1966 World Cup

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Vialli says England struggle to handle pressure

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London (AFP) – Gianluca Vialli has warned that England’s record at major tournaments will only improve once their players learn how to handle pressure.

The former Italy striker has spent more than two decades living and working in England, first playing for Chelsea before managing the Blues and Watford.

Vialli says England struggle to handle pressure

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London (AFP) – Gianluca Vialli has warned that England’s record at major tournaments will only improve once their players learn how to handle pressure.

The former Italy striker has spent more than two decades living and working in England, first playing for Chelsea before managing the Blues and Watford.

England are ‘future of football’ says Slovakia boss

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London (AFP) – Slovakia manager Jan Kozak has praised the rising stars in England’s side as the “future of football” ahead of the teams’ World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Monday.

England are two points clear of Slovakia at the top of European qualifying Group F and victory in London would leave them within touching distance of getting to next year’s finals in Russia.

England are ‘future of football’ says Slovakia boss

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London (AFP) – Slovakia manager Jan Kozak has praised the rising stars in England’s side as the “future of football” ahead of the teams’ World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Monday.

England are two points clear of Slovakia at the top of European qualifying Group F and victory in London would leave them within touching distance of getting to next year’s finals in Russia.

Retro Football: Remembering The Late, Great Bobby Moore In Five Timeless Photos

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On the 23rd anniversary of the great Bobby Moore's death on 24th February, 1993 here's an attempt to capture the spirit not only of one of England's greatest players but also one of its most stylish icons.

Let's crack on, shall we? (Hover over images to readthe caption)

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This picture won't be far from any Moore retrospective.

The Unpublished 1966 World Cup It was a classic tournament....

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The Unpublished 1966 World Cup

It was a classic tournament. England beat the Germans on a day that will never be forgotten in the history of football. And not just because the English will never let us forget it.

Those German Dopes

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One of the most controversial games in World Cup history just increased and decreased in controversy simultaneously. That's an achievement in itself.

The 1966 World Cup final was marked by the was-it-or-wasn't-it-over-the-line debate over Geoff Hurst's third and decisive goal.

Greavsie insists that Roo’s smoking is no big deal

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You've heard of Jimmy Greaves of course, everyone has even though he stopped playing nearly 40 years ago. Greaves was one of the greatest goal scorers England has ever produced which makes his recent...

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1966 + 4: The World-Conquering England We Never Saw

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By Ed Barrett

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The two teams line up before the match: (l-r) West Germany's Horst-Dieter Hottges, Wolfgang Overath, Siggi Held, Helmut Haller, Wolfgang Weber, Lothar Emmerich, Willi Schulz, Franz Beckenbauer, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger, Hans Tilkowski and Uwe Seeler, linesman Tofik Bakhramov, referee Gottfried Dienst, linesman Karol Galba, England's Bobby Moore, George Cohen, Alan Ball, Gordon Banks, Roger Hunt, Ray Wilson, Nobby Stiles, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Jack Charlton

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Public opinion is fickle at the best of times, and never more so that where the national football team is concerned.

The 1966 World Cup Final As Art

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This is pretty fantastic:

That's a tracing of the movement of England fullback George Cohen during the 1966 World Cup final by David Marsh in a London exhibition called "Some People Are On The Pitch". As his site explains:

The project traces the movement of the players throughout the 1966 World cup final between England and West Germany to create a 'portrait' of the nation's most treasured sporting victory.

David James on World Cup History

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The ever-candid David James offers some interesting responses in an interview with the Guardian's David Hytner.

He's particularly confused by why a save from Gordon Banks that helped England win the 1966 World Cup final is less famous than the save Banks made four years later in England's 1-0 loss to Brazil in the group stage of the 1970 World Cup:

"Banks's save in the final wasn't just a continental tip-over-the-bar, fling-your-legs-about job, it was a proper decent save and I never knew anything about it until I saw the DVD," James said.

England World Cup History (Part I: 1950 – 1970)

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Before I start typing this, and before you start reading, I should 'fess up that I'm an England fan. Hopefully I'm not too biased and can write a post about the World Cup history of England in an objective manner. Even when discussing the events of 1966 and 1986.

Has England World Cup hero lost his marbles?

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World Cup 1966 hero Geoff Hurst thinks England won't win the main prize in South Africa this year. While he's not alone in holding this perfectly reasonable view, Hurst's pessimism is backed by some bizarre reasoning.

"We're a tiny bit short up front," Hurst told BBC Radio 5 Live, a remark which suggests he has never seen Peter Crouch.

Photo Daily: Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough

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Ayresome Park from the air, home of Middlesbrough FC from 1903 to 1995 and a World Cup finals venue in 1966.

Photo credit: ex_in_newc on Flickr, via the Pitch Invasion Photo Pool.

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Bobby Moore

England's Elusive Hero

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Bobby Moore The Man in Full by Matt Dickinson Yellow Jersey Press

Bobby Moore died in 1993 aged only 51.

A year before I was stumbling boozily through the back streets of Stockholm with a couple of QPR fans I had met in Malmo, ahead of England's make or break Euro '92 showdown with Sweden in Solna (Tomas Brolin scored the winner in a 2-1 win for the hosts which knocked England out and ended Gary Lineker's international career).

The iconic Bobby Moore No.6 shirt for just £19.66 at Camporetro.

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The countdown to the crunch game with Uruguay is now on and it's been a while since we last tasted World Cup success. Celebrate our 1966 World Cup win with this classic from Campo Retro for just £19.66. Simply use code ‘1966' at the checkout.

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Portugal Legend Eusebio Dies at 71 Years Old

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At 71 years old Benfica and Portugal legend Eusebio has passed away due to cardiac failure. Amongst the vast number of strikers remembered as legends of the beautiful game, few can hold goalscoring records as impressive as Eusebio's. With 733 goals in 745 competitive games, Eusebio's efforts were not only numerous but also memorable.

Portugal Legend Eusebio Dies at 71 Years Old

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At 71 years old Benfica and Portugal legend Eusebio has passed away due to cardiac failure. Amongst the vast number of strikers remembered as legends of the beautiful game, few can hold goalscoring records as impressive as Eusebio's. With 733 goals in 745 competitive games, Eusebio's efforts were not only numerous but also memorable.

Germany v Spain At The World Cup

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The obligatory YouTube round up.

The big game was the final of Euro 2008 when Spain took the trophy but will restrict ourselves to the World Cup.

We begin with the glamour of Birmingham in 1966. And a German win:



1982 and the hosts are on the losing side as Germany repeat their 2-1 win from 1966:



And 1994.

2010 World Cup: Learning From Sir Alf?

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"The wait is almost over for England fans young and old." Kate Silverton's just told me that so it must be true. How many of those fans, readying themselves for England v USA, know much about the man that Fabio Capello seeks to emulate at this World Cup? Most will know about Geoff Hurst and Bobby Charlton.

We All Support The Underdog At Heart

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Steve Bernard

The World Cup is almost upon us and there aren't many genuine football fans left who aren't looking forward to the tournament more and more everyday. The World Cup is the most special of all competitions. We can all remember where we were watching Zinedine Zidane headbutt Marco Materazzi in 2006, or David Beckham's penalty against Argentina in 2002, and of course David Beckham's red card against the same opposition in St Etienne in 1998.

South Africa 2010 World Cup Bingo/Drinking Game

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The World Cup is here; there is nothing better than watching the games with friends, having a few drinks and watching a game of football.Â

In case the football is not quite enough on it's own to entertain you, this World Cup bingo/drinking game could possibly make things more interesting.

North Korea’s fairytale in the 1966 World Cup

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North Korea have clinched a place in the World Cup finals for the first time since 1966. That appearance in England remains one of the most extraordinary in the history of the finals perhaps as extraordinary as the fact that the North Korean team of today is almost as much as an enigma emerging from a closed society as that of their predecessor over forty years ago.

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All the goals from the 1966 World Cup as GIFs

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An awesome post popped up on reddit this week where a user uploaded GIFs of all the goals from the 1966 World Cup. Some amazing strikes in here, here are a couple of my favorites.

What a hit from Garrincha!

Franz Beckenbauer take a bow.

Can't forget the eventual World Cup winner, creating the original need for goal line review.

The Referee Is Not A True Artist: Jack Taylor, World Soccer Referee

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For Jack Taylor, the referee for the 1974 World Cup final, handling players was much like handling the clientele at the Wolverhampton butcher shop he worked at throughout his career.

"I think my experience behind the counter at the butcher's shop helped because it made me fairly good at chatting people up," he wrote in his 1976 autobiography, Jack Taylor: World Soccer Referee.

They Think It's Ball Over

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Can't resist it. The Uruguayan Mauricio Espinosa and the Azerbaijani Tofik Bakhramov now represent the ying and yang of linesmen in English football. Back in 1966 Germany couldn't immediately call for goal line technology. Instead they settled for exacting their revenge over 44 years. An exquisitely cold banquet of vengeance.