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Saturday 18 November 2017

Scintillating Samba Boys hit perfection in Mexico heat TOMORROW in our fantastic collection

DVD 10, 1970:

A tournament of iconic moments, played out in the baking heat of Mexico, resulted in worthy winners. This was a superb Brazilian side, arguably the best ever, with Pele ending his World Cup career in style and Rivelino, Tostao and the remarkable Jairzinho all prominent, the latter scoring in every game.

Yet the most replayed goal of the lot came from a defender, the team's skipper Carlos Alberto, who capped the perfect team move to put the icing on the cake in the destruction of Italy in the final.

It was typical of that Brazilian team, though, with outscoring the opposition their priority.

Indeed, they conceded more goals in the course of the tournament -- seven -- than any champions since then.

Defending champions England were engulfed in drama before the tournament started, with skipper Bobby Moore accused of stealing a bracelet in Bogota, Colombia although he was freed to play in the competition and later cleared.

Gordon Banks' save from Pele in their group meeting was the original world-class save, but Alf Ramsey's side were sent packing by West Germany, who gained a modicum of revenge for their final defeat four years earlier.

German striker Gerd Moller was actually the competition's top scorer with 10 goals, but, like the other unsuccessful nations, they were merely members of the supporting cast. This was a Brazilian show.

The 15 titles

in our fantastic collection

1. Germany 2006

2. Korea/Japan 2002

3. France 1998

4. USA 1994

5. Italy 1990

6. Mexico 1986

7. Spain 1982

8. Argentina 1978

9. Germany 1974

10. Mexico 1970

11. England 1966

12. Chile 1962

13. Sweden 1958

14. Switzerland 1954

15. Uruguay 1930

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