1974 FIFA World Cup
The 1974 FIFA World Cup was the tenth FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial football tournament for men's senior national teams, and was played in West Germany (and West Berlin) between 13 June and 7 July. The tournament marked the first time that the current trophy, the FIFA World Cup Trophy, created by the Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga, was awarded. The previous trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, had been won for the third time by Brazil in 1970 and awarded permanently to the Brazilians. This was the first out of three World Cups to feature two rounds of group stages.
|Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 1974 (German)|
|Host country||West Germany|
|Dates||13 June – 7 July|
|Teams||16 (from 5 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||9 (in 9 host cities)|
|Champions||West Germany (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||97 (2.55 per match)|
|Attendance||1,865,762 (49,099 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Grzegorz Lato (7 goals)|
|Best young player||Władysław Żmuda|
|Fair play award||West Germany|
West Germany won the title, beating the Netherlands 2–1 in the final at the Olympiastadion in Munich. This was the second victory for West Germany, who had also won in 1954. Australia, East Germany, Haiti and Zaire made their first appearances at the final stage, with East Germany making their only appearance before Germany was reunified in 1990.