1974 Germany World Cup

Written by Sebastien on 15 December 2012. Posted in World Cup History

The FIFA 1974 World Cup was the tenth staging of the World Cup competition. The Football World Cup in Germany was held from 13th of June to 7th July that year. The FIFA World Cup Trophy was first time introduced to be awarded to the winning team. Netherlands was defeated by the hosts by a score of 2–1. West Germany secured the Football World Cup title second time in the FIFA World Cup history.

There were Ninety-eight countries to fight for the qualification in the World Cup. The countries failing to qualify for the World Cup in Germany were England, Hungary France, Spain and the USSR and. Zaire, Haiti, East Germany and Australia were the first time to qualify in FIFA World Cup History.

A total of 16 teams qualified with four groups including four teams each. The format change from the last three tournaments was that there was another group stage for the second round. The group winners from the groups were to play the final and the second place teams played fort the3rd position. There were bad weather conditions in the host region and player had to face much difficulty along with the crowd to properly enjoy the play.

They were two teams having most impact in the first round. The Dutch had there first time opportunity to go in the World Cup finals winning from Bulgaria and Uruguay and a draw with Sweden. Sweden was also able to come forward to the next level defeating Uruguay with a score of 3 goals to zero. Argentina was able to make it for the next level on the basis of there goal average. Maximum points were attained by Poland beating Argentina by 3 goals to 2, Haiti by a score difference of 7 and Italy via Italy 2 to 1 goals. As a result Italy was out of the World Cup 1974.

All games were drawn between Scotland Brazil and Yugoslavia. The goal average was used as they defeated Zaire Scotland marched out of the competition as they were unable to have a good enough goal difference. They became the first country that was eliminated without losing a match in the Football World Cup history. Hosts and the East Germany both went through while Australia and Chile were unable to show a satisfactory performance. West Germany was already safe to progress to the next level and was defeated to East Germany.  

Dutch played beautifully giving a lesson to the great Argentina when they won by a score of 4–0. Brazil was able to defeat East Germany 1–0. The Dutch had their victory over East Germany. Argentina was unfortunate to lose to Brazil with a score of 2–1 which match is also known as "Battle of the South Americans".  Netherlands went to the finals disappointing the Brazil team. Poland defeated Yugoslavia and Sweden as did West Germany. An interesting game was played by teams, the Germans and the Poles and when Gerd Muller scored the only goal of the match Germans were through. The Poles took third place after defeating Brazil 1–0. The third place was awarded to Poles when they beat Brazil in the third/fourth position determination match.

It was 7th of July 1974,  Olympiastadion stadium in Munich.The Dutch scored the first goal via a penalty shoot by Johan Neeskens even before any German player touched the ball. West Germany was awarded a penalty in the 26th minute of the game, when Bernd Hφlzenbein fell in the Dutch area of the ground and was awarded a penalty made useful for the Germans. Gerd Mόller scored the winning goal for his country in the 43rd minute of the game. This was the second time in World Cup history that a team had won the World Cup after losing a match in the Finals.


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