The World Cup returned to Europe in 1974. The winner of the tournament was also European. The selection of the Federal Republic of Germany could lift the World Cup for the second time.
The extraordinary tournament began with a classifying process no less extraordinary. The USSR that had to play with Chile did not attend the second leg in Santiago. However, the meeting took place, and the 15,000 spectators from the stands watched the Chilean team going on the field and scoring an empty goal.
Nine stadiums in nine different cities, including West Berlin, hosted the Cup matches. The draw brought yet another surprise, making West Germany and East Germany play in the same group.
In total, two group phases were played. The second phase determined the candidates for the Cup and third place. The final match of the World Cup had the Netherlands and West Germany. Neeskens opened the scoring in the second minute. However, Breitner drew and then Müller came back from the match. In the match for third place Poland managed to beat Brazil. The author of the only goal was Lato, proclaimed World Cup top scorer with 7 goals.
The selection “revelation of the tournament” was the Polish and also the Dutch that showed the famous total football, which highlighted the great Johan Cruyff. In addition, in that World Cup the red card was released.
World 1974. Final
Netherlands – West Germany
The Netherlands: Jan Jongbloed, Wim Suurbier, Wim Rijsbergen, Arie Haan, Ruud Krol, Wim Jansen, Johan Neeskens, Willem van Hanegem, Johnny Rep, Johan Cruyff (C), Rob Rensenbrink (Substitutions: Theo de Jong, René van de Kerkhof ). Coach: Rinus Michels
West Germany: Sepp Maier, Berti Vogts, Franz Beckenbauer (C), Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Paul Breitner, Rainer Bonhof, Uli Hoeneß, Wolfgang Overath, Jürgen Grabowski, Gerd Müller, Bernd Hölzenbein. Coach: Helmut Schön
Referee: Jack Taylor (England)
Result: 1: 2 (Neeskens 2 ‘(pen.),
Breitner 25’ (pen.),
Müller 43 ‘)July 7, 1974
Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany
Top scorers:Grzegorz Lato (Poland) 7
Johan Neeskens (The Netherlands) 5
Andrzej Szarmach (Poland) 5
Johnny Rep (Netherlands) 4
Ralf Edström (Sweden) 4
Gerd Müller (West Germany) 4