3 June 2014
It shouldn't even have been staged there, but World Cup 86 in Mexico had everything, most of it revolving around a diminutive genius by the name of Diego Maradona. Chris Hunt sets the scene...
Gary Lineker 1986
11 June 2018
On this day in 1986, England's second-highest goalscorer notched a vital hat-trick against Poland which sent the Three Lions through to the last 16. Here he regales the perils of playing in intense heat, Maradona's memorable brace... and his dad's success at the bookies
Alex Ferguson Mexico '86
18 May 2018
After the untimely death of Jock Stein, Alex Ferguson led Scotland to a World Cup with what many believed was their best-ever side. Things didn’t quite go to plan, however...
Gary Lineker 1986
1 December 2017
Lineker won the Golden Boot at Mexico 86 with six goals for England. FourFourTwo went through the photo album with him...
3 June 2014
It's been 16 years since Scotland graced a major international tournament, but there was a time the Tartan Army were regular globe-trotters. Yet even in those relative glory days, things didn't always go to plan. Sam Rowe explains...
3 June 2014
The Iraqi national team arrived at Mexico 86 with the spectre of Saddam breathing down their necks. More precisely Uday, his bloodthirsty emissary, son and one-time heir to Hussein'™s brutal political dynasty...
3 June 2014
Argentina arrived a divided team with their coach about to be fired, but then a brave decision to make Maradona skipper made all the difference... 
3 June 2014
There are games of great technical merit, there are games of high drama, and very occasionally, there are games that have both. This was one of them...
3 June 2014
A sideways glance of the tournament owned by El Diego, brought to you by Back of the Net

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