This victory at the Azteca served as the last jewel in the crown for this sterling Brazil side. Pelé and Roberto Boninsegna exchanged goals before the interval, but three consecutive goals after play resumed eventually settled the final. It proved no less than Brazil deserved on the day and in the tournament. It even took the Jules Rimet trophy home as its share of the spoils.
1974: West Germany 2 – Netherlands 1 (Munich)
This clash between the purveyors of Total Football and the reigning European champions delivered in spades. Johan Neeskens smashed home a penalty inside the first two minutes to stake the visitors to a shock lead. It should have prompted the Dutch to go on and win the title, but their failure to snatch a second proved costly. Paul Breitner and Gerd Müller (pictured here scoring the winner) responded to give the reigning European champions the ultimate triumph on home soil.
1986: Argentina 3 – West Germany 2 (Mexico City)
José Luis Brown punctuated a mundane first half with the opener after 25 minutes, but it hardly signaled the tumult to come after the interval. Jorge Valdano scored the second before West Germany somehow pulled both goals back through Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Voller within seven minutes. Diego Maradona then prompted Jorge Burruchaga's winner six minutes from time to secure Argentina's second title.
1954: Hungary 2 – West Germany 3 (Bern)
Hungary entered the tournament as heavy favorites after winning the European Championship in 1952 and sweeping aside West Germany (8-3 in the group stage) Brazil and Uruguay on the way to the final. Two Hungarian goals inside the first eight minutes reinforced those expectations, but the Germans summoned a Herculean response. Max Morlock and Helmut Rahn drew the Germans level before the break. Rahn completed the Miracle of Bern with his winner six minutes from time to end the Hungarians’ 32-match unbeaten run and salve the wounds of a nation.
1966: England 4 – West Germany 2 (AET) (London)
Geoff Hurst scored the only hat trick in a World Cup final, but his second goal (as seen here) is the only one anyone remembers. Hurst hit the underside of the bar in extra time with the sides tied at 2-2. The ball bounced down onto the line. The assistant referee awarded a goal to the Germans’ evident displeasure. And the English eventually went onto secure their first and only World Cup title.