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And Gazza Misses The Final

Rob Smyth, Scott Murray

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Prose: non-fiction, Humour, Football (Soccer, Association football)

A fresh look back at classic World Cup matches and moments, minute-by-minute as they really happened.

Classic World Cup clashes brought to life and re-evaluated by two of the writers of the popular Guardian minute-by-minute football blog. Watching each match in real time and reacting to the twists and turns of the action, Murray and Smyth bring you the real stories of the matches as they happened, not the highlights package or rose-tinted version.

From the crowd swarming over the pitch moments before the Brazil-Uruguay classic of 1950 kicked off, to the dubious refereeing decisions that decided England's single triumph at Wembley, this is the history of the World Cup as you've never seen it before. As well as 30 classic moments from other matches, the games given a full report include:

1950
Uruguay v Brazil
1962
Chile v Italy
1966
England v Argentina
England v West Germany
1970
England v West Germany
Italy v West Germany
Brazil v Italy
1974
West Germany v Holland
1978
Scotland v Holland
1982
Brazil v Italy
West Germany v France
1986
England v Argentina
France v Brazil
1990
England vs Cameroon
England v West Germany
1994
Romania v Argentina
1998
Argentina v England
2006
Italy v Germany
2010
Spain v Holland

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