Peña Goal 14' (pen.) (Report)

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 4
 Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 1 +1 3
 Sweden 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 3
 Israel 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2 2
2 June 1970
16:00 CST
Uruguay  2 – 0  Israel Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Bob Davidson (Scotland)
Maneiro Goal 23'
Mujica Goal 50'
(Report)

3 June 1970
16:00 CST
Italy  1 – 0  Sweden Estadio Luis Dosal, Toluca
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Jack Taylor (England)
Domenghini Goal 10' (Report)

6 June 1970
16:00 CST
Uruguay  0 – 0  Italy Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Rudi Glöckner (East Germany)
(Report)

7 June 1970
12:00 CST
Israel  1 – 1  Sweden Estadio Luis Dosal, Toluca
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Seyoum Tarekegn (Ethiopia)
Spiegler Goal 56' (Report) Turesson Goal 53'

10 June 1970
16:00 CST
Sweden  1 – 0  Uruguay Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Henry Landauer (United States)
Grahn Goal 90' (Report)

11 June 1970
16:00 CST
Italy  0 – 0  Israel Estadio Luis Dosal, Toluca
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Antonio De Moraes (Brazil)
(Report)

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 8 3 +5 6
 England 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1 4
 Romania 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 2
 Czechoslovakia 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0
2 June 1970
16:00 CST
England  1 – 0  Romania Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 50,560
Referee: Vital Loraux (Belgium)
Hurst Goal 65' (Report)

3 June 1970
16:00 CST
Brazil  4 – 1  Czechoslovakia Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 52,897
Referee: Ramon Barreto (Uruguay)
Rivelino Goal 24'
Pelé Goal 59'
Jairzinho Goal 61'81'
(Report) Petráš Goal 11'

6 June 1970
16:00 CST
Romania  2 – 1  Czechoslovakia Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 56,818
Referee: Diego De Leo (Mexico)
Neagu Goal 52'
Dumitrache Goal 75' (pen.)
(Report) Petráš Goal 5'

7 June 1970
12:00 CST
Brazil  1 – 0  England Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 66,834
Referee: Abraham Klein (Israel)
Jairzinho Goal 59' (Report)

10 June 1970
16:00 CST
Brazil  3 – 2  Romania Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 50,804
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (Austria)
Pelé Goal 19'67'
Jairzinho Goal 22'
(Report) Dumitrache Goal 34'
Dembrovschi Goal 84'

11 June 1970
16:00 CST
England  1 – 0  Czechoslovakia Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 49,262
Referee: Roger Machin (France)
Clarke Goal 50' (pen.) (Report)

Group 4

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 3 3 0 0 10 4 +6 6
 Peru 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 4
 Bulgaria 3 0 1 2 5 9 −4 1
 Morocco 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
2 June 1970
16:00 CST
Peru  3 – 2  Bulgaria Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 13,765
Referee: Antonio Sbardella (Italy)
Gallardo Goal 50'
Chumpitaz Goal 55'
Cubillas Goal 73'
(Report) Dermendzhiev Goal 13'
Bonev Goal 49'

3 June 1970
16:00 CST
West Germany  2 – 1  Morocco Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 12,942
Referee: Laurens van Ravens (Netherlands)
Seeler Goal 56'
Müller Goal 78'
(Report) Houmane Goal 21'

6 June 1970
16:00 CST
Peru  3 – 0  Morocco Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 13,537
Referee: Tofik Bakhramov (Soviet Union)
Cubillas Goal 65'75'
Challe Goal 67'
(Report)

7 June 1970
12:00 CST
West Germany  5 – 2  Bulgaria Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 12,710
Referee: Ortíz de Mendibil (Spain)
Libuda Goal 20'
Müller Goal 27'52' (pen.)88'
Seeler Goal 67'
(Report) Nikodimov Goal 12'
Kolev Goal 89'

10 June 1970
16:00 CST
West Germany  3 – 1  Peru Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 17,875
Referee: Abel Aguilar Elizalde (Mexico)
Müller Goal 19'26'39' (Report) Cubillas Goal 44'

11 June 1970
16:00 CST
Morocco  1 – 1  Bulgaria Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 12,299
Referee: Antonio Ribeiro Saldanha (Portugal)
Ghazouani Goal 61' (Report) Zhechev Goal 40'

Knockout stage

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                   
14 June – Mexico City        
  Soviet Union  0
17 June – Guadalajara
  Uruguay (a.e.t.)  1  
  Uruguay  1
14 June – Guadalajara
    Brazil  3  
  Brazil  4
21 June – Mexico City
  Peru  2  
  Brazil  4
14 June – Toluca
    Italy  1
  Italy  4
17 June – Mexico City
  Mexico  1  
  Italy (a.e.t.)  4 Third place
14 June – León
    West Germany  3  
  West Germany (a.e.t.)  3   Uruguay  0
  England  2     West Germany  1
20 June – Mexico City

Quarter-finals

14 June 1970
12:00 CST
West Germany  3 – 2
(a.e.t.)
 England Estadio Nou Camp, León
Attendance: 23,357
Referee: Angel Norberto Coerezza (Argentina)
Beckenbauer Goal 68'
Seeler Goal 76'
Müller Goal 108'
(Report) Mullery Goal 31'
Peters Goal 49'

14 June 1970
12:00 CST
Brazil  4 – 2  Peru Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 54,270
Referee: Vital Loraux (Belgium)
Rivelino Goal 11'
Tostão Goal 15'52'
Jairzinho Goal 75'
(Report) Gallardo Goal 28'
Cubillas Goal 70'

14 June 1970
12:00 CST
Italy  4 – 1  Mexico Estadio Luis Dosal, Toluca
Attendance: 26,851
Referee: Rudolf Scheurer (Switzerland)
Peña Goal 25' (o.g.)
Riva Goal 63'76'
Rivera Goal 70'
(Report) González Goal 13'

14 June 1970
12:00 CST
Uruguay  1 – 0
(a.e.t.)
 Soviet Union Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 24,550
Referee: Laurens van Ravens (Netherlands)
Espárrago Goal 116' (Report)

Semi-finals

17 June 1970
16:00 CST
Brazil  3 – 1  Uruguay Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara
Attendance: 51,261
Referee: Ortíz De Mendibil (Spain)
Clodoaldo Goal 44'
Jairzinho Goal 76'
Rivelino Goal 89'
(Report) Cubilla Goal 19'

17 June 1970
16:00 CST
Italy  4 – 3
(a.e.t.)
 West Germany Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 102,444
Referee: Arturo Yamasaki (Peru)
Boninsegna Goal 8'
Burgnich Goal 98'
Riva Goal 104'
Rivera Goal 111'
(Report) Schnellinger Goal 90'
Müller Goal 94'110'

Third place match

20 June 1970
16:00 CST
West Germany  1 – 0  Uruguay Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 104,403
Referee: Antonio Sbardella (Italy)
Overath Goal 26' (Report)

Final

21 June 1970
12:00 CST
Brazil  4 – 1  Italy Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 107,412
Referee: Rudi Glöckner (East Germany)
Pelé Goal 18'
Gérson Goal 66'
Jairzinho Goal 71'
Carlos Alberto Goal 86'
(Report) Boninsegna Goal 37'
 1970 FIFA World Cup Winners 

Brazil
Third title

Awards

FIFA Fair Play Trophy[2]
 Peru

Scorers

10 goals
7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Notable innovations

For the first time, substitutions were allowed in World Cup play. Each team were allowed to make two substitutions during a match. The Soviet Union were the first team to make a substitution in World Cup history against Mexico in the opening match. Viktor Serebryanikov was the first player to be replaced, by Anatoliy Puzach after 45 minutes.

This World Cup also featured the first ever use of yellow and red cards for cautions and expulsions respectively. (Note that cautions and expulsions already existed prior to 1970.) Five yellow cards were shown in the opening Mexico vs USSR match, while no red cards were given in the tournament. These were thought of when the coach attempted to warn off an offending player in the previous World Cup.

References

External links


Simple English

The 1970 FIFA World Cup was a football (soccer) sporting event that was held in Mexico in 1970. 16 teams took part from many countries. Brazil won the trophy after beating Italy in the final. Djibouti did not participate, as it was not yet a country.

Contents

Participants

Africa

Europe

North and Central America

South America

Results

Round 1

Group A

PosTeamURSMEXBELSLVPWDLGFGAPtsNote
1Soviet Union-0-04-12-03210615Round 2
2Mexico0-0-1-04-03210505Round 2
3Belgium1-40-1-3-03102452
4El Salvador0-20-40-3-3003090

Group B

PosTeamITAURUSWEISRPWDLGFGAPtsNote
1Italy-0-01-00-03120104Round 2
2Uruguay0-0-0-12-03111213Round 2
3Sweden0-11-0-1-13111223
4Israel0-00-21-1-3021132

Group C

PosTeamBRAENGROUTCHPWDLGFGAPtsNote
1Brazil-1-03-24-13300836Round 2
2England0-1-1-01-03201214Round 2
3Romania2-30-1-2-13102452
4Czechoslovakia1-40-11-2-3003270

Group D

PosTeamFRGPERBULMARPWDLGFGAPtsNote
1West Germany-3-15-22-133001046Round 2
2Peru1-3-3-23-03201754Round 2
3Bulgaria2-52-3-1-13012591
4Morocco1-20-31-1-3012261

Round 2

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

3rd place

Final

Brazil won the championship.

References


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