The 1970 World Cup Final was a classic.
In the humid Azteca, the gung-ho Brazilians faced the world’s tightest defence although, surprisingly, the Italian forwards regularly embarrassed the Brazilian defence in a thrilling match. In the final analysis, the class and magic of the South Americans was simply too much to contain. The late goal from Alberto is still considered one of the greatest goals ever scored in the history of the tournament as a total of 8 outfield players from Brazil passed the ball before Alberto hammered the ball into the corner of the Italian goal following an inch perfect pass across the Italian 18 yard box from Pelé, prompted by the intelligent Tostão, who, with his back to the goal, told Pelé that Alberto was steaming in on the right flank. Tostão started the move 5 yards from the left of the Brazilian 18 yard box, then ran the length of the field to the Italian box without touching the ball again to tell Pelé to lay it off for Alberto. The players involved in the passes in order were Tostão, Brito, Clodoaldo, Pelé, Gérson, defender Clodoaldo beat 4 Italian players in his own half before passing to Rivelino who hit a perfect pass down the wing to Jairzinho. Jairzinho crossed from the wing to the centre of the box to Pelé who held the ball up to play a pass for Alberto to smash it home. The only outfield players not involved in the move were Everaldo and Piazza.
With this third win after 1958 and 1962, Brazil earned the right to retain the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently. (Ironically, it was stolen in 1983 while on display in Rio de Janeiro and never recovered.) Brazilian coach Mário Zagallo was the first footballer to become World Cup champion as a player (1958, 1962) and a coach
Release Date: 17 August 2009
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1970
Main Language: English