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England - Hosted the eighth World Cup, in 1966. England - Hosted the eighth World Cup, in 1966.

The star of the 1966 World Cup was undoubtedly Pickles...... the dog who found the stolen Jules Rimet Trophy under a bush in South London.

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England 1966 - First Round, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, Third place, 1966 World Cup Final.

World Cup History - England 1966

Pelé was again the target of some physical attention in the opening games, as Brazil set out to make it three World Cup Final wins in a row.

After beating Bulgaria (2:0), the Brazilians failed to get past the first-round group stage, losing to Hungary and newcomers Portugal.

Portugal, with Eusebio in the team, scored three goals in each of their first round games and came back from three goals down to beat the other surprise of the tournament, North Korea (5:3); thanks to four goals from Eusebio.

England, playing all their games at Wembley, didn't concede a goal until the semi-finals; against the sharp-shooting Portugal.

Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II; (4:2) after extra-time.

The home side received the lost and found trophy from The Queen, and if Her Majesty wasn't a football fan before..... she is now.

First Round - Group Stage

Group 1

Played in London.

11th July
England vs Uruguay (0:0)

13th July
France vs Mexico (1:1)

15th July
Uruguay vs France (2:1)

16th July
England vs Mexico (2:0)

19th July
Uruguay vs Mexico (0:0)

20th July
England vs France (2:0)

England and Uruguay qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group 2

Played in Sheffield and Birmingham.

12th July
West Germany vs Switzerland (5:0)

13th July
Argentina vs Spain (2:1)

15th July
Spain vs Switzerland (2:1)

16th July
West Germany vs Argentina (0:0)

19th July
Argentina vs Switzerland (2:0)

20th July
West Germany vs Spain (2:1)

West Germany and Argentina qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group 3

Played in Liverpool and Manchester.

12th July
Brazil vs Bulgaria (2:0)

13th July
Portugal vs Hungary (3:1)

15th July
Hungary vs Brazil (3:1)

16th July
Portugal vs Bulgaria (3:0)

19th July
Portugal vs Brazil (3:1)

20th July
Hungary vs Bulgaria (3:1)

Portugal and Hungary qualify for the quarter-finals.

Group 4

Played in Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

12th July
USSR vs North Korea (3:0)

13th July
Italy vs Chile (2:0)

15th July
North Korea vs Chile (1:1)

16th July
USSR vs Italy (1:0)

19th July
North Korea vs Italy (1:0)

20th July
USSR vs Chile (2:1)

USSR and North Korea qualify for the quarter-finals.

Quarter-Finals - 23rd July, 1966

Liverpool: Portugal vs North Korea (5:3)

London: England vs Argentina (1:0)

Sheffield: West Germany vs Uruguay (4:0)

Sunderland: USSR vs Hungary (2:1)

Semi-Finals - 25/26 July, 1966

25th July
Liverpool: West Germany vs USSR (2:1)

26th July
London: England vs Portugal (2:1)

Third Place - 28th July, 1966

London: Portugal vs USSR (2:1)

1966 World Cup Final
30th July:
England vs West Germany (4:2 aet)
Wembley Stadium, London.

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16 Countries

Travel to Argentina Argentina
Group 2 (2:1) (0:0) (2:0)
Quarter-finals (0:1)

Travel to Brazil Brazil
Group 3 (2:0) (1:3) (1:3)

Travel to Bulgaria Bulgaria
Group 3 (0:2) (0:3) (1:3)

Travel to Chile Chile
Group 4 (0:2) (1:1) (1:2)

Travel to England England
Group 1 (0:0) (2:0) (2:0)
Quarter-finals (1:0)
Semi-finals (2:1)
Winner (4:2 aet)

Travel to France France
Group 1 (1:1) (1:2) (0:2)

Travel to Hungary Hungary
Group 3 (1:3) (3:1) (3:1)
Quarter-finals (1:2)

Travel to Italy Italy
Group 4 (2:0) (0:1) (0:1)

Travel to Mexico Mexico
Group 1 (1:1) (0:2) (0:0)

Travel to North Korea North Korea
Group 4 (0:3) (1:1) (1:0)
Quarter-finals (3:5)

Travel to Portugal Portugal
Group 3 (3:1) (3:0) (3:1)
Quarter-finals (5:3)
Semi-finals (1:2)
Third place (2:1)

Travel to Spain Spain
Group 2 (1:2) (2:1) (1:2)

Travel to Switzerland Switzerland
Group 2 (0:5) (1:2) (0:2)

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay
Group 1 (0:0) (2:1) (0:0)
Quarter-finals (0:4)

Travel to Russia USSR
Group 4 (3:0) (1:0) (2:1)
Quarter-finals (2:1)
Semi-finals (1:2)
Third place (1:2)

Travel to Germany West Germany
Group 2 (5:0) (0:0) (2:1)
Quarter-finals (4:0)
Semi-finals (2:1)
Finalist (2:4 aet)

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