I Scored a Goal in the FIFA World Cup Final - Season 1970



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  • Daniel Bertoni - Argentina, 1978
    Winger Daniel Bertoni, who was not in Argentina's starting 11 when the tournament began, had worked his way into the lineup by the knockout rounds and played a key role in the final. After teammate Mario Kempes had given the host country a 2-1 lead over the Netherlands in extra time, Bertoni slotted another goal past Dutch keeper Jan Jongbloed in the 115th minute of the match to seal Argentina's 3-1 win and give his country its first World Cup title.moreless
  • Mario Kempes - Argentina, 1978
    Argentina's hero in 1978 had begun his World Cup career in quiet fashion four years earlier, when he failed to score a goal. Kempes' name was also off the scoresheets during the initial group stage in 1978, but the lanky forward then caught fire in the knockout rounds to lead his country to glory on home soil. After netting twice against both Poland and Peru in the second round, Kempes scored two more times in the final win over the Netherlands, including the go-ahead goal during extra time of the 3-1 victory.moreless
  • Dick Nanninga - Netherlands, 1978
    A talented Netherlands team was appearing in its second consecutive World Cup final in 1978, after falling to host Germany in 1974. With the Dutch side down a goal to Argentina at the break, Nanninga came on as a substitute and headed a cross past keeper Ubaldo Fillol to even the match at 1-1 in the 82nd minute. The strike meant an extra 30-minute period was required to determine the champion, but Nanninga's and the Netherlands' hopes were dashed after two goals from Argentina.moreless
  • Johan Neeskens - Netherlands, 1974
    The Netherlands' 1974 squad was the epitome of total football, so it shouldn't have been a surprise that it managed its first goal before West Germany even touched the ball. After Johan Cruyff was brought down in the box after one of his glorious runs down the field, it was the midfielder Neeskens, a spot-kick specialist, who took the penalty. When he netted the attempt -- only 90 seconds into the game -- he also earned the record for the fastest goal in World Cup history.moreless
  • Paul Breitner - West Germany, 1974
    Of the four individuals to score in more than one World Cup final, Breitner is the only defender. In the 1974 final, his successful penalty kick in the 25th minute leveled the match with the Netherlands before Germany went on to win the game. Out of the national side later that decade, Breitner returned to the German team just before the 1982 World Cup, where his country again reached the final. This time, his goal in the 83rd minute was simply a consolation strike, as Germany lost 3-1 to Italy.moreless
  • Gerd Mueller - West Germany, 1974
    After a 10-goal performance in the 1970 World Cup, Mueller delivered four more in 1974, and though the number wasn't as high, his final goal was his biggest. Tied 1-1 with the Netherlands in the first half, Germany relied on Mueller to provide the winner. With a juke that left behind two Dutch defenders, Mueller streamed into the area and scored the winner just before halftime. It was his last goal ever for Germany, as he retired the day after the final. His 14 career World Cup goals stood as the record until Ronaldo broke it in 2006.moreless
  • Pelé - Brazil, 1970
    Pelé - Brazil, 1970
    Episode 1970
    The man widely considered the greatest footballer in history came to international prominence as a 17-year-old at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, scoring five goals during the tournament, including two strikes in a 5-2 win over the host nation in the final. Pele missed most of his country's World Cup-winning campaign in 1962 because of injury, then returned to lead Brazil to its third World Cup title in 1970. He scored the opening goal in the 1970 final -- a 4-1 win over Italy -- to give Brazil its third trophy.moreless
  • Roberto Boninsegna - Italy, 1970
    Facing one of the best teams ever assembled, and on the heels of a 4-3 extra-time thriller in the semis, Italy could be forgiven for being a goal down in the 18th minute. But Brazil's ultimate 4-1 victory was not always a foregone conclusion. Twenty minutes after Pelé's headed goal, striker Boninsegna was gifted a goal after an uncharacteristic lapse in Brazil's defense. Clodoaldo lost the ball (and three other defenders lost their footing), and Boninsegna pounced, putting the squads on even terms just before halftime.moreless
  • Jairzinho - Brazil, 1970
    Expectations were high for Jairzinho going into the 1970 World Cup -- despite two broken legs in recent years. But few could have imagined the performance Brazil's right winger: seven goals in the tournament, one in each of Brazil's matches. He remains the only player to score in every round, including the final. His last goal came in the 71st minute, again from the creativity of Brazil's maestro, Pelé. Rushing into the box from the right, Jairzinho timed his pace perfectly to land at the receiving end of Pelé's header.moreless
  • Carlos Alberto - Brazil, 1970
    For the Brazilian captain, his goal -- the fourth and final for Brazil -- will be remembered more for Pelé's setup, which still is considered one of the greatest ever in the tournament. In all, eight players touched the ball before it hit the back of the net, but the play's true beauty began with Pelé. He received a well-placed ball from Clodoaldo and timed a pass perfectly to Alberto, streaming into the box at full speed. When Alberto slammed the ball into the back of the net, the legacy of the 1970 squad and its most famous playmaker were cemented.moreless