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World Cup 1970: Cards, political tension and guaranteed quotas

El Salvador, Israel and Morocco qualified for the tournament for the first time, as FIFA gave Africa and Asia a guaranteed spot.

Host: Mexico
equipment: sixteen
Format: group stage, knockout
Matches: 32
Goals: 95
Winner: Brazil
runners-up: Italy
Golden Boot: Gerd Müller (Germany)


The World Cup came to North America for the first time and became the first to have representation from six continents.

FIFA gave guaranteed places to Africa and Asia, and El Salvador, Israel and Morocco qualified for the tournament for the first time.

Morocco and Israel kept separate when they formed groups to avoid political disputes and withdrawals.

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The use of yellow and red cards was introduced. Teams were also allowed to make substitutions for the first time in the tournament. They were limited to two.

It was the first tournament to have an official ball, Telstar, manufactured by Adidas.

The tournament was held in five cities. The final was played at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City with a capacity of 100,000 people.

The Brazilian team of the 1970 World Cup is widely regarded as the greatest of all time due to its high level of scoring and attacking style of play. He won all six matches and scored 19 goals on his way to a third World Cup title.

It was Pelé’s last World Cup, and he left after making his mark in the final. He scored the first goal for Brazil and made assists for the third and fourth goals. They led to a 4-1 victory over Italy.

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By winning three World Cups, Brazil managed to keep the Jules Rimet Trophy. The gold World Cup trophy was introduced in 1974.

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The 1970 World Cup was the first to be broadcast in color. It also had an average match attendance of 50,000 for the first time.

It has been called the best World Cup in history due to Brazil’s golden team and Pelé’s last appearance in the tournament.

Brazilian Jairzinho became known as the “Hurricane of the World Cup” after scoring a goal in each of his team’s matches.


The matches were played in the evening during the hottest part of the day, so they could be broadcast during the prime nighttime viewing hours in Europe.

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