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Saturday, 27 May 2017

USA 1967: When American soccer's Summer of Love ended in tears

The World Cup, the British Invasion, the Summer of Love, imported teams - and a bunch of US businessmen looking to make a buck - created a gleaming vision for professional football in 1960s America... only for it to quickly end in tears.
When Geoff Hurst smashed his third goal into the roof of the West German net in 1966, he not only secured the World Cup for England, he helped kick-start a bold plan to introduce the round ball version of football to America.
The venture launched on this day 50 years ago, but was facing an uncertain future just six weeks later.
The mid-1960s was the time of the so-called British Invasion of the US, when UK music, fashion, photography, drama and other creative arts were in huge demand Stateside.
That movement coincided with the emergence of fledgling satellite TV technology, which beamed the football World Cup in England to a captivated television audience on the other side of the Atlantic.
Their positive reaction to the football - a sport most viewers actually knew little about - prompted a group of US businessmen to get together to draw up plans to establish a professional football, or soccer, league in the country.
Source By BBC.COM


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