July 30, 1966 – England wins World Cup

July 30, 1966 – England wins World Cup

In the first televised World Cup soccer match, host-nation England beats Germany 4-2 to win the tournament final at Wembley Stadium. In overtime play, England’s Geoff Hurst scored his third of three match goals to win the game, handing England the Jules Rimet Trophy for the first time in the World Cup’s 36-year history. English star Bobby Charlton was marked on the field by German Franz Beckenbauer, an emerging talent who held the English midfielder to no goals. Hurst’s winning goal later stirred considerable controversy when film footage suggested that it failed to cross the goal line after bouncing off the crossbar.