1974 FIFA World Cup

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1974 FIFA World Cup
Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 1974
1974 FIFA World Cup.svg
1974 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country West Germany
Dates 13 June – 7 July (25 days)
Teams 16 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) 9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  West Germany (2nd title)
Runners-up  Netherlands
Third place  Poland
Fourth place  Brazil
Tournament statistics
Matches played 38
Goals scored 97 (2.55 per match)
Attendance 1,865,762 (49,099 per match)
Top scorer(s) Poland Grzegorz Lato (7 goals)
Best young player Poland Władysław Żmuda
1970
1978

The 1974 FIFA World Cup, the tenth staging of the World Cup, was held in West Germany (including West Berlin) from 13 June to 7 July. The tournament marked the first time that the current trophy, the FIFA World Cup Trophy, created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga, was awarded. The previous trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, had been won for the third time by Brazil in 1970 and awarded permanently to the Brazilians. The host nation won the title, beating the Netherlands 2–1 in the final at Munich's Olympiastadion. The victory was the second for West Germany, who had also won in 1954. Australia, East Germany, Haiti and Zaire made their first appearances at the final stage, with East Germany making their only appearance before Germany was reunified in 1990.

Host selection

West Germany was chosen as the host nation by FIFA in London, England on 6 July 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

  Countries qualified for World Cup
  Country failed to qualify
  Countries that did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member

Ninety-eight countries took part in the qualifying tournament.

Some of football's most successful nations did not qualify, including 1966 champions England, France, hosts of the 1970 tournament Mexico, Spain, 1966 third-place finishers Portugal, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Romania. The USSR was also disqualified after refusing to travel for the second leg of their playoff against Chile as a result of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état. The Netherlands and Poland qualified for the first time since 1938. Scotland was back in the Finals after a 16-year absence. Argentina and Chile were also back after having missed the 1970 tournament.

First-time qualifiers were East Germany; Australia, which would not qualify again until the next time the tournament was held in Germany, in 2006; Haiti, the first team from the Caribbean to qualify since Cuba in 1938; and Zaire, the first team from sub-Saharan Africa to reach the finals.

As of 2018, this was the last time Haiti and Zaire (now DR Congo) qualified for a FIFA World Cup finals.

List of qualified teams

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament.

Format

16 teams qualified, divided into four groups of four. Each played a round-robin 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 five 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.

Summary

Results of finalists

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 only The Netherlands, West Germany and Sweden made it past the Group Stage. Fans from the Eastern neighbor states were hindered by political circumstances.

Carlos Caszely of Chile became the first player to be sent off with a red card in a World Cup match, during their match against West Germany. Red cards were formally introduced in World Cup play in 1970, but no players were sent off in that tournament.

Two teams made a particularly powerful impact on the first round. The Netherlands demonstrated the "Total 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 and Bulgaria and a draw with Sweden. Sweden joined the Dutch in the second group round after beating Uruguay 3–0.

Poland, meanwhile, took maximum points from a group containing two of the favourites for the tournament. They beat Argentina 3–2, trounced Haiti 7–0, then beat Italy 2–1 – a result that knocked the Italians out of the Cup and resulted in Argentina sneaking to the second group round on goal difference. While Haiti didn't do particularly well in their first World Cup finals (losing all three of their games and finishing second to last ) 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, 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's run of 1142 minutes without conceding a goal.

Group 2 was a particularly close group. With Brazil, Yugoslavia and Scotland drawing all their games against each other, it was decided by the number of goals these three teams scored when defeating Zaire. Yugoslavia hammered the African nation 9–0, equalling a finals record for the largest margin of victory. Brazil beat them 3–0. Scotland however only managed a 2–0 margin, and so were edged out of the tournament on goal difference. They were the only team that did not lose a game in the tournament as well as becoming the first ever country to be eliminated from a World Cup Finals without having lost a match.

Group 1 contained both East Germany and the host West Germany, and they both progressed at the expense of Chile and newcomers Australia. The last game played in Group 1 was also the most anticipated, a big clash 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 goal. This embarrassing result forced a realignment of the West German team that would later help them win the Cup.

Second round

Coincidentally, 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 happened with 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 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 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.

Final

The final was held on 7 July 1974 at Olympiastadion, Munich. West Germany was led by Franz Beckenbauer, while the Dutch had their star Johan Cruyff, and their Total Football system which had dazzled the competition. With just a minute gone on the clock, following a solo run, Cruyff 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 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 fell within the Dutch area, causing English referee Jack Taylor to award another controversial penalty. Paul Breitner 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 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 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 (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.[1]

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 led the tournament in scoring seven goals. Gerd Müller's goal in the final was the 14th in his career of two World Cups, beating Just Fontaine's record of 13, in his single World Cup. Müller's record was only surpassed 32 years later, in 2006 by Ronaldo's 15 goals from three World Cups and then 8 years after, in 2014 by Klose's 16 goals from four World Cups.

Günter Netzer, who came on as a substitute for West Germany during the defeat by the East Germans, was playing for Real Madrid at the time: this was the first time that a World Cup winner had played for a club outside his home country.

This is the last of four FIFA World Cup tournaments to date with no extra-time matches. The others are the 1930, 1950, and 1962 tournaments.

Mascot

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

Venues

Munich West Berlin Stuttgart Gelsenkirchen
Olympiastadion Olympiastadion Neckarstadion Parkstadion
Capacity: 77,573 Capacity: 86,000 Capacity: 72,200 Capacity: 72,000
Olympiastadion Muenchen.jpg Berliner Olympiastadion innen.jpg Gottlieb-daimler-stadion.jpg Parkstadion gelsenkirchen 2.jpg
Düsseldorf Frankfurt
Rheinstadion Waldstadion
Capacity: 70,100 Capacity: 62,200
Altes Rheinstadion.jpg Waldstadionold1.jpg
Hamburg Hanover Dortmund
Volksparkstadion Niedersachsenstadion Westfalenstadion
Capacity: 61,300 Capacity: 60,400 Capacity: 53,600
Das Volksparkstadion 1983.jpg AWD Eingang08.jpg Panoramio - V&A Dudush - 2001 (1).jpg

Match officials

AFC
CAF
CONCACAF
CONMEBOL
UEFA
OFC

Squads

For a list of all squads that appeared in the final tournament, see 1974 FIFA World Cup squads.

Seeding

It was agreed by a vote by the FIFA Organising Committee on who would be seeded.[2] There were four seeds, which were first placed in separate groups:

Then the remaining spots in the groups were determined by dividing the participants into pots based on geographical sections. When the final draw was held, the 16th and last qualifier was not yet known; it would be either Yugoslavia or Spain. These teams finished with an identical record in their qualification group and following this situation, rules were changed so that tied teams had to compete in a play-off game on neutral ground.

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

Final draw

The final draw took place on 5 January 1974 in Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks in Frankfurt. The TV broadcast of this show was followed by an estimated 800 million people.[citation needed]

FIFA and the Local Organising Committee decided that the host nation (West Germany) and trophy holder (Brazil) would be respectively placed in Group 1 and Group 2. It was also decided that South American nations cannot play in same group during the first group stage. In other words, Argentina and Chile will not be allocated in a group seeded by Brazil or Uruguay.

Uruguay was drawn before Italy, taking a place in Group 3, and the runner up of 1970 FIFA World Cup received the seeding of Group 4. Other nations were draw one by one, pot by pot.

The "innocent hand" who made the draws was an 11-year-old boy, Detlef Lange, a member of the Schöneberger Sängerknaben, a children's choir.[3]

The great sensation of the draw was the meeting of the two "German teams" in Group 1. When FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous had announced the lot, the room was quiet for a few moments, followed by long-lasting applause. In the days following the event, a rumour began circulating that the GDR would consider a World Cup withdrawal due to a meeting with the team of the Federal Republic. However, this was quickly and officially denied by the Government of East Germany.[4]

Group stage

Group 1

East German line-up v. Australia
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 East Germany 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 5
 West Germany 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 4
 Chile 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
 Australia 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1
West Germany  1–0  Chile
Breitner Goal 18' Report
Attendance: 81,100

East Germany  2–0  Australia
Curran Goal 58' (o.g.)
Streich Goal 72'
Report
Attendance: 15,800

Australia  0–3  West Germany
Report Overath Goal 12'
Cullmann Goal 34'
Müller Goal 53'
Attendance: 53,300

Chile  1–1  East Germany
Ahumada Goal 69' Report Hoffmann Goal 55'
Attendance: 28,300

Australia  0–0  Chile
Report
Attendance: 17,400
Referee: Jafar Namdar (Iran)

East Germany  1–0  West Germany
Sparwasser Goal 77' Report
Attendance: 60,200

Group 2

Jairzinho's goal against Zaire
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Yugoslavia 3 1 2 0 10 1 +9 4
 Brazil 3 1 2 0 3 0 +3 4
 Scotland 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 4
 Zaire 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0
Brazil  0–0  Yugoslavia
Report
Waldstadion, Frankfurt - The opening match.
Attendance: 59,000

Zaire  0–2  Scotland
Report Lorimer Goal 26'
Jordan Goal 34'

Yugoslavia  9–0  Zaire
Bajević Goal 8'30'81'
Džajić Goal 14'
Šurjak Goal 18'
Katalinski Goal 22'
Bogićević Goal 35'
Oblak Goal 61'
Petković Goal 65'
Report
Attendance: 31,700

Scotland  0–0  Brazil
Report
Attendance: 62,000

Scotland  1–1  Yugoslavia
Jordan Goal 88' Report Karasi Goal 81'
Attendance: 56,000

Zaire  0–3  Brazil
Report Jairzinho Goal 12'
Rivellino Goal 66'
Valdomiro Goal 79'
Attendance: 36,200

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 5
 Sweden 3 1 2 0 3 0 +3 4
 Bulgaria 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3 2
 Uruguay 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1
Uruguay  0–2  Netherlands
Report Rep Goal 7'86'
Attendance: 55,100

Sweden  0–0  Bulgaria
Report
Attendance: 23,800

Bulgaria  1–1  Uruguay
Bonev Goal 75' Report Pavoni Goal 87'
Attendance: 13,400
Referee: Jack Taylor (England)

Netherlands  0–0  Sweden
Report
Attendance: 53,700

Bulgaria  1–4  Netherlands
Krol Goal 78' (o.g.) Report Neeskens Goal 5' (pen.)44' (pen.)
Rep Goal 71'
de Jong Goal 88'
Attendance: 53,300

Sweden  3–0  Uruguay
Edström Goal 46'77'
Sandberg Goal 74'
Report
Attendance: 28,300

Group 4

Capello (No.8) is brought down v. Haiti
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 3 3 0 0 12 3 +9 6
 Argentina 3 1 1 1 7 5 +2 3
 Italy 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 3
 Haiti 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
Italy  3–1  Haiti
Rivera Goal 52'
Benetti Goal 66'
Anastasi Goal 79'
Report Sanon Goal 46'
Attendance: 53,000

Poland  3–2  Argentina
Lato Goal 7'62'
Szarmach Goal 8'
Report Heredia Goal 60'
Babington Goal 66'
Attendance: 32,700
Referee: Clive Thomas (Wales)

Argentina  1–1  Italy
Houseman Goal 20' Report Perfumo Goal 35' (o.g.)
Attendance: 70,100

Haiti  0–7  Poland
Report Lato Goal 17'87'
Deyna Goal 18'
Szarmach Goal 30'34'50'
Gorgoń Goal 31'
Attendance: 25,300

Argentina  4–1  Haiti
Yazalde Goal 15'68'
Houseman Goal 18'
Ayala Goal 55'
Report Sanon Goal 63'
Attendance: 25,900

Poland  2–1  Italy
Szarmach Goal 38'
Deyna Goal 44'
Report Capello Goal 85'
Attendance: 70,100

Second round

Group A

Streich heads East Germany into the lead v. Argentina
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 6
 Brazil 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 4
 East Germany 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
 Argentina 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
Netherlands  4–0  Argentina
Cruyff Goal 11'90'
Krol Goal 25'
Rep Goal 73'
Report
Attendance: 56,548

Brazil  1–0  East Germany
Rivellino Goal 60' Report
Attendance: 59,863
Referee: Clive Thomas (Wales)

Argentina  1–2  Brazil
Brindisi Goal 35' Report Rivellino Goal 32'
Jairzinho Goal 49'
Attendance: 39,400

East Germany  0–2  Netherlands
Report Neeskens Goal 7'
Rensenbrink Goal 59'
Attendance: 68,348

Argentina  1–1  East Germany
Houseman Goal 20' Report Streich Goal 14'
Attendance: 54,254
Referee: Jack Taylor (England)

Netherlands  2–0  Brazil
Neeskens Goal 50'
Cruyff Goal 65'
Report
Attendance: 53,700

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 6
 Poland 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 4
 Sweden 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 2
 Yugoslavia 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Yugoslavia  0–2  West Germany
Report Breitner Goal 39'
Müller Goal 82'
Attendance: 67,385

Sweden  0–1  Poland
Report Lato Goal 43'
Attendance: 44,955

Poland  2–1  Yugoslavia
Deyna Goal 24' (pen.)
Lato Goal 62'
Report Karasi Goal 43'
Attendance: 58,000

West Germany  4–2  Sweden
Overath Goal 51'
Bonhof Goal 52'
Grabowski Goal 76'
Hoeneß Goal 89' (pen.)
Report Edström Goal 24'
Sandberg Goal 53'
Attendance: 67,800

Poland  0–1  West Germany
Report Müller Goal 76'
Attendance: 62,000

Sweden  2–1  Yugoslavia
Edström Goal 29'
Torstensson Goal 85'
Report Šurjak Goal 27'
Attendance: 41,300

Knockout stage

Third place play-off

Brazil  0–1  Poland
Report Lato Goal 76'
Attendance: 77,100

Final

Netherlands  1–2  West Germany
Neeskens Goal 2' (pen.) Report Breitner Goal 25' (pen.)
Müller Goal 43'
Attendance: 75,200
Referee: Jack Taylor (England)

Goalscorers

With seven goals, Grzegorz Lato was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 97 goals were scored by 53 different players, with three of them credited as own goals.

7 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

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.[5][6] The rankings for the 1974 tournament were as follows:

R Team G P W D L GF GA GD Pts.
1  West Germany 1/B 7 6 0 1 13 4 +9 12
2  Netherlands 3/A 7 5 1 1 15 3 +12 11
3  Poland 4/B 7 6 0 1 16 5 +11 12
4  Brazil 2/A 7 3 2 2 6 4 +2 8
Eliminated in the second group stage
5  Sweden 3/B 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 6
6  East Germany 1/A 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 6
7  Yugoslavia 2/B 6 1 2 3 12 7 +5 4
8  Argentina 4/A 6 1 2 3 9 12 −3 4
Eliminated in the first group stage
9  Scotland 2 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 4
10  Italy 4 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 3
11  Chile 1 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
12  Bulgaria 3 3 0 2 1 2 5 −3 2
13  Uruguay 3 3 0 1 2 1 6 −5 1
14  Australia 1 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1
15  Haiti 4 3 0 0 3 2 14 −12 0
16  Zaire 2 3 0 0 3 0 14 −14 0

References

  1. ^ "1966 & 1974 World Cups Were Fixed – Former FIFA President". Goal.com. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "FIFA World Cup seeded teams" (PDF). FIFA World Cup seeded teams 1930–2006. 
  3. ^ [Ein Elfjähriger schreibt Fußball-Geschichte |url=http://www.zdf.de/ZDFde/inhalt/4/0,1872,3022116,00.html]
  4. ^ (de) Karl Adolf Scherer: Die Deutschen in einer Gruppe: Die Auslosung am 5. Januar 1974 aus Fußballweltmeisterschaft 1974, page 114
  5. ^ "page 45" (PDF). Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "FIFA World Cup: Milestones, facts & figures. Statistical Kit 7" (PDF). FIFA. 26 March 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 May 2013. 

External links

  • 1974 FIFA World Cup Germany ™, FIFA.com
  • FIFA Technical Report
  • Details at RSSSF
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