1970 World Cup

the Brazil 1970 world cup team was incredible!

Hi guys! How are you? Today we will keep talking about football. What do you know about the 1970 World Cup? The third Brazilian title in the history of this tournament. Have you ever heard about it? This World Cup in 1970 was really special, because it had names like Pelé, Carlos Alberto and Rivelino composing the Brazil team. This World Cup was also the last appearance of the famous Jules Rimet Trophy!

1970 World Cup and Brazil

After two consecutive World Cup titles in 1958 and 1962, the Brazilian team failed trying to win the third one in 1966. But it would return even better. This event was held from 31 May to 21 June in Mexico. It was the first World Cup tournament staged in North America, and the first held outside Europe and South America.

Groups and Countries

Group 1Group 2
Soviet UnionItaly
El SalvadorIsrael
Group 3Group 4
BrazilWest Germany

The New Rule

Before the 1970 World Cup, the teams weren’t allowed to do substitutions. The eleven initial players had to play the entire 90 minutes of the match. That was a huge change that helped the teams physically and as a consequence, technically too.

1970 World Cup: Facts and Curiosities

This World Cup was the first ever broadcasted in colors, a big technological advance for that period of time. The tournament was also special because of the players who were part of the 1970 Brazil team. Players such as Jairzinho, Carlos Alberto Torres, Rivelino and last but not least, Pelé. At the prime of his career, Pelé led the team through the matches until the final beating Italy by 4 x 1 and also being the main character because of the goals that he scored and also the ones that he didn’t. Have you ever heard about his long distance kick from the middle of the field, that almost turned into a beautiful goal against England?

23 Criminals Ran Away

Among these important facts, there is also the case of 23 Mexicans who ran away from prison because the guards were distracted watching the match between Italy x Germany,  which is considered one of the most exciting matches of all time, not only because of the score but because of the situations involved. After previously beating England on extra time, the Germans had another one against Italy. It was so tough that the captain Beckenbauer broke his clavicle but didn’t give up, he stayed until the end. Although Germany lost for 4 x 3, they proved their value and put their name in history playing what is considered the most exciting match of the World Cup history!

Carlos Alberto Torres Goal vs Italy

Carlos Alberto was another special player from Brazil, that was known for his exceptional defensive skills, as well as his ability to contribute offensively. One of the most iconic moments of the 1970 World Cup came in the final match against Italy, held on June 21, 1970, in Mexico City. Brazil faced Italy in the final, and Carlos Alberto scored one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history during that game.

In the 86th minute of the final, with Brazil leading 3-1, Carlos Alberto sealed the victory by scoring the fourth goal. The play started with a sequence of passes involving several Brazilian players, showcasing the team’s attacking flair. Pelé played a pivotal role in the buildup, and Carlos Alberto finished the move with a powerful shot from the right side of the penalty area. This goal not only showcased Brazil’s attacking prowess but also highlighted Carlos Alberto’s ability to contribute to the team’s offense from his defensive position. Take a look at this amazing goal!

1970 World Cup Top Scorer: Pelé

Pelé was the 1970 World Cup top scorer, netting a total of four goals. His ability to find the back of the net in crucial moments was instrumental in Brazil’s journey to the title. But it didn’t happen only in the final games. In the group stage, Pelé scored in each of Brazil’s three matches. Notably, he scored a hat-trick against Czechoslovakia in the opening match, a game that Brazil won 4-1.

Brazil faced Uruguay in the semifinals, and Pelé again scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory. His performance helped Brazil secure a spot in the final. In the final against Italy, Pelé played a crucial role in the buildup to Carlos Alberto’s iconic goal. While Pelé himself didn’t score in the final, his overall performance and influence on the game were significant as Brazil secured a 4-1 victory to claim their third World Cup title.

More Facts about 1970 World Cup

Let’s see these facts, the goals and other things of the Brazilian campaign through the 1970 World Cup:

It’s important to notice that after winning this tournament, Brazil didn’t win another one until the 1994 World Cup! Even tough we had a great team in 1982, unfortunately the victory would only come later.

Brazil’s 1970 World Cup Team

Now, let’s check out the whole Brazil 1970 formation, so you can understand how amazing it was! And remember, if you are in Brazil, you should come visit the gem of football with us: the Maracanã, during our RioLIVE! It will be an amazing opportunity to learn Portuguese and get to know one of the hearts of football history!

2LateralCarlos Alberto Torres
6Meio campoGerson
7Meio campoClodoaldo
19LateralMarco Antônio
20AtacantePaulo César
22LateralZé Maria

Get to Know the 1970 Brazil Team Players

Pelé: Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Pelé was the team’s star player. He had already won two World Cups in 1958 and 1962 and played a crucial role in Brazil’s success in 1970, finishing as the tournament’s top scorer.

Jairzinho: Known as “The Hurricane,” Jairzinho was a forward who played a crucial role in the 1970 World Cup. He scored in every match of the tournament, becoming the only player to do so, and contributed significantly to Brazil’s attacking prowess.

Rivelino: An attacking midfielder known for his powerful left foot and playmaking abilities. Rivelino was a key creative force in the Brazilian team. His skills and vision in midfield added flair to Brazil’s attacking play.

Gerson: A talented midfielder, Gerson was known for his passing ability and playmaking skills. He played a vital role in orchestrating Brazil’s midfield and creating scoring opportunities for his teammates.

Carlos Alberto: The team captain and right-back, Carlos Alberto is famous for scoring one of the most iconic goals in World Cup history during the 1970 final against Italy. He was a solid defender and contributed to the team’s attacking play.

Clodoaldo: A midfielder, Clodoaldo played a crucial role in Brazil’s midfield. He provided defensive stability and helping in the build-up of attacking plays. His performance in the semifinal against Uruguay, where he dribbled past several opponents, is particularly remembered.

Félix: The goalkeeper for the 1970 team, Félix played a key role in Brazil’s defensive efforts. While often overshadowed by the attacking prowess of the team, his contributions were vital in securing Brazil’s third World Cup title.

Tostão: A forward and key attacking player, Tostão formed a formidable partnership with Pelé. He played a crucial role in Brazil’s attacking trident and contributed to the team’s success.

Jules Rimet Trophy

The 1970 World Cup was the last with the Jules Rimet Cup.

Another important thing about the 1970 World Cup is the fact that it was last appearance of the Jules Rimet Trophy. The first team to win the title 3 times could take it permanently and Brazil, Uruguay and Italy had two titles already. Since it was Brazil’s third title, they could keep the trophy.

Pelé Last World Cup in 1970

The 1970 World Cup was Pelé's last as he said goodbye to the team with the title.

Despite being at the prime of his career, that was Pelé last World Cup in 1970. After the tournament he kept playing for Santos Football Club in Brazil. He later was transferred to USA to play for the New York Cosmos to help making football (or soccer) popular at the Uncle’s Sam land. Even not playing for the Brazilian Team anymore, he put his name in history as the best player of all time for his goals and titles in Brazil and also winning 3 World Cups titles, something really hard to accomplish.

Now it’s your turn!

Answer the questions about the 1970 World Cup using (T) for true and (F) for false:

  1. A copa foi sediada no México. (   )
  2. Foi o quarto título do Brasil. (   )
  3. A final foi entre Brasil e Uruguai. (   )
  4. As substituições foram implantadas nessa copa. (   )
  5. A nome do troféu é Taça Charles Muller. (   )

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