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Best World Cup memory: Brazil - Winners in 1970

Brazil line-up against Italy in the 1970 World Cup final

When, like Brazil, you have lifted the World Cup trophy five times, it could perhaps be a touch tricky to pick a favourite. 

Despite their unrivalled success, those spoilt Brazilians are still a popular bunch. The first World Cup to be broadcast in colour, it is poetic that they are accredited with lighting up the beautiful game.

Their sumptuous romp to the 1970 title, defined by a new age of attacking football, is still generally considered to be the best victory by any side in the sport's history.

Along the way, the enigmatic Brazilians would finish top of a group which also featured Czechoslovakia, Romania and reigning world champions England. It’s not often you can type that about the Three Lions.

Whether it was Pele’s irresistible trickery, Jairzinho’s fearsome goal-scoring abilities or Carlos Alberto’s lighting pace, Brazil became the first side to win the World Cup with such an effervescent swagger. 

England may have invented football, but this was the year that Brazil made it beautiful.

Jinking Archie Gemmill, Ronaldo's revenge, Brazil's joy - our writers select their favourite World Cup memories.


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