Football World Cup 1990

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1990 Football World Cup - Italy
Italia 90
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1990 Football World Cup poster


Official 1990 Football World Cup poster
1990 Football World Cup logo
Official 1990 Football World Cup logo
Participant teams 106
(final tournament: 24)
Host Italy
Champions West Germany (3rd title)
Matches played 52
Goals scored 115
(2.21 per match)
Attendance 2,517,348
(48,411 per match)
Top scorer/
Golden Shoe
Salvatore Schillaci (ITA)
6 goals
Best player/
Golden Ball
Salvatore Schillaci (ITA)

The 1990 Football World Cup was held in Italy. It was won by West Germany, who beat Argentina 1-0 in the final.

With its third title (and three second place finishes) Germany became the most successful World Cup nation for 4 years, until Brazil won their 4th Championship in 1994. German team manager Franz Beckenbauer became the second footballer, after Mario Zagallo of Brazil, to become World Champion as a player (in 1974) and as team manager. In doing so, Beckenbauer also became the first captain of a winning team to later manage a winning squad.

The format of the competition stayed the same as in 1986: 24 teams qualified, divided into six groups of four. 16 teams would qualify for the knockout competition: six group winners, six second place finishers, and four best third place finishers. Three nations qualified for the first time in their history: Costa Rica, the Republic of Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.

The World Cup began with an upset. Defending champion Argentina fell 0-1 to Cameroon in the opening match. The goal was headed in by Franois Omam-Biyik. Cameroon went on to become the surprise team of the Championship, becoming the first African nation to go to the quarter finals and bowing there only in extra time with 2-3 to England after leading 2-1. Cameroon's Roger Milla, who came out of retirement specifically for the World Cup, became an international superstar at age 38, long after most top-level footballers typically retire.

But Argentina recovered from their defeat and went all the way to the final. On their way they defeated Brazil in the round of the last 16 and, in the semi final, were the first team in this tournament to score a goal against the hosts Italy winning through a penalty shootout after a 1-1 score after extra time. Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Goycoechea saved two penalty kicks.

Italian Salvatore Schillaci won the Golden Boot with six goals, scoring a goal in every game that he apeared in. Amazingly, 'Toto' only played for Italy once prior to the tournament.

The World Cup 1990 is widely regarded as the least spectacular and most cynical World Cup ever, with a record-low goals-per-game average and (at the time) record 16 red cards. Most teams relied heavily on defensive play and hard tackling, as well as aggressive intimidation of the referee. In the knock-out stage of the cup, many teams would "play it safe" for 120 minutes and try their luck in the Penalty Shooutout, rather than risk going forward. Runners-up Argentina was the prime example of this trend, taking the silver medals by scoring only 5 goals in 7 games. World Champions West Germany was one of the few teams to choose an attacking style of play.

Contents

Venues

  • Stadio Olimpico, Roma - 81,000 [R1,R2,QF,F matches]
  • Stadio San Paolo, Napoli - 74,000 [R1,R2,QF,SF matches]
  • Stadio Delle Alpi, Torino - 68,000 [R1,R2,SF matches]
  • Stadio San Nicola, Bari - 56,000 [R1,R2,3P matches]
  • Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze - 41,000 [R1,QF matches]
  • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano - 85,700 [R1,R2,QF matches]
  • Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genova - 35,000 [R1,R2 matches]
  • Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna - 39,000 [R1,R2 matches]
  • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona - 42,000 [R1,R2 matches]
  • Stadio Friuli, Udine - 38,000 [R1 matches]
  • Stadio Sant'Elia, Cagliari - 40,000 [R1 matches]
  • Stadio Della Favorita Palermo - 36,000 [R1 matches]

First round

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
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Italy
6330040
Czechoslovakia 4320163
Austria 2310223
USA 0300328
Italy1 - 0Austria
USA1 - 5Czechoslovakia
Italy1 - 0USA
Austria0 - 1Czechoslovakia
Austria2 - 1USA
Italy2 - 0Czechoslovakia

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
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Cameroon
4320135
Romania 3311143
Argentina 3311132
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USSR
2310244
Argentina0 - 1Cameroon
USSR0 - 2Romania
Argentina2 - 0USSR
Cameroon2 - 1Romania
Cameroon0 - 4USSR
Argentina1 - 1Romania

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Brazil 6330041
Costa Rica 4320132
Scotland 2310223
Sweden 0300336
Brazil2 - 1Sweden
Costa Rica1 - 0Scotland
Brazil1 - 0Costa Rica
Sweden1 - 2Scotland
Sweden1 - 2Costa Rica
Brazil1 - 0Scotland

Group D

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
West Germany 53210103
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Flag_of_SFR_Yugoslavia.png


Yugoslavia
4320165
Colombia 3311132
UAE 03003211
UAE0 - 2Colombia
West Germany4 - 1Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia1 - 0Colombia
West Germany5 - 1UAE
West Germany1 - 1Colombia
Yugoslavia4 - 1UAE

Group E

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Spain 5321052
Belgium 4320163
Uruguay 3311123
South Korea 0300316
Belgium2 - 0South Korea
Uruguay0 - 0Spain
South Korea1 - 3Spain
Belgium3 - 1Uruguay
South Korea0 - 1Uruguay
Belgium1 - 2Spain

Group F

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
England 4312021
Netherlands 3303022
Ireland 3303022
Egypt 2302112
England1 - 1Ireland
Netherlands1 - 1Egypt
England0 - 0Netherlands
Ireland0 - 0Egypt
England1 - 0Egypt
Ireland1 - 1Netherlands

Round of sixteen

June 23, 1990

June 24, 1990

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Cameroon_flag_large.png


Cameroon
2 - 1 (AET) Colombia
Czechoslovakia 4 - 1 Costa Rica
Brazil 0 - 1 Argentina
West Germany 2 - 1 Netherlands

June 25, 1990

June 26, 1990

Ireland 0 - 0 (5 - 4 PKs) Romania
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Italy
2 - 0 Uruguay
Spain 1 - 2 (AET) Missing image
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Yugoslavia
England 1 - 0 (AET) Belgium

Quarterfinals

June 30, 1990

July 1, 1990

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Yugoslavia
0 - 0 (2 - 3 PKs) Argentina
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Italy
1 - 0 Ireland
West Germany 1 - 0 Czechoslovakia
England 3 - 2 (AET) Missing image
Cameroon_flag_large.png


Cameroon

Semifinals

July 3, 1990

July 4, 1990

West Germany 1 - 1 (4 - 3 PKs) England
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Italy
1 - 1 (3 - 4 PKs) Argentina

Third place match

July 7, 1990

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Italy
2 - 1 England

Final

July 8, 1990

West Germany 1 - 0 Argentina

Firsts

  • For the first time, both World Cup semifinals had been decided by penalty shootouts.
  • The tournament marks the first time a World Cup tournament has ever hit such a low goals-per-game average. There were 115 goals, and, taking account of extra time when applicable, 4920 minutes of play - which means 1 goal every 42.7 minutes, or only 2.1 goals for every 90-minute game.
  • First appearance of the United Arab Emirates, and first appearance of the United States after a 40-year absence. Both teams were dismissed in group play.

The final alone had several firsts:

  • For the first time a team reached three World Cup finals in a row: Germany had already lost the finals in 1982 and 1986. This feat was later repeated by Brazil in 1994, 1998 and 2002 with better results: Two titles out of three finals.
  • It was the first rematch of a preceding final: The World Cup 1986 already saw Argentina and Germany in the final, only with a different winner.
  • It was the first World Cup final that had more than one player of a team sent off: Two Argentinian players saw the red card.
  • For the first time, the losing team did not score a goal: Germany won by a penalty in the 85th minute shot by Andreas Brehme after a heavily disputed foul on Rudi Vller.

Lasts


FIFA (Men's) World Cup

Uruguay 1930 | Italy 1934 | France 1938 | Brazil 1950 | Switzerland 1954 | Sweden 1958 | Chile 1962 | England 1966 | Mexico 1970 | West Germany 1974 | Argentina 1978 | Spain 1982 | Mexico 1986 | Italy 1990 | USA 1994 | France 1998 | Korea/Japan 2002 | Germany 2006 | South Africa 2010 | South America 2014

FIFA Women's World Cup

China 1991 | Sweden 1995 | USA 1999 | USA 2003 | China 2007

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