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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 08:26 GMT 09:26 UK
West Germany 1974
Franz Beckenbauer lifts the World Cup
Franz Beckenbauer is all smiles with the new World Cup
Hosts West Germany beat the total footballers of Holland in a dramatic final after the losers had taken the lead in the opening minute.

The West Germans had some great players, including Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller, but it was Holland's Johan Cruyff who emerged as the player of the tournament.

Off the pitch there was little harmony among the West Germans and their players were constantly at loggerheads with the authorities over player bonuses.

Bad feeling remained after the final and the team's victory celebrations were spoiled when several players walked out of the banquet after officials barred their wives.

Johann Cruyff leads his Dutch stars off with a wave
Holland made many fans with their stylish play

England failed to qualify for the finals, and were joined on the sidelines by Hungary, Spain and France.

East Germany, Haiti, Australia and Zaire all made the finals for the first time.

The East Germans pulled off the shock of the first round, beating the hosts in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history and causing a mutiny among the West German players.

The East Germans battled their way through to the second round but lost out as Holland topped the group.

Brazil, who were struggling to adjust to life after Pele, claimed the runners-up spot and went into the third/fourth place play-off, which they lost 1-0 to Poland.

West Germany edged out the Poles in the other group to set up the final against Holland.

Despite their stylish play and early goal, the Dutch could not keep the Germans at bay.

Paul Breitner levelled matters with a penalty and Muller, playing his last match for West Germany, pounced for his 68th international goal to give the hosts the new World Cup trophy.

It was Muller's 14th goal of the tournament and took him past French legend Juste Fontaine's previous best of 13 World Cup goals.


Group 1 results:
West Germany 1-0 Chile
East Germany 2-0 Australia
Chile 1-1 East Germany
West Germany 3-0 Australia
Australia 0-0 Chile
East Germany 1-0 West Germany

Group 2 results:
Brazil 0-0 Yugoslavia
Scotland 2-0 Zaire
Yugoslavia 9-0 Zaire
Scotland 0-0 Brazil
Scotland 1-1 Yugoslavia
Brazil 3-0 Zaire

Group 3 results:
Sweden 0-0 Bulgaria
Holland 2-0 Uruguay
Holland 0-0 Sweden
Bulgaria 1-1 Uruguay
Holland 4-1 Bulgaria
Sweden 3-0 Uruguay

Group 4 results:
Italy 3-1 Haiti
Poland 3-2 Argentina
Poland 7-0 Haiti
Argentina 1-1 Italy
Argentina 4-1 Haiti
Poland 2-1 Italy

Final round - Group A results:
Holland 4-0 Argentina
Brazil 1-0 East Germany
Holland 2-0 East Germany
Brazil 2-1 Argentina
Holland 2-0 Brazil
Argentina 1-1 East Germany

Group B results:
West Germany 2-0 Yugoslavia
Poland 1-0 Sweden
West Germany 4-2 Sweden
Poland 2-1 Yugoslavia
Sweden 2-1 Yugoslavia
West Germany 1-0 Poland

3rd/4th place play-off:
Poland 1-0 Brazil

World Cup Final:
West Germany 2-1 Holland

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