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Day in history: how the national team was criticized for the victory

Today the city on the Neva River has its Nameday. July 12 in Russia is also called Peter's day, and, according to popular signs, this is the height of summer, when the day decreases, and the heat – vise a versa. According to the Orthodox calendar on this day, they remember the apostles Peter and Paul, who are the patrons of St. Petersburg

It's time to stroll along the Peter and Paul Fortress and remember that even the events that happened on this day in other cities are somehow connected with the Northern Capital of Russia.

So, July 12, 1931, in France, a monument to the Musketeer D'Artagnan was opened. It was this role, that glorified the most famous in Russia fan of FC “Zenit” and the ambassador of the FIFA World Cup™, Mikhail Boyarsky. And on July 12, 1933, the first stadium was opened in Izhevsk. It was named “Zenit”, and then the name was changed to the Central Republican Stadium "Gazovik-Gazprom".

The football history of this day is also connected with the French. On July 12, 1998, at the World Cup, the national team of France defeated Brazil with a score of 3: 0 and became the world champion. After 20 years and two days, in Moscow, the French will try to repeat this success.

On July 12, 1966, our team played the first match at the World Championship in England with a "riddle team", as the DPRK team was called. The match ended with a confident victory of Soviet football players, after which the press covered them with a tub of criticism.

Sports columnists of the country's main newspaper, Pravda, wrote that they "saw individual performers, but, unfortunately, they did not observe a well-coordinated ensemble". Andrei Starostin in the Moskovsky Komsomolets complained that the game of the national team did not arise his enthusiasm, and Viktor Sinyavsky in the Soviet Russia expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that "there were a lot of misses, some players overdid the ball, forgot about their partners, not everything was good in defensive order". At the same time, that tournament the USSR national team finished with the match for the 3rd place.

North Korea – the USSR - 0: 3 (0: 2). July 12, 1966. Match of the group tournament of the VIII World Championship. Middlesbrough. Stadium " Ayresome Park." Goals: Malofeev (31, 88), Banishevsky (33).