The FIFA World Cup – Seven One Cup Wonders

The FIFA World Cup – Seven One Cup Wonders
2nd May 2018 administrator

1970 (Mexico)

Israel

Politics and sport do not mixed, so says the old adage! However, if you can make any sense of the make up of the combined AFC/OFC/CAF qualifying group (or process, or something!) without reference to politics, then you are a better person than me. Suffice to say that originally consisting of Japan, North & South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Rhodesia and Israel, this is the oddest collection of nations ever put together in a single Group. North Korea then refused to play Israel and were expelled and Australia played a three-match semi-final series against Rhodesia in Mozambique. Eventually, Israel beat Australia 2-1 on aggregate over two legs and qualified for Mexico. You really could make it up! And after all that, they finished bottom of their group with one point and one goal. At least you get to see that goal.