Series 1 - Episode 4 1962



“The game you are about to see is the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football possibly in the history of the game.” That was how BBC broadcaster David Coleman introduced the 1962 World Cup group match between Chile and Italy, otherwise known as the “Battle of Santiago”.

A street fight masquerading as a football match, it eventually ended 2-0 to hosts Chile – but not before two players had been sent off, one was knocked out cold, and both teams had been separated by police. If Coleman’s violent teaser doesn’t make you tune in to this history of the 1962 World Cup, nothing will.


A look back at the 1962 World Cup, the seventh staging of the tournament, which took place in Chile and saw Brazil become the second nation to retain the title. England were the only British representatives and reached the quarter-finals before losing to the champions, for whom Garrincha excelled to compensate for the absence of Pele for most of the event through injury, while the Battle of Santiago between Chile and Italy remains infamous as one of the most violent episodes in football history.