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In 1966, England were crowned world champions in football for the first time ever. The team was a mix of experienced veterans and young up-and-comers, one of whom was Alan Ball. He was just 21 years old when he helped England win the World Cup – making him the youngest member of the squad. This blog post takes a closer look at Alan Ball's career and what made him such an important player on that historic team.
Who was Alan Ball and what did he do in his career?
Alan Ball was a professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He started his career with Ashton United in 1960 and made his debut for the England national team just three years later. Ball was an integral part of England's midfield during the 1966 World Cup, where he helped the team to victory. His performance with the national team earned him a then English club record move to Everton. Ball was an instrumental midfielder for Everton as he helped them win the Championship in 1970. He also played a key role in England's 1970 World Cup campaign, although they were ultimately unsuccessful in defending their title.
After the 1970 World Cup, Alan Ball moved to Arsenal. He made 217 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 52 goals. Ball then had spells with Southampton and Blackpool before retiring from football in 1976.
Ball continued to be involved in football after retirement, working as a coach and manager at various clubs. He also worked as a television pundit and was a regular contributor to radio programmes.
Alan Ball's career with England
Ball's performances for Ashton United and England B caught the attention of national team manager Alf Ramsey. He was called up to the senior squad in 1963 and made his debut against Poland in October of that year. Ball established himself as a regular starter during England's qualification campaign for the 1966 World Cup. His performances earned him a place in Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey's final squad for the tournament.
During the World Cup, Ball played every minute of England's matches. He was instrumental in the quarter-final against Argentina, which helped England progress to the semi-finals. In the final, he was part of an English midfield that contained three other world-class players: Bobby Charlton, Nobby Stiles, and Martin Peters. The English midfield controlled the game and was instrumental in England's victory over West Germany.
After the retirement of Bobby Moore, Ball was given the captaincy of the England national team in 1972. He led England to the quarter-finals of the European Championship that year, where they narrowly lost to West Germany. Ball also captained England during their 1974 World Cup campaign. However, England failed to progress past the first round of the tournament.
Ball continued to play for England until 1975. He made a total of 72 appearances for his country, scoring nine goals.
What was Alan Ball's playing style?
Alan Ball was an energetic and hard-working midfielder. He was known for his non-stop running and tireless work ethic. Ball was also a very skilful player, with excellent technique. He was comfortable on the ball and could dribble past opponents with ease. In addition to his technical ability, Ball was also a very good passer of the ball. He had a superb vision and could pick out teammates with precise passes.
Ball's energy and enthusiasm made him a popular figure with fans. His playing style earned him the nickname 'the Little Boy Blue'. Alan Ball was one of England's most talented midfielders during the 1960s and 1970s.
What happened after Alan Ball's retirement?
After retiring from football, Alan Ball worked as a coach and manager for nearly two decades at various clubs like Portsmouth, Southampton and Manchester City. He also worked as a television pundit and was a regular contributor to radio programmes.
In 1996, Alan Ball was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. He died in 2007, aged 61. Alan Ball will always be remembered as one of England's most gifted midfielders and an integral part of the team that won the World Cup in 1966. His energy and enthusiasm on the pitch endeared him to fans around the world.