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Monday, 17 June, 2002, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK

England v Brazil classics

1970: World Cup group match:
Brazil 1-0 England
Jalisco stadium Guadalajara, Mexico

England's last World Cup meeting with Brazil has passed into the game's annals of legend.

Jairzinho's winning goal, Bobby Moore's masterly tackle on Pele, Jeff Astle's miss and that save from Gordon Banks marked their 1970 meeting as one of football's great matches.

England went into the game as World Cup holders. Brazil were the favourites.

It was a group match billed as the final that never was - and it lived up to its billing.

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Brazil eventually swept to a third World Cup victory which won them the Jules Rimet trophy for keeps.

But England proved, in the searing 98-degree afternoon heat, that they were possibly the only team that could have stopped them.

England's quarter-final clash with Brazil this Friday echoes that epic encounter.

Just like in 1970, England had the best defence in the tournament - and they were pitted against the most potent attack.

The defence was built around Bobby Moore, in the same way the current England defence forms around another former West Ham player, Rio Ferdinand.

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Gordon Banks proved himself the world's best goalkeeper with what is hailed as the greatest save of all time, scooping Pele's downward header out and up over the bar.

The game was settled by Jairzinho, a player who scored in every round of the finals, a record Ronaldo and Rivaldo could emulate this time.

The late Geoff Astle missed England's best chance, firing a low shot wide with only the keeper to beat.


June 10, 1984; Brazil 0-2 England, Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro.

In the wake of their failure to qualify for the European Championships, Bobby Robson's inexperienced side lifted their game to beat Brazil.

Star of the show was a young Watford winger named John Barnes.

He scored a magnificent individual goal that may have had 'Made In Brazil' stamped on it.


June 10, 1962; England 1-3 Brazil, World Cup quarter-final, Vina del Mar, Chile.

Walter Winterbottom's England team had battled their way through to the last eight.

Gerry Hitchens sent them in level at half-time after Garrincha had given Brazil the lead.

But Brazil found another gear after the break, with 'Little Bird' Garrincha netting a second and Vava setting the seal on the Brazilian's victory.

Brazil went on to win the competition, beating Czechoslovakia in the final. England would have their day four years later.


June 11, 1958. England 0-0 Brazil, World Cup finals, Gothenburg, Sweden.

England were deprived of the services of the mighty Duncan Edwards and other Manchester United players by the Munich tragedy.

The selectors also bizarrely chose to leave out Stanley Matthews and Nat Lofthouse.

A solid defensive display, with Bill Slater man-marking Did, stifled the Brazilians to a goalless draw.

It was the second of three draws for England, who were eliminated in a first-round play-off with the USSR.

Brazil, with a certain young player called Pele, went on to lift the Jules Rimet trophy for the first time.

They would do it all again - after playing England - in 1962 and 1970.


May 27, 2000; England 1-1 Brazil, friendly international, Wembley.

Brazil came to Wembley for England's final Euro 2000 warm-up match still licking their wounds after their humbling by France in the World Cup final.

Michael Owen gave England the lead five minutes before half-time, but went in to the interval level after Franca headed in a corner.


June 10, 1997; England 0-1 Brazil, Le Tournoi, Paris.

England had beaten Italy and hosts France in this pre-World Cup tournament, before facing the reigning world champions.

Romario settled the match on the hour, brushing off the attentions of Gareth Southgate and typically tucking the ball past David Seaman.


June 11, 1995; England 1-3 Brazil, Umbro Cup, Wembley.

Terry Venables' unbeaten record as England coach was well and truly blown apart as Brazil inflicted England's first home defeat in four years.

Graeme Le Saux's volley gave England a lead they held for nearly an hour before Juninho curled home a sweet free-kick.

A teenage sensation called Ronaldo scored his first international goal, and Edmundo snatched Brazil's third.


Other England results v Brazil.

England record v Brazil:
Played: 20, Won: 3, Drawn: 8, Lost: 9.


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