The Cup Classics from 1966 and before are presented in black & white, and feature the old style ball (made of leather, stops like a dead weight, etc.) which behaves differently from the modern one. The two Cup Classics from the 30's (1930 and 1938) have an old film quality. The dress and hairstyles of the different eras are accurately portrayed (sideburns in the 60's, short hair in the 50's, very short shorts in the 70's, long shorts in the 50's, etc.). However, there are some inaccuracies:
- The football design, adidas Tricolor, used in reality only during the 1998 World Cup, is used in all classic matches from 1970 onwards (that is all classic mode matches shown in colour).
- The Golden Goal rule, used in real life for the first and only time in the 1998 World Cup is used for all World Cup Classics matches in the game.
- The penalty shootout introduced in 1970 can be used to decide any of the World Cup Classics matches in the game.
- The Yellow and Red cards, used in real life first during the 1970 World Cup, are used for all games in this mode.
- The cards are shown in colour during black and white/sepia matches.
- Captions are shown in faded colour during black and white/sepia matches.
During penalty shootouts, if the player scores one of the possible commentary strings is "That's how we score'm, John", said by Chris Waddle
. The same Chris Waddle that blasted his shootout spot kick high into the stands in the WC'90 semi-finals against Germany, which ended up in a tearful defeat for the British side. Germany went to win the tournament 1-0 against Argentina, and Italy beat England 2-1 for the third spot.
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