• Short Summary

    The huge stadium at Frankfurt was the scene for the opening of the 1974 World Cup Soccer Championships, but before the actual football began, there was a series of entertainments from the 16 countries represented in the Championship.

  • Description

    The huge stadium at Frankfurt was the scene for the opening of the 1974 World Cup Soccer Championships, but before the actual football began, there was a series of entertainments from the 16 countries represented in the Championship.

    Scattered around the field were footballs as large as houses in which the entertainers remained hidden until called for by the stadium announcer. The football was then opened to reveal a vaiety of entertainers, representing the countries of their origin. To add spice to the occasion, two of the great footballers met in the middle of the pitch - Pele, carrying the new World Cup, and Seeler, carrying the old world cup trophy which had been won outright by Brazil by winning three world cup competitions. The two former rivals stood in the centre of the pitch and showed the trophies to the crowded stadium.

    This was followed by a demonstration by the children of Frankfurt, who poured onto the field and, with mathematical precision, formed themselves into the World Cup symbol.

    Then the first match of the competition began - Brazil, the holders of the cup, kicked off against Yugoslavia, while in the players tunnel onto the pitch the security guards kept a watchful eye. Soon the Yugoslavians were attacking, but the Brazilians cleared the ball, only for another longe range shot at their goal, which missed by only inches.

    The play continued and Brazil were awarded a free kick deep in the Yugoslavian half. The Brazilian player, Rivelino, blasted a mighty kick from at least 30 yards out and came very near to scoring. (Here we see the replay from behind the goal) At halftime the score-board showed the teams at 0 -0.

    In the second half the Yugoslavians attacked, and a fine cross from the left wing led to a shot that just went over the bar. The player held his head in despair. (Replay from behind the goal).

    Yugoslavia were definitely on top and another Yugoslav attack was smothered by the goal-keeper who, luckily, happened to have a leg in the way when the Yugoslavian forward shot. The ball wa sent away for a corner kick. (Replay)
    Although it was Yugoslavia doing most of the attacking, there was still no score when the referee blew his whistle for time and the giant score-board sewed the score at 0-0.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6O44D9BK1SAR1EPDYHUYC99AZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6O44D9BK1SAR1EPDYHUYC99AZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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