It was a carnival atmosphere at Nantes’ intimate La Beaujoire Stadium. Throngs
of Spanish fans braved the short, but arduous crossing of the Pyrenees waving
flags, painted red and yellow, La Furia’s fanaticos were even up to challenging
1994 Brazil: Netherlands
Famed the world over for their sultry skills, Brazil landed on the shores of the
United States for one reason and one reason alone - to get their hands on the
FIFA World Cup. The three-time champions had not won the world championship for
1990 Cameroon: England
At a tournament that was criticised for being excessively defensive, this was
one game at Italia 90 that certainly had people on the edge of their seats.
England, one of the favourites to lift the trophy, were not expected to struggle
1986 France : Brazil
The 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ quarter-final between France and Brazil was
always going to be one to savour - the recently crowned kings of Europe against
the undisputed champions of romantic football.
1986 USSR : Belgium
The Soviet Union, known historically as an efficient if somewhat uninspired
outfit, arrived at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ as outside favourites to take
the laurels. And with nine scintillating starters from Dynamo
1986 Argentina : England
The expressions “hand of God” and “goal of the century” are part of football
folklore, and for most fans conjure up memories of one epic encounter. The year
was 1986 and Argentina were taking on England in the FIFA World Cup™
1982 Italy : Federal Republic of Germany
Under a bright blue Spanish sky, the two best teams in the 1982 FIFA World Cup
Spain™ - Italy and West Germany - played out a highly
anticipated final and few of the millions to see the match came
1982 France : Federal Republic of Germany
The history of the FIFA World Cup™ is punctuated with extraordinary matches that
linger in the memory decades later. The semi-final of the Spain
82 between West Germany and France is one such match - indeed it
must go down as one of the most exciting games of football ever.
1982 Italy : Brazil
It was the stuff of dreams for Paolo Rossi and the Italian fans. Enzo Bearzot's
Italian side were up against Tele Santana's Brazil, with a place in the
semi-finals at stake. For the Squadra Azzurra only a victory would do, while
tournament favourites Brazil could make do with a draw.
1978 Argentina : Netherlands
In footballing terms, the 1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™ Final may not have been
the greatest game of all time, but it is still remembered for the passion and
commitment shown by both sides, and above all the unbelievable atmosphere in the
Estadio Monumental of Buenos Aires.
1974 Netherlands : Brazil
It was a clash of two footballing titans in the second group stage of the 1974
FIFA World Cup Germany™ when the Netherlands met Brazil. Two of the best and
most entertaining sides in the world had all to play for as the
winner would head into the final match…
1970 Brazil : Italy
The fitting culmination to what was, in the eyes of most observers, the
quintessential FIFA World Cup™ tournament. This match had all the ingredients of
a great final - goals, end-to-end football and star players.
1970 Italy : Federal Republic of Germany
Those old enough to remember the 1970 FIFA World Cup™ semi-final will not have
forgotten one of the most dramatic matches of all time - the epic clash of
styles between the opportunism of "Gigi" Riva's Squadra and the will to win of
"Kaiser" Beckenbauer's Mannschaft.
1966 Portugal : Korea DPR
In sharp contrast to familiar names like Benfica duo Eusebio and Jose Torres,
the upstarts from North Korea were unknown part-timers all –
with strange, anonymous monikers brimming with whimsical novelty
to Western ears.
1966 England : Federal Republic of Germany
Any Englishman, whether or not he was even born at the time, will swear to you
that the ball did actually cross the line… Along with Geoff Hurst's hat-trick -
the only to date in a FIFA World Cup™ final - and West Germany's equaliser with
the last kick of normal time, it was truly a legendary moment for coach Alf
Ramsey and his charges.