What a great tournament. Not just full of fantastic teams, players and stories, but so much colour and sunshine too, it just all seemed so joyful. Won by one of the most iconic, and arguably greatest, national teams in football history, in one of most memorable World Cup finals, Mexico '70 quite rightly holds a place at the very top of the list of greatest World Cup tournaments.
Such an iconic logo. The simplicity of it, and that great lettering. It was undoubtedly the first really cool logo that a World Cup tournament had produced.
Legendary West German striker Gerd Müller topped the charts in 1970 with an incredible ten goals. Jairzinho was second with seven goals, but also made history as he scored in every game that Brazil played on the way to winning the title.
|10||Gerd Müller||West Germany|
|3||Uwe Seeler||West Germany|
Up until the 1970 World Cup, all of the previous tournament balls had been plain, single-coloured affairs, so this was something of a visual revolution. The Telstar was made up of 12 black panels and 20 white panels. Not only did it look good, but it also helped visibility on black and white television sets, extremely useful as Mexico '70 was the first World Cup to be broadcast globally. The name itself came from the Telstar satellites which were launched in the early 1960s and had a similar appearance to the football with the solar panels dotted around.
The first ever World Cup Panini album.
It was made up of 52 pages and 271 cards, each of which had to be glued into the album.
The lead up to World Cups would never be the same again!
What a tournament 1970 was. Not only were the viewing public treated to a feast of football won by one of the game's most iconic teams, but kids around the globe were also introduced to the joys of buying Panini World Cup packets for the first time.