1970 FIFA Men's World Cup • May 31 - June 21

Mexico 1970

The 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico is often revered as one of the greatest football tournaments ever, thanks to its high level of play, tactical innovations, and the presence of legendary players. The tournament saw the introduction of red and yellow cards and substitutions. This World Cup is particularly remembered for the dazzling performance of the Brazilian team, which secured its third title, allowing them to keep the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently. Led by Pelé, in his swan song on football's biggest stage, Brazil epitomized the beauty of attacking football, culminating in their 4-1 triumph over Italy in the final at the Estadio Azteca. Carlos Alberto's goal in the final, the result of a flowing team move, is often cited as one of the best in the history of the tournament. The event was also the first to be broadcast in color, allowing a global audience to witness the spectacle in vibrant detail, contributing to the enduring appeal and mythology of Mexico's summer of football.

Winners and awards

Third place

Golden Boot (top scorer)
Gerd Müller
Silver Boot
Best Young Player
Teófilo Cubillas

Top scorers

Gerd Müller (10)
Jairzinho (7)
Teófilo Cubillas (5)
Pelé (4)
Anatoliy Byshovets (4)
Rivellino (3)
Uwe Seeler (3)
Gigi Riva (3)
Roberto Boninsegna (2)
Gianni Rivera (2)


Estadio Jalisco
Guadalajara, Mexico • 71000
Estadio Nou Camp
León, Mexico • 31000
Estadio Azteca
Mexico City, Mexico • 115000
Estadio Cuauhtémoc
Puebla, Mexico • 46000
La Bombonera
Toluca, Mexico • 33000

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