Interesting & Unusual International Fixtures

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The 2nd leg play off for qualification for the 1974 World Cup in West Germany.(1st leg 0-0)
Chile v USSR in Santiago.

The Soviet Union refused to travel after the military coup led by General Pinochet ousted the Socialist President Allende.The Stadium had also been used as interment camp for Allende followers after the coup.

The Chile team took to the field & scored a symbolic goal with no opposition on the field.
 

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East Germany v West Germany in the 1974 World Cup in Hamburg.

The height of the Cold War(remember that ?) polar opposite ideologies on the football field.
I remember watching the game.It was a shock that the West Germans were beaten.They had the last laugh,because they had already qualified & went into a easier 2nd group stage(avoiding Holland & Brazil) There were uncomfortable suggestions at the time.
 

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The 1976 Bi Centennial Soccer Cup in the US of A
Brazil,England,Italy & Team America(featuring England legend Bobby Moore & Pele)

The game I remember was the England v Italy game at the Yankee Baseball stadium.England were 2-0 down at HT,won 3-2 in the end.
 

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The 1986 World Cup in Mexico.Columbia were due to host the tournament originally.
3 Home Nations in the finals.Heady days for UK International football especially as things were not going too well off the pitch domestically for clubs.
 

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A article about the Schoolboy Internationals,I did not realise that Aaron Martin had represented England in one.
My 1st Wembley visit was a Schoolboy International in 1972.
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