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World Cup 1971

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 20:52 IST
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First World Cup: Oct 1971 

Place: Barcelona (Spain)

Teams: 10

Spain were the first hosts of the World Cup. Ironically, they have never won the title — the only team in the top six not to do so. Ten teams participated, the fewest ever in the fray.

Japan beat Holland 1-0 for the first and only time in a World Cup match. The win paved the way for eventual champions Pakistan entry into the semi-finals, where they beat India 2-1.

Pakistan watched the Holland-Japan match and gifted Pakistan-made hockey sticks to Japan after the tie.

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