My first World Cup
Our panel - Jeff, Charlie, Thommo, Merse and Le Tiss - tell us about the first World Cup they remember.
Last Updated: 09/06/10 2:24pm
It's not long until the World Cup kicks off - and our panel of experts are here to tell you exactly what you can expect in South Africa.
Here on skysports.com, we've brought together the studio stars of Soccer Saturday - Jeff Stelling, Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas - to share their thoughts on football's showpiece tournament.
In the coming days they'll bring you their tips on the players and teams to look out for in South Africa - as well as debating some of the big World Cup talking points.
But first they'll share their memories of the World Cups of yesteryear...
skysports.com: Right then lads. Let's take a trip down memory lane. Tell us about the first World Cup you can remember...
THOMMO: The first World Cup I remember was 1966. I was only about 12 at the time so I didn't go to any of the games but it was great because Goodison Park held quite a lot of the games and so you still felt like you were really a part of it on Merseyside.
JEFF: It would have to be 1966 and it's been all downhill from there of course! I remember watching the World Cup final at my home in Hartlepool on a black and white TV but the game that sticks out is the one between North Korea and Portugal. North Korea were 3-0 up and ended up losing 5-3 and it's one which I will never forget because it was just so amazing at the time.
THOMMO: I also remember North Korea and one name that always sticks out is a guy called Pak Doo-Ik. I remember watching him score against Italy in one of the group games and his name has always stuck with me. That and of course the great name of Eusebio who melted the hearts of everybody. Those are the things that really made the whole tournament so magical along with England winning.
CHARLIE: The first World Cup I remember with vigour was 1970 in Mexico. It was a football education for me at eight years of age and I remember sitting there feeling blessed to be watching it. I was a Celtic fan and they won the European Cup in 1967. I was fortunate enough to go and see them play Leeds, the best team in England back then, so I had seen some great European games at Celtic Park. But to watch international football was a total fascination for me at that time. I just remember total flamboyant football. I recall England were the holders and had a fabulous team, the Germans were talking about revenge for 1966 and Italy were a champion side. But Brazil were the star turn; everything they did was about pass and move and style.
LE TISS: For me it was Argentina 1978. I remember the ticker-tape reception the Argentina team would get in Buenos Aries when they stepped onto the pitch. They'd throw loads of tape and toilet rolls onto the teams as they walked out - and that was my one abiding memory apart from Archie Gemmill's goal for Scotland against Holland. England hadn't qualified so I was supporting Scotland - I support all the Home Nations at World Cups and that was a great goal, even though Scotland didn't get through.
MERSE: For me it was 1978 as well. I remember watching the final of 1974, but 1978 was the one for me when Argentina won it. My main memory is the way Mario Kempes used to run off when he scored. I was a big football fan anyway, but that tournament showed me that the World Cup is the ultimate.
LE TISS: The other thing I remember about that tournament was Argentina needing to win by four goals against Peru to get through to the final and they ended up winning 6-0. Even as a young lad I was a bit suspicious about that...
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