1966 FIFA Men's World Cup • July 11 - July 30

England 1966

The 1966 FIFA World Cup, hosted by England, is etched in the annals of football history as the tournament where the home nation lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy for the first and only time. The competition was rife with iconic moments, including Geoff Hurst's controversial goal in the final that sparked the enduring debate—did it cross the line? Hurst's hat-trick led England to a 4-2 victory after extra time against West Germany in a dramatic final at Wembley Stadium. The event also witnessed the emergence of Portuguese football legend Eusébio, who dazzled the world with his skill and claimed the Golden Boot. The tournament was not without its share of drama, as the trophy itself was stolen prior to the tournament, only to be found by a dog named Pickles. England '66, characterized by its blend of controversy, triumph, and the spirit of the times, remains a defining chapter in the rich tapestry of World Cup history.

Winners and awards

Third place

Golden Boot (top scorer)
Silver Boot
Helmut Haller
Best Young Player
Franz Beckenbauer

Top scorers

Eusébio (9)
Helmut Haller (6)
Ferenc Bene (4)
Franz Beckenbauer (4)
Valeriy Porkujan (4)
Geoff Hurst (4)
Eduard Malofeyev (3)
José Torres (3)
José Augusto (3)
Luis Artime (3)


Villa Park
Birmingham, England • 52000
Goodison Park
Liverpool, England • 50000
Wembley Stadium
London, England • 99000
White City Stadium
London, England • 77000
Old Trafford
Manchester, England • 58000
Ayresome Park
Middlesbrough, England • 40000
Hillsborough Stadium
Sheffield, England • 43000
Roker Park
Sunderland, England • 40000

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