1966 FIFA World Cup England™
July 11 - July 30

1966 FIFA World Cup England™

1966 FIFA World Cup England™

Final Tournament Standing


Victory gave England their only world title to date.

Playing in front of their own fans and their most illustrious supporter in Queen Elizabeth II, England were in a similar position to the one Brazil had found themselves in 1950, with a World Cup to be won on home soil, at Wembley. Though determined to avoid a Maracanazo of their own, they were facing the West Germans, who enjoyed upsetting the odds, as they showed against Hungary in 1954.

Wolfgang Weber deprived the hosts of the Trophy in normal time, scoring in the last minute to make it 2-2. A goalscorer in the regulation 90 minutes, Geoff Hurst struck twice more in extra time, the first of those two goals the most controversial in World Cup Final history: a powerful drive that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced on the goal-line – according to the Germans – or just over it – according to the English and, crucially, the Soviet linesman. Victory gave England their only world title to date, while Hurst remains the one and only player to score a hat-trick in a Final.


Tournament News

Gold charm bracelet with a World Cup theme.
A bottle from the England team’s celebration party after the Final. It remained unopened!
Geoff Hurst remains the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup Final.
These items belonged to West German referee Rudolf Kreitlein. He sent off Argentina captain Antonio Rattín in a bad-tempered match. After the game, FIFA’s future head of referees, Englishman Ken Aston, stopped at traffic lights and had a eureka moment. The lights turned to amber and then red. Aston mentioned this to Kreitlein – and a proposal for yellow and red cards was introduced in time for Mexico 1970.
20-year-old Franz Beckenbauer breaks away from Bobby Charlton during the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final™ at Wembley. Charlton would have the last laugh however. Final score: England 4, West Germany 2. The tournament was Beckenbauer’s first World Cup. He played every match and his four goals at the tournament earned him a place alongside Geoff Hurst (England), Ferenc Bene (Hungary) and Valeriy Porkuyan (USSR) as joint third-top scorers for England 1966. Beckenbauer would go on to feature at the 1970 and 1974 World Cup editions.
1,400 new road signs were erected in anticipation of the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Here, on 23 June, just 19 days prior to the opening game of the tournament on 11 July officers of the Automobile Association inspect some of the signs.
11 July, Wembley, the 1966 FIFA World Cup begins. Schoolboys from London stand on the pitch wearing the colours and bearing the flags of the sixteen participating nations in the opening ceremony of the tournament. Chile, whose flag can be seen in the centre, hosted the 1962 World Cup.
The Uruguayan team are presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II before the tournament's opening game against hosts England. The South Americans both hosted and won the first ever edition of the World Cup in 1930. Italy would host and win in 1934, and on 30 July 1966, England would become the third-ever host/winner of the World Cup (11 July 1966).
Members of the England World Cup squad playing golf during a break in training at Roehampton, London, the day before their World Cup final match against West Germany, 29th July 1966. Left to right: Gordon Banks, unknown photographer, trainers Harold Shepherdson (1918 - 1995) and Les Cocker (1924 - 1979), Peter Bonetti, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore, unknown, Jimmy Armfield, Roger Hunt, Ron Springett, Jimmy Greaves (putting), Norman Hunter, Ron Flowers, Terry Paine, Bobby Charlton and Gerry Byrne. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, 7th July 1966, Roehampton, 1966 World Cup Finals in England, England players L-R: Geoff Hurst, Nobby Stiles and captain Bobby Moore are pictured relaxing prior to the opening game against Uruguay at Wembley. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, Roehampton, England, 7th July 1966, A friendly cricket match between the England World Cup football squad, George Cohen is pictured batting as L-R: Alan Ball, Peter Bonetti, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Charlton do the fielding during a break in training for their opening World Cup match against Uruguay at Wembley. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Sport, Football, Roehampton, England, World Cup Preparation, 7th July 1966, Brothers Bobby (left) and Jack Charlton relax prior to taking their turn to bat during a friendly cricket match amongst the England players during a break in training for their opening World Cup match against Uruguay at Wembley. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
1966 FIFA World Cup England 
Final: Germany - England 2:4 (extra time) 
Bobby Charlton (ENG, ri) and Franz Beckenbauer (GER,
Final: Germany - England 2:4 (extra time) 
1:1 for England. Geoff Hurst scores. Nr. 21 Roger Hunt (ENG),
Hans Tilkowski (GER) goalkeeper
1966 FIFA World Cup England,

Germany - Switzerland 5:0

Ely Tacchella (SUI, le) and Uwe Seeler (GER)
1966 FIFA World Cup England 
Hungary - Portugal 1:3

Tournament News

LONDON - APRIL 20: An Aerial view of the new Wembley Stadium on April 20, 2007 in Wembley, north-west London, England. The stadium has a capacity of 90,000 and will host next month's FA Cup final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

1966 FIFA World Cup England™

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Fans sing and celebrate in the Wembley stands shortly before kick-off of the 1966 Final between England and West Germany. The match kicked off at 15:00 local time and the official recorded attendance was 96,924 people (30 July 1966).

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What made England so ’66?

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19th July 1966: Italian goalkeeper Enrico Albertosi fails to save a shot from North Korean forward Pak Doo Ik (right) during North Korea's World Cup match against Italy at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough.

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The third-place match at the 1966 FIFA World Cup saw the Soviet Union take on Portugal.  With the inspirational Eusébio leading the way, Portugal triumphed 2-1.

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Portugal 2-1 Soviet Union (1966 FIFA World Cup)

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Chile's Elias Figueroa on the ball during their Group B match of the 1982 FIFA World Cup (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)

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30th July 1966: Geoff Hurst scores England's third goal against West Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley Stadium. The goal, awarded upon the judgement of the Russian linesman has remained one of the most controversial goals in the history of the competition. England became World champions with a 4-2 victory after extra time. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1966 FIFA World Cup England™

1966 WORLD CUP FINAL: England 4-2 Germany FR

1966 World Cup Final: England's Geoff Hurst scores 4th goal as West Germany's Wolfgang Overath can only watch.

1966 FIFA World Cup England™

Unbeatable: Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick

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1966 FIFA World Cup England™

The Showcase - England 1966

World Cup Semi-Final, 1966, Liverpool, England, 25th July, 1966, West Germany 2 v Soviet Union 1, West Germany's Uwe Seeler takes a flying leap over Soviet Union's goalkeeper Lev Yashin during the match. (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

1966 FIFA World Cup England™

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Bobby Charlton with the ball during the 1966 World Cup Final

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