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The ninth FIFA World Cup also became a major TV spectacle and to fit in with television company requests, some matches kicked off at 12 noon. This was an unpopular decision with many players and managers because of the intense heat in Mexico at that time of day.
There was none of the violence throughout the tournament that had plagued the two previous competitions. The 1970 FIFA World Cup passed without a single player being sent off, equaling the 1950 FIFA World Cup record. For the first time substitutes were allowed, as well as yellow and red cards being introduced.
Pelé returned after vowing never to play in another FIFA World Cup and Brazil looked to keep the Jules Rimet trophy outright with a third victory.
There were three big winners in the 1970 FIFA World Cup: the Brazilians naturally, and their king, Pelé but also football itself, with many games and individual feats entering football legend.
Those who had been dissatisfied with the standard of play during the 1966 FIFA World Cup had nothing to complain about four years later in Mexico, where "the beautiful game" was really seen in all its glory. Three of the game's all-time greatest matches were played to huge and rapturous crowds: England vs. Brazil, England vs. West Germany and a simply sensational semi-final between Italy and West Germany. And nobody will ever forget Pelé and his glorious attempt to lob the Czech goalkeeper Viktor from 50 meters out!
Then, just to top things off, the Brazilians, the tournament's most spectacular team, with their unforgettable front-line of Jairzinho, Tostao, Pelé and Rivelino. For this ninth FIFA World Cup, the number of participating nations was again at a new high, with 75 teams entering for the qualifying rounds. And many nations well-grounded in FIFA World Cup experience did not make it past the qualifiers, including Portugal, Hungary, France, Spain and even Argentina. Israel and Morocco, however, made their debuts.
The Moroccans, who became the first African Confederation representative (CAF founded 1957) to qualify for the finals (the first African finalist, Egypt in 1934, had qualified without playing a single match), were one of the star attractions of the first round along with Peru.
Recorded from SKY Sports as part of their series featuring World Cup Films from 1954 onwards.
=== File Information ===
File Name: World Cup 1970.avi
Duration: 01:30:37 (135,930 fr)
File Size: 748 MB (or 766,132 KB or 784,519,168 bytes)
=== Video Information ===
Video Codec: XviD
Video Bitrate: 1014 kb/s
Resolution: 608x464 (1.31:1) [=38:29]
frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
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