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Thursday, November 24, 2011

FIFA WORLD CUP 1966 - Part 2

In the quarterfinals in Liverpool, against Portugal, the N.Koreans almost engineered another remarkable upset. Right at the beginning, the Koreans set a strong, very fast pace, and racked up 3-0 leads against astonished Portuguese team. They only began to recover their composure after the great Eusebio scored 2 goals before the end of the first half, reducing the difference to 2-3. In the 2nd half, the Portuguese strength won out, and the final score was 5-3, with 4 goals for Eusebio, and Portugal went on to the semifinals.

The USSR also went on after beating Hungary 2-1, an outcome one would not have bet on. The Hungarian team which featured Albert, Bene, Farkas, and Matrai was defeated by the USSR's Yachine, Voronin, and Chislenko, in Sunderland, before the smallest crowd of the quarterfinals, 26,000.

Meanwhile, in London, in front of 90,000, the German referee, Rudolf Kreitlein, was helping England win against Argentina. Stiles was allowed to give Rattin, the captain of the Argentina team, a hard time. Rattin protested and was sent off, but the referee did not know what the player had said, since he did not understand Spanish. Rattin's request for an interpreter was denied. From that moment on, amateur dramatics took over from professional soccer, and altercations between the Argentine players and the referee, caused by the language problem on the field, resulted in enormous bookings. It was an international scandal.

Argentina decided to play defensively and hope for a draw, as the departure of Rattin left the team with only 10 players. The English attacked only sporadically, until Hurst, 13 minutes before the end, after overcoming Antonio Roma gave England its victory, with superb header. The English coach, Alf Ramsey, would later call the Argentineans "animals," a statement which had extremely bad international repercussions, especially in Argentina. FIFA reprimanded Rattin, Ferrero, and the Argentine Football Association, but the referee suffered no consequences.

In the other Europe-South America clash in the quarterfinals, it seemed that the English referee Finney had chosen to send Germany to the semifinals, and Uruguay back to Montevideo. The first half was controlled by Uruguayans. There were good shots and good opportunities. Pedro Rocha mad a header, the goalie was hit, and Schnellinger touched on the goal line, sending it out of bounds. Finney did not call what many in the stadium felt was a hand ball. The Uruguayans were incensed. Germany's confidence grew and they scored to take a 1-0 lead. After halftime, the Uruguayans became more angry and frustrated and had Troche and Hector Silva sent off for retaliating. With only nine men on the field, the Germans had an easy time scoring 3 goals to go on to the semis, 4-0 victors.

Portugal had to travel to London for the semifinals to meet the English who never left Wembley throughout the finals - a distinct advantage. The best game in the Cup, 94,000 people saw England win 2-1, with both goals being scored by the superb Bobby Charlton. Portugal had been intimidated by the atmosphere. They were not the same team that had so brilliantly eliminated Hungary and Brazil. They did not believe they could win at Wembley.

In the other semifinaks, Germany and the USSR played as if they were at war. The Italian, Lo Bello, did his best to control the game, but he was not strong enough to do so. The Soviets had one player hurt and another sent off. The Germans were again very physical, as they had been in the game against Uruguay, and the Soviets paid them back in kind. It was a game that did justice to the title of "World Cup of Fouls." The only thing of merit was Yachine's excellent play. Germany won 2-1, and, as in 1954, would again play in the final, but this time against England.

FINALS
The finals at Wembley, before 95,000 spectators, with the Swiss, Gottfried Dienst, officiating, is still talked about today, Some say extra time at the end of the usual 90 minutes came as a result of a free kick, from which they tied the game, that shouldn't have been awarded to the Germans. Others protested that the third English goal, scored in overtime, should not have been allowed because the ball did not go in ... and that the fourth one should have been disallowed because small boys had invaded the field to celebrate. The Final score was 4-2

Whatever the arguments, the English had deserved to win, even during normal time, since the Germans had not played as well. Those who still critcize 1966 say that the English were favored since they never left Wembley, and that English referees officiated all the games of England's most difficult opponents. But for England, victory in their first and only World Cup final was sweet. Now the Intercontinental World Cup rivalry stood tied at 4 for Europe and 4 for South America.

HOST COUNTRY: ENGLAND

REGISTERED COUNTRIES: 53
ALBANIA, W.GERMANY, E.GERMANY, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, BELLGIUM, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, BULGARIA, CHILE, CYPRUS,COLUMBIA, N.KOREA, COSTA RICA, CUBA, DENMARK, EIRE, ECUADOR, SCOTLAND, SPAIN, UNITED STATES, FINLAND, FRANCE, GREECE, HOLLAND, HONDURAS, HUNGARY, ENGLAND, N.IRELAND, ISRAEL, ITALY, YUGOSLAVIA, JAMAICA, LUXEMBOURG, MEXICO, NORWAY, WALES, PARAGUAY, PERU, POLAND, PORTUGAL, ROMANIA, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, SURINAM, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, TRINIDAD, TURKEY, SOVIET UNION, URUGUAY, and VENEZUELA.

GOAL SCORER:
9 GOALS: Helmut Haller(Ger)
4 GOALS: Parkoujan(USSR), Beckenbauer(Ger), Bene(Hun), Hurst(Eng)
3 GOALS: Malafeev(USSR), Jose Augusto, Torres(Por), Artime(Arg), Bobby Charlton, Hunt(Eng)
2 GOALS: Chislenko(USSR), Meszoly(Hun), Marcos(Chi), Seeler(Ger)
1 GOAL : Garrincha, Pele, Tostao, Rildo(Bra), Held, Emmerich, Weber(Ger), Banichevski(USSR), Somoes(Por), Barizon, Mazola(Ita), Borja(Mex), Farkas(Hun), Hausser, De Bourgoing(Fra), Amincio, Pirri, Sanchis, Fuste(Spa), Pedro Rocha, Cortes(Uru), Quentin(Swz), Pak Do-Ik, Pak SeungYin, Li Dong-Woon, Yang Seung-Kong(N.Kor), Onega(Arg), Asparoukhov(Bul), Peters(Eng)
TOTAL NUMBER OF GOALS: 89 GOALS

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morion said...

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kiko :(|) said...

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Simurgh said...

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germz said...

im not really into sports but ur post is interesting...mmmh

ProvokedThoughts said...

Hi, football fan out there..reading your post is just like going down memory lane. It's just like watching the actual game in that era.

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McRICH said...

not much of a football fan hehe :)

Jyppe A. Quidores said...

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Mich said...

Waah I know nothing about football! Hahaha This is a very detailed history though :P

Willa @ The Bloggers Journal said...

I only understand and watched the American Football (NFL) although sometimes FIFA is quite interesting too.

Mangyan Blogger said...

Thanks for the info... but I am not into sports :) Thanks then... HEhe!