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  World Cup history
The World Cup
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
USA 1994
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England 1966 England 1966
England's finest hour, when as hosts they went all the way to a Wembley final against West Germany.

England were the only British team in the competition, and even the mighty Brazilians failed to hit top form, as they failed to reach the second round.

Having beaten Portugal in the semi-final England played the Germans in the final, and put on a show for the home fans, winning after extra time with Geoff Hurst scoring the only hat-trick ever in a World Cup final.

World Cup final: England 4-2 Germany

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