The 1966 FIFA World Cup, the eighth staging of the World Cup, was held in England from 11 July to 30 July. England was chosen as hosts by FIFA in August 1960 to celebrate the centenary of the codification of football in England. It proved to be one of the most memorable and exciting tournaments in the history of the competition - full of surprises, controversy and upsets. North Korea dumped out Italy, Portugal dumped out Pele, and the referee dumped Argentina's butcher Rattin! And in the end Ramsey's 'wingless wonders' were too physically and mentally strong even for the efficient West Germans as Hurst bagged 3 in the Final.