Producer
Director
Manfred Oldenburg
Editor
Genre
Sports
Broadcaster
ZDf
Length
1 x 45'
Format
Digital Betacam
Year
2006
The darned third goal
Wembley '66 - The True Story

Probably no decision in football history is as controversial as England's third goal in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany: Goal or no goal? Manfred Oldenburg received the Bavarian Television Award in 2007 for his documentary.

It is the 101st minute of extra time in the final. With the score at 2:2, England's Geoffrey Hurst hits the ball against the lower edge of the German crossbar, from where it bounces vertically downwards and back into the field. The Swiss referee Dienst decides: Goal. The final is decided. For 40 years, no camera perspective could clarify whether the ball was actually behind the line. Thanks to new, spectacular film finds and scientific calculations, this 45-minute documentary finally sheds light on the most painful German football defeat.

First broadcast: Sun., 04 June 2006, 23:40, ZDF.

The darn third goal: Wembley '66 - The true story

Probably no decision in football history is as controversial as England's third goal in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany: Goal or no goal? Manfred Oldenburg received the Bavarian Television Award in 2007 for his documentary.

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