The Theft of the Jules Rimet Trophy: The Hidden History of the 1966 World Cup
The theft of the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1966 is one of the most unusual stories in the history of football. The full story of what really happened has never before been told, and those parts that have been told have contained and perpetuated a number of errors. This volume sets out to put the record straight by telling the complete story. It is based on official FIFA and FA files, as well as information drawn from the archives of the German and Brazilian football authorities, police records, complementary newspaper reports, and most importantly, evidence gathered form those involved with the case itself. It presents a factual account not only of the parts that have become public knowledge, but also of the activities that went on away from the glare of publicity and which have never been told in detail before.
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The Origins of the World Cup
The origins of the World Cup
The Jules Rimet Trophy
The World Cup tournament revived after the Second World War
The World Cup comes to England
The hidden diplomacy in the runup to the 1966 World Cup
The commercial success of the 1966 World Cup
Yet more controversy on and off the field
How did the trophy come to be found in Upper Norwood?
The aftermath the people
A Tale of Two Trophies
Events in Europe
The replica at the 1966 World Cup final
Was the German replica ever made?
When was the FAs replica completed?
Postwar Britain A Time of Change The old order is challenged on and off the field
Servants and masters the changing relationships in English football
Englands international fortunes in the postwar period
Winterbottom and Ramsey the England teams first managers
English clubs and the new European competitions
The end of an era or just the beginning?
The True Story of the Theft of the World Cup in 1966
Security arrangements at the exhibition
Footballs reaction to the theft
Sightings of other possible suspects
Rewards for the return of the trophy
Plans for a replacement trophy
The capture of the ransomer
The alleged thief
The trophy recovered
Who really stole the trophy?
The replica since 1966
The replica sold at auction
The replica comes to the National Football Museum
Revealed to the world
The Final Irony
Rewriting History How the True Story of the Events of 1966 Came to be Written
Finding the truth the problems
Finding the truth the solutions
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