World Cup Football - 1974 Hosts West Germany
Will and Guy's World Cup - 1974 Winners West Germany (World Cup 10)
Final: West Germany 2 : 1 Holland
Strange but True
Scotland achieved the dubious record of being the only team, who remained unbeaten yet did not win the World Cup tournament. The reason was that in Group 2, Yugoslavia, Brazil and Scotland each drew twice and won once giving all three 4 Points. Scotland were eliminated on goal difference even though they had not lost a game.
Meanwhile, West Germany who won the tournament were beaten by East Germany at the group stage.
Holland 2 : 0 Brazil
Classic memory: The Zaire forward Ilunga charging out of the wall to kick away the ball before the Brazilian attacker could take the free kick.
Average goals per game 2.5
The Dutch team of 1974 join the Hungary team of 1954 in the list of unlucky World Cup losers.
Germany's success was at least partly due to the ultimate finisher, goal poacher Gerd Mueller. Did he ever score outside the 6 yard box? Did he ever miss inside the 6 yard box?
As the ball is clearly outside the box, Beckenbauer knows that Mueller won't score this time, Beckenbaur (white jersey behind Mueller) looks for his friends in the crowd. Later Mueller scored the winning goal.
World Cup all time Leading Goal Scorers
14 Gerd Mueller, West Germany 1970, '74
Note that Ronaldo is the only player of this generation who could overtake Mueller. Sadly, I think Ronaldo's World Cup career is over.
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