The Club of Four is the most exclusive club in International Soccer. It is so exclusive that only one player can aspire to be part of it. What club is it? The Club formed by players who have scored goals in more than one World Cup Final.
Vavá, Pelé, Breitner and Zidane
The first player ever to score goals in two different finals was Brazilian Vavá. At Sweden 1958, he scored twice in the final game. Then, in Chile 1962, he scored one more time at the last game of the tournament. Brazil won both times, first 5-2 against Sweden, then 3-1 against Czechoslovakia.
Team mate of Vavá, Pelé also scored twice in 1958, but because of injuries he was not present at 1962 final match. Eight years later, Brazil arrived again to a World Cup final in 1970 and Pelé was there. He scored the first goal in route to a victory 4-1 against Italy and the third World Championship for Brazil.
Four years later, Paul Breitner scored the first goal for West Germany against Netherlands. At the end, West Germany won the title as the host country of 1974 World Cup. Eight years later, West Germany was defeated by Italy 3-1 at the last game of Spain 1982 FIFA World Cup. Breitner scored the last goal of the game; it was the first time that a player not from Brazil scored in two different finals. The next one also was not a Brazilian.
In 1998, Zinedine Zidane scored twice in the first part and France defeated Brazil 3-0 to obtain the first World title for the country. Eight years later, France arrived again to a World Cup final, and Zidane scored the first goal of the match. Italy tied and won the title in a penalty shoot-out. But Zidane’s feat was overshadowed by the way he left the game: He was sent out by the referee for a headbutt against the other scorer of the match, Marco Materazzi.
(All results compile from FIFA.com World Cup archives.)
The only candidate
It’s pretty obvious why it’s so difficult to join this club. A player needs to play at least in two World Cups, his team has to go all the way to the final both times, and he has to score in both games.
The task is so difficult that only one player in the world could join this club in Brazil 2014. Andrés Iniesta scored the only goal of South Africa 2010 World Cup final, and Spain is one of the favorites to obtain the World Title at Brazil. Let’s see if he can.