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The 1974 FIFA World Cup, the tenth staging of the World Cup, was held in West Germany
West Germany
West Germany is the common English, but not official, name for the Federal Republic of Germany or FRG in the period between its creation in May 1949 to German reunification on 3 October 1990....

 (including West Berlin
West Berlin
West Berlin was a political exclave that existed between 1949 and 1990. It comprised the western regions of Berlin, which were bordered by East Berlin and parts of East Germany. West Berlin consisted of the American, British, and French occupation sectors, which had been established in 1945...

 ) from 13 June to 7 July. The tournament marked the first time that the current trophy, the FIFA World Cup Trophy
FIFA World Cup Trophy
The World Cup is a gold trophy that is awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup. Since the advent of the World Cup in 1930, two trophies have represented victory: the Jules Rimet Trophy from 1930 to 1970, and the FIFA World Cup Trophy from 1974 to the present day.The trophy, originally named...

, created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga
Silvio Gazzaniga
Silvio Gazzaniga is an Italian sculptor. While working for the Stabilimento Artistico Bertoni company, he created the FIFA World Cup Trophy. Gazzaniga was a graduate of the Brera Academy, as is his daughter, Gabriella, and is a fan of AC Milan.His design was chosen by committee on April 5, 1971...

, was awarded. The previous trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, had been won for the third time by Brazil
Brazil national football team
The Brazil national football team represents Brazil in international men's football and is controlled by the Brazilian Football Confederation , the governing body for football in Brazil. They are a member of the International Federation of Association Football since 1923 and also a member of the...

 in 1970
1970 FIFA World Cup
The 1970 FIFA World Cup, the ninth staging of the World Cup, was held in Mexico, from 31 May to 21 June. The 1970 tournament was the first World Cup hosted in North America, and the first held outside South America and Europe. In a match-up of two-time World Cup champions, the final was won by...

 and awarded permanently to the Brazilians. The host nation won the title beating the Netherlands
Netherlands national football team
The Netherlands National Football Team represents the Netherlands in association football and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association , the governing body for football in the Netherlands...

 in the final, 2–1. The victory was the second for West Germany
Germany national football team
The Germany national football team is the football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association , which was founded in 1900....

, who had also won in 1954
1954 FIFA World Cup
The 1954 FIFA World Cup, the fifth staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in Switzerland from 16 June to 4 July. Switzerland was chosen as hosts in July 1946. The tournament set a number of all-time records for goal-scoring, including the highest average goals scored per game...

.

Host selection



West Germany was chosen as the host nation by FIFA in London, England on July 6, 1966. Hosting rights for the 1978 and 1982 tournaments were awarded at the same time. West Germany agreed a deal with Spain by which Spain would support West Germany for the 1974 tournament, and in return West Germany would allow Spain to bid for the 1982 World Cup unopposed.

Qualification


Ninety-eight countries took part in the qualifying tournament, and some of football's most successful nations did not qualify. Alongside the champions of the 1966 tournament, England; France, the USSR, Hungary and Spain were knocked out. First-time qualifiers included East Germany, Haiti, Australia and Zaire, the first team from sub-Saharan Africa to reach the World Cup finals. The Netherlands and Poland qualified for the first time since 1938, while Australia would not qualify again until the next time the tournament was held in Germany, in 2006.

Format


16 teams qualified, divided into four groups of four. Each played a round-robin
Round-robin
The term round-robin was originally used to describe a document signed by multiple parties in a circle to make it more difficult to determine the order in which it was signed, thus preventing a ringleader from being identified...

 with two points for a win and one for a draw, and goal difference used to separate teams level on points. The top two teams from each group advanced to the next stage. However, in a change from the format used in the previous three competitions, the second round consisted of another group stage: the eight remaining teams were divided into two groups of four. The winners of each group played each other in the final, and the second place teams in each group played each other in the third/fourth place match.

First round


The tournament was held mostly in bad weather, and the stadia had few protected places. Few western European nations had qualified, of which most were eliminated early. Fans from the Eastern neighbor states were hindered by political circumstances.

Carlos Caszely
Carlos Caszely
Carlos Humberto Caszely Garrido is a former Chilean footballer, nicknamed "Rey del metro cuadrado" .Regarded as one of Chile's most important players, between 1969 and 1985, Caszely won 49 caps and scored 29 goals for the Chile national team, including participations in the 1974 and 1982 World...

 of Chile
Chile national football team
The Chilean national football team represents Chile in all major international football competitions. The team is controlled by the Federación de Fútbol de Chile which was established in 1895. They have appeared in eight World Cup tournaments and were hosts of the 1962 FIFA World Cup finishing in...

 became the first player to be sent off with a red card
Misconduct (football)
Misconduct in association football is any conduct by a player that is deemed by the referee to warrant a disciplinary sanction in accordance with Law 12 of the Laws of the Game. Misconduct may occur at any time, including when the ball is out of play, during half-time and before and after the...

 in a World Cup match, during their match against West Germany. Red cards were formally introduced in World Cup play in 1970
1970 FIFA World Cup
The 1970 FIFA World Cup, the ninth staging of the World Cup, was held in Mexico, from 31 May to 21 June. The 1970 tournament was the first World Cup hosted in North America, and the first held outside South America and Europe. In a match-up of two-time World Cup champions, the final was won by...

, but no players were sent off in that tournament.
Two teams made a particularly powerful impact on the first round. The Netherlands
Netherlands national football team
The Netherlands National Football Team represents the Netherlands in association football and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association , the governing body for football in the Netherlands...

 demonstrated the Total football
Total Football
"Total Football" is the label given to an influential tactical theory of association football in which any outfield player can take over the role of any other player in a team. It was pioneered by Dutch football club Ajax from 1969 to 1973, and further used by the Netherlands National Football...

techniques pioneered by the top Dutch club Ajax, in which specialised positions were virtually abolished for the outfield players, and individual players became defenders, midfielders or strikers as the situation required. The Dutch marked their first World Cup finals since 1938 by topping their first-round group, with wins over Uruguay
Uruguay national football team
The Uruguayan national football team represents Uruguay in international association football and is controlled by the Uruguayan Football Association, the governing body for football in Uruguay. The current head coach is Óscar Tabárez...

 and Bulgaria
Bulgaria national football team
The FIFA Bulgaria national football team is an association football team fielded by the Bulgarian Football Union, a member association of UEFA. The team's home ground is Vasil Levski in Sofia and Luboslav Penev is in charge manager after replacement of Lothar Matthäus...

 and a draw with Sweden
Sweden national football team
The Swedish national football team represents Sweden in association football and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association, the governing body for Football in Sweden. Sweden's home ground is Råsunda Stadium in Stockholms län and their head coach is Erik Hamrén. Sweden made their first...

. Sweden joined the Dutch in the second group round after beating Uruguay 3–0.

Poland
Poland national football team
The Poland national football team represents Poland in association football and is controlled by the Polish Football Association, the governing body for football in Poland...

, meanwhile, took maximum points from a group containing two of the favourites for the tournament. They beat Argentina
Argentina national football team
The Argentina national football team represents Argentina in association football and is controlled by the Argentine Football Association , the governing body for football in Argentina. Argentina's home stadium is Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti and their head coach is Alejandro...

 3–2, trounced Haiti
Haiti national football team
The Haiti national football team represents Haiti in association football and is controlled by the Fédération Haïtienne de Football, the governing body for football in Haiti. Haiti's home ground is Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince and their head coach is Edson Tavares...

 7–0, then beat Italy
Italy national football team
The Italy National Football Team , represents Italy in association football and is controlled by the Italian Football Federation , the governing body for football in Italy. Italy is the second most successful national team in the history of the World Cup having won four titles , just one fewer than...

 2–1 - a result that knocked the Italians out of the Cup and resulted in Argentina sneaking to the second group round on goal average. While Haiti didn't do particularly well in their first World Cup finals (losing all three of their games) they did have one moment of glory. In their opening game against Italy, they managed to take the lead with a goal from Emmanuel Sanon
Emmanuel Sanon
Emmanuel "Manno" Sanon was a Haitian footballer. He starred in the Haiti national football team during its venture into the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany.-1974 FIFA World Cup:...

, before eventually losing 3–1 (Italy had not conceded a goal in 12 international matches). That goal proved to be a significant goal as it ended Dino Zoff
Dino Zoff
Dino Zoff is an Italian former football goalkeeper and is the oldest winner ever of the World Cup, which he earned as captain of the Italian team in the 1982 tournament in Spain, at the age of 40 years, 4 months and 13 days.Zoff was a goalkeeper of outstanding ability and has a place in the...

's run of 1142 minutes without conceding a goal.

Group 2 was a particularly close group. With Brazil
Brazil national football team
The Brazil national football team represents Brazil in international men's football and is controlled by the Brazilian Football Confederation , the governing body for football in Brazil. They are a member of the International Federation of Association Football since 1923 and also a member of the...

, Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia national football team
The Yugoslavia national football team represented the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in association football. It enjoyed a modicum of success in international competition. In 1992, during the Yugoslav wars, the team was suspended from international...

 and Scotland
Scotland national football team
The Scotland national football team represents Scotland in international football and is controlled by the Scottish Football Association. Scotland are the joint oldest national football team in the world, alongside England, whom they played in the world's first international football match in 1872...

 drawing all their games against each other, it was decided by the number of goals these three teams scored when defeating Zaire
Congo DR national football team
The Congo DR national football team is the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is controlled by the Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association , and are nicknamed The Leopards.Congo have been ranked as high as 51 in the FIFA Rankings...

. Yugoslavia hammered the African nation 9–0. Brazil beat them 3–0. Scotland could only manage a 2–0 margin, and so were edged out of the tournament on goal difference. They also became the first ever country to be eliminated from a World Cup Finals without having lost a match.
Group 1 contained both East Germany
East Germany national football team
The East Germany national football team was from 1952 to 1990 the football team of East Germany, playing as one of three post-war German teams, along with Saarland and West Germany....

 and the host West Germany, and they both progressed at the expense of Chile
Chile national football team
The Chilean national football team represents Chile in all major international football competitions. The team is controlled by the Federación de Fútbol de Chile which was established in 1895. They have appeared in eight World Cup tournaments and were hosts of the 1962 FIFA World Cup finishing in...

 and Australia. But the big clash was between the two German teams. West Germany was already assured of progression to the second round whatever the result. In one of the most politically charged matches of all time, it was the East that won, thanks to a late Jürgen Sparwasser
Jürgen Sparwasser
Jürgen Sparwasser is a retired German football player and later briefly a football manager.Sparwasser started his playing career in the youth department of his hometown club BSG Lokomotive Halberstadt in 1956. In 1965 he moved to 1. FC Magdeburg where he gave his senior debut in January 1966...

 goal. This embarrassing result forced a realignment of the West German team that helped them win the Cup.

Second Group Round


Ironically, the two second-round groups both produced matches that were, in effect, semi-finals. In Group A, the Netherlands and Brazil met after each had taken maximum points from their previous two matches. In Group B, the same was true of West Germany and Poland - so the winners of these two games would contest the final.

In Group A, two goals from the inspirational Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff
Hendrik Johannes Cruijff OON , known as Johan Cruyff, is a retired Dutch footballer and is currently the manager of the Catalan national team as well as a member of the AFC Ajax board of directors. He won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974, which is a record jointly held with...

 helped the Dutch side thrash Argentina 4–0. At the same time, Brazil defeated East Germany 1–0. The Dutch triumphed over East Germany 2–0 while in the "Battle of the South Americans", Brazil managed to defeat Argentina 2–1 in a scrappy match. Argentina and East Germany drew 1-1 and were on their way home while the crucial match between the Netherlands and Brazil turned into another triumph for 'total football', as second-half goals from Johan Neeskens
Johan Neeskens
Johannes Jacobus "Johan" Neeskens is a Dutch football manager and former midfielder. As a player, he was an important member of the Dutch national team that finished as runners-up in the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cups. Former England manager Alf Ramsey said Neeskens was "as good as any player" in...

 and Cruyff put the Netherlands in the final. However the match would also be remembered for harsh defending on both sides.

Meanwhile, in Group B, West Germany and Poland both managed to beat Yugoslavia and Sweden. The crucial game between the Germans and the Poles was goalless until the 76th minute, when Gerd Muller scored to send the hosts through 1–0. The Poles took third place after defeating Brazil 1–0.

The Final


The final was held on 7 July 1974 at Olympiastadion, Munich . West Germany was led by Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German football coach, manager, and former player, nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style, his leadership, his first name "Franz" , and his dominance on the football pitch...

, while the Dutch had their star Johan Cruijff, and their Total Football
Total Football
"Total Football" is the label given to an influential tactical theory of association football in which any outfield player can take over the role of any other player in a team. It was pioneered by Dutch football club Ajax from 1969 to 1973, and further used by the Netherlands National Football...

 system which had dazzled the competition. With just a minute gone on the clock, following a solo run, Cruijff was brought down by Uli Hoeneß close to the German penalty area, and the Dutch took the lead from the ensuing penalty by Johan Neeskens
Johan Neeskens
Johannes Jacobus "Johan" Neeskens is a Dutch football manager and former midfielder. As a player, he was an important member of the Dutch national team that finished as runners-up in the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cups. Former England manager Alf Ramsey said Neeskens was "as good as any player" in...

 before any German player had even touched the ball. West Germany struggled to recover, and in the 26th minute were awarded a penalty, after Bernd Hölzenbein
Bernd Hölzenbein
Bernd Hölzenbein is a former German football player . He is best known for being fouled in the final against Netherlands, which led to the Germans' equalising penalty....

 fell within the Dutch area, causing English
English people
The English are a nation and ethnic group native to England, who speak English. The English identity is of early mediaeval origin, when they were known in Old English as the Anglecynn. England is now a country of the United Kingdom, and the majority of English people in England are British Citizens...

 referee Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor (referee)
John Keith "Jack" Taylor is an English former football referee, famous for officiating in the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final where he awarded two penalties during the first 30 minutes.-Refereeing career:...

 to award another controversial penalty. Paul Breitner
Paul Breitner
Paul Breitner is a former German football player. One of Germany's most controversial players, he was capped 48 times for his country.-Playing career:...

 spontaneously decided to kick, and scored. These two penalties were the first in a World Cup final. West Germany now pushed, and in the 43rd minute, in his typical style, Gerd Müller
Gerd Müller
Gerhard "Gerd" Müller is a former German football player and one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time.With national records of 68 goals in 62 international appearances, 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga games and the international record of 66 goals in 74 European Club games, he was one of the...

 scored what turned out to be the winning goal, and the last of his career as he retired from the national team. The second half saw chances for both sides, with Müller putting the ball in the net for a goal that was disallowed as offside. In the 85th, Hölzenbein was fouled again, but no penalty this time. Eventually, West Germany, European Champions of 1972, also won the 1974 World Cup.

This was the only case of the reigning European champions winning the World Cup, until Spain (champions of the UEFA Euro 2008) defeated the Netherlands in the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup
2010 FIFA World Cup
The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010...

 Final.

France have also held both trophies, albeit in a different order, at the same time by winning the 1998 World Cup followed by Euro 2000.

Joao Havelange
João Havelange
Jean-Marie Faustin Goedefroid de Havelange , more commonly known as João Havelange , was the 7th President of FIFA, serving from 1974 to 1998. He received the title of Honorary President when leaving office. He succeeded Sir Stanley Rous and was succeeded by Joseph Blatter...

 (former FIFA President from 1974 to 1998) claimed that the 1966 and 1974 World Cups were fixed so that England and Germany would win respectively.

This was only the second time that a team had won the World Cup after losing a match in the Finals (West Germany losing to East Germany during the group stage). The previous occasion was West Germany's earlier win in 1954.

Poland's Grzegorz Lato
Grzegorz Lato
Grzegorz Bolesław Lato is a former Polish football striker, and the leading scorer at the 1974 World Cup. Lato's playing career coincided with the golden era of Polish football, which began with Olympic gold in Munich in 1972 and ended a decade later with third place at the 1982 World Cup in...

 led the tournament in scoring seven goals. Gerd Müller
Gerd Müller
Gerhard "Gerd" Müller is a former German football player and one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time.With national records of 68 goals in 62 international appearances, 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga games and the international record of 66 goals in 74 European Club games, he was one of the...

's goal in the final was the 14th in his career of two World Cups, beating Just Fontaine
Just Fontaine
Just "Justo" Fontaine is a former French football player.-Football career:He holds the record for most goals scored in a single FIFA World Cup finals tournament, with 13 in 1958...

's record of 13, in his single World Cup. Müller's record was only surpassed in 2006 by Ronaldo
Ronaldo
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima , commonly known as Ronaldo, is a retired Brazilian footballer who last played for Corinthians. Ronaldo is widely considered to be the greatest 'pure' striker in the history of the modern game, and by some accounts, in the history of football. Ronaldo was one of the...

's 15 goals from three World Cups.

Mascot



The official mascots of this World Cup were Tip and Tap, two boys wearing outfit similar to West Germany's, with the letters WM (Weltmeisterschaft, World Cup) and number 74.

Venues

Munich
Munich
Munich The city's motto is "" . Before 2006, it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" . Its native name, , is derived from the Old High German Munichen, meaning "by the monks' place". The city's name derives from the monks of the Benedictine order who founded the city; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat...

West Berlin
West Berlin
West Berlin was a political exclave that existed between 1949 and 1990. It comprised the western regions of Berlin, which were bordered by East Berlin and parts of East Germany. West Berlin consisted of the American, British, and French occupation sectors, which had been established in 1945...

Hamburg
Hamburg
-History:The first historic name for the city was, according to Claudius Ptolemy's reports, Treva.But the city takes its modern name, Hamburg, from the first permanent building on the site, a castle whose construction was ordered by the Emperor Charlemagne in AD 808...

Olympiastadion
Olympic Stadium (Munich)
Olympiastadion is a stadium located in Munich, Germany. Situated at the heart of the Olympiapark München in northern Munich, the stadium was built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics....

Olympiastadion
Olympic Stadium (Berlin)
The Olympiastadion is a sports stadium in Berlin, Germany. There have been two stadiums on the site: the present facility, and one that is called the Deutsches Stadion which was built for the aborted 1916 Summer Olympics. Both were designed by members of the same family, the first by Otto March...

Volksparkstadion
AOL Arena
Volksparkstadion is a football stadium in Hamburg, Germany. It is the home ground of Hamburger SV and was one of the 12 stadia used in the 2006 Football World Cup, hosting four group games and a quarter final. Through a sponsorship deal the stadium is officially named Imtech Arena, and has...

Capacity: 72,000 Capacity: 75,000 Capacity: 55,000
Dortmund
Dortmund
Dortmund is a city in Germany. It is located in the Bundesland of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the Ruhr area. Its population of 585,045 makes it the 7th largest city in Germany and the 34th largest in the European Union....

Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and centre of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.Düsseldorf is an important international business and financial centre and renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. Located centrally within the European Megalopolis, the...

Gelsenkirchen
Gelsenkirchen
Gelsenkirchen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the northern part of the Ruhr area. Its population in 2006 was c. 267,000....

Westfalenstadion Rheinstadion
Rheinstadion
The Rheinstadion was a multi-purpose stadium, in Düsseldorf, Germany. The stadium was built, near the Rhine, in 1926 and held 55,900 people, at the end of its life....

Parkstadion
Parkstadion
Parkstadion was a multi-purpose stadium in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that is no longer used to host any major events. The stadium was built in 1973 and hosted five matches of the 1974 FIFA World Cup...

Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 45,100 Capacity: 48,000
Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main , commonly known simply as Frankfurt, is the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2010 population of 688,249. The urban area had an estimated population of 2,300,000 in 2010...

Hanover
Hanover
Hanover or Hannover, on the river Leine, is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony , Germany and was once by personal union the family seat of the Hanoverian Kings of Great Britain, under their title as the dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg...

Stuttgart
Stuttgart
Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The sixth-largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has a population of 600,038 while the metropolitan area has a population of 5.3 million ....

Waldstadion
Commerzbank-Arena
The Commerzbank-Arena is a sports stadium in Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany. Commonly known by its original name, Waldstadion , the stadium opened in 1925. The stadium has been upgraded several times since then; the most recent remodelling was its redevelopment as a football-only stadium in preparation...

Niedersachsenstadion
AWD-Arena
The AWD-Arena is a football stadium in the district Calenberger Neustadt in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, and competition venue of the German Bundesliga football club Hannover 96....

Neckarstadion
Capacity: 54,000 Capacity: 44,000 Capacity: 55,000

Match officials


AFC Jafar Namdar
Jafar Namdar
Jafar Namdar is an Iranian former football referee.-Refereeing career:Namdar officiated as a referee at the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cups.When he refereed Australia vs Chile at the 1974 FIFA World Cup Namdar became only the second Asian referee to officiate as a referee at a FIFA World Cup...

 Govindasamy Suppiah

CAF Mahmoud Mustafa Kamel Youssou N'Diaye

CONCACAF Alfonso González Archundia Werner Winsemann

CONMEBOL Ramón Barreto
Ramón Barreto
Ramón Ivanoes Barreto Ruiz is a Uruguayan professional association football referee. He is the only referee in the history of the FIFA World Cup to have been appointed to two consecutive Final matches: in 1974 in Munich, and in 1978 in Buenos Aires.Barreto was first selected as a World Cup Finals...

 Omar Delgado Gómez
Vicente Llobregat Armando Marques Luis Pestarino Edison Peréz-Núñez

UEFA Aurelio Angonese Doğan Babacan
Dogan Babacan
Doğan Babacan is a retired Turkish football referee, he is the only Turkish referee that supervised a match in the FIFA World Cup history....

 Bob Davidson
Bob Davidson (referee)
Robert Holley "Bobby" Davidson was a Scottish football referee who also operated for FIFA.-Career:He was Scotland's representative at the 1962, 1970 and 1974 World Cups...

 Rudi Glöckner
Rudi Glöckner
Rudolf "Rudi" Glöckner was the first German to referee a football World Cup final when he took charge of the 1970 FIFA World Cup final between Brazil and Italy in Mexico City....

 Pavel Kasakov Erich Linemayr
Erich Linemayr
Erich Linemayr is a retired Austrian football referee. He is known for have refereed three matches in the FIFA World Cup. Two in 1974 and one in 1978. He also refereed two matches in the 1980 UEFA European Football Championship in Italy. He refereed the European Cup final in 1979.-References:*...

 Vital Loraux Károly Palotai
Károly Palotai
Károly Palotai is a retired Hungarianfootball player and referee. He was an Olympic Gold winner as a player before turning to refereeing...


Nicolae Rainea
Nicolae Rainea
Nicolae Rainea is a retired Romanian football referee, mostly known for have refereed five matches in the FIFA World Cup: one in 1974, two in 1978 and two in 1982. He also refereed two matches in the 1980 UEFA European Football Championship in Italy and supervised the European Cup final in...

 Pablo Sánchez Ibáñez Rudolf Scheurer
Rudolf Scheurer
Rudolf Scheurer was a football referee from Bettlach, most remembered for supervising four matches at the FIFA World Cup: two in 1970 and 1974. During his peak times, Scheurer was a high-profile refereee: In 1970 he was nominated as linesman in the final between Brazil and Italy. In 1974 he was...

 Gerhard Schulenburg Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor (referee)
John Keith "Jack" Taylor is an English former football referee, famous for officiating in the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final where he awarded two penalties during the first 30 minutes.-Refereeing career:...

 Clive Thomas
Clive Thomas
Clive Thomas is a Welsh former football referee, who operated in the English Football League and for FIFA during his career. He came from Treorchy in the Rhondda Valley.-Career:...

 Kurt Tschenscher
Kurt Tschenscher
Kurt Waldemar Tschenscher is a German former football referee. Born in Mannheim, he took up refereeing in 1948 and by 1953 he was part of the German Football Association's group of top referees. Within another five years, he was promoted to the FIFA list of international referees...

 Arie van Gemert Hans-Joachim Weyland

OFC Tony Boskovic
Tony Boskovic
Anton "Tony" Boskovic is a retired soccer referee from Australia. He is known for having refereed two matches in the FIFA World Cup, one in 1974 and one in 1982.-References:*...



Squads


For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1974 FIFA World Cup squads
1974 FIFA World Cup squads
-West Germany:Head coach: Helmut Schön-East Germany:Head coach: Georg Buschner-Australia:Head coach: Ralé Rašić-Chile:Head coach: Luis Alamos-Brazil:...

.

Seeding

Pot 1: Western European Pot 2: Eastern European Pot 3: South American Pot 4: Rest of The World
(Hosts)

Results




Group 1



Team
3 2 1 0 4 1
3
5
3 2 0 1 4 1
3
4
3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1

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Group 2

Team
3 1 2 0 10 1
9
4
3 1 2 0 3 0
3
4
3 1 2 0 3 1
2
4
3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0

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Group 3

Team
3 2 1 0 6 1
5
5
3 1 2 0 3 0
3
4
3 0 2 1 2 5 −3 2
3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1

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Group 4

Team
3 3 0 0 12 3
9
6
3 1 1 1 7 5
2
3
3 1 1 1 5 4
1
3
3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0

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Group A



Team
3 3 0 0 8 0
8
6
3 2 0 1 3 3 0 4
3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1

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Group B

Team
3 3 0 0 7 2
5
6
3 2 0 1 3 2
1
4
3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 2
3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0

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Third-Place Match



Final


Scorers


7 goals Grzegorz Lato
Grzegorz Lato
Grzegorz Bolesław Lato is a former Polish football striker, and the leading scorer at the 1974 World Cup. Lato's playing career coincided with the golden era of Polish football, which began with Olympic gold in Munich in 1972 and ended a decade later with third place at the 1982 World Cup in...



5 goals Johan Neeskens
Johan Neeskens
Johannes Jacobus "Johan" Neeskens is a Dutch football manager and former midfielder. As a player, he was an important member of the Dutch national team that finished as runners-up in the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cups. Former England manager Alf Ramsey said Neeskens was "as good as any player" in...

 Andrzej Szarmach
Andrzej Szarmach
Andrzej Szarmach is a former Polish football player.He played in the Polish national team during its "golden age" in the 1970s...



4 goals Gerd Müller
Gerd Müller
Gerhard "Gerd" Müller is a former German football player and one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time.With national records of 68 goals in 62 international appearances, 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga games and the international record of 66 goals in 74 European Club games, he was one of the...

 Johnny Rep Ralf Edström
Ralf Edström
Ralf Sigvard Edström is a former Swedish footballer.Starting his career in Degerfors IF, a club known to produce many young talents, Edström moved to Åtvidabergs FF and became national champion in 1972....



3 goals René Houseman
René Houseman
René Orlando Houseman is a retired Argentine footballer, who played as a right winger.In his career he played for Defensores de Belgrano, Huracán, River Plate, Colo Colo , Amazulu , Independiente and Excursionistas.During his international career he also played for Argentina, and participated at...

 Rivelino Paul Breitner
Paul Breitner
Paul Breitner is a former German football player. One of Germany's most controversial players, he was capped 48 times for his country.-Playing career:...

 Johan Cruijff Kazimierz Deyna
Kazimierz Deyna
Kazimierz Deyna was a Polish footballer, who played as an offensive midfielder in the playmaker role and was one of the most highly regarded players of his generation.-Early life:...

 Dušan Bajević
Dušan Bajevic
Dušan Bajević is a Bosnian football manager and former Yugoslav international.-Playing career:...


2 goals Héctor Yazalde
Héctor Yazalde
Héctor Casimiro Yazalde was an Argentine footballer who played as a striker....

 Jairzinho
Jairzinho
Jair Ventura Filho, better known as Jairzinho , is a former association footballer. A quick, powerful forward or winger, he was a member of the legendary Brazilian national team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup, during which he scored in every game Brazil played...

 Joachim Streich
Joachim Streich
Joachim Streich is a former East German footballer, who won the bronze medal with East Germany at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich....

 Wolfgang Overath
Wolfgang Overath
Wolfgang Overath is a former West German football player. He represented his country three times in World Cup finals, culminating in 1974 with victory on home soil...

 Emmanuel Sanon
Emmanuel Sanon
Emmanuel "Manno" Sanon was a Haitian footballer. He starred in the Haiti national football team during its venture into the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany.-1974 FIFA World Cup:...

 Joe Jordan
Joe Jordan (footballer)
Joseph "Joe" Jordan is a Scottish football coach and former player and manager. He is currently first team coach for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, under manager Harry Redknapp....

 Roland Sandberg
Roland Sandberg
Roland Sandberg is a former Swedish footballer.He started his career at Swedish club Åtvidabergs FF, and moved to German club 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1973. During his four years there he played 118 matches and scored 61 goals...

 Stanislav Karasi
Stanislav Karasi
Stanislav Karasi is a Serbian striker who played at FIFA World Cup 1974 for SFR Yugoslavia....

 Ivica Šurjak
Ivica Šurjak
Ivan "Ivica" Šurjak was a Yugoslavian footballer. He was the driving force behind Hajduk Split as it led the Yugoslav First League and Europe in the old stadium...



1 goal Rubén Ayala
Rubén Ayala
Rubén Hugo Ayala Zanabria is a former Argentine footballer.-Playing career:During his club career he played for Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro in Argentina where he was part of the team that famously went unbeaten for the whole of the 1972 Nacional championship.In 1973 he left for Atlético...

 Carlos Babington
Carlos Babington
Carlos Alberto Babington "El Inglés" is a former Argentine football striker. He represented the Argentine national team at the 1974 World Cup....

 Miguel Ángel Brindisi
Miguel Ángel Brindisi
Miguel Angel Brindisi is an Argentine football coach and former attacking midfield player. He played for the Argentine national team at the 1974 FIFA World Cup and currently works as manager.-Playing career:...

 Ramón Heredia
Ramón Heredia
Ramón Armando Heredia Ruarte is an Argentine former football defender who played for the Argentina national team....

 Valdomiro
Valdomiro Vaz Franco
Valdomiro Vaz Franco, better known as Valdomiro , is a former Brazilian footballer who played as a striker.He played 17 matches For the Brazilian team between 1973 and 1977, and scored 5 goals...

 Hristo Bonev
Hristo Bonev
Hristo Atanasov Bonev-Zuma is a retired Bulgarian footballer, the second all-time leading scorer for the Bulgarian national team behind Dimitar Berbatov, who surpassed his record on November 18, 2009. Currently he manages PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Bulgarian A PFG.Between 1967 and 1979, Bonev...

 Sergio Ahumada
Sergio Ahumada
Sergio Ahumada Bacho is a retired Chilean footballer, who played for Colo-Colo and Unión Española.He earned 29 caps and scored 6 goals for the Chile national football team, and scored the only Chilean goal in the 1974 FIFA World Cup in a 1-1 draw against East Germany.-External links:**...

 Martin Hoffmann Jürgen Sparwasser
Jürgen Sparwasser
Jürgen Sparwasser is a retired German football player and later briefly a football manager.Sparwasser started his playing career in the youth department of his hometown club BSG Lokomotive Halberstadt in 1956. In 1965 he moved to 1. FC Magdeburg where he gave his senior debut in January 1966...

 Rainer Bonhof
Rainer Bonhof
Rainer Bonhof is a former German footballer. He was a defensive midfielder or wing-back.-Playing career:...

 Bernhard Cullmann
Bernhard Cullmann
Bernhard Cullmann, nicknamed "Bernd", is a former German footballer.He began his footballing career in 1969 with SpVgg Porz, until he was signed by 1. FC Köln in 1970. He played 341 matches in the Bundesliga for them before his retirement on health grounds in 1983. He played 40 matches for the...

 Jürgen Grabowski Uli Hoeneß

Pietro Anastasi
Pietro Anastasi
Pietro Anastasi , nicknamed Petruzzu 'u turcu by fans, was an Italian footballer, playing in the striker role.Anastasi was born in Catania, Sicily. During his career he played for Massiminiana, Varese, Juventus, Internazionale and Ascoli...

 Romeo Benetti
Romeo Benetti
Romeo Benetti is a former Italian footballer. Benetti was a spiteful, brutal pioneer of the Italian midfielder enforcer who also took his defensive duties very seriously and epitomised the ultra-defensive, dont-lose-at all-costs attitude of Italy in the early 1970s with a hard tackle and stamina...

 Fabio Capello
Fabio Capello
Fabio Capello is an Italian football manager and former player. He is the manager of the England national football team.Capello has the distinction of winning the domestic league title with every club he has coached throughout his career...

 Gianni Rivera
Gianni Rivera
Giovanni Rivera is an Italian former football midfielder, mostly as an offensive playmaker, who was awarded the Ballon d'Or, one of the most prestigious individual awards in football, in 1969. He played the majority of his career with Serie A side A.C. Milan...

 Theo de Jong
Theo de Jong
Theodorus Jacob de Jong is a former Dutch footballer, and now coach.During his career he played for NEC Nijmegen and Feyenoord Rotterdam...

 Ruud Krol
Ruud Krol
Rudolf Jozef Krol is a retired Dutch footballer who was capped 83 times for his native country. Playing the vast majority of his career with his home town club of Ajax before traveling the world as both a player and a coach...

 Rob Rensenbrink Jerzy Gorgoń
Jerzy Gorgon
Jerzy Paweł Gorgoń was a Polish football player who is remembered for his participation in the 1972 Summer Olympics. He was a 6'4" tall defender who became well-known in 1967 while playing for Górnik Zabrze. He helped Zabrze to five consecutive Polish cups in 1968-72.He received 55 international...

 Peter Lorimer
Peter Lorimer
Peter Patrick Lorimer is a former footballer who formed part of the much-admired and feared Leeds United team of the 1960s and 1970s....

 Conny Torstensson
Conny Torstensson
Conny Torstensson is a former footballer from Sweden. With Sweden he participated at the World Cups 1974 FIFA World Cup and 1978 FIFA World Cup. With Åtvidabergs FF he won national titles...

 Ricardo Pavoni
Ricardo Pavoni
Ricardo Elvio Pavoni Cúneo is an Uruguayan former football defender who played the majority of his career for Club Atlético Independiente in the Argentine First Division.-Biography:...

 Vladislav Bogićević
Vladislav Bogicevic
Vladislav Bogićević is a Serbian former football player. He is a member of the American National Soccer Hall of Fame.-Club career:...

 Dragan Džajić
Dragan Džajic
Dragan Džajić is widely considered to have been one of the best Serbian football players to emerge from former Yugoslavia. Regarded as a preeminent and very proficient left winger, he is strongly reputed to have been one of the finest European players of his generation...

 Josip Katalinski
Josip Katalinski
Josip "Škija" Katalinski was a Bosnian football player. He is considered to have been one of the greatest football players from the former Yugoslavia.-Club career:...

 Branko Oblak
Branko Oblak
Branko Oblak is a Slovenian football coach and former international player. He usually played as an offensive midfielder or deep-lying playmaker, notable for his excellent dribbling, stamina, great vision and precision passing...

 Ilija Petković
Ilija Petkovic
Ilija Petković is a retired Serbian footballer. Since the early 1990s he's been a football manager, his most notable appointment being with the Serbia and Montenegro national football team.-Playing career:He started playing football for Dinara Knin...



Own goals Roberto Perfumo
Roberto Perfumo
Roberto Alfredo Perfumo is a former Argentine footballer.-Club career:El Mariscal won the Intercontinental Cup with Racing Club in 1967, as well as two Argentine leagues, and three with River Plate.-International career:...

 (for Italy) Colin Curran
Colin Curran
Colin John Curran is a former football defender. He was a member of the Australian 1974 World Cup squad in West Germany and represented Australia 34 times between 1970 and 1979.-See also:...

 (for East Germany) Ruud Krol
Ruud Krol
Rudolf Jozef Krol is a retired Dutch footballer who was capped 83 times for his native country. Playing the vast majority of his career with his home town club of Ajax before traveling the world as both a player and a coach...

(for Bulgaria)

FIFA Retrospective Ranking


In 1986, FIFA published a report that ranked all teams in each World Cup up to and including 1986, based on progress in the competition, overall results and quality of the opposition. The rankings for the 1974 tournament were as follows:

Final

3rd and 4th place

Eliminated at the second group stage

Eliminated at the first group stage

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