Italy-a much fancied team for the 1970 World Cup-arrived in Mexico City on Saturday evening (May 16) and immediately moved into the same hotel as England.
Italy-a much fancied team for the 1970 World Cup-arrived in Mexico City on Saturday evening (May 16) and immediately moved into the same hotel as England. Morocco who had arrived the previous day (May 15) spent the day sight-seeing but England who have been in Mexico for two weeks already held a full scale practice match.
As with all the major team arrival, the Italian landing at Mexico City Airport drew awn enormous crowd of spectators and pressmen. Italy are grouped with Uruguay, Israel and Sweden. One of the Italian stars is Luigi Riva who has scored 16 goals in the lat en internationals.
After arriving on Friday (May 15) Morocco, the first team ever qualify from Africa, spent Saturday sight-seeing, including the main sports centre of the Mexican capital, the Aztec Stadium. The guiding power behind the team is their Yugoslav coach, Blagoiev Vidinic. Although rated as under dogs, the Moroccan team has beaten Italy (1-0) and Bulgaria (3-0), both qualifiers fro the World Cup, in recent internationals.
England played a full scale practice match on Saturday (May 16) with all 28 players getting part of the game. Several players showed very good form, including Bobby Chalton who scored one of "Reds" four goals. England now face games against Colombia and Ecuador as pre-World Cup warms up. Both of these games will be played a higher altitude than England's games int he qualifying rounds at Guadalajara and so are doubly useful.