Classic Matches

Classic Matches: Brazil 1-0 England, 1970

England face Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday evening, the first in a long list of 2013 fixtures against familiar old rivals. In 1970 England’s World Cup defence took them to Mexico, a sweltering summer host nation in comparison to the successful quest on home soil four years previously.

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Classic Matches

Classic Matches: England 1-1 Poland, 1973

The 1970s were a decade of darkness for the England national team. West Germany avenged their defeat in the final of FIFA World Cup 1966 by seeing off Alf Ramsey’s England in Mexico four years later. The Germans would dominate the next cycle of tournaments, establishing their trophy-laden supremacy over a legendary Dutch team that remains influential even today.

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Classic Matches: San Marino 1-7 England, 1993

As World Cup qualifying campaigns go, England’s unsuccessful attempt to reach FIFA World Cup 1994 in the United States of America had more than its fair share of drama. Behind group winners Norway,the Netherlands proved formidable foes, becoming to England what Manchester United would soon become to the supporters of other clubs in the new Premier League: nerveless, ruthless and generally immovable.

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