What's buzzing:

ON THIS DAY: Brazil wins 3rd World Cup in 1970

AP - Sports
Brazil faces issues around racism despite image
.

View gallery

On June 21 in World Cup history: Brazil keeps Jules Rimet Trophy for good after beating Italy in Mexico City in 1970. Iran and U.S. pose together as teams seek to dampen down tensions in France in 1998.

This is perhaps the most glorious day in Brazil's World Cup history. Its third triumph achieved in the heat and altitude of Mexico City against a strong Italian side meant it kept the Jules Rimet Trophy for good. The team, which as well as Pele included greats such as Jairzinho, Tostao and Rivelino, played some of the most ebullient football the world had ever seen. The final goal in the 4-1 win over Italy by captain Carlos Alberto often tops the list of the greatest goals ever scored.

The World Cup often throws up geopolitical clashes. The big one in 1998 was a group encounter between the United States and Iran. Relations between the two had been hostile since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 which ousted the pro-American Shah. The sides did their best to reduce tensions by posing together in a group photo. A match that was high on endeavor but low on malice saw Iran end up a 2-1 victor. Neither team managed to progress beyond the group stage.

View Comments (0)
  • Kah scores 2 goals to lead Vancouver past Seattle, 3-0

    Pa-Modou Kah surpassed his MLS career goal total by scoring twice and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Seattle Sounders 3-0 on Saturday night, spoiling the return of Clint Dempsey after more than a month away from the club. Kah volleyed his first … More »

    AP - Sports - 11 minutes ago
  • Galaxy end 15-match winless road streak

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Alan Gordon scored in the 69th minute, Robbie Keane added a goal in stoppage time and the Los Angeles Galaxy ended a 15-match winless streak on the road with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 43 minutes ago
  • Dynamo score late for 1-1 draw with KC

    Dynamo score late for 1-1 draw with KC

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Ricardo Clark scored for Houston on a header in the 78th minute and the Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City tied 1-1 Saturday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 11 minutes ago
  • Ronaldinho marks winning return to Brazil

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Ronaldinho Gaucho made a triumphant return to Brazilian soccer on Saturday when he set up the goal that gave Fluminense a 1-0 win over Gremio at the Maracana stadium. The former Barcelona forward was a shadow … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 50 minutes ago
  • Davies scores twice; Revolution beat 10-man Toronto FC 3-1

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Charlie Davies scored twice, Lee Nguyen added a penalty kick and the New England Revolution beat 10-man Toronto FC 3-1 on Saturday night. … More »

    The Canadian Press - 2 hours 14 minutes ago