England’s national football team is victorious at the World Cup, which is held on home soil.
World Cup 1966 is the eighth edition of what is – along with the Olympics – the biggest, most famous, and most watched sporting tournament in the world. England wins its first tournament and lifts the Jules Rimet Trophy, becoming the third host nation to win the cup in the process.
Captained by the talismanic Bobby Moore, England reigns supreme with a 4-2 victory in the final against Germany, after extra-time. Geoff Hurst makes history by becoming the first player ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. The achievement remains unique to this day. Hurst admits that, for his third goal, his intention had been to kick the ball into the car park as a time-wasting tactic. His plan does not materialise, as the ball soars into the top corner of the German net, putting the result beyond any doubt.
The tournament holds the FIFA record for highest average attendance at World Cup games for 28 years until the 1994 World Cup, hosted by the United States, usurps it. The final is played at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium and is the last final to be broadcast in black and white.