Tournament Details


Details:
Host country: England
Dates: 11 July 1966 - 30 July 1966
Teams: 16

Stages:
Round 1: 16 teams split in 4 groups of 4.
Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3 | Group 4
Round 2: 8 Team Playoff
Playoffs

Notes:
  • The trophy was stolen in the run-up to the tournament but was found a week later by a dog named "Pickles".
  • Geoff Hurst became the first and to this day the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final.
  • South Africa was banned for violating the anti-discrimination charter.
  • The qualifying rounds of the tournament saw a controversy when the African nations decided to withdraw in protest of only one qualifying place allocated by FIFA to the regions of Asia, Oceania and Africa.


    Qualification:
          Countries qualified for World Cup       Country failed to qualify       Countries that did not enter World Cup       Country not a FIFA member
    Qualified Teams:
    Placing ELO Rating Team Coach Region
    1 1189 England Alf Ramsey UEFA
    2 1112 West Germany Helmut Schön UEFA
    3 1141 Portugal Otto Glória UEFA
    4 1067 Soviet Union Nikolai Morozov UEFA
    5 1034 Argentina Juan Carlos Lorenzo CONMEBOL
    5 1019 Hungary Lajos Baróti UEFA
    5 956 North Korea Myung Rae-Hyun AFC
    5 977 Uruguay Ondino Viera CONMEBOL
    17 956 Brazil Vicente Feola CONMEBOL
    17 883 Bulgaria Rudolf Vytlacil UEFA
    17 935 Chile Luis Alamos CONMEBOL
    17 935 France Henri Guérin UEFA
    17 980 Italy Edmondo Fabbri UEFA
    17 961 Mexico Ignacio Tréllez CONCACAF
    17 972 Spain José Villalonga UEFA
    17 883 Switzerland Alfredo Foni UEFA