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The World Cup marked the consecration of the host country as a footballing power. His second world crown in a country that is slowly withdrawing from memory postwar world through sport. also was the consecration of some players time as the Torpedo Müller O Franz Beckenbauer.
But first and foremost, was the World Cup in Holland, a selection which until then had done nothing in the international arena and revolutionized the world of football through a different concept, Total Football: style game based on attacking and defending all block, to exchange positions and aggressively pursue the opposite goal.
A defense that attacks, a forward defending, a porter carrying a number 8 to the back and a 14 that it's called Johan Cruyff It astonishes the world for its speed, definition and incredible rhythm changes. That was the essence of “Mechanical orange” of Rinus Michels who reached the final and was about to win the tournament.
A tournament, on the other hand, He brought several new features. For starters there was no knockout round, quarters or semis, but a second group stage where champions accessed directly to the final. Participants to start the two Germanys curiously met in the group stage in a match that will go down in football history with that image of the captains shaking hands in the initial greeting and for that goal Sparwasser that gave victory to the RDA (German Democratic Republic) against the FRG (German Federal Republic) with a helicopter flying over the stadium as high as security. It was Spain (to which he was awarded the World 1982) what if, Brazil and Argentina between 16 powers classified.
Anecdotes and there were many. Zaire participated for the first and only time, the ball Telstar repeated as the official leather, It was broadcast for the first time all tournament color, assured viewers (8.000 dollars were given for a possible death) and above all, the first red card in the World Cup history was taught, Chilean Carlos Caszely.
sportingly, in the first phase only they had more surprises than the eliminations of Uruguay and Italy at the first hurdle and comfortable victories over Uruguay and Bulgaria Netherlands. The highlight would come in the second round. There, tulips doblegarían Brazil and Argentina practicing one of the most colorful games that have never been seen on a field. Speed of movement, Touch, combination, the “orange” they defeated 2-0 to Brazil, RDA and clear 4-0 the albiceleste, which he garnered one of its worst defeats in its history.
The final was Germany-Netherlands. The German practicality was embodied in bright output Beckenbauer ball and especially, the murderer instinct Gerd Müller, a forward capable of scoring goals as rosquilletas. Dutch magic at first glance looked like it was found in the final. The first play of the game was a beautiful tulip combination 16 passes that ended in penalty from Neeskens.
Holland was a favorite as was seen in the championship and as he took the marker. But football is played 11 against 11 and the Germans always win based rallied courage and seriousness to take the new Jules Rimet Cup designed by Silvio Gazzaniga Italian and weighed five kilos.
If Germany won, but Holland love and that never forgets. They already know, There are a few shots to the post that are prettier than a lot of goals. ¿O no?