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Background

The 1974 World Cup Finals, the tenth FIFA World Cup, were held in West Germany from 13 June to 7 July.  West Germany were chosen as hosts at the 35th FIFA Congress in London on 6 July 1966 (along with those for the 1978 and 1982 Finals).  Spain and West Germany, both facing each other in the running for hosting duties for the 1974 and 1982 World Cups, agreed to withdraw from each other's bidding process.

The tournament marked the first time that the FIFA World Cup Trophy created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga, was awarded.

The Draw

The sixteen participating teams were divided into four groups, first by seeded teams and then by geographical location. All four teams will play each other once, at a draw conducted at the Radio Hall of Radio Hessen in Frankfurt on 5 January 1974.

West Europe East Europe South America Rest of the World
West Germany (seeded) Bulgaria Brazil (seeded) Australia
Italy (seeded) German Democratic Republic Argentina Haiti
Netherlands Poland Chile Sweden
Scotland Yugoslavia Uruguay (seeded) Zaire

The top two teams were then divided into two groups, in which all four teams will play each other once. The winners would then play each other in the Final, and the runners-up in the third-place match.

England Following a World Cup where they had qualified as hosts, and then one as holders, England found themselves having to win a World Cup qualification group for the first time in twelve years. They were paired with Poland and Wales in Group Five. With little room for error, England were held to a 1-1 draw at Wembley by the Welsh, after beating them in Cardiff. They then suffered their first ever World Cup qualifying defeat; 2-0, in Poland, with Alan Ball being sent off, but they could still qualify if they could win the return at Wembley on 17 October, 1973. England threw the kitchen sink at the Poles, but a combination of near misses, desperate goal-line clearances and some unorthodox goalkeeping, somehow kept the score at 1-1 and England were out. Sir Alf Ramsey was eventually sacked.
 

The Second Phase

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Netherlands 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 6
Brazil 3 2 0 1 3 3 =0 4
GDR 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3 1
Argentina 3 0 1 2 2 7 -5 1

26 June 1974 - both 7:30pm CET
Netherlands 4 Argentina 0 [2-0]
Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (55,348)
Cruijff (2), Krol, Rep
Brazil 1 GDR 0 [0-0]
Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover, Niedersachsen (58,463)
Rivelino
30 June 1974 - both 4:00pm CET
Brazil 2 Argentina 1 [1-1]
Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover, Niedersachsen (38,000)
Rivelino, Jairzinho
Brindisi
Netherlands 2 GDR 0 [1-0]
Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (67,148)
Neeskens, Rensenbrink
3 July 1974 - both 7:30pm CET
Argentina 1 GDR 1 [1-1]
Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen (53,054)
Houseman
Streich
Netherlands 2 Brazil 0 [0-0]
Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen (52,500)
Neeskens, Cruijff
Pereira
Group A
Group B
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
West Germany 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 6
Poland 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 4
Sweden 3 1 0 2 4 6 -2 2
Yugoslavia 3 0 0 3 2 6 -4 0

26 June 1974
4:00pm CET - West Germany 2 Yugoslavia 0 [1-0]
Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen (66,085)
Breitner, Müller
7:30pm CET- Poland 1 Sweden 0 [1-0]
Neckarstadion, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg (43,755)
Lato
30 June 1974
4:00pm CET - Poland 2 Yugoslavia 1 [1-1]
Waldstadion, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen (53,200)
Deyna (pen), Lato
Karasi
7:30pm CET - West Germany 4 Sweden 2 [0-1]
Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen (67,861)
Overath, Bonhof, Grabowski, Hoeness
Edström, Sandberg
3 July 1974
4:30pm CET - West Germany 1 Poland 0 [0-0]
Waldstadion, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen (61,249)
Müller
7:30pm CET - Sweden 2 Yugoslavia 1 [1-1]
Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen (10/00037,700)
Edström, Torstensson
Šurjak

Third Place Play-off

6 July 1974 - 4:00pm CET
Poland 1 Brazil 0 [0-0]
Olympiastadion, München, Bayern (74,100)
Lato

 

The 1974 Final

7 July 1974 - 4:00pm CET
West Germany 2 Netherlands 1 [2-1]
Olympiastadion, München, Bayern (77,833)
Breitner (pen), Müller
Neeskens (pen)

 

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