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Chart Archive : World Cups
By popular request, here is a World Cup Archive. Here, we've included research notes on every world cup since the UK singles chart began in 1952 along with the Top 20 singles for the duration of the competition. 'Specialist' songs released to celebrate the involvement of a British / Irish team are also given. For the sake of completeness, details of pre-chart World Cups are given here.

  • Switzerland 1954
  • Sweden 1958
  • Chile 1962
  • England 1966
  • Mexico 1970
  • West Germany 1974
  • Argentina 1978
  • Spain 1982
  • Mexico 1986
  • Italy 1990
  • USA 1994
  • France 1998
  • Korea/Japan 2002

  • Football index

    Switzerland 1954

    Switzerland was the obvious choice of venue for the fifth World Cup. FIFA's headquarters were in Zurich and 1954 marked the 50th anniversary of its formation. The quarterfinal match between Austria and Switzerland brought a new World Cup record. Austria won 7-5, that's the highest number of goals ever in a World Cup match.

    The Final:
    West Germany 3 - Hungary 2
    The Wankdorf Stadion saw West Germany and Hungary battle in one of the finest finals the World Cup had seen. When English referee Bill Ling blew for full time, it meant that Hungary had lost their first match since 1950 (30 games). West Germany became the first unseeded team to win the World Cup and coach Sepp Herberger received much individual praise for the way he tactically guided his team to their ultimate honour.
    Top Scorer in Tournament: Sandor Kocsis (HUN) 11 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 140

    Our Teams:

    England qualified to the quarter finals where they were beaten by Uruguay 4-2.
    Group D results: England 4 - Belgium 4, England 2 - Switzerland 0.

    No other British teams took part in this tournament.

    Top UK Singles : 16 June - 4 July 1954
       1Doris DaySecret Love
       2David Whitfield With Mantovani And His OrchestraCara Mia
       3Johnnie RaySuch A Night
       4Perry ComoWanted
       5Perry ComoIdle Gossip
       6Billy Cotton And His BandFriends And Neighbours
       7The Four Knights(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely
       8Obernkirchen Children's ChoirThe Happy Wanderer
       9Joan ReganSomeone Else's Roses
       10Kitty KallenLittle Things Mean A Lot
       11Max BygravesThe Gang That Sang Heart Of My Heart
       12Kay StarrChanging Partners
       13Frankie LaineThe Kid's Last Fight
       14Petula ClarkThe Little Shoemaker
       15Al MartinoWanted
       16Perry ComoWanted
       17Four KnightsI Get So Lonely
       18Petula ClarkThe Little Shoemaker
       19David WhitfieldThe Book
       20Guy MitchellDime And A Dollar

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    Sweden 1958

    This was the first tournament to have international television coverage. It also saw the emergence of the great Pelé. Brazil started the tournament without him though, but he was brought into the side after Brazil's match against England which ended 0-0 (the first ever goalless draw in a World Cup match). Brazil were the clear favourites and they brought with them the innovative 4-2-4 system. This was also the first tournament to feature England, Scotland, Northern Ireland & Wales.

    The Final:
    Brazil 5 Sweden 2
    The match was well beyond Sweden's grasp, when Pelé in the last minute scored his second goal. At the end Pelé was in tears. He had certainly enjoyed an outstanding competition and remains to this day the youngest ever winner of the World Cup. The contest was the best and friendliest so far. As if to symbolize the spirit of the tournament, the Brazilians did a lap of honour carrying a huge Swedish flag.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Juste Fontaine (FRA) 13 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 126

    Our Teams:

    England failed to qualify from their group after losing in the play off.
    Group D results: England 2 - Soviet Union 2, Brazil 0 - England 0, Austria
    2 - England 2. Play off Soviet Union 1 - England 0.

    Scotland's first World Cup. They failed to qualify from their group.
    Group B results: Scotland 1 - Yugoslavia 1, Paraguay 3 - Scotland 2, France 2 - Scotland 1.

    Wales' first World Cup. They qualified to the quarter finals where they were beaten by Brazil 1 - 0.
    Group C results: Hungary 1 - Wales 1, Mexico 1 - Wales 1, Sweden 0 - Wales 0. Play off Wales 2 - Hungary 1.

    Northern Ireland's first World Cup. They qualified to the quarter finals where they were beaten by France 4 - 0.
    Group A results: Northern Ireland 1 - Czechoslovakia 0, Argentina 3 - Northern Ireland 1, West Germany 2 - Northern Ireland 2.
    Play off Northern Ireland 2 - Czechoslovakia 1.

    Top UK Singles : 8 June - 29 June 1958
       1Conne FrancisWho's Sorry Now
       2Vic DamoneOn The Street Where You Live
       3Elias & His Zigzag Jive FlutesTom Hark
       4Michael HollidayStairway Of Love
       5Max Bygraves with The Clark Brothers and Eric Rodgers & his OrchestraYou Need Hands / Tulips From Amsterdam
       6Everly BrothersAll I Have To Do Is Dream / Claudette
       7Don Lang & His Frantic FiveWitch Doctor
       8Pat BooneA Wonderful Time Up There
       10Frankie VaughanKewpie Doll
       11Lonnie DoneganGrand Coolie Dam
       12PlattersTwilight Time
       13MudlarksBook Of Love
       14Elvis PresleyWear My Ring Around Your Neck
       15Perry ComoI May Never Pass This Way Again
       16Four PrepsBig Man
       17Perry ComoKewpie Doll
       18David SevilleWitch Doctor
       19Robert EarlI May Never Pass This Way Again
       20Buddy HollyRave On

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    Chile 1962

    In May 1960 Chile was rocked by dreadful earthquakes which claimed 5000 lives. This tragedy, one may have thought, would have made would-be-hosts Argentina even stronger candidates, but powerful pleading by the Chilean FA president, Carlos Dittborn, won the sympathy of FIFA and Chile were declared hosts for the 1962 tournament. Dittborn said: "We have nothing - that is why we must have the World Cup."

    The Final:
    Brazil 3 Czechoslovakia 1
    Even though Czechoslovakia took the lead early on, Brazil looked like the better team and came back and won the final. Even without Pelé for most of the tournament, Brazil managed to defend their title. Brazil joined Uruguay and Italy as two-times winners.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Garrincha (BRA) 4 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 89

    Our Teams:

    England qualified to the quarter finals where they were beaten by Brazil 3-1.
    Group D results: Hungary 2 - England 1, England 3 - Argentina 1, Bulgaria 0 - England 0.

    No other British teams took part in this tournament.

    Top UK Singles : 30 May - 17 June 1962
       1Elvis PresleyGood Luck Charm
       2Mike Sarne with Wendy RichardCome Outside
       3Cliff Richard & The ShadowsDo You Want To Dance
       4Joe Brown & The Bruvvers A Picture Of You
       5Brian HylandGinny Come Lately
       6Billy FuryLast Night Was Made For Love
       7Eden KaneI Don't Know Why
       8Adam Faith with John Barry & his OrchestraAs You Like It
       9B Bumble & The StingersNut Rocker
       10Kenny Ball & His JazzmenThe Green Leaves Of Summer
       11Cliff Richard with The Norrie Paramor OrchestraI'm Looking Out The Window
       12Mr Acker Bilk with The Leon Young String ChoraleStranger On The Shore
       13Ray CharlesI Can't Stop Loving You
       14Ketty LesterLove Letters
       15Richard ChamberlainTheme From Dr Kildare
       16Jimmy JusticeAin't That Funny
       17Karl DenverA Little Love A Little Kiss
       18ShadowsWonderful Land
       19Brenda LeeHere Comes That Feeling
       20Elvis PresleyFollow That Dream EP

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    England 1966

    Finally in 1966 it was England's turn to host the World Cup. The FA organized the tournament in an exemplary manner and the stadiums used were probably the best overall selection of stadiums used for any World Cup celebration up to that date. The attendance figures were amongst the best ever recorded. But the teams of this 1966 tournament failed to produce the excitement and skills of some of the past great teams.

    The Final:
    England 4 - West Germany 2
    Host nation England met West Germany for this 8th World Cup Final. It was to be perhaps the most dramatic of them all. England's victory was sealed in the dying seconds of the game when Hurst ran away from the German defence and completed his hat-trick to make the score 4-2. So England became the third team to win the World Cup on homesoil.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Eusebio (POR) 9 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 89

    Our Teams:

    England won the World cup, beating West Germany in the final 4-2.
    Group A results: England 0 - Uruguay 0, England 2 - Mexico 0, England 2 - France 0.
    Quarterfinal: England 1 - Argentina 0
    Semi-final: England 2 - Portugal 1
    Final: England 4 - West Germany 2

    No other British teams took part in this tournament.

    Top UK Singles : 11 July - 30 July 1966
       1Kinks Sunny Afternoon
       2Ike & Tina TurnerRiver Deep Mountain High
       3Gene PitneyNobody Needs Your Love
       4Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesGet Away
       5Frank SinatraStrangers In The Night
       6HolliesBus Stop
       7BeatlesPaperback Writer
       8Chris FarloweOut Of Time
       9Los BravosBlack Is Black
       10Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & TichHideaway
       11Petula ClarkI Couldn't Live Without Your Love
       12Cilla BlackDon't Answer Me
       13Percy SledgeWhen A Man Loves A Woman
       14Elvis PresleyLove Letters
       15Mamas & The PapasMonday Monday
       16TroggsWith A Girl Like You
       17Chris MontezThe More I See You
       18Dusty SpringfieldGoing Back
       19Roy OrbisonLana
       20AnimalsDon't Bring Me Down

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    Mexico 1970

    This World Cup held in Mexico is rated by many to be the best of all time. Fair play dominated and no player was sent off during these weeks. Attacking football returned, notably from those talented Brazilians and the West Germans. The opening ceremony was spectacular with 50.000 coloured balloons released. This was the first of the spectacular opening ceremonies now associated with major soccer events.

    The Final:
    Brazil 4 - Italy 1
    Mario Zagallo managed Brazil to their 1970 triumph, with that he became the first man to play in and then manage a World Cup winning team. He was a member of the Brazilian sides which won the trophy in 1958 and 1962. Later Franz Beckenbauer copied that feat.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Gerd Müller (GER) 10 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 95

    Our Teams:

    England qualified to the quarter finals where they were beaten by West Germany 3-2.
    Group C results: England 1 - Romania 0, Brazil1 - England 0, England 1 -
    Czechoslovakia 0.

    No other British teams took part in this tournament.

    Top UK Singles : 31 May - 21 June 1970
       1Christie Yellow River
       2Mungo Jerry In The Summertime
       3Mr Bloe Groovin' With Mr Bloe
       4Glen CampbellHoney Come Back
       5England World Cup SquadBack Home
       6Beach Boys Cottonfields
       7Ray Stevens Everything Is Beautiful
       8Moody Blues Question
       9Supremes Up The Ladder To The Roof
       10Gerry Monroe Sally
       11Marvin Gaye Abraham Martin And John
       12Free All Right Now
       13Fleetwood Mac The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)
       14Jackson 5 ABC
       15Roger WhittakerI Don't Believe In If Anymore
       16Tom Jones Daughter Of Darkness
       17Cliff Richard Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha
       18Norman GreenbaumSpirit In The Sky
       19Four Tops It's All In The Game
       20Status Quo Down The Dustpipe
    Special release:

  • England World Cup Squad - "Back Home" (no. 1 in May)

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    West Germany 1974

    This World Cup saw the arrival of those great Dutchmen. Johann Cruyff & Co played some great attacking football, but they were not alone in that. The Hosts West Germany also had a great team with quality players up front, as well as Sweden and Poland who enjoyed some great weeks in West Germany.

    The Final:
    West Germany 2 - Holland 1
    The final in Munich was a dramatic one. The English referee gave Holland a penalty after barely a minute which Neeskens converted. The Germans characteristically came back and turned the game and won the cup for their second time. A proud captain Franz Beckenbauer could lift the new trophy in front of his home crowd. He had now won gold, silver and bronze in the World Cup.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Grzegorz Lato (POL) 7 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 97

    Our Teams:

    Scotland failed to qualify from their group.
    Group B results: Scotland 2 - Zaire 0, Brazil 0 - Scotland 0, Scotland 1 - Yugoslavia 1.

    No other British teams took part in this tournament.

    Top UK Singles : 13 June - 7 July 1974
       1Charles Aznavour She
       2Gary Glitter Always Yours
       3Ray Stevens The Streak
       4ShowaddywaddyHey Rock And Roll
       5R Dean Taylor There's A Ghost In My House
       6Lobo I'd Love You To Want Me
       7Leo Sayer One Man Band
       8Drifters Kissin' In The Back Row Of The Movies
       9Slade Bangin' Man
       10Cockney Rebel Judy Teen
       11Alan PriceJarrow Song
       12Scaffold Liverpool Lou
       13George McCraeRock Your Baby
       14Arrows A Touch Too Much
       15Pearls Guilty
       16Roy Wood Going Down The Road
       17Bad Company Can't Get Enough
       1810CC The Wall Street Shuffle
       19Isley Brothers Summer Breeze
       20Scotland World Cup Squad Easy Easy
    Special release:

  • Scotland World Cup Squad - "Easy Easy"(no. 20 in June)

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    Argentina 1978

    Argentina had been promised the 11th World Cup in 1966, but ten years later, a military junta headed by General Videla ousted Isabella Perón amidst charges of corruption. With two years to the start of the World Cup, then, it was a worrying time for FIFA and some European countries, notably Holland, talked openly about boycotting the tournament. But FIFA gave the go-ahead and all the pre-tournament worries were unfounded when the 11th World Cup was to pass without a major incident.

    The Final:
    Argentina 3 - Holland 1
    Mario Kempes had been Argentina's most influential player in this tournament and in the last minute of the first period of extra time, he beat three men before pushing the ball over the goalline to give his team the lead. Just to confirm his greatness, Kempes ran through the Dutch defence and set up Bertoni to score the 3-1 goal five minutes from the end. This was Argentina's first World Cup triumph and the second time in a row the host nation had won it.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Mario Kempes (ARG) 6 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 102

    Our Teams:

    Scotlands failed to qualify from their group.
    Group D results: Peru 3 - Scotland 1, Iran 1 - Scotland 1, Scotland 3 - Holland 2.

    No other British teams took part in this tournament.

    Top UK Singles : 1 June - 25 June 1978
       1Boney M Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring
       2John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John You're The One That I Want
       3Darts Boy From New York City
       4Yvonne Elliman If I Can't Have You
       5Bee Gees Night Fever
       6Plastic Bertrand Ca Plane Pour Moi
       7Smokie Oh Carol
       8John Paul Young Love Is In The Air
       9Manfred Mann's Earth Band Davy's On The Road Again
       10James Galway Annie's Song
       11Tavares More Than A Woman
       12Rolling Stones Miss You / Far Away Eyes
       13Patti Smith Group Because The Night
       14Father Abraham & Smurfs The Smurf Song
       15Rod Stewart featuring The Scottish World Cup Football Squad '78Ole Ola (Mulher Brasilieira)
       16Ian Dury & BlockheadsWhat A Waste
       17Goldie Making Up Again
       18Hi Tension Hi Tension
       19David Soul It Sure Brings Out The Love In Your Eyes
       20Ruby Winters Come To Me
    Special releases:

  • Rod Stewart featuring the Scottish World Cup Squad - "Ole Ola (Mulher Brasileira)" (no. 4 in June)
  • Andy Cameron - "Ally's Tartan Army"(for Scotland, no. 6 in April)
  • San Jose featuring Rodriguez Argentina - "Argentine Melody" (BBC World Cup theme, no. 14 in July)

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    Spain 1982

    Spain hosted the 12th World Cup with 24 competing nations for the first time. Some people said this was at least a few qualifiers too many, but apart from El Salvador, none of the "new" nations made a fool of themselves. This tournament included the youngest player to have appeared in a World Cup match, Norman Whiteside of Northern Ireland. He was 17 years and 42 days old when he played against Yugoslavia.

    The Final:
    Italy 3 - West Germany 1
    Manager Enzo Bearzot had been critized throughout the tournament for using Paolo Rossi. Rossi had failed to score in all the first round matches and also in the second round match against Argentina where he wasted several chances. But after his hat-trick against Brazil, Bearzot was hailed as a genius. Rossi went on to score the first goal of the final and his sixth goal in the tournament that won him the Golden Boot. Italy took their third World Cup title, and the first since 1938.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Paolo Rossi (Italy) 6 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 146

    Our Teams:

    England qualified to group 2 of the second phase, but failed to qualify for the semi finals.
    Group D results: England 3 - France 1, England 2 - Czechoslovakia 0, England 1 - Kuwait 0.
    Group 2 results: England 0 - West Germany 0, England 0 - Spain 0.

    Scotland failed to qualify from their group.
    Group F results: Scotland 5 - New Zealand 2, Brazil 4 - Scotland 1, Scotland 2 - Soviet Union 2.

    Northern Ireland qualified to group 4 of the second phase, but failed to qualify for the semi finals.
    Group E results: Northern Ireland 0 - Yugoslavia 0, Honduras 1 - Northern Ireland 1, Northern Ireland 1 - Spain 0.
    Group 4 results: Austria 2 - Northern Ireland 2, France 4 - Northern Ireland 1.

    Top UK Singles : 14 June - 11 July 1982
       1Captain Sensible Happy Talk
       2Adam Ant Goody Two Shoes
       3Charlene I've Never Been To Me
       4Duran Duran Hungry Like The Wolf
       5Steve Miller Band Abracadabra
       6Odyssey Inside Out
       7Kid Creole & The Coconuts I'm a Wonderful Thing Baby
       8Imagination Music And Lights
       9Irene Cara Fame
       10Soft Cell Torch
       11Shalamar A Night To Remember
       12Madness House Of Fun
       13Tight Fit Fantasy Island
       14Diana Ross Work That Body
       15Bow Wow Wow I Want Candy
       16Midge Ure No Regrets
       17Beatles Beatles Movie Medley
       18Genesis 3 x 3 EP (Paperlate)
       19Gary Numan We Take Mystery (To Bed)
       20Bucks Fizz Now Those Days Are Gone
    Special releases:

  • England World Cup Squad - "This Time (We'll Get it Right)" / "England We'll Fly the Flag" (no. 2 in May)
  • Scotland World Cup Squad - "We Have A Dream" (no. 5 in May)
  • Northern Ireland World Cup Squad and Dana - "Yer Man" (didn't chart)
  • Jeff Wayne - "Matador" (ITV World Cup Theme, no. 57, July)
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - "BBC World Cup Grandstand" (no. 61 in July)

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    Mexico 1986

    Colombia was originally given the 13th FIFA World Cup, but had to withdraw because of economical reasons. On short notice Mexico was given the job to stage the tournament. Only eight months before the cup, Mexico suffered an earthquake and an estimated 25.000 people died. Still they managed to stage the greatest event in the world and did it very well. England and Argentina met in a quarter final where Maradona scored two legendary goals, "The Hand of God" and the wonderful soloraid from inside his own half. Lineker got one back and became the first Briton to win the Golden Boot as topscorer with 6 goals.

    The Final:
    Argentina 3 - West Germany 2
    The big final in the Azteca stadium between West Germany and Argentina was an exciting game - one of the best finals ever. A capacity crowd of 115.000 people watched it. Maradona crowned himself king of soccer as Argentina ran out 3-2 winners. The Germans ended up as losers in the final for the second time in a row.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Gary Lineker (ENG) 6 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 132

    Our Teams:

    England qualified from their group and beat Paraguay in the second round.
    They were themselves beaten in the quarter final by Argentina 2-1.
    Group F results: Portugal 1 - England 0, England 0 - Morocco 0, England 3 - Poland 0.
    Second Round: England 3 - Paraguay 0.

    Scotland failed to qualify from their group.
    Group E results: Denmark 1 - Scotland 0, West Germany 2 - Scotland 1, Scotland 0 - Uruguay 0.

    Northern Ireland failed to qualify from their group.
    Group D results: Algeria 1 - Northern Ireland 1, Spain 2 - Northern Ireland 1, Brazil 3 - Northern Ireland 0.

    Top UK Singles : 31 May - 29 June 1986
       1Dr & The Medics Spirit In The Sky
       2Simply Red Holding Back The Years
       3Nu Shooz I Can't Wait
       4Robert Palmer Addicted To Love
       5Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer
       6Real Thing Can't Get By Without You (Second Decade Remix)
       7Wham! The Edge Of Heaven / Where Did Your Heart Go
       8A-Ha Hunting High And Low
       9Jaki Graham Set Me Free
       10Tears For Fears Everybody Wants To Run The World
       11Amazulu Too Good To Be Forgotten
       12Falco Vienna Calling
       13Spitting Image The Chicken Song
       14Housemartins Happy Hour
       15Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald On My Own
       16Bucks Fizz New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)
       17Level 42 Lessons In Love
       18Owen Paul My Favourite Waste Of Time
       19Pet Shop Boys Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)
       20Lovebug StarskiAmityville (The House On The Hill)
    Special releases:

  • England World Cup Squad - "We've Got the Whole World at Our Feet" / "When We Are Far from Home" (no. 66 in April)
  • Heads - "Aztec Lightning" (Theme From BBC World Cup Grandstand, no. 45 in June)
  • Silsoe - "Aztec Gold" (ITV World Cup Theme, no. 48 in June)

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    Italy 1990

    When talks come to great World Cups, this tournament held in Italy will certainly not be mentioned. Even if all previous champions were present, very few teams relied on attacking football, not even Brazil. Cameroon was the team who caused surprise. On the tournament's opening day, they beat defending champions Argentina by 1-0. This was Ireland's first world cup, and they reached the quarter final, where they were beaten by Italy 1-0.
    England reached the semi final and a tense penalty shoot out against West Germany, Stuart Pearce & Chris Waddle missed and England went out.

    The Final:
    West Germany 1 - Argentina 0
    In every World Cup Final from 1930-86, at least three goals had been scored. In this final, only one! And it was once again from the penalty spot. Brehme converted it and gave West Germany their third title. Argentina who had played miserably during the tournament had 4 players suspended in the match and got two players sent off.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Salvatore Schillaci (ITA) 6 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 115

    Our Teams:

    England qualified at the top of their group, and went on the reach the semi final and lost to West Germany on penalties.
    Group F results: England 1 - Ireland 1, England 0 - Holland 0, England 1 - Egypt 0.
    Second Round: England 1 - Belgium 0.
    Quarter final: England 3 - Cameroon 2
    Semi final: West Germany 1(4) - England 1(3)
    Bronze match: Italy 2 - England 1

    Scotland failed to qualify from their group.
    Group C results: Costa Rica 1 - Scotland 0, Scotland 2 - Sweden 1, Brazil
    1 - Scotland 0.

    Ireland's first World Cup in which they qualified from their group and beat Romania in the second round. They were themselves beaten in the quarter final by Italy 1-0.
    Group F results: England 1 - Ireland 1, Egypt 0 - Ireland 0, Holland 1 - Ireland 1.
    Second Round: Ireland 0(5) - Romania 0(4)

    Top UK Singles : 8 June - 8 July 1990
       1Elton John Sacrifice / Healing Hands
       2EnglandneworderWorld In Motion
       3Luciano PavarottiNessun Dorma
       4Roxette It Must Have Been Love
       5Wilson PhillipsHold On
       6Snap Oops Up
       7Betty Boo Doin' The Do
       8Craig McLachlan & Check 1-2Mona
       9Don Pablo's Animals Venus
       10Chad Jackson Hear The Drummer (Get Wicked)
       11New Kids On The Block Step By Step
       12Adamski Killer
       13FAB featuring MC ParkerThunderbirds Are Go
       14Charlatans The Only One I Know
       15Maxi PriestClose To You
       16MC Tunes vs 808 StateThe Only Rhyme That Bites
       17MC HammerU Can't Touch This
       18Adventures Of Stevie VDirty Cash
       19Big Fun & Sonia featuring Gary BarnacleYou've Got A Friend
       20Bob GeldofThe Great Song Of Indifference
    Special releases:

  • EnglandNewOrder - "World in Motion" (no. 1 in June)
  • Scotland World Cup Squad - "Say It With Pride" (no. 45 in June)
  • Republic of Ireland World Cup Squad - "Give It a Lash, Jack" (didn't chart)
  • Luciano Pavarotti - "Nessun Dorma" (BBC TV World Cup Theme, no. 2 in July)

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    USA 1994

    Many people were sceptical when the United States were awarded the World Cup. They thought most matches would be played with stadiums filled with less than half the capacity. They couldn't be more wrong. Even though the stadiums were huge, people turned up and filled the stadiums for every game. On the field, this World Cup was also a success.

    The Final:
    Brazil 0(3) - Italy 0(2)
    This World Cup Final will not be remembered for the great soccer it produced, but for being the first final to be decided on penalties. Both teams had the chance of being the first country to win for their fourth time. Italy were 3-2 down on penalties and Roberto Baggio had to score to keep Italy's dream alive, but he missed the target and saw his shot end up in the crowd.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Hristo Stoitchkov (BUL) 6 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 141

    Our Teams:

    Ireland qualified from their group but lost to Holland in the second round 2-0.
    Group E results: Ireland 1 - Italy 0, Mexico 2 - Ireland 1, Ireland 0 - Norway 0.
    No other British teams took part in this tournament.

    No British teams took part in this tournament.

    Top UK Singles : 17 June - 17 July 1994
       1Wet Wet WetLove Is All Around
       2All-4-OneI Swear
       3Take ThatLove Ain't Here Anymore
       4The GridSwamp Thing
       5Ace Of BaseDon't Turn Around
       7Big Mountain BabyI Love Your Way
       8Prodigy No Good (Start The Dance)
       9BC-52s (Meet) The Flintstones
       10Let LooseCrazy For You
       11Two CowboysEverybody Gonfi-Gon
       12Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad StuntmanGo On Move
       13Dawn PennYou Don't Love Me (No No No)
       14Elton JohnCan You Feel The Love Tonight
       15GunWord Up
       16CappellaU And Me
       18Rolling StonesLove Is Strong
       19China BlackSearching
       20Juliet RobertsCaught In The Middle
    Special releases:

  • Republic of Ireland World Cup Squad - "Watch Your House For Ireland" (didn't chart)
  • Daryl Hall and the Sounds Of Blackness - "Gloryland" (for the USA, no. 36 in July)
  • Leonard Bernstein, Orchestra & Chorus - "America" (BBC TV World Cup Theme, no. 44 in July)

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    France 1998

    The 16th FIFA World Cup held in France turned out to be one of the best ever. 32 nations participated for the first time, and it turned out to be one of the tightest World Cups of all time. The popularity of the tournament has increased every time, and the total TV audience of the 64 matches was estimated to be 37 billion viewers, averaging 578 million viewers per game, with the final itself watched live by 2 billion people, or every third human being! Simply staggering numbers which outclass any other TV event. England's David Beckham won notoriety when he was sent off for a memorable 'kick'.

    The Final:
    France 3 - Brazil 0
    France became the seventh country to win the World Cup and the first host nation to do so since Argentina in 1978. Michel Platini, twice a World Cup semi-finalist himself, hugged all the French players as they collected the trophy. It was lifted by their captain Didier Deschamps, and it signalled the start for days of celebrations for France out in the streets.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Davor Suker (CRO) 6 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 171

    Our Teams:

    England qualified from their group but lost to Argentina during the penalty shoot out in the second round 2(4)-2(3).
    Group E results: England 2 - Tunisia 0, Romania 2 - England 1, England 2 - Colombia 0.
    Second Round: Argentina 2(4)- England 2(3).

    Scotland failed to qualify from their group.
    Group A results: Brazil 2 - Scotland 1, Scotland 1 - Norway 1, Morocco 3 - Scotland 0.

    Top UK Singles : 10 June - 12 July 1998
       1Baddiel & Skinner and The Lightning Seeds3 Lions '98
       2Fat LesVindaloo
       3Pras Michel featuring Ol' Dirty B******d introducing MyaGhetto Superstar That Is What You Are
       4B*WitchedC'est La Vie
       5Mousse T vs Hot 'N' JuicyHorny
       6FiveGot The Feelin'
       7Eagle-Eye CherrySave Tonight
       8Brandy & MonicaThe Boy Is Mine
       9Karen RamirezLooking For Love
       10Fatboy SlimThe Rockafeller Shank
       11Celine Dion with The Bee GeesImmortality
       12Dario GCarnaval
       13Beastie BoysIntergalactic
       15Lighthouse FamilyLost In Space
       16MansunLegacy (EP)
       17Jean-Michel Jarre & Apollo 440Rendez-Vous 98
       18Sparkle featuring R KellyBe Careful
       19GarbageI Think I'm Paranoid
       20911How Do You Want Me To Love You?
    Special releases:

  • Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds - "Three Lions '98" (for England, no. 1 in June/July)
  • Fat Les - "Vindaloo" (for England, no. 2 in July)
  • England United - (How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World (no. 9 in June)
  • England Supporters' Band - "The Great Escape" (no. 46 in June)
  • Grandad Roberts And His Son Elvis - "Meat Pie Sausage Roll (Come On England Gi's A Goal)" (for England, no. 67 in in June)
  • Del Amitri - "Don't Come Home Too Soon" (for Scotland, no. 15 in June)
  • Dario G - "Carnaval De Paris" (topical instrumental, no. 5 in July)
  • Jean Michel Jarre & Apollo 440 - "Rendez-Vous '98" - (ITV World Cup Theme, no. 12 in June)
  • Wimbledon Choral Society - "World Cup 98 - Pavane by Faure" (BBC TV World Cup theme no. 20 in July)
  • Collapsed Lung - "Eat My Goal" (topical track; it had been used in an ad campaign by Coca Cola during Euro '96, no. 18 in June)
  • Ricky Martin - "The Cup of Life" (official tournament theme, no. 29 in July)
  • Chumbawamba - "Top Of The World (Ole, Ole, Ole)" (topical track, no. 21 in June)
  • Tibor Rudas presents The Three Tenors: Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti - "You'll Never Walk Alone" (topical, no. 35 in July)
  • Jamaica United featuring Ziggy Marley, Buju Banton, Diana King, Shaggy, Maxi Priest, Ini Kamoze, Toots Hibber - "Rise Up" (no. 54 in July)
  • Wes - "I Love Football" (official song for Cameroon, no. 75 in June)

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    Japan / South Korea 2002

    Putting both South Korea and Japan in charge of the 17th Fifa World Cup was a controversial decision. The two countries were surprised and disappointed, as each of them wanted the tournament for themselves. The Japanese offered modern sports and recreation facilities, and South Korea's advantage was its sports achievements (participation in four World Cups). Eventually, FIFA decided, that the competition should be organized by the two countries together: half of the games (including the 3rd place game) was played in South Korea, and the others (including the final) in Japan.

    The Final:
    Germany 0 - Brazil 2
    Ronaldo’s two second-half goals gave Brazil their fifth FIFA World Cup championship and firmly put the ghosts of the France 98 final to rest. It was a hard-fought and equally played match befitting a clash of world football’s biggest titans, but Ronaldo had the touch of greatness that separated the two teams in Yokohama, Japan.

    Top Scorer in Tournament: Ronaldo (BRA) 8 goals

    Total Goals in Tournament: 161

    Our Teams:

    England lost to Brazil in the quarterfinals. Near hysteria hit when England took the lead from a Michael Owen goal after 23 minutes. But Brazil were to strike back with goals from Rivaldo (after 45 mins) and Ronaldinho (50 mins).
    Group F results: England 1 - Sweden 1, Argentina 0 - England 1, Nigeria 0 - England 0
    Second Round: Denmark 0 - England 3
    Quarterfinals: England 1 - Brazil 2

    The Republic of Ireland went out to Spain after a penalty shoot out in the second round.
    Group E results: Ireland 1 - Cameroon 1, Germany 1 - Ireland 1, Saudi Arabia 0 - Ireland 3.
    Second Round: Spain 1(3) - Ireland 1(2)

    No other British teams qualified for the finals.

    Top UK Singles : 31 May - 30 June 2002
       1Elvis vs JXLA Little Less Conversation
       2EminemWithout Me
       3Will YoungLight My Fire
       4Liberty XJust A Little
       5Ronan KeatingIf Tomorrow Never Comes
       6Atomic KittenIt's OK
       7Ant And DecWe're On The Ball
       8Ian Van DahlReason
       9Kylie MinogueLove At First Site
       10ScooterThe Logical Song
       11Sophie Ellis-BextorGet Over You / Move This Mountain
       12Chad Kroeger featuring Josey ScottHero
       13OasisStop Crying Your Heart Out
       14NellyHot In Here
       15Christina MilianWhen You Look At Me
       16Puddle Of MuddBlurry
       17PaffendorfBe Cool
       18PinkDon't Let Me Get Me
       19MoonyDove (I'll Be Missing You)
       20Holly ValanceKiss Kiss
    Special releases:

  • Elvis vs JXL - "A Little Less Conversation" (no. 1 in June/July)
  • Ant & Dec - "We're On The Ball" (official England song, no. 3 in June)
  • DJ Otzi - "Hey Baby (World Cup Remix)" (no. 10 in June)
  • Baddiel & Skinner and The Lightning Seeds - "Three Lions" (no. 16 in June)
  • Bell & Spurling - "Goldenballs (Mr Beckham to You)" (no. 25 in June)
  • Dario G - "Carnival 2002" (no. 34 in June)
  • Opera Babes - "One Fine Day" (ITV World Cup Theme, no. 54 in July)
  • The Babe Team - "Over There" (no. 45 in June)
  • England Boys - "Go England" (no. 26 in June)
  • Anastacia - "Boom" (offical song) (didn't chart)
  • Bubble & Deano - "Standing Tall" (didn't chart)
  • Crazy Rider featuring Terry Venables - "England" (no. 46 in June)
  • Faithless - "Tarantula (remix)" (BBC World Cup Theme, didn't chart)
  • Fat Les/Ricky Tomlinson - "Who Invented Fish & Chips?" (didn't chart)
  • Irish World Cup Squad - "Here Come the Good Times" (official Irish song, didn't chart)
  • Love United - "Love For Love United" (didn't chart)
  • Mr Smash & Friends - "We're Coming Over" (no. 67 in June)
  • People United - "World Cup In Our Hands" (didn't chart)
  • Sally Kettle - "This Is For England" (didn't chart)
  • Svengland - "This Time (We'll Get It Right)" (didn't chart)
  • Sven's 11 - "Smells Like Team Spirit" (didn't chart)
  • V For Victory - "We've Got Goldenballs" (didn't chart)
  • Vangelis - "FIFA 2002 World Cup Anthem" (official anthem, didn't chart)
  • The Fire - "Back For The Football 2002" (official anthem of the England Football Supporters' Association, didn't chart)

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