England And The World Cup - A History

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England And The World Cup - A History

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'



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1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

1966 was a the greatest year for English football, after being selected to host the World Cup Finals and England proceeded to win the competition for the first and only time by beating West Germany 4-2 in the Final in front of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The World Cup Final was a glorious occasion marked by a hat-trick scored by Geoff Hurst, who scored two of his goals in extra time to seal England's victory.

English fans are passionate about football and their national team and long for the day when the team will lift the World Cup again, there have been eleven World Cups since England's famous victory in 1966, and by the time of the next World Cup Finals in Brazil in 2014, it will have been 48 years since England won the trophy.

The 1970 World Cup saw England attempt to defend their trophy in Mexico, but lost in the Quarter Final stage in a re-match of the 1966 Final with West Germany, who this time overcame a 2-0 England lead to win 3-2 after extra time and bring an end to England's reign as World Champions.

England failed to qualify for the 1974 finals, after being drawn with Poland and Wales in a qualifying group of three teams. England's only victory was a 1-0 away win over Wales, but home draws and a 2-0 defeat by Poland sealed their fate, as Poland qualified for the World Cup Finals in West Germany, as the group winners.

Qualification for the 1978 finals again ended in disappointment, as England were grouped with Italy, Finland and Luxembourg, and despite only losing one qualifying game and finishing the group on level points, Italy qualified as group winners with a superior goal difference.

In 1982 the World Cup Finals were held in Spain and England now under the management of Ron Greenwood qualified for the finals for the first time since 1970. The competition was organised into two group stages, with England beating France, Czechoslovakia and Kuwait to top the group and qualify for the next group stage which saw them play Germany and Spain, in which England drew 0-0 with both teams, but as Germany beat Spain 2-1 and top the group which qualified them for the semi finals and England were eliminated, ironically having not lost a single game in the Finals.

The 1986 finals will always be remembered by England fans for one of the worlds' greatest players and one of the most talked about goals in World Cup history. England had started the group stage poorly as they lost 1-0 to Portugal and were then held to a 0-0 draw by Morocco, however they secured their passage to the next stage with a 3-0 victory over Poland, thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Gary Lineker.

As the competition entered the knock-out stages, England were drawn against Paraguay, and an impressive 3-0 victory set up a quarter final tie with Argentina, an entertaining game turned to controversy after 51 minutes when in an aerial challenge for the ball with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, Diego Maradona actually punched the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 1-0 lead. Amazingly the goal was given, Maradona later claiming goal was thanks to 'the hand of God'

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