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.
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.
Mexico 86 had been the last time when the world feared and respected the Soviet Union in any major event.
The second goal along with the magical deft touch of the first goal has always been criminally underrated. Even Maradona never talked about it that much, perhaps, the goal scored against the British meant a lot to him rather than the piece of art in the semifinal.
“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...
July 30, 1966. All the roads led to the famous Wembley Stadium where the Three Lions would meet one of their bitter rivals, Germany in the final. Both the nations were enemies of each other during World War II and even after the end of the war, the bitterness is still evident in every aspect of life. In football, that rivalry always reaches a different level – apart from footballing displays, temper flows and controversies crop up from nowhere.
Stabile earned fame due to his hunger for scoring goals. He was an atypical centre-forward, who could not only score goals at will but create wonderful opportunities for others to smash.
On July 17, 1930, Patenaude scored the opening goal in the tenth minute. A second goal in the fifteenth minute had been credited several different ways: as an own goal by Aurelio González (according to the RSSSF), a regular goal by the USA’s Tom Florie (according to the official FIFA match record), or as Patenaude's second goal (according to the United States Soccer Federation).
None in Brazil even bothered to care about that team back then, but after many years, they would realize the significance of that participation and Preguinho's first-ever World Cup goal.
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 West Germans flew to Italy and in the endless summer of 1990, Beckenbauer and his men were the first teams to arrive in Italy. They did not receive a warm welcome like the Dutch, Irish, and Brazil; but were regarded as outsiders where the critics had been busy making this tournament a carnival of football, where the Azzurri, Netherlands, and Brazil were expected to lift the trophy.
England would finish as the fourth-best-team – a feat, which was unthinkable before the start of the tournament.
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 Italy down to its knee!
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