The Golden Era of English Soccer

MatthewA By MatthewA, 3rd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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When was the golden era of English soccer? Many fans will likely say it was the period when England won the World Cup. Overall, a period from 1966 to 1970 where English teams had success at both club and national level. Equally, there were some fantastic English players who played in the English first Division and on the England team.

The Golden Era of English Soccer

The 1966 World Cup was the first one England hosted. As such, England played out their triumphant World Cup campaign with home advantage at Wembley Stadium. The England team progressed to their first World Cup final after an excellent 2-1 victory against Portugal. In the final, England's team did enough to win the Cup in 90 minutes, although they were denied by a late German equalizer. However, Hurst sealed the win with two further goals in extra-time that won England her first World Cup.

However, this great World Cup for England was not the only reason why the '60s were a golden age for English soccer. At club level, great English club sides emerged, such as the triumphant Spurs double winning team of the early '60s. Shankly soon became a hero of the kop as Liverpool won the league title in '66. Then in addition to this, there was Busby's Best-inspired Manchester United team that was beginning to make an impact in the European Cup.

The season of 1968 was another watershed for English soccer. Manchester U. became the first English club side to win the European Cup after a great 4-1 victory over Benfica. However, their victory in the European Cup was also emulated by Leeds United, who won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1968.

Leeds U.'s triumph in 1968 would see English clubs continue to dominate the Inter Fairs Cup into the 1970s. Newcastle United won the Fairs Cup in 1969, and then Arsenal won their first European trophy in 1970 with a fine 3-0 victory against Anderlecht in the second leg.

By the time of the 1970 World Cup, England went in as defending champions. For this World Cup, England were drawn in the group stages with Brazil. As such, the world champions played one of Brazil's best sides in a great game that would see Brazil win, 1-0. However, England still progressed into the quarterfinals, where they met Germany again. After gaining a 2-0 lead, the Germans were able to come back from two down to win the game, 3-2.

With that, the golden era of English soccer, for the national team at least, had ended. England would fail to qualify for the 1970 World Cups. However, English club sides would continue to do well in Europe and begin to dominate the European Cup.


England, Fifa World Cup, Soccer

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