FIFA (Federation International Football Association) awarded the 1966 World Cup tournament to England. A total number of 70 nations participated in the qualifying phase to battle for the 14 slots left, as England and Brazil had already qualified as hosts and holders respectively.
In January 1964, FIFA decided that the line-up for the 16-team finals would include 10 teams from Europe, including hosts England, four from Latin America and one from the Central American and Caribbean region.
That left just one place to be fought for by three continents: Africa, Asia and Oceania.
However, the 1966 FIFA World Cup is the only tournament to have been boycotted by an entire continent.
But why would Africa boycott an important event like the FIFA World Cup?
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Ayomide Akinbode holds a degree in Chemistry but has a passion for History and Classics. When he is not writing, he’s either sleeping or playing Scrabble.