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The 1966 FIFA World Cup England™ is best remembered for the Three Lions’ Final victory over rivals West Germany at Wembley and the goalscoring exploits of Portugal legend Eusebio. But England 1966 also holds a special place in the history of Russian football.

Competing as the Soviet Union, they finished fourth at those global finals – their best performance at a World Cup to date. Former defender Vladimir Ponomaryov shares his memories of playing in England, where the Russians met Eusebio’s Portugal in the Match for Third Place.

The above footage is part of FIFA’s archive of videos highlighting significant stories in FIFA World Cup history 


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