Dates: May 31 – June 21
Brazil won their third World Cup, dominating Italy in the final. The «canarinha» had a perfect tournament, winning every match.
The Brazilian team was full of stars, considered one of the best National teams in sport’s history. Pele, Carlos Alberto, Gerson, Rivelino and Jairzinho were some of the players representing their country. Italy also played with football legends in Dino Zoff, Luigi Riva, Gianni Rivera and Giacinto Facchetti.
Federal Republic of Germany finished third, beating Uruguay one goal to nil. The Germans lost in the semifinals against Italy, in a match considered as the «Game of the Century», for its intensity, great level of play, quantity of goals scored, and the memorable performance of Franz Beckenbauer. Beckenbauer dislocated his shoulder at the 67th minute after being knocked down by Pierluigi Cera on the edge of the Italian penalty area, playing most of the game with a sling in his arm.
England could not repeat as word champions, losing against the Federal Republic of Germany in the quarterfinals.
Peru had an outstanding performance at the World Cup, reaching the quarterfinals, losing to Brazil. Teófilo Cubillas was their leading man, scoring five goals during the competition.
Brazil vs. Uruguay: 3 – 1
Goals: Luis Cubilla 18′, Clodoaldo 45′, Jairzinho 76′, Roberto Rivelino 90′
Italy vs. Federal Republic of Germany: 4 – 3
Goals: Roberto Boninsegna 8′, Karl – Heinz Schnellinger 90′, Gerhard Müller 95′ – 110′, Tarcisio Burgnich 99′, Luigi Riva 104′, Gianni Rivera 111′
Federal Republic of Germany vs. Uruguay: 1 – 0
Goal: Wolfgang Overath 27′
Brazil vs. Italy: 4 – 1
Goals: Pelé 19′, Roberto Boninsegna 37′, Gerson 66′, Jairzinho 71′, Carlos Alberto 87′
|1. Gerhard Müller||Federal Republic of Germany||6||9|
|3. Teófilo Cubillas||Peru||4||5|
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