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World Cup At Goodison

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In 1966 football really did come home to England.

The eighth World Cup competition was held on these shores and, as one of the leading venues in the country, Goodison Park was selected to host five of the matches.

The Merseyside public had the privilege of watching some of the finest football displayed in the whole tournament, with the great Pele taking part in the only competitive games he ever played in England.

Portugal, too, graced the hallowed Goodison turf and, inspired by the legendary Eusebio, staged one of the greatest comebacks of all time to defeat North Korea.

Everton's home was the venue for the first goal scored in the tournament, and no other stadium witnessed more strikes throughout the finals.

Here we re-live Goodison's impact on a World Cup that will never be forgotten...

Brazil Off To A Flyer

Unlike the modern format for the World Cup, there were fewer nations involved in 1966. There were just four groups of four teams - and Goodison was fortunate enough to host what was undeniably the most attractive section.

It featured three of the best sides in the competition, making it the proverbial 'Group of Death'. The holders, Brazil, were pitted against two highly-fancied European sides in the shape of the mercurial Hungarians and a Portuguese outfit featuring the mighty Eusebio.

The day after England had opened the tournament with a 0-0 draw against Uruguay, Goodison staged the first game of the group between Pele's Brazil and the group outsiders, Bulgaria.

Although Brazil were in a transition period between the 1958 and 1962 World Cup-winning sides and their fabulous 1970 team, they were still formidable opponents, featuring not only Pele but also Garrincha, rated by many Brazilian observers as an equal player to the man generally regarded as the greatest in history.

Pele BulgariaBrazil's Pele apologises to a photographer after nearly sending him flying during Brazil's victory over Bulgaria.

It was therefore appropriate that both legends got their names on the scoresheet as the holders recorded a comfortable 2-0 win.

Pele opened the scoring in the game - and the competition - with an explosive free-kick after just 13 minutes and the 'Little Bird', Garrincha, added a second shortly after the hour mark, again from a free-kick.

However, a string of cynical fouls on their inspired number 10 was a grim sign of things to come for the Brazilians.

Tuesday, 23 July 1966

Brazil 2 (Pele, Garrincha) Bulgaria 0

Attendance: 52,847

Brazil: Gilmar, Djalma, Santos, Bellini, Altair, Paulo Henrique, Denilson, Lima, Garrincha, Alcindo, Pele, Jairzinho.

Bulgaria: Naidenov, Chalamanov, Penev, Voutsov, Gaganelov, Kitov, Jetchev,Dermendjiev, Asparoukhov, Yakimov, Kolev.

The Magnificent Magyars

With Hungary having suffered defeat against Portugal in their opener at Old Trafford, the Magyars had to win their match against Brazil at Goodison two days later to keep their hopes of qualification for the knockout stages alive.

They duly achieved this, and in some style, in what was one of the best games ever seen on the ground.

The outcome could have been so different had Brazil been able to call upon the services of Pele, but the great man was out injured.

The majestic Ferenc Bene had tormented Everton for Ujpest Dozsa in Europe the previous season and netted after just three minutes.

Jairzinho diving header against HungaryJairzinho of Brazil attempts a diving header against Hungary.

And while Tostao equalised for Brazil, the Hungarians remained in control, the game being dominated by Florian Albert, a player who 12 months later would become European Footballer of the Year.

When it arrived, the second Hungarian goal was one of the finest scored during the entire tournament.

Bene's cross was met by Janos Farkas who, running at full speed into the penalty area, caught the ball perfectly. His low volley nearly drilled a hole in the net at the Gwladys Street End such was its force.

A Kalman Meszoly penalty 18 minutes from time confirmed a deserved 3-1 win for the Hungarians - a result which truly fired Group 3 to life.

Friday, 15 July 1966

Brazil 1 (Tostao) Hungary 3 (Bene, Farkas, Meszoly)

Attendance: 57,455.

Hungary: Gelei, Kapozta, Matrai, Szepesi, Meszoly, Sipos, Bene, Mathesz, Albert, Farkas, Rakosi.

Brazil: Gilmar, Djalma Santos, Bellini, Altair, Paulo Henrique, Gerson, Lima, Garrincha, Alcindo, Tostao, Jairzinho.

When Eusebio Met Pele

The three big teams were still in it when Portugal met Brazil in front of an expectant crowd of 58,479 at Goodison on 19 July.

The Brazilians made nine changes to the side that had capitulated to Hungary but they were helpless as Portugal - Eusebio in particular - ran riot. 

Portugal had already beaten Hungary and Bulgaria in Group 3 but their determination to earn another win was evident in their brutal treatment of Pele - a cynical mob job that led to the Brazilian legend being carried from the pitch.

One goal from Eusebio was particularly memorable - a volley from the right-hand side of the box that brought a memorable line from David Coleman on the BBC. "Oh my word! Have you ever seen anything like that?," exclaimed the great, late commentator.

Pele injured against PortugalInjured, Pele is led from the Goodison Park pitch.

The eventual 3-1 win confirmed the Portuguese as group winners and it also proved to be the end of the road for Garrincha: remarkably it was the first time he had been on the losing side in 50 internationals.

Hungary's 3-1 victory at Old Trafford against Bulgaria meant they also progressed to the quarter-finals, as the holders, Brazil, were left to begin the long journey home.
Tuesday, 19 July 1966

Brazil 1 (Rildo) Portugal 3 (Simoes, Eusebio 2).

Attendance: 62,204.

Brazil: Manga, Fidelis, Brito, Orlando, Rildo, Denilson, Lima, Jairzinho, Silva. Pele, Parana.

Portugal: Jose Pereira, Morais, Batista, Vicente, Hilario, Coluna, Jaime Graca, Jose Augusto, Eusebio, Torres, Simoes.

North Korean Heartache

Portugal stayed at Goodison for their quarter-final tie against North Korea, a side fresh from a famous humbling of Italy at Ayresome Park.

The game lived up to all expectations, proving to be one of the most memorable matches in World Cup history.

The North Koreans raced into a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes and, with the crowd chanting "We want three", they duly obliged four minutes later through Yang Sung-Kook.

Eusebio goal v North KoreaEusebio's four goals inspired a remarkable Portugal comeback against surprise package North Korea.

But it was just a matter of time before Eusebio got into his awesome stride and, after pulling one back on 26 minutes, he drilled home a penalty just before half-time to make the score 3-2 at the break.

On the hour, he struck home a fine throughball to level and within three minutes was fouled in the area before successfully converting another spot-kick for his and Portugal's fourth.

A magnificent comeback was complete and, 10 minutes from the end, Jose Augusto made it 5-3 from Eusebio's corner to end any lingering hopes of a North Korean revival.

It didn't stop the Asian nation fighting valiantly until the final whistle, but the greater experience and know-how of the Portuguese won the day.

Eusebio ended the tournament as the leading goalscorer, although Portugal's run ended at the semi-final stage, against England at Wembley.
Saturday, 23 July 1966

Portugal 5 (Eusebio 4, Augusto) North Korea 3 (Pak Seung-Jin, Li Dong-Woon, Yang Hook).

Attendance: 51,780.

North Korea: Li Chang-Myung, Lim Zoong-Sun, Shin Jung-Kyoo, Ha Jung-Won, Oh Yoon-Kyung, Pak Do-Ik, Im Shung-Hwi, Hang Bon-Jin, Pak Seung-Jin, Li Dong-Woon, Yang Hook.

Portugal: Jose Pereira, Morais, Batista, Vicente, Hilario, Coluna, Jaime Graca, Jose Augusto, Eusebio, Torres, Simoes.

Semi-Final Joy For West Germany

Wembley staged the England versus Portugal semi-final and Goodison Park hosted the other, between West Germany and Russia.

The Russians, who had the legendary Lev Yashin in goal, the only keeper to have ever won the prestigious European Footballer of the Year award, had fortuitously overcome Hungary in the previous round.

The tie was always going to be an anti-climax after what had gone before and, interestingly, the gate of 38,000 was the lowest for the five games staged by Everton.

West Germany celebrate semi win at Goodison World Cup 1966West Germany celebrate their semi-final victory over Russia.

In a real physical battle, the Germans came through 2-1, with Franz Beckenbauer - playing in his first World Cup - scoring the crucial second goal to add to an earlier effort from Helmut Haller.

Five days later, West Germany lost in the final as England were crowned champions thanks to a 4-2 win at Wembley.
Monday, 25 July 1966

West Germany 2 (Haller, Beckenbauer) Soviet Union 1 (Parkoujan).

Attendance: 38,000.

West Germany:
Tillkowski, Lutz, Schulz, Schnellinger, Weber, Beckenbauer, Haller, Seller, Held, Overath, Emmerich.

Soviet Union: Yashin, Ponomarev, Chesterniev, Danilov, Voronin, Khosainov, Sabo, Chislenko, Banichevski, Malafeev, Parkoujan.



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