Series 1 - Episode 10 1986



These official Fifa documentaries are something else: baggy, indulgent, totally unlike the TV coverage (they were filmed on separate cameras – mostly at pitch level) and completely addictive.

Tomorrow morning it’s the emotional opera of Italia 1990: Gazza’s tears, Waddle’s penalty and the moment football crossed over in the national culture. But today it’s Mexico 1986. The tournament belonged to Maradona and Argentina but the film belongs to Rick Wakeman, who contributes awful synth-wiffle throughout, like a Poundland Chariots of Fire. But plug your ears and you can enjoy the likes of Laudrup, Platini and Lineker at their peak. For added surrealism, Michael Caine narrates.


A look back at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, which saw Diego Maradona almost single-handedly lead Argentina to glory, while Gary Lineker claimed the Golden Boot for his efforts in getting England into the quarter-finals. Maradona was the undisputed star of the tournament, which was staged by the Mexicans for the second time in 16 years, after original hosts Colombia withdrew for financial reasons. Northern Ireland, Scotland and England were all involved, although the Irish and Scots both failed to win a match, with Scotland's campaign most noted for the red card given to Uruguay's Jose Batista after less than a minute of their group meeting with the South Americans.