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A World Cup every two years would finally kill football’s golden goose

Shortening the World Cup cycle would give the impression that football is all about money. And major sporting events need patience and time. That is crucial for their sustainability.

Gerd Muller: Der Bomber

Mexico 1970 produced the most attacking football of any tournament since 1966 with an average of three goals per game and a shot less than every three minutes. Muller would win the Golden Boot for his ten strikes and he also provided three assists ensuring he makes the record books once again for the best ever individual contribution by a player in a single tournament since 1966.

USA 94: The Brazilian glory

That victory changed Brazil football and gave a new life – for twelve years Brazil would dominate in major tournaments and the mesmerizing talents would leave the world crazy.

Soviet Union and the World Cup: Always promising but underachievers

Mexico 86 had been the last time when the world feared and respected the Soviet Union in any major event.

Mexico 86: Diego Maradona magic against Belgium

In Mexico, after a scratchy display in the group stages, Belgium had tamed the mighty Soviet Union and the team with a lot of flairs – Spain. They were the giant killers of the tournament and planned to stun Argentina as well, but to stop the Maradona of Mexico 86 – Belgium simply lacked the idea. They remained as mere spectators as one of the all-time best players in the history of football weaved his magic in the historic venue.

Mexico 86: Hand of God and Goal of the Century

Only a genius can create controversy and then overshadow it with a sheer individual moment of magic. Diego Maradona was such a magician who did both in a football match and that too against their old enemy England in a World Cup match.

Dazzling Denmark in Mexico 86

The great Denmark unit of Mexico 86 is forgotten because everyone remembers those who reach the pinnacle of glory, but nevertheless, that Denmark of Piontek was the first great Danish side to announce that they exist and can dazzle in world football.

Ill prepared, tortured, afraid and shaken; but still Iraq impress in Mexico

“There was a time when the song of the birds, the smell of the flowers, music of various festivals and happy faces existed in Iraq. And, the people in Iraq loved football”   When you read the name Iraq, immediately, your...

Belgium’s Mexico adventure

Mexico 86 was all about Diego Armando Maradona. But, of course, there were other teams and players who lit up the tournament – Belgium and their boys were one of them.

Mexico 86: Hero Maradona

“To me, you are the highest point of love, The earth, fire itself, the sun, The rain and the wheat fields, Thanks to that sweet way you have of loving me.” Valeria Lynch Mexico overcome the tragedy Mexico 86 should have been Columbia 86....

Vamos Uruguay

Welcome to Uruguay   On May 26, 1928, at a meeting in Amsterdam, the FIFA congress decided that a new tournament would open to all its members. FIFA wanted to stage a tournament of its own and get out of the...

England on top of the world

A shocking start   In 1930, FIFA made the decision to stage its own international tournament. With Uruguay now two-time official world champions and due to celebrate their centenary of independence in 1930, FIFA named Uruguay as the host country. http://gty.im/80749187 The national...

Guillermo Stabile: The story of first World Cup hero of Argentina

Football was introduced to Argentina in the latter half of the 19th century by the British immigrants in Buenos Aires. https://twitter.com/viejocasale/status/1285103816925421568?s=20 Two English immigrants - Thomas and James Hogg, organized a meeting on 9 May 1867 in Buenos Aires where the...

Bert Patenaude: The first footballer to smash a hat-trick in FIFA World Cup

Each and everyone enjoys watching a footballer smashing a hat-trick in the FIFA World Cup. When Cristiano Ronaldo essayed that dramatic hat-trick against Spain in Russia, the whole world went crazy. Pele took the world by storm after he...

The forgotten 6 minutes

France opened the inaugural World Cup with a dash – Mexico were thrashed by 4-1 with Lucien Laurent becoming a part of World Cup folklore. The next of the French were against the hot favourites Argentina. http://gty.im/79029900 Like Uruguay, that Argentine...

No music. No party. Brazil arrive in Uruguay and leave silently

Jules Rimet proposed a multi-national football tournament, which was opposed, but later on, it became a reality on July 13, 1930. He invited as many countries as possible, but only thirteen of them accepted the invitation that included just...

The dream of Jules Rimet comes true

In 1904, a Frenchman named Jules Rimet was involved in the founding of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association - International Federation of Association Football, commonly abbreviated to FIFA and, while the fledgling organization had plans for a global...

The German Giants

The worthy winners – Germany   Rome expected the Azzurri to clash in the finals of Italia 90, but to the astonishment of local fans and the rest of the world, probably, the worst team of the event advanced to the...

When the brilliance and fighting spirit of England ended in tears

There was no hope   After the dramatic exit from the quarterfinals in Mexico, 1970, England did not feature in a FIFA World Cup until 1982. In Spain, their blistering start to lose its momentum in the second round, while in...

Italy watch and die at Naples

Diego Maradona played a psychological game before the mega clash and immediately it put Italy under pressure. Italy feared Maradona and as soon as Argentina equalized, they turned pale. Argentina fed their anxiety and ultimately brought the whole of...

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