The 1970 World Cup is now remembered as a classic - but, as usual, the tournament was preceded by disputes over the organisation of the event. This World Cup was the first one to be televised in colour. However, to fit into the European viewing schedules, some matches kicked off at noon. This was an unpopular decision with many players and managers because of the intense heat in Mexico at that time of day.
In Group 1, hosts Mexico lived up to the expectations of an entire nation by advancing along with the Soviet Union. Group 2 of the opening round produced just six goals in six games as Uruguay, reigning South America champions, and the reigning European champions, Italy, prevailed over Sweden and surprise qualifiers. The first great moments of this memorable World Cup happened in Group 3, where two-time former World champion Brazil were pooled with the current world champions England and solid European sides Czechoslovakia and Romania. In their opening game against Czechoslovakia Pelé audaciously attempted to lob a shot over Czechoslovak goalkeeper Ivo Viktor from the halfway line that missed the goal by a whisker. The "Clash of the Champions" between Brazil and England lived up to all expectations, best remembered for a Pelé’s powerful close-range downward header that was kept out by an amazing save from Gordon Banks, who somehow managed to get down to the ball and flick it upwards and over the bar. In Group 4, Peru and its attacking style created a sensation by qualifying ahead of established side Bulgaria who missed out to West Germany who were destined to meet England in the Quarter-finals for a rematch of the 1966 Final.
Release Date: 17 August 2009
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1970
Main Language: English