Posts Tagged "West Germany"

World Cup Tales – Magyarország! The Greatest Team Never To Win A World Cup? Hungary, 1954

World Cup Tales – Magyarország! The Greatest Team Never To Win A World Cup? Hungary, 1954

By on May 29, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

The story of football in the years immediately following the end of the Second World War often seemed to be following a pre-prepared script, but it was a script that, at the World Cup finals at least, the competing nations seemed unwilling to follow. In 1950, the tournament should have been a procession for the host nation, Brazil, but in the final minutes of the...

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World Cup Tales: When The Two Germanies Collided, 1974

World Cup Tales: When The Two Germanies Collided, 1974

By on May 18, 2010 in History, Latest | 1 comment

The Cold War spread insiduously into every aspect of life between the end of the second world war and the end of the 1980s, and sport was no exception to this rule, whether it was the Soviets and Americans boycotting each others’ Olympic Games or Bobby Fischer facing off against Boris Spassky at chess in Rekjavik in 1972. Football was no exception to this...

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World Cup Tales: The Shame Of Gijon, 1982

World Cup Tales: The Shame Of Gijon, 1982

By on May 9, 2010 in History, Latest | 9 comments

Algeria make their first appearance in the World Cup finals since 1986 this year, and if they are looking for any more encouragement to perform than the prospect of playing on the world’s biggest stage, then the sense of injustice at their previous treatment by the competition could be enough to spur them on that little bit more. Algeria have previously...

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