1966 FIFA World Cup

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1966 FIFA World Cup
Host Nation England
Qualification Dates May 24, 1964-December 29, 1965
Tournament Dates July 11-30, 1966
Champion England
1962 • other tournaments • 1970


The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the eighth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams. England defeated West Germany 4–2 in the final to win their first and (to date) only title; the match had finished at 2-2 after 90 minutes and went to extra time, when Geoff Hurst scored two goals to complete his hat-trick, the first (and to date, only) to be scored in a World Cup final, with a handful of spectators wandering on to the pitch during the fourth goal. England were the fifth nation to win the event, and the third host nation to win after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934. Brazil were the defending champions, but they failed to progress from the group stage.

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Programs
Stage Date Teams Venue
Qualifying October 21, 1964 Denmark vs. Wales n/a
Qualifying March 17, 1965 Wales vs. Greece Ninian Park
Qualifying December 1, 1965 Wales vs. Denmark Racecourse Ground
Final July 30, 1966 England vs. West Germany Wembley Stadium
Tournament July 11-30, 1966 all England
1966 FIFA World Cup (England) Countries
Champions England
Runners-up West Germany
Third Place Portugal
Fourth Place Soviet Union
Quarterfinals Argentina • Hungary • North Korea • Uruguay
Group Stage Brazil • Bulgaria • Chile • France • Italy • Mexico • Spain • Switzerland
Non-Qualifiers Denmark • Greece • Wales
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