59 – Jairzinho: Brazil v England 1970 – 90 World Cup Minutes In 90 Days

WFI‘s Adam Brandon counts down to Russia 2018 with 90 World Cup goals in 90 days, scored in the minute corresponding to the day in the countdown.


England were World Champions and Brazil were searching for their third World Cup.

Many thought this England side was actually better than the side that won in 1966, whilst the Brazilian side went on to be considered one of the greatest sides of all-time.

It’s a match famous for Bobby Moore’s brilliant tackle on Jairzinho, Gordon Banks producing an amazing save to deny Pele scoring with head. And also…


The Goal

A beautifully worked goal too. The ball makes its way from one side of the box to the other with Tostao and Pele involved before Jairzinho blasts home…

What Happened Next?

Brazil won the World Cup for the third time, and in doing so, earned the right to keep the Jules Rimet Trophy. The trophy has been missing since 1983 when it was stolen from CBF’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. It’s believed it was melted down and sold for its value in gold.

As we saw earlier in this series England blew a two goal lead against West Germany in the quarter finals and didn’t qualify for a World Cup again until 1982.



“The 1970 team was better than 1966” Is it a bit of a myth…? Good article below…


An interesting documentary on the 1970 team that I remember watching many times when I was growing up, presented by a young and awkward John Fashanu…