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The Magic of Mexico 86

35 years ago today, on May 31, 1986, at around 11am local time, the eyes of the world were on the stunning Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for the opening ceremony of the 13th FIFA World Cup. The curious mix of semi-naked dancers, piñatas, military officers and a life-sized Pique were gone even before defending […]

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Pele #10

Pele opened the scoring for the Samba boys in the 1970 World Cup final. Brazil went on to beat Italy 4-1 to lift the Jules Rimet for the third time in their history. It would be Pele’s last World Cup.

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Italia 1990 Revisited

Scorched Earth Thatcher’s dark shadow was cast over England in the Eighties. A bleak and desolate country. The Specials serenaded the decade with the haunting anthem, ‘Ghost Town’, to a backdrop of inner-city decay and industrial decline. The working class were conflicted between the sceptre of mass unemployment and the gratification of council house ownership. […]

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Classic Encounters: Scotland 3 Holland 2 World Cup 1978

At the World Cup in Argentina 1978, Scotland’s team was brimming with talent with the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Archie Gemmill and Joe Jordan in the squad making them fifth favourites with the bookies to lift the Jules Rimet trophy just behind hosts Argentina, Brazil, West Germany and Holland. However, it seemed that […]

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England 3 Poland 0

England’s Gary Lineker bagged a first half hat trick to help the Three Lions progress to the next round of the World Cup in Mexico 1986.

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San Marino 1 England 7

Back in 1993, England put seven past San Marino with Ian Wright netting four but they still failed to qualify for USA 94 after Holland and Norway qualified ahead of the Three Lions.

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Willie, a World Cup pioneer.

In England 1966, ‘World Cup Willie’ became the first of his kind when he became the first mascot to appear in a FIFA World Cup finals, a trend that has been carried on to this day. The inaugural Willie was a typical symbol of the United Kingdom, a Lion dressed in red, white and blue from […]

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