1970 FIFA World Cup

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1970 FIFA World Cup
Host Nation Mexico
Qualification Dates October 6, 1968-December 14, 1969
Tournament Dates May 31-June 21, 1970
Champion Brazil
1966 • other tournaments • 1974


The 1970 FIFA World Cup was the ninth edition of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football championship for men's senior national teams. It was the first World Cup tournament staged in North America and the first held outside Europe and South America. Teams representing 75 nations from all six populated continents entered the competition and its qualification rounds began in May 1968. Fourteen teams qualified from this process to join host nation Mexico and defending champions England in the 16-team final tournament. El Salvador, Israel and Morocco made their debut appearances at the final stage.

The tournament was won by Brazil, who defeated another former two-time world champion, and current 1968 European champion Italy, by 4–1 in the final.

Publications

Programs
Stage Date Teams Venue
Qualifying May 4, 1969 Republic of Ireland vs. Czechoslovakia Dalymount Park
Qualifying June 8, 1969 Republic of Ireland vs. Hungary Dalymount Park
Qualifying September 10, 1969 Northern Ireland vs. Soviet Union Windsor Park
Qualifying October 15, 1969 Republic of Ireland vs. Denmark Dalymount Park
Group Stage-Final May 31-June 21, 1970 multiple multiple
1970 FIFA World Cup (Mexico) Countries
Champions Brazil
Runners-up Italy
Third Place West Germany
Fourth Place Uruguay
Quarterfinals England • Mexico • Peru • Soviet Union
Group Stage Belgium • Bulgaria • Czechoslovakia • El Salvador • Israel • Morocco • Romania • Sweden
Non-Qualifiers Denmark • Hungary • Northern Ireland • Republic of Ireland
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