Exactly 50 years ago, England defeated West Germany 4-2 after extra time to win her first ever Fifa World Cup on home soil, the success led to jubilation and celebration in England as Bobby Moore the then England’s captain lifted the trophy.
The success of England in the 1966 edition of the world tournament further helped in the development of football generally, as it was in the next edition which took place in 1970, that the red and yellow card were introduced. Courtesy of England’s renowned referee’s discovery Ken Aston.
Unfortunately, England are yet to play in the final of another Fifa World Cup since 1966, let alone winning the title for a second time, while Germany who lost to England in 1966 have played in six World Cup finals since then, winning three and finishing second position on other three occasions.
England’s best performance at the World Cup after winning the trophy since 1966 has been the quarter-final stage, the Three Lions are yet to play in a semifinal of the World Cup since then, a performance which has led to speculations that home-advantage was the only reason England won the tournament in 1966.
New England manager Sam Allardyce was recently unveiled, and he wears the golden jubilee hat, after former manager Roy Hodgson resigned following England’s poor performance at the Euro 2016 championship held in France.
But the challenge which the new manager is faced with is beyond qualifying England for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. He has to ensure that England breaks the 50-year-old jinx by bringing back the joy which fans experienced in London when they had fun at the fountains at Trafalgar Square, as a mark of celebration for England’s success.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Leicester City to mention a few may have made landmark achievement in football either in their premier league or in Europe, but I strongly believe that this is the right time to rally round new manager Sam Allardyce and restore England’s glory at the Fifa World Cup.