1966 FIFA World Cup
||May 24, 1964-December 29, 1965
||July 11-30, 1966
|← 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.