England

Known for its Football Association, oldest in the world and where the majority of the rules of the game were developed, England finally got its chance to host the quadrennial event in 1966.

Competed by 16 teams, England won the tournament after defeating West Germany in the final at the historic Wembley Stadium. After a 2-2 score at the end of regulation time, Geoff Hurst completed his hat-trick in the extra time, scoring twice. The striker had earlier scored England`s opening goal in the 18th minute to draw level with the Germans. His hat-trick was the only one ever to score in a FIFA World Cup. His second goal, allowed by the match referee Gottfried Dienst, generated widespread on the `on the line` debate.

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