FIFA World Cup Final 1954

1954 FIFA World Cup Final
The 1954 FIFA World Cup Final was the final match of the 1954 FIFA World Cup, the fifth FIFA World Cup. The match was played at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, Switzerland, on 4 July 1954. The game saw the underdogs West Germany beat the largely favoured Hungary 3–2. In Germany, it is referred to as “Das Wunder von Bern” (“The Miracle of Bern”). The game was the subject of a 2003 German film of the same name. The match was played in heavy rain, weather conditions the German side had christened “Fritz Walter-weather”, as the German team captain Fritz Walter was known for playing his best football under those conditions. In addition, the Germans were equipped with footwear supplied by adidas, which had produced a hitherto unheard of design of boot with exchangeable, screw-in studs that could be adapted to any weather. This enabled the German players to wear their regular boots despite the adverse weather. Although he was not fully fit in time, Ferenc Puskás was back in the Hungarian lineup for the final match, and he put his team ahead after only six minutes. When Zoltán Czibor added the second goal for Hungary a mere two minutes later, the pre-tournament favourites seemed destined to ease to victory over Germany, just as they had in the group stages However, Germany equalised quickly, with goals from Max Morlock (10′) and Helmut Rahn (18′). Having leveled the scores, the Germans now looked a match for the Hungarians and managed to reach half time at 2–2, with both teams several promising chances to take the lead. In the second half, the Hungarians poured forward looking to retake the lead, but their attempts were repeatedly foiled by the German defence, with goalkeeper Toni Turek pulling off several fine saves. With six minutes left, German striker Helmut Rahn scored West Germany’s third goal. Two minutes before the end, Puskás appeared to equalise once more, but he was ruled off-side by the Welsh linesman Benjamin Griffiths. The match and Hungary’s unbeaten run ended in one of the biggest upsets in the history of football. A study conducted by the University of Leipzig has revealed that the victorious German national squad may have been injected with methamphetamine prior to the match. The players believed they were being injected with Vitamin C. The study, entitled, “Doping in Germany” was sponsored by the German Olympic Committee. Final Score: 2-3 FT (2-2 HT) Hungary 2 Puskás 6′ Czibor 8′ West Germany 3 Morlock 10′ Rahn 18′, 84′

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