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Who won the World Cup in 1974?

3:26 AM GMT 10/05/2022
Franz Beckenbauer West Germany 1974 World Cup final
West Germany hosted the World Cup for the first time in 1974...

The 10th edition of the World Cup - football's greatest tournament -was held in the year 1974. 16 teams from four regions - (East Europe, West Europe, South America, and Rest of the World) - took part in the competition.

Who were the hosts of the 1974 FIFA World Cup?

West Germany was selected as the host for the 1974 World Cup. West Germany faced competition from Spain for the hosting rights. But in the end, West Germany won the hosting rights.

What was the format of the 1974 FIFA World Cup?

FIFA decided to alter the format that was in practice in the past five editions of the tournament. 16 teams were divided into four groups equally in the first round and the top two teams would qualify for the second round where eight teams were divided into two groups. From the second round, the top teams from each group would qualify for the final while the second-placed teams would make it to the third-place play-off.

Which teams participated in the qualifying round?

A total of 99 teams entered the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification stage. West Germany as the host nation and Brazil as reigning World Cup champions were granted automatic qualification, with the remaining 14 places divided among the continental confederations.

Nine were available for UEFA (Europe), three for CONMEBOL (South America), one for CAF (Africa), one for a team from either the AFC or the OFC (Asia/Oceania), and one for CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean). One spot was marked for a team that won the intercontinental play-off between Europe and South America.

The teams who eventually played in the World Cup were - East Germany, West Germany, Chile, Australia, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Scotland, Zaire, Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria, Uruguay, Poland, Italy, Argentina and Haiti.

Who won the 1974 FIFA World Cup?

West Germany won the World Cup for the second time after 1954, beating Netherlands 2-1 in the final.

This World Cup saw the introduction of a new World Cup trophy which is currently in use. The previous trophy was awarded permanently to Brazil after they won the title for the third time in 1970.

The new FIFA World Cup trophy was created by Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga.

The tournament also witnessed the Dutch national team's famous 'Total Football' on the global stage. Ajax manager Rinus Michels who masterminded the tactical game plan at the Dutch club introduced it to the national side as well with legendary footballer Johan Cruyff spearheading the attack.

Netherlands produced eye-catching football throughout the competition winning five out of their six matches in the two rounds. Unfortunately, they lost to the hosts in the final despite taking an early lead.

Who were the top goalscorers at the 1974 FIFA World Cup?

Polish winger Grzegorz Lato scored seven goals in the tournament and was the top goalscorer.

Player

Country

Goals

Grzegorz Lato

Poland

7

Johan Neeskens

Netherlands

5

Andrzej Szarmach

Poland

5

Johnny Rep

Netherlands

4

Ralf Edström

Sweden

4

Gerd Müller

West Germany

4

The 22-man 1974 FIFA World Cup-winning West Germany squad

Player

Position

Club

Sepp Maier

Goalkeeper

Bayern Munich

Norbert Nigbur

Goalkeeper

Schalke

Wolfgang Kleff

Goalkeeper

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Berti Vogts

Defender

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Paul Breitner

Defender

Bayern Munich

Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck

Defender

Bayern Munich

Franz Beckenbauer (C)

Defender

Bayern Munich

Horst-Dieter Höttges

Defender

Werder Bremen

Jupp Kapellmann

Defender

Bayern Munich

Helmut Kremers

Defender

Schalke

Herbert Wimmer

Midfielder

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Bernhard Cullmann

Midfielder

FC Koln

Günter Netzer

Midfielder

Real Madrid

Wolfgang Overath

Midfielder

FC Koln

Heinz Flohe

Midfielder

FC Koln

Rainer Bonhof

Midfielder

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Dieter Herzog

Midfielder

Fortuna Düsseldorf

Jürgen Grabowski

Forward

Eintracht Franfurt

Jupp Heynckes

Forward

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Gerd Müller

Forward

Bayern Munich

Uli Hoeneß

Forward

Bayern Munich

Bernd Hölzenbein

Forward

Eintracht Frankfurt