1970 FIFA World Cup final
The Estadio Azteca held the final
Event1970 FIFA World Cup
Date21 June 1970
VenueEstadio Azteca, Mexico City
RefereeRudi Glöckner (East Germany)

The 1970 FIFA World Cup final was held on Sunday, 21 June, in the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, to determine the winner of the 1970 FIFA World Cup. This final, between Brazil and Italy, marked the first time that two former world champions met in a final; Italy had previously won the World Cup in 1934 and 1938, while Brazil won in 1958 and 1962.

Route to the final

Brazil's route to the final
Opponent Result
1 Czechoslovakia 4–1
2 England 1–0
3 Romania 3–2
QF Peru 4–2
SF Uruguay 3–1
Italy's route to the final
Opponent Result
1 Sweden 1–0
2 Uruguay 0–0
3 Israel 0–0
QF Mexico 4–1
SF West Germany 4–3

Before the finals in Mexico, Brazil had to play qualifying matches against Colombia, Venezuela and Paraguay. Brazil was far superior, winning all six games, scoring twenty-three goals and conceding only two. In the last match of the qualifying round, Brazil beat Paraguay 1–0 and had the largest official audience ever recorded for a football match, with 183,341 spectators in Brazil's Maracanã Stadium. In total, the Brazilian team won all 12 games, scoring 42 goals and conceding only 8.[1][2]



Pelé celebrating after winning the match. It was his last World Cup as he would retire from the national team one year later[3]

Brazil struck first, with Pelé heading in a cross by Rivellino at the 18th minute.[4] Roberto Boninsegna equalized for Italy after a blunder in the Brazilian defence. In the second half, Brazil's firepower and creativity was too much for an Italian side that clung to their cautious defensive system. Gérson fired in a powerful shot for the second goal, and then helped provide the third, with a long free kick to Pelé who headed down into the path of the onrushing Jairzinho. Pelé capped his superb performance by drawing the Italian defence in the centre and feeding captain Carlos Alberto on the right flank for the final score. Carlos Alberto's goal, after a series of moves by the Brazilian team from the left to the centre, is considered one of the greatest goals ever scored in the history of the tournament.[5]

A total of seven outfield players from Brazil passed the ball until captain Carlos Alberto hammered the ball into the corner of the Italian goal following a pass across the Italian penalty area from Pelé, prompted by Tostão, who, with his back to the goal, told Pelé that Alberto was steaming in on the right flank. Tostão started the move five yards from the left of the Brazilian penalty area, then ran the length of the field to the Italian box without touching the ball again to tell Pelé to lay it off for Alberto. The players involved in the passes in order were Tostão, Brito, Clodoaldo, Pelé and Gérson. Clodoaldo beat four Italian players in his own half before passing to Rivellino who hit a perfect pass down the wing to Jairzinho. Jairzinho crossed from the wing to the centre of the box to Pelé who held the ball up to play a pass for Alberto to smash it home. The only outfield players not involved in the move were Everaldo and Piazza. In 2002, the UK public voted the goal as number 36 in the list of the 100 Greatest Sporting Moments.[6][7]


Brazil 4–1 Italy
GK 1 Félix
RB 4 Carlos Alberto (c)
CB 2 Brito
CB 3 Piazza
LB 16 Everaldo
RH 5 Clodoaldo
LH 8 Gérson
OR 7 Jairzinho
OL 11 Rivellino Yellow card 45'
CF 9 Tostão
CF 10 Pelé
GK 12 Ado
DF 6 Marco Antônio
DF 15 Fontana
MF 18 Caju
FW 13 Roberto
Mário Zagallo
GK 1 Enrico Albertosi
RB 2 Tarcisio Burgnich Yellow card 27'
CB 8 Roberto Rosato
CB 5 Pierluigi Cera
LB 3 Giacinto Facchetti (c)
DM 10 Mario Bertini downward-facing red arrow 74'
CM 16 Giancarlo De Sisti
CM 13 Angelo Domenghini
AM 15 Sandro Mazzola
CF 20 Roberto Boninsegna downward-facing red arrow 84'
CF 11 Gigi Riva
GK 12 Dino Zoff
DF 4 Fabrizio Poletti
MF 21 Giuseppe Furino
MF 18 Antonio Juliano upward-facing green arrow 74'
MF 14 Gianni Rivera upward-facing green arrow 84'
Ferruccio Valcareggi

Assistant referees:
Rudolf Scheurer (Switzerland)
Ángel Norberto Coerezza (Argentina)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Replay on 23 June if scores still level
  • Five named substitutes
  • Maximum of two substitutions


With this third win after their 1958 and 1962 World Cup victories, Brazil became the world's most successful national football team at that time, surpassing both Italy and Uruguay, who each had two championships. The third title earned Brazil the right to retain the Jules Rimet Trophy permanently;[8][9] it was stolen in 1983 while on display in Rio de Janeiro and never recovered. Thirty-eight-year-old Brazilian coach Mário Zagallo became the first footballer to win the World Cup as a player (1958, 1962) and a coach, as well the second youngest coach to win a World Cup, after Alberto Suppici in 1930. Pelé ended his World Cup playing career as the competition's first three-time winner.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Brazil outplay Italy and take Jules Rimet Trophy outright". Glasgow Herald (Page 4). 22 June 1970. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Pele and 1970: How the greatest player of all time cemented his legend". BBC Sport. 31 October 2022. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  3. ^ Un día como hoy Pelé jugó su último partido con la selección brasileña on Libero, 18 Jul 2020 Archived 2 October 2020 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Coca-Cola Memorable Celebrations 1: Pele's iconic leap of joy after scoring Brazil's century goal". Goal.com. 10 June 2010. Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  5. ^ Benson, Andrew (2 June 2006). "The perfect goal". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 14 June 2006. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  6. ^ 100 Greatest sporting moments – results Archived 15 January 2002 at the Wayback Machine Channel 4. Retrieved 29 August 2014
  7. ^ "World Cup final 1970: Brazil v Italy – as it happened". Guardian. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Brazil". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. 22 June 1970. p. 1C.
  9. ^ "Brazil's heroes of 1970 relive their days of glory". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 June 2000. Archived from the original on 5 February 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  10. ^ "70 Facts About Brazil Legend Football Icon Pele On His 70th Birthday". Goal.com. 21 October 2010. Archived from the original on 23 October 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2011.