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59th Minute Jairzinho, Brazil v England, World Cup 1970 Group Stage

Context

England were World Champions and Brazil were searching for their third World Cup. Many thought this England side was actually better than the side that won in 1966 whilst the Brazilian side went on to be considered one of the greatest sides of all-time.

It’s a match famous for Bobby Moore’s brilliant tackle on Jairzinho when he was running at him at full pace. Gordon Banks producing an amazing save to deny Pele scoring with head. And also…

The Goal

A beautifully worked goal, the ball makes its way from one side of the box to the other with Tostao, Pele and finally Jairzinho all involved…

 

What Happened Next?

Brazil won the World Cup for the third time and kept the Jules Rimet Trophy. The Jules Rimet trophy has been missing since 1983 when it was stolen from CBF’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. It’s believed it was melted down and sold for its value in gold.

England blew a two goal lead against West Germany in the quarter finals and didn’t qualify for a World Cup again until 1982.

Extras

The 1970 team was better than 1966 is a bit of a myth…? Good article below…

http://www.wsc.co.uk/the-archive/963-Football-myths/3717-england-1970-better-than-66

Full Match here…

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