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 These are the final stages of the competition for all the Countries who have qualified.

 

1950 – The Chosen 13 in Brazil               MS.DVD.681   52 mins   b/white

For the first time ever, here is the only known footage of the 1950 Tournamanent in Brazil. Only 13 teams featured, and it culminated in a titanic battle between favourites, Brazil and World Champions, Uruguay. In the newly-built Maracana stadium, containing a staggering 205,000 fans, Brazil were defeated by the brilliant Alcides Ghiggia. The silence in the stadium was deafening! Also features the humiliating defeat of a very strong English side by the USA. Translated from the Spanish into an English commentary. 

1954 – The last 16 in Switzerland        MS.DVD.548   105 mins   b/white

The last 16 in Switzerland in the balmy summer of 1954...  plus the German highlights of the final. Spectators revel in the titanic battles on the field as the glorious Hungarians are robbed of their greatest prize. After Hungary beat Germany 8 - 3, the result was overturned in a controversial final, with strange refereeing decisions. Puskas, his team and his country never forgot their most bitter disappointment. History later confirmed their worst suspicions about the referee. For us, Hungary were the World Champions in 1954.

 

1958 – The last 16 in Sweden       MS.DVD.562   84 mins   b/white

The final stages saw the hosts going right to the finals, knocking out holders West Germany en route. All 4 British sides were there and Wales were only narrowly beaten by Brazil. Even Juste Fontaine’s amazing record of 13 goals in 6 games for France could not prevent a young Pele announcing his arrival with his first Jules Rimet trophy as Brazil bagged 5 in the final.

1962 – The last 16 in Chile      MS.DVD.565   97 mins   b/white

Chile proudly hosted the 1962 finals, expecting to do well against holders, Brazil, and a strongly-favoured West German side. Their success in getting to the last 4 was celebrated as if they had won the Trophy outright! However, high prices kept many home supporters outside the grounds, watching the matches on specially-sited TVs. Puskas made his World Cup farewell, playing for Spain, and even an injury to Pele could not halt Brazil, as the brilliant Tostao deputised whilst the Brazilians swept all before them.

 

1966 – The last 16 in England       MS.DVD.572   97 mins   colour

England welcomed the world in 1966 to a memorable competition - full of surprises, controversy and upsets. North Korea dumped Italy, Portugal dumped Pele, and the referee dumped Rattin in a bitter battle with Argentina. Ramsey’s ‘wingless wonders’ were physically too strong even for the efficient West Germans as Hurst bagged 3 in the epic two-hour Final. 

1970 – The last 16 in Mexico       MS.DVD.571    97 mins   colour

An ecstatic Mexico held a magical tournament and even got thorugh to the quarter-finals. The holders, England, were pipped by West Germany. The Brazilian juggernaut, with Pele in full flight in a devastating forward line,were simply too good for all others and regained the trophy with stacks of goals. 

1974 – The last 16 in West Germany       MS.DVD.574   94 mins   colour

With only Scotland to represent GB, and Pele retired at 31, the field was wide open. Brazil were below par, and Poland competed well with Lato netting 7 goals. Using a new league system in Round 2, Cruyff’s Holland and the powerful hosts ended top of their groups to secure a fascinating final. However, all of Holland’s skill could not overcome Beckenbauer’s classy West Germans, who were simply too good to lose. 

1978 – The last 16 in Argentina       MS.DVD.583   90 mins   colour

With huge political unrest in the host country, the '78 World Cup became the focus of world attention. England, let down by Revie, did not qualify but Scotland did and performed well. West Germany lost Beckenbauer and Holland lost Cruyff. Even so, both teams looked strong and with Brazil and Argentina strongly fancied the tournament was wide open.  At the end of the day, Mario Kempes showed the world that one great player can overturn all predictions. 

1982 – The last 24 in Spain       MS.DVD.659   92 mins   colour

With England, Scotland and Northern Ireland competing, Britain went to the 1982 finals in Spain with great hopes. With 24 sides competing for the first time, the holders Argentina and favourites Brazil were the teams to beat. However, after a two-year ban, Italian maestro Paulo Rossi set the tournament alight as his excellent side beat both South American teams and went on to a convincing final victory. 

1986 – The last 24 in Mexico       MS.DVD.665   80 mins   colour

The blatant Maradona handball put out England, but Lineker was the Golden Boot with 6 goals. Belgium were the big surprise, with France, Brazil, Spain and Denmark all making the running. The strong West Germans eventually fell to the Argentinians - what a shame that they won the cup in such an unsporting manner.

 

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