1970 – Mexico

World Cup 1970 Final

1970 World Cup champion: The Brazilian team who gives Pelé a lift

World Cup 1970 Facts

World Cup 1970 Poster

1970 World Cup poster

  • Date: 31 May – 21 June
  • Final: Brazil – Italy 4-1
  • 3rd place: Uruguay – West Germany 0-1
  • Teams: 16
  • Stadiums: 5
  • Host cities: 5
  • Matches played: 32
  • Goals: 95
  • Attendance: 1,603,975
  • Top scorer: Gerd Müller (West Germany) (10 goals)

World Cup 1970 Background

2 countries were bidding for hosting the 9th World Cup in 1970: South American country Argentina and North American country Mexico. This was the first time a North American country was officially interested. During the bidding process, it was quickly clear Mexico was receiving more votes (56 votes) than Argentina (32 votes).

On October 8 1964 in Tokyo the day of the vote, FIFA officially announced it would be Mexico to host the 1970 World Cup. For the first time a World Cup would be hosted in a different continent outside South America and Europe.

There was some controversy about Mexico being the host country due to the high temperature and high altitudes which might affect player’s performance. The temperature was especially perceived as an issue since the matches would be played in the afternoon to suit European television schedules. At the end these factors did not become any issue during the 1970 World Cup.

World Cup 1970 Background

5 host cities in Mexico

World Cup 1970 Participants

75 countries entered the qualification rounds although this amount reduced due to withdrawals and rejected entries. Mexico as host country qualified automatically together with 1966 World Cup winner England.

8 places for Europe excluding England were allocated to the following countries: Soviet Union, Italy, West Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Sweden and Romania.

3 places for South America were allocated to the following countries: Brazil, Uruguay and Peru which qualified for the first time since the first World Cup in 1930.

1 place for North/Central America and Caribbean was allocated to country El Salvador which qualified for the first time.

El Salvador and Honduras had to play a total of 3 qualification matches in order for El Salvador to end up as the winner. After the first 2 matches both had equal points, resulting in the need for a 3rd match. Due to the hostile relationship between the 2 countries, these qualification matches intensified the riots which resulted in the 1969 football war.

What was new about the place allocations was that Africa would not have to play a play-off against another country from another continent. For the first time in World Cup history an African country would qualify directly for a World Cup. The reason for this change was the 1966 World Cup massive boycott from African countries. They didn’t agree to play and win a play-off first against another country outside Africa, in order to guarantee World Cup participation.

1 place for Africa was allocated to country Morocco which qualified for the first time.

1 place for Asia was allocated to country Israel which also qualified for the first time.

World Cup 1970 Match Ball

1970 World Cup match ball “Telstar” – First World Cup ball by Adidas and first ball with an official name

World Cup 1970 Groups

An aspect which can already be considered as a standardized format is the division of the 16 countries in groups of 4. 6 matches would be played in total per group where every group member would play against the other 3 group members (the round-robin format).

FIFA however, announced with this World Cup, not to seed the countries. This means the focus was not on performance and strength. This time the groups were formed according to their geographical groupings and their political situations were also considered. The groups were formed in such a way certain teams would not encounter each other in the Quarter-Finals.

1 point was rewarded for a draw, and 2 points for a win. 2 teams would advance to the next round, the Quarter-Finals. The number 1 teams of the groups played against the number 2 teams of other groups. In this knockout phase, 2 times 15 minutes would be played when after 90 minutes the score is still even. When the score is still even in the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals after the 30 minutes of extra time, a coin will be tossed by the referee in order to determine the winner.

When it comes to the Final, a rematch would be scheduled when the score is still a draw after the 30 minutes of extra time.

There was a change though regarding the goal average rule which was introduced in Sweden ’58. The goal average rule got replaced by the goal difference rule. The goal difference can be calculated with the following calculation: Goals scored minus goals conceded. So when we use the example of Brazil on the 1958 World Cup page (Brazil scored 5 goals in 3 group matches and 2 goals have scored against them), the goal difference would be 3 (5-2). From this World Cup on, the goal difference would be used in every World Cup.

If there was no goal difference between teams, lots had to be drawn to decide which team ends up in which position. Only from the 1978 World Cup on, the amount of goals scored will decide the position of the team in the group when the goal difference is the same. In World Cup history, lots had to be drawn only twice. The first time was in this World Cup between Group 1 members Soviet Union and Mexico. The 2nd time was in the 1990 World Cup between group F members Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands.

After the 1970 World Cup the Quarter-Finals stage would only make its next appearance in Mexico ’86 and the Semi-Finals stage only in Spain ’82.

The groups were as followed:

Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4
Soviet Union
Mexico
Belgium
El Salvador
Italy
Uruguay
Sweden
Israel
Brazil
England
Romania
Czechoslovakia
West Germany
Peru
Bulgaria
Morocco
World Cup 1970 Logo

1970 World Cup logo

World Cup 1970 Stadiums

5 stadiums were used in 5 host cities in the 1970 World Cup. Each group would play all their group matches in 1 of the 5 cities. Only group 2 matches have been played in 2 cities: Puebla and Toluca.

All the stadiums except for Estadio Luis Dosal were constructed in the 60s for the 1986 Olympics and the 1970 World Cup. It was this stadium Estadio Luis Dosal which was located more than 2,660 metres above sea level, the highest altitude of all stadiums. Some teams were preparing themselves in the stadiums way in advance in order to adapt and to cope with both the altitude and high temperatures.

The following 5 cities and 5 stadiums were used in Mexico:

Estadio Jalisco
Location: Guadalajara
Opened: 1960
Capacity: 62,384
Matches: 8
Status: Third largest stadium of Mexico and has been used in the 1986 World Cup
Estadio Nou Camp
Location: León
Opened: 1967
Capacity: 33,943
Matches: 7
Status: Is a mid-sized stadium and has been used in the 1986 World Cup
Estadio Azteca
Location: Mexico City
Opened: 1966
Capacity: 115,500
Matches: 10
Status: Is Mexico's official and biggest stadium, and has been used in the 1986 World Cup
Estadio Cuauhtémoc
Location: Puebla
Opened: 1968
Capacity: 46,912
Matches: 3
Status: Stadium has been used in the 1986 World Cup and is in renovation since 2013
Estadio Luis Dosal
Location: Toluca
Opened: 1954
Capacity: 27,000
Matches: 4
Status: One of the oldest stadiums goes by the name Estadio Nemesio Díez (La Bombonera) and has been used in the 1986 World Cup

World Cup 1970 Schedule

Group 1 matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
31 May Mexico 0:0 Soviet Union
03 June Belgium 3:0 (1:0) El Salvador
06 June Soviet Union 4:1 (1:0) Belgium
07 June Mexico 4:0 (1:0) El Salvador
10 June Soviet Union 2:0 (0:0) El Salvador
11 June Mexico 1:0 (1:0) Belgium
Group 1 results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Soviet Union3210615
Mexico3210505
Belgium3102452
El Salvador3003090
Group 2 matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
02 June Uruguay 2:0 (1:0) Israel
03 June Italy 1:0 (1:0) Sweden
06 June Uruguay 0:0 Italy
07 June Sweden 1:1 (0:0) Israel
10 June Sweden 1:0 (0:0) Uruguay
11 June Italy 0:0 Israel
Group 2 results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Italy3120104
Uruguay3111213
Sweden3111223
Israel3021132
Group 3 matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
02 June England 1:0 (0:0) Romania
03 June Brazil 4:1 (1:1) Czechoslovakia
06 June Romania 2:1 (0:1) Czechoslovakia
07 June Brazil 1:0 (0:0) England
10 June Brazil 3:2 (2:1) Romania
11 June England 1:0 (0:0) Czechoslovakia
Group 3 results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Brazil3300836
England3201214
Romania3102452
Czechoslovakia3003270
Group 4 matches
Date Home Team Results Away Team
02 June Peru 3:2 (0:1) Bulgaria
03 June Germany FR 2:1 (0:1) Morocco
06 June Peru 3:0 (0:0) Morocco
07 June Germany FR 5:2 (2:1) Bulgaria
10 June Germany FR 3:1 (3:1) Peru
11 June Bulgaria 1:1 (1:0) Morocco
Group 4 results
TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGoals ForGoals AgainstPoints
Germany FR33001046
Peru3201754
Bulgaria3012591
Morocco3012261
Quarter-Finals
Date Home Team Results Away Team
14 June Brazil 4:2 (2:1) Peru
14 June Germany FR 3:2 a.e.t. (2:2, 0:1) England
14 June Italy 4:1 (1:1) Mexico
14 June Uruguay 1:0 a.e.t. Soviet Union
Semi-Finals
Date Home Team Results Away Team
17 June Brazil 3:1 (1:1) Uruguay
17 June Italy 4:3 a.e.t. (1:1, 1:0) Germany FR
Match for third place
Date Home Team Results Away Team
20 June Germany FR 1:0 (1:0) Uruguay
Final
Date Home Team Results Away Team
21 June Brazil 4:1 (1:1) Italy

World Cup 1970 Memorable Matches

Group Matches

Group 1

Mexico – El Salvador 4-0
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City – attendance: 103,058

This match was the first time 2 Central American countries faced each other in a World Cup. Mexico though was obviously the best team. Mexican Javier Valdivia scored the first goal in the last minute of the first half, but the goal is considered as controversial. A free kick was awarded to El Salvador near the touchline but it was a Mexican player who took it. He passed the ball to his teammate Aarón Padilla who ran towards the goal and passed the ball to Valdivia the goal scorer. To everyone’s surprise, the Egyptian referee didn’t disallow the goal. The El Salvador players protested immensely but this didn’t change the referee’s decision. El Salvador players restarted the match by kicking the ball into the crowd. Valdivia’s 2nd goal was scored in the first minute of the 2nd half. Javier Fragoso and Juan Basaguren scored a goal as well. Mexican Juan Basaguren became the first substitute to score a goal in the World Cup. Mexico advanced but had to accept the 2nd position. Both Soviet Union and Mexico ended up with equal points and equal goal difference. Therefore lots were drawn and Soviet Union ended up taking the first position of the group. In the match Mexico against Soviet Union, there were 2 unique happenings. Soviet Union player Anatoliy Puzach became the first substitute to be used in World Cup history and the first yellow card was given to Evgeny Lovchev, also from Soviet Union.


Group 2

Uruguay – Sweden 0-1
Estadio Cuauhtémoc, Puebla – attendance: 18,163

Group 2 was the lowest-scoring of the groups with only 6 goals scored in 6 matches. Sweden and Uruguay were playing their last group match of the tournament. In order for Sweden to advance, a total of 2 goals had to be scored. Swedish striker Ove Grahn managed to score 1 goal in the last minute of the match. This was not enough so Uruguay advanced due to the goal difference rule. Apparently FIFA replaced the scheduled referee for this match after bribery rumours appeared. Italy was the other group member to advance to the Quarter-Final.


Group 3 (Group of Death)

England – Brazil 0-1
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara – attendance: 66,843

1 of the memorable 1970 World Cup matches was this one. 2 favourites Brazil and England against each other. For the majority of the match, the result could go either way. Only in the 59th minute Brazilian winger Jairzinho scored the first and only goal of the match. Jairzinho would become the 3rd player in World Cup history to score in each World Cup match including the Final. He was therefore called Furacão da Copa (World Cup Hurricane). This group match also contained the most famous and 1 of the greatest World Cup saves by English goalkeeper Gordon Banks. He managed to stop Pelé’s quick header. Another great moment was Bobby Moore’s tackle on Jairzinho which was perfectly timed.  But what England might really remember best, is Jeff Astle’s miss towards the goal. Brazil topped the ‘group of death’ and England had to accept the 2nd position.

Group 4

Peru – West Germany 1-3
Estadio Nou Camp, León – attendance: 17,875

Both Peru and West Germany won their first 2 group matches.  German striker Gerd Müller nicknamed Der Bomber who played his first World Cup, scored in both matches. He scored a hat-trick in the match against Bulgaria and did the same against Peru. Peruvian forward Teófilo Cubillas played a great tournament as well and scored in each 1970 World Cup match including this one. Although Peru lost this match, they advanced to the next round for the first time in World Cup history together with West Germany.

Quarter-Finals

Italy – Mexico 4-1
Estadio Luis Dosal, Toluca – attendance: 26,851

Mexico ended up on the 2nd position of group 1 and therefore encountered Italy. Italy finally made it to the next round after 32 years. The last time was in 1938 where they won the Final. The match started well for Mexico with a goal scored by midfielder José Luis González. The first half ended in a 1-1 score but not because an Italian was able to score. It was Mexican Javier Guzmán who scored an own goal. In the 2nd half Italy was pretty clear about them advancing to the next round and not Mexico. 3 goals were scored by Luigi Riva (2x) and Gianni Rivera. Mexico was out and Italy would play a legendary match in the Semi-Final.


West Germany – England 3-2
Estadio Nou Camp, León – attendance: 23,357

This was a rematch of the 1966 World Cup Final. Coincidentally, the match was pretty similar as the Final. England was in a disadvantage since they missed their goalkeeper Gordon Banks. The day before the match, he suffered from food poisoning with violent stomach cramps and was to sick to play. He was replaced by  English goalkeeper Peter Bonetti. English pllayers Alan Mullery and Martin Peters scored the first goals of the match and changed the score into 0-2. 20 minutes later as was the case in many World Cup matches, West Germany were able to come back successfully. German sweeper Franz Beckenbauer scored first and 15 minutes later Uwe Seeler. The score was 2-2 now and extra time had to be played. Only 1 goal was scored in extra time, but this time it wasn’t England which scored the winning goal. It was German Gerd Müller who scored and changed the score into 2-3. He became the hero of the match and England was out of the tournament. Both upcoming Semi-Finals would be played by previous World Cup champions. 

Semi-Finals

Uruguay – Brazil 1-3
Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara – attendance: 51,261

For the first time since the 1950 World Cup Final Maracanaço, both countries faced each other again. Like in the 1950 World Cup, Brazil appeared to be a better team than Uruguay. Only this time, Brazil managed to beat Uruguay. It was player Luis Cubilla from Uruguay who scored the first goal of the match. The 1-0 score only changed 1 minute before half time by Brazilian midfielder Clodoaldo. In the 2nd half Brazilians Jairzinho and Rivelino scored each a goal and ended Uruguay’s hopes of advancing to the Final. A memorable moment came from Pelé, who let the ball run past him when Tostão passed the ball towards him. He tried to score quickly but the ball passed the goal. Anyways Brazil finally revenged themselves and exorcised the demons of their 1950 Final defeat, or at least a little bit.


Italy – West Germany 4-3 (Game of the Century)
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City – attendance: 102,444

This Semi-Final is considered as 1 of the greatest World Cup matches ever played. Why exactly? Because no less than 5 goals were scored during extra time! This was the first and last time this has ever happened in World Cup history. It started normally with a goal by striker Italian Roberto Boninsegna in the 8th minute. German Franz Beckenbauer had to play with a dislocated shoulder after a foul, since 2 players were already substituted. Afterwards no goals were scored in the first half and in the 45 minutes of the 2nd half no goals were scored either (which is hard to imagine!). Only in injury time Germany wouldn’t be Germany if they wouldn’t surprise the whole stadium and world with a last minute goal. It was defender Karl-Heinz Schnellinger who changed the score into 1-1. What happened in 30 minutes of extra time was pure entertainment. Gerd Müller started with changing the score into 1-2 which quickly changed into 2-2 by Italian Tarcisio Burgnich. Then it was Italy again with Luigi Riva to change the score into 3-2 which changed 6 minutes later in 3-3 by Gerd Müller. With this goal he became the 1970 World Cup top scorer with 10 goals in total. Only 1 minute later, the final goal was scored by Italian Gianni Rivera changing the final score into 4-3. The match was played in Estadio Azteca which contains a monument commemorating this famous match. Finally when Italy was able to advance to the 2nd round for the first time since 1938, they succeeded in reaching the Final for the 3rd time.

World Cup 1970 Matches

English translation: The Azteca Stadium pays homage to the National Teams of Italy (4) and Germany (3), who starred in the 1970 FIFA World Cup, the “Game of the Century”. June 17th 1970.

World Cup 1970 Final

Brazil against Italy, the first time 2 countries played against each other in a Final who previously won 2 World cups. For Brazil this was the 4th time to be in the Final after having won the 1962 World Cup Final. For Italy it was the 3rd time to play in a Final, after having played their last Final back in the 1938 World Cup.

Brazil and Italy have met before in a World Cup. They have played against each other in the 1938 World Cup and it was Italy that won the match.

Brazil was the ultimate favourite; the Brazilian team of the 1970 World Cup was as legendary as one could be. Defence was perfect, Attack was perfect, team work was perfect and co-ordination was perfect. The team is regarded as the greatest ever World Cup team, being 1 of the reasons why this World Cup is perceived as 1 of the best World Cups ever.

World Cup 1970 Final

The 1970 Brazilian team

On the 21st of June, it was in the great Estadio Azteca in Mexico City where the Final was held with around 107,000 attendees. Unlike many teams, Italy was not highly emphasizing on attack but was more defensive minded using the catenaccio style. As the match progressed, it was pretty obvious who would lift the Jules Rimet trophy at the end of the match. Italy, still recovering from the ‘Game of the Century’ Semi-Final, was able to stop Brazil from scoring for only 17 minutes. Pelé made the first goal with the head assisted by Rivelino (18′). This was the last World Cup goal scored by Pelé and it was Brazil’s 100th World Cup goal!

World Cup 1970 Final

Pelé celebrates his goal famously

19 minutes (37′) later it was Italian Roberto Boninsegna who scored the 1-1 due to a blunder in Brazilian’s defence (okay it wasn’t that perfect…). Only in the 2nd half did Brazil really showed their proper skills. It was Gérson who shot from a distance with absolute power the 2-1 (66′). Jairzinho was 5 minutes later responsible for the 3-1 (71′).

But the match was not over yet. Brazil wanted to finish and win the World Cup in absolute style. The 4th and last goal scored by Brazil, is considered as 1 of the greatest goals ever scored in World Cup history. 8 Brazilian players were involved before Carlos Alberto finally received the ball and shot Brazil to 4-1. The preparation and ball passing by the players were beautifully done, which was 1 of the reasons why Brazil was the rightful winner of the 1970 World Cup.

World Cup 1970 Final

Carlos Alberto scores the last and legendary goal of the World Cup

Even Italy had to admit: they lost to the best team of the World Cup. This was the 3rd time Brazil won the World Cup. Brazil became the most successful team surpassing Italy and Uruguay. Brazil earned the right to keep the Jules Rimet trophy according to the FIFA rules, since the World Cup was won 3 times on total. In 1983 however, this trophy was unfortunately stolen and destroyed in Rio de Janeiro.

This was the last World Cup for Pelé. He became the first and only player so far in World Cup history, to have won a World Cup 3 times. Pelé’s teammate Mário Zagallo became the first person to have won the World Cup Final as a player (1958) and as a coach (1970).

World Cup 1970 Final

Carlos Alberto is the first captain to kiss a World Cup trophy before lifting it up

Both teams would encounter each other again in a World Cup Final 24 years later. That next time would be the 2nd and last time so far 2 teams would encounter each other again in another World Cup Final.

Final goal by Carlos Alberto

World Cup 1970 Final

Italy = Blue (Coach: Ferruccio Valcareggi)
Brazil = Yellow (Coach: Mário Zagallo)

World Cup 1970 Mascot

World Cup 1970 Mascot

1970 World Cup mascot Juanito

The 2nd World Cup mascot is not an animal like the previous mascot, but a person. A little boy to be exact, with the name Juanito. Juanito means little John and is a very common name in Mexico. Juanito is wearing Mexico’s kit and a typical Mexican sombrero with the words MEXICO 70 on it. Like 1966 World Cup mascot World Cup Willie, Juanito is seen with a football. Only Juanito uses the Telstar football created by Adidas. Since the World Cup was now broadcasted worldwide and in colour, many people became aware of Juanito. He represents innocence and fair play in a World Cup where no red cards were used.

World Cup 1970 Records

  • 3 countries qualified for the first time: El Salvador, Israel and Morocco
  • Brazil won their 3rd World Cup
  • Brazil became the first country to have won the World Cup 3 times
  • First time the FIFA Fair Play Trophy Award was awarded as a certificate
  • First World Cup to be hosted in North America
  • First World Cup to be hosted outside Europe and South America
  • The Final has the greatest victory margin (3) together with the 1958 and 1998 Final
  • Brazil is the 3rd country to win every match before winning the Final
  • 2 substitutes were allowed for the first time per team in a match, before only injured players were allowed to be replaced
  • Referees were allowed to use yellow and red cards for the first time
  • First time the 4 Semi-Finalists are all previous World Cup winners
  • Brazilian player Jairzinho scored in every match including the Final, he is the 4th and last player so far to have succeeded this
  • Brazilian forward Pelé is the 2nd player to have scored a goal in 2 Finals (1958, 1970)
  • Brazilian Pelé and German Uwe Seeler are the only players who have scored in 4 World Cups, coincidentally both in 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970
  • Brazilian Mário Zagallo is the first person to have won the World Cup Final as a player (1958) and as a coach (1970)
  • German player Gerd Müller is the 3rd player to have scored 2 World Cup hat-tricks, both were scored in the 1970 World Cup
  • Anatoliy Puzach of the Soviet Union is the first player to have entered a World Cup match as a substitute, replacing Viktor Serebryanikov in the opening match against Mexico
  • Romanian player Răducanu Necula is the first keeper to have entered a World Cup match as a substitute, replacing Stere Adamache in the group match against Brazil
  • Evgeny Lovchev of the Soviet Union is the first player to have received the yellow card, in the opening match against Mexico
  • Mexican Juan Basaguren is the first substitute to have scored a goal in a World Cup match (against El Salvador)
  • Group 1 match Mexico against El Salvador is the first World Cup match were 2 Central American countries faced each other
  • Mexico became the first and last country in World Cup history so far, to have scored an own goal 3 times in total: in 1930, 1954 and 1970
  • This is the 2nd and last time so far no players were dismissed (with the red card), this is an all-time low record for a World Cup with at least 16 participants
  • Brazilian forward Pelé is the first player to have won a Golden Ball (1970) and a Silver Ball (1958) (after the Golden/Silver Ball were retrospectively awarded)
  • This is the only World Cup which Argentina could not qualify for

Did You Know

  • The goal average rule got replaced by the goal difference rule 
  • An African country qualified for the first time since the 1934 World Cup
  • Morocco is the 2nd African country after Egypt in 1934 to have played in a World Cup
  • The Jules Rimet trophy made its last World Cup appearance
  • Since Brazil won the World Cup for a 3rd time, they were allowed to keep the Jules Rimet trophy
  • The 1970 World Cup was a huge success and is considered as 1 of the best and most entertaining tournaments due to the attacking play many teams adopted
  • No official World Cup song was produced for this World Cup
  • First time a World Cup opening ceremony became a huge spectacle, which would only become more and more impressive in upcoming World Cups
  • Last World Cup for quiet some time where the first match was played by the host country, the previous World Cup winner would play the first match between the 1974 and 2002 World Cups
  • First time Italy made it to the Final since 1938
  • First World Cup that has been broadcast in colour
  • First time the term ‘Group of Death’ was used, referring to group 3 containing Brazil, England, Czechoslovakia and Romania
  • Brazilian Carlos Alberto is the first captain to kiss the Jules Rimet trophy before lifting it up after winning the Final
  • English player Bobby Moore was arrested in Colombia on his way to Mexico since he was falsely accused of stealing a bracelet; it is believed this was purposely done by someone fearing of his participation in the 1970 World Cup
  • On the eve of the match England against Brazil, Brazilian fans gathered outside the England hotel and purposely sang all night to disrupt the team’s sleep
  • Martí Ventolrà and José Vantolrá are the only father and son to have played for different countries in a World Cup; Martí for Spain in 1934 and José for Mexico in 1970
  • When Brazilian Pelé tied his laces just before the kick-off of the Final, the cameras zoomed in to reveal his Puma sneakers, Puma subsequently experienced a huge sales boost!
  • Telstar match ball is the first World Cup ball created by Adidas, which is since 1970 the FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball supplier till this day
  • First time a match ball had been given a unique World Cup name appropriate to its time
  • Telstar match ball is the first ball with 32 black and white panels and was better visible on black and white televisions
  • Telstar match ball is named after a small spherical communications satellite launched from Florida in 1962, which made live coverage of World Cup matches possible
  • The design of the Telstar match ball has become the stereotypical look for a football
  • Panini published its first now famous FIFA World Cup sticker album for the 1970 World Cup, and would continue selling this famous product for every upcoming World Cup

World Cup 1970 FIFA Awards

  • Golden Ball: Pelé (Brazil)
  • Silver Ball: Gérson (Brazil)
  • Bronze Ball: Gerd Müller (West Germany)
  • Golden Boot: Gerd Müller (West Germany) (10 goals)
  • Silver Boot: Jairzinho (Brazil) (7 goals)
  • Bronze Boot: Teófilo Cubillas (Peru) (5 goals)
  • Best Young Player Award: Teófilo Cubillas (21 years old) (Peru)
  • FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Peru
World Cup 1970 FIFA Awards

Pelé (Brazil)

World Cup 1970 FIFA Awards

Gerd Müller (West Germany)

 

World Cup 1970 FIFA All-Star Team

The 1970 FIFA All-Star Team includes 3 players which have been included before: German player Franz Beckenbauer, English player Bobby Charlton and Brazilian player Pelé. Franz Beckenbauer would be included once more in the next All-Star Team, whereas Pelé is included for the 2nd and final time after 12 years since 1958. He is the only player to have been included in 2 All-Star Teams which are 12 years apart.

GoalkeeperDefendersMidfieldersForwards
Ladislao Mazurkiewicz (Uruguay)Carlos Alberto (Brazil)
Atilio Ancheta (Uruguay)
Franz Beckenbauer (West Germany)
Giacinto Facchetti (Italy)
Gérson (Brazil)
Roberto Rivellino (Brazil)
Bobby Charlton (England)
Pelé (Brazil)
Gerd Müller (West Germany)
Jairzinho (Brazil)

World Cup 1970 in Action

1970 World Cup highlights

Greatest goals part 1

Greatest goals part 2

The World at Their Feet – Official 1970 World Cup Movie (in Portuguese)

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