- Know any others ??! Let me know and I'll
include them on this page.
Günter Netzer (Borussia
to Baddiel and Skinner's World Cup
podcasts (see Baddiel and Skinner's World Cup
Podcasts) I see
that Günter Netzer is a regular
football expert with German
TV channel ARD in cooperation with host Gerhard Delling.
This double act is a national institution to match that
of Saint and Greavsie at their peak.
See Günter Netzer - Wikipedia, the free
encyclopedia and Homepage
Players of Mexico 1970)
biography update on the Sky website at Sky Sports - The Best Sport Coverage From
Around The World.
holds the distinction of being the only player to
score in every game, including the final, of a World
Fontaine scored in each match he played at the 1958
World Cup, France did not reach the final, leaving
Brazil's Jairzinho with the proud honour for his
exploits in 1970.
sequence started with a brace in the 4-1 victory over
Czechoslovakia before he grabbed the only goal
against holders England.
rampaging attacker followed up by scoring against
Romania, Peru in the quarter finals and Uruguay in
the last four.
historic goal in the final arrived on 71 minutes as
he netted Brazil's third in their stunning 4-1
victory over Italy.
Christmas Day in 1944, Jairzinho made his name with
Botafogo, where he spent 12 years, initially in the
shadow of the great Garrincha.
He made his
international debut in 1964 and played at the 1966
World Cup in England as he gradually replaced
Garrincha for club and country.
build-up to his unsurpassed achievement in 1970,
Jairzinho twice broke his leg, while he scored twice
at the 1974 finals in West Germany.
missing the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, Jairzinho
picked up the last of his 82 Brazil caps against
Czechoslovakia in March 1982 at the age of 37.
leaving Botafogo in 1974, Jairzinho joined Marseille,
where he spent just one season - a trend which was
repeated for the remainder of his career.
retirement, perhaps Jairzinho's best claim to fame is
being credited with the discovery of current Brazil
international, and the 2002 World Cup's top scorer,
Ronaldo as a 14-year-old.
tried his hand at coaching, but his two-year stint in
charge of the Gabon national team came to an end in
September 2005 when he was sacked.
Where are they now of the 1966 team
The excellent UKTV show
Shirts of '66 offers this info about the World
Cup winning team of 1966 at UKTV UKTV Gold The 1966 England
(Note: the teams in
brackets relate to this site and are their teams in
1970-71, not 1966)
Geoff Hurst (West Ham
The biggest star of
the final, Geoff Hurst, didnt even play in the
group stage of the 1966 World Cup. The more
experienced Jimmy Greaves was the original striker,
but a leg injury meant Hurst had to take his place
from the quarter finals onwards. Hurst, a West Ham
player, scored three goals against West Germany,
making him the only player so far to bag a hat trick
in a World Cup final. He continued a successful
football career after 1966 as well as playing
professional cricket for Essex! See UKTV
Bobby Moore (West Ham United) - Defender
West Ham skipper
Bobby Moore was captain of the 1966 World Cup squad.
He played a crucial role in the final, taking the
free kick that set up Hursts first goal against
West Germany. His most famous moment actually came
after the game, when, before shaking hands with the
Queen, he wiped his muddy hands on the velvet
platform supporting the trophy. When he passed away
in 1993, no less a figure than Pele called him the
greatest defender he had ever played against. See UKTV
Bobby Charlton (Manchester United)
legend Bobby Charlton was one of the survivors of the
Munich plane crash which killed so many of his team
mates in 1957. He was a decisive player throughout
the 1966 World Cup, because manager Alf Ramsey placed
a particular emphasis on midfielders (in an
innovative formation dubbed wingless
wonders). Bobby remains a Manchester United
icon, though hes almost as famous (or
notorious) for the comb-over he used to wear! See UKTV
Charlton (Leeds United) Defender
Jack Charlton almost
didnt end up in football as a boy he was
always overshadowed by his more talented younger
brother Bobby. Yet, just before he joined the police
force, Leeds spotted Jack playing at an amateur match
and signed him up! After the 1966 World Cup he
continued to play for Leeds and went onto become the
manager of Republic of Ireland, leading them into
their first ever World Cup in 1990. See UKTV
Roger Hunt (Bolton Wanderers) Forward
The 1966 final saw
one of the most controversial goals in football
history, when Hursts ball hit the West Germany
crossbar and bounced down onto the goal line. It was
allowed by the linesman, but many still believe it
shouldnt have counted. When defending the goal,
Hurst always mentions fellow striker Roger Hunt
according to Hurst, Hunt would have followed
up by kicking the ball firmly into the net if the
original goal had been in any doubt. One of
Liverpools biggest ever goal scorers, Hunt
founded a haulage company after retiring from
football. See UKTV
For many years, it
seemed Fulham player George Cohen would never play
for England, as his place on the national side was
firmly occupied by Jimmy Armfield. But after a
mortifying defeat against Scotland in 1964, Alf
Ramsey re-jigged the team and gave Cohen a chance
leading to place in the World Cup. Sport
clearly runs in the Cohen blood, as his nephew Ben
Cohen was part of the team that won the 2003 Rugby
Union World Cup! See UKTV
Gordon Banks (Stoke City)
Regarded by many as
the greatest England goalkeeper of all time (if not
simply the greatest goalie in football history),
Gordon Banks played for Chesterfield and then
Leicester City before the World Cup. Not a single
goal slipped by him during the group stage, but
Bankss greatest achievement actually came in
the 1970 World Cup, when he made a seemingly
impossible save against a thundering shot from Pele.
Sadly, his career came to an abrupt end in 1972 after
he lost the sight of one eye in a car crash. See UKTV
Alan Ball (Everton)
Endearingly short in
stature, Alan Ball was also, at 21, the youngest
member of the 1966 team. He had a rocky road to
success, being passed up by Wolverhampton Wanderers
and Bolton Wanderers (despite training with both
teams). Ultimately Blackpool took him on, and his
skills were noticed by the eagle-eyed Alf Ramsey.
Going onto play for Everton and Arsenal in later
years, it was Ball who set up Hursts
controversial goal in the 1966 final. See UKTV
Martin Peters (Tottenham Hotspur)
West Ham star Martin
Peters very nearly became the most celebrated England
player of all time. Thats because he scored the
goal that put England in the lead towards the end of
the first 90 minutes of the 1966 final. Had the
Germans not then equalised, Peters would have been
known as the man who won the World Cup for England.
In the years after 1966, Peters cemented his
reputation by serving as the England skipper. See UKTV
Nobby Stiles (Manchester United)
The line in Three
Lions about Nobby dancing refers to the
one and only Nobby Stiles, who was famously
photographed after the 1966 final with the trophy in
one hand and his dentures in the other (hed
lost his teeth in a football match years before).
Nobby went onto become one of the most respected
trainers in the game, and as youth coach for
Manchester United he oversaw the rise of Beckham and
Scholes. See UKTV
Ray Wilson (Bradford City) Defender
A Huddersfield Town
player, Ray Wilson was at 32 the oldest member of the
1966 squad. A no-nonsense, non-showy type, Wilson
remains the least well-known of that years
heroes. Perhaps the most striking thing about him is
the fact he later gave up football to become an
undertaker! See UKTV
Please visit UKTV UKTV Gold The 1966 England
Squad to see
the Shirts of '66 site.
Bromwich Albion Players
the efforts of Simon Wright, West
Bromwich Albion now have a 'Where are they now?' page of
their own based in this site. The lists includes many
more players than just the regular 1970-71 Players. As
always if you know any more, let me know.
Are They Now? : West Bromwich Albion.
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