The ‘Decade by Decade’ series continues in May with a look at football in the 1970s.

When we think of football in the 1970s we envision grainy colour television screens beaming images of previously unimaginable beauty into our disbelieving eyes. This was the decade in which football discovered its liberal soul, the decade which brought us the mathematical genius of Johan Cruyff, the imperial majesty of Franz Beckenbauer and the most perfect World Cup-winning team there has ever been.

As football became an increasingly global obsession it seemed to become more poetic, its most aesthetically impressive moments being digested by greater and greater audiences as technology diffused the game’s magic to all corners of the earth. This was quite arguably the beautiful game’s most beautiful historical period.

From the organised disorder of totaalvoetbal to the lyrical beauty of Pelé’s Brazil; the continental dominance of Bayern Munich to the rise of Nottingham Forest, there are numerous areas of interest to explore from this fascinating decade. If you’d like to contribute an esoteric and informative piece then please don’t hesitate to get in touch at equaliserfootball[at]gmail[dot]com.