The FIFA World Cup is well known as the most popular event in the sporting world. The event features the best soccer teams from around the world representing their respective countries. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and the event is anticipated every 4 years as it approaches.
In 1970 the World Cup was held in Mexico. The event featured 16 different teams that played games in 5 different cities in Mexico. This was a groundbreaking event as the World Cup had never been held in North American Continent. In fact, the event had never been held outside of Europe and Brazil previous to the event. The event took play from the 31st of May until the 21st of June.
The event began with group play. The 16 teams were split into 4 different groups to decide which teams would enter the single elimination tournament. Each team would play the other three teams in their group one time and the teams with the best records would advance.
The first group featured the Soviet Union, Belgium, El Salvador and Mexico. El Salvador was winless in group play and would not advance. Belgium managed to win one game, but ultimately they would lose to Mexico and the Soviet Union. Mexico and the USSR won their two games against the other teams and tied each other to advance.
The next group featured Italy, Sweden, Uruguay and Israel. There were several ties in this group and the teams to advance would have to advance through tiebreakers. Ultimately, Italy and Uruguay qualified to play in the tournament portion of the World Cup.
The third group featured some of the best teams in the tournament in Brazil and England. Brazil was already known as the best country for soccer in the nation and held up to their expectations during group play. They won all of their games and outscored their opponents by 5 goals. England would be the other team to advance, beating Romania and Czechoslovakia to advance.The last group featured Bulgaria, West Germany, Peru and Morocco. West Germany and Peru were dominant over the other two teams and did not lose a game to Bulgaria or Morocco. West Germany took out Peru to win the group, but both teams advanced.