World Cup 1970 Player Ratings: Brazil 1-0 England

Ahead of Saturday's prestigious friendly, Carlo Garganese rates the participants from the classic Brazil v England 1970 World Cup clash...
There are not many bigger matches in international football than Brazil vs England, and on Saturday afternoon fans all around the world will be treated to a prestigious friendly between the two superpowers in Doha.

Brazil and England have played some classic games over the years, and the most famous of all was undoubtedly during the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

Mario Zagallo's Selecao are still regarded as the greatest team in history, boasting legends such as Pele, Jairzinho, Rivelino, Gerson, Carlos Alberto, Clodoaldo and Tostao. They were red-hot favourites to win the cup in Mexico, and won their opening Group 3 clash 4-1 against Czechoslovakia.

Next up for Brazil were holders England, who still contained many of the 1966 winners including Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks, Martin Peters, Alan Ball and Bobby Moore. Sir Alf Ramsey's men had won their opener 1-0 against Romania thanks to Hurst, so the winner of Brazil v England in the baking heat of Guadalajara on 7 June 1970 would virtually clinch qualification to the quarter finals.

A single goal from Jairzinho in the 59th minute would settle the game, but there were historic incidents throughout, including the greatest save of all time by Banks from Pele's header and some delightful Samba football from the South Americans.

Both teams would go on to qualify for the knockouts. England would be eliminated by West Germany after throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 in a classic. Meanwhile, Brazil would go on to win the cup by defeating Peru, Uruguay and Italy in the final.

Below's Carlo Garganese rates the players from this classic Brazil vs England affair...


Felix: 5 - Really shaky with every cross that came into the box, and twice nearly gifted England goals. The recently disproved myth that Brazil never produce good goalkeepers started with Felix, who was always a disaster waiting to happen.

Carlos Alberto: 7 - Solid down the right hand side was the Brazil captain who started the move that led to Pele's header. Would improve further as the tournament wore on, culminating in that brilliant final goal against Italy.

Brito: 5.5 - The weak link of the Brazil defence. The 31-year-old gifted the ball to England substitute Jeff Astle and should have been made to pay but was let off the hook.

Piazza: 7 - As a partnership, Brito and Piazza looked anything but settled. Individually Piazza did well, and he ensured that Geoff Hurst barely made an impact.

Everaldo: 7 - A good battle down his side against the likes of Francis Lee and Tommy Wright, but Everaldo came out of the game with credit.

Clodoaldo: 7 - Played a more defensive role, and wasn't as comfortable without Gerson by his side. Still a class act when he decided to come out with the ball, as those who remember the start to Carlos Alberto's goal against Italy will recall.

Rivelino: 7.5 - Played in the centre rather than on the left due to the injury to Gerson. After an ordinary first half, the free kick banana expert burst into life in the second. His run and hammer-shot on 57 minutes deserved a goal, but he was brilliantly denied by Gordon Banks. For those of you who believe Ronaldo or Ronaldinho to be the creator of the 'elastico', watch this game and see Rivelino do it 39 years ago.

Paulo Cesar: 8 - Came in for injured midfield genius Gerson, and was a real handful all game down the left wing. Pace and trickery, the 20-year-old showed his promise for the future and twice could have scored.

Tostao: 7.5 - The Cruzeiro attacking midfielder linked the midfield and attack nicely together, and played a major role in Jairzinho's winner as he crossed the ball to Pele after nutmegging Bobby Moore.

Pele: 8.5 - While for spells Pele was uninvolved, add up the number of dangerous moments that he instigated and you realise just what a huge impact he had on this game. Would have opened the scoring but for Banks' miracle save, twice set-up Jairzinho chances and of course laid on the pass for his team-mate's winner.

Pele saw his header miraculously saved

Jairzinho: 9 - The lightning-paced forward and heir to Garrincha, who scored in every game of Mexico '70, caused all kinds of problems running at the England defence down the right and cutting inside. Delivered the cross for Pele's header, scored the winner with a ferocious finish, and could have made it 2-0. Electric.

Jairzinho scored in every round of Mexico '70


Roberto: 6.5 - Replaced Tostao and put in a good shift. Tested Banks with a low long shot.


Gordon Banks: 9 - Produced a string of brilliant stops throughout the game, was faultless on crosses, and underlined his status as the best goalkeeper in the world with the greatest save of all time from Pele. Just how the Stoke City man managed to dive across his goal to flick 'The King's' bullet header over the bar, only God will know.

Banks produced the save of the century from Pele

Tommy Wright: 7 - Replaced the injured Keith Newton at right back after the Everton man had been kicked out of the match against Romania. Battled valiantly down his side despite the constant threat of Paulo Cesar, and put in a good shift.

Bobby Moore: 8.5 - Although he was nutmegged by Tostao before Brazil's goal, Moore showed why he is one of the best defenders of all time with a fantastic showing at the back. Two perfectly-timed one-on-one tackles on Tostao and Jairzinho, and class personified. The fuss made to him by Brazil's players at the end of the game showed their respect for England's greatest ever defender.

England captain Bobby Moore

Brian Labone: 7 - Barely put a foot wrong did the Everton hero. One of only three players to have played for England before Sir Alf Ramsey took charge, Labone forged a solid centre back partnership with one of the others in Moore.

Terry Cooper: 5 - Although the Leeds United fullback had a strong final 20 minutes to the game, during the previous 70 he was given a torrid time by the irrepressible Jairzinho who skinned him one too many times.

Alan Mullery: 6 - Calm in possession, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder rarely penetrated the Brazil backline. Also allowed Pele to soar above him for that first half header.

Alan Ball: 7 - The red-headed warrior who Zico once described as his "favourite England player of all time" never stopped chasing, and on three occasions he could have found England's equaliser, once hitting the top of the bar.

Bobby Charlton: 7
- Although now at the age of 32, the magic in Charlton's boots was still clear to see. A fascinating battle with Rivelino in the first half, Charlton tired after the break in the sweltering midday sun and was eventually subbed. Missed a good chance just seconds after Jairzinho's goal.

England's greatest ever player Charlton

Martin Peters: 6.5 - The new Spurs signing started very well and was controlling the game for the first ten minutes, but had less and less impact as the clock ticked and was eventually overshadowed by the Samba boys.

Francis Lee: 7.5 - Was England's best player in the first half where his pacy bursts and tireless running often caught Brito off guard. Had a number of good efforts on goal, but was then strangely substituted past the hour mark, a move that proved for the umpteenth time how useless manager Ramsey was at making substitutions. Would have buried the chance replacement Jeff Astle missed.

Geoff Hurst: 5 - The West Ham hitman had been the hero of the 1966 World Cup final, scoring a hat-trick, but this was one of his most disappointing games in an England shirt. You could count on one hand the number of touches he had of the ball during the 90 minutes. His anonymity made it difficult to understand why he stayed on but Lee was hooked.


Colin Bell: 6.5 - The wideman, nicknamed 'Nijinsky' after the legendary racehorse, added spark to the England offence in the latter stages.

Jeff Astle: 5 - The West Brom striker was a real nuisance after he came on, winning no end of headers. Unfortunately he will forever be remembered for one of the worst World Cup misses of all time as he fired wide with the goal gaping, thus costing England a draw.

Carlo Garganese,