Match No. 407 - Saturday, 23rd July 1966, 3:00pm

    • 1
    • Gordon BanksLeicester, 31st of 73 caps
      28 years, 6 months, 24 days
    • 2
    • George CohenFulham, 28th of 37 caps
      26 years, 9 months, 1 day
    • 3
    • Ray WilsonEverton, 49th of 63 caps
      31 years, 7 months, 6 days
    • 4
    • Nobby StilesMan Utd, 18th of 28 caps
      24 years, 2 months, 5 days
    • 5
    • Jack CharltonLeeds, 20th of 35 caps
      31 years, 2 months, 15 days
      Time Unknown
    • 6
    • Bobby MooreWest Ham, 45th of 108 caps
      25 years, 3 months, 11 day
      (c)28th captaincy
    • 7
    • Alan BallBlackpool, 12th of 72 caps
      21 years, 2 months, 11 day
    • 21
    • Roger HuntLiverpool, 17th of 34 caps
      28 years, 0 months, 3 days
    • 9
    • Bobby CharltonMan Utd, 72nd of 106 caps
      28 years, 9 months, 12 days
      Time Unknown
    • 10
    • Geoff HurstWest Ham, 6th of 49 caps
      24 years, 7 months, 15 days
    • 16
    • Martin PetersWest Ham, 6th of 67 caps
      22 years, 8 months, 15 days
    • 1
    • Antonio RomaAntonio Roma.
      Born 13th Jul 1932, Buenos Aires.
    • 7
    • Silvio MarzoliniSilvio Marzolini.
      Born 4th Oct 1940, Buenos Aires.
    • 8
    • Roberto FerreiroRoberto Oscar Ferreiro.
      Born 25th Apr 1935, Avellanceda.
      10' Foul on Alan Ball.
    • 4
    • Roberto PerfumoRoberto Alfredo Perfumo.
      Born 3rd Oct 1942, Sarandi.
      Time Unknown
    • 12
    • Rafael AlbrechtJosé Rafael Albrecht.
      Born 23rd Aug 1941, Tucuman.
    • 10
    • Antonio RattínAntonio Ubaldo Rattín.
      Born 16th May 1937, Tigre.
      (c) 33' Foul tackle on Bobby Charlton & 35'
    • 19
    • Luis ArtimeLuis Artime.
      Born 2nd Dec 1938, Parque Civit.
      Time Unknown
    • 15
    • Jorge SolariJorge Raúl Solari.
      Born 11th Nov 1941, Buenos Aires.
      23' Dissent.
    • 16
    • Alberto Mario GonzálezAlberto Mario González.
      Born 21st Aug 1941.
    • 21
    • Oscar MásOscar Más.
      Born 29th Oct 1946, Villa Ballester.
    • 20
    • Ermindo OnegaErmindo Ángel Onega.
      Born 30th Apr 1940, Las Parejas.


  • Rattin: Red CardThe Argentine captain was dismissed for two cautionable offences. The first a tackle on Bobby Charlton, the second for arguing with the referee after Perfumo had tripped Hunt on the edge of the area. In fact he had been arguing and dissenting with the referee for the whole match and one could argue that the first caution was for constant badgering as much as it was for the foul tackle. He refused to leave the field and was eventually escorted off by police.
  • Match ReportThis match is known in Argentina as El Robo Del Siglo (The Robbery of the Century). The Argentine tactics were negative from the beginning and they were clearly designed to disrupt England's play although the English players were far from blameless (They actually committed more fouls in the first half: 14 to 12). The game spiralled into a kicking contest which overwhelmed the German referee Krietlein. When Rattin was dismissed on 35 minutes the game stopped for almost eight minutes as the Argentine captain refused to leave the pitch. Officials and players jostled each other. Juan Carlos Lorenzo seemed to motion to his team to walk off the field in protest and at one point the only Argentine left on the pitch was the dismissed Rattin, still arguing with officials. Ken Aston, the FIFA referee liason, attempted to pursuade Rattin to leave and he was finally removed with the help of the police.
    At the end of the match, the Argentine players surrounded the referee (something which they had done almost everytime a decision went against them) and Krietlein had his shirt ripped. Alf Ramsey ran onto the pitch to try and stop George Cohen swapping shirts with the Argentines. He later, in a press conference, described them as "animals". The Argentine's themselves (along with a few other Latin American countries) viewed the whole tournament as a European conspiracy.
    The game was settled by a Geoff Hurst header from a Martin Peters cross. Bobby Charlton describing it "...the best England goal I ever saw in my time with the squad". A fine goal to end a terrible match.

    As a direct consequence of this match, Ken Aston would later develop yellow and red cards - they were first used during the 1970 World Cup.


  • Wembley - The Complete Record 1923 - 2000 by Glen Isherwood (Sports Books 2006)
  • England - The Quest for the World Cup - A Complete Record by Clive Leatherdale (Two Heads Publishing 1994)
  • Official FIFA report
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • The Anatomy of England by Jonathan Wilson (Orion 2010)


  • England Alf Ramsey
  • Argentina Juan Carlos Lorenzo


  • West Germany Rudolf Krietlein


  • 90,584

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • Down 1 place, gaining 21 ranking points to 2025 points England - 3rd - 1
  • Argentina - 5th