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The 10th FIFA World Cup tournament in Germany in 1974 was marked by the arrival of color television! And as if to highlight this cultural revolution even more, the "Weltmeisterschaft 74" featured two other major changes. The first was a change in the tournament rules. The first round group system followed by knock-out in the second round was replaced by a group system in both rounds. The second change was the replacing of the Jules Rimet trophy - won outright by Brazil four years earlier after winning the FIFA World Cup three times (1958, 1962, 1970) - by a new solid gold statuette known as the "FIFA World Cup".
Like its predecessor, the new trophy, sculpted by Silvio Gazzaniga, was coveted by many, and 98 nations took part in the qualifiers. Notable first-time qualifiers for the finals were East Germany, Haiti, Australia and Zaire, the first sub-Saharan African nation to reach the FIFA World Cup proper. But Hungary, Spain, France and most surprisingly England all failed to make it through. As a prologue to its vanguard tournament, FIFA appointed itself a new President, the first non-European, when the Brazilian João Havelange replaced Englishman Sir Stanley Rous, who had held the post since 1961.
On the field, the favorites, West Germany, qualified for the second round, if rather unconvincingly. And following a defeat at the hands of East Germany in the first round, there was even a minor revolution: Beckenbauer, the team captain, was begged by his team-mates to urge coach Helmut Schön to make changes in the team's line-up and tactics.
For the team from the Netherlands, however, which included in its ranks Cruyff, Neeskens, Rep and Rensenbrink, it was all plain sailing as they qualified from both the first and second rounds, beating Argentina (4-0), East Germany (2-0) and Brazil (2-0) by playing the brand of "total football" made famous by the Dutch club side, Ajax. The revelation of the tournament proved to be the multi-talented Polish team with its ace marksman Gzregorz Lato crowned as the competition's top goal-scorer (7 goals).
Recorded from SKY Sports as part of their series which featured World Cup Films from 1954 to 1990.
=== File Information ===
File Name: World Cup 1974.avi
Duration: 01:28:25 (132,619 fr)
File Size: 747 MB (or 765,450 KB or 783,820,800 bytes)
=== Video Information ===
Video Codec: XviD
Video Bitrate: 1047 kb/s
Resolution: 608x464 (1.31:1) [=38:29]
frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
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