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1990 World Cup Soccer/Football

1990 World Cup was held in Italy from June 8th until July 8th, 1990.

This World Cup was one of the world cups that was low on goals and high on drama. It was also the lowest scoring tournament so far with only 115 goals scored in 52 matches.

Franz Beckenbauer, who was the coach for the German side during this tournament made history by becoming only the second player to became a world cup champion as a coach and a player.

Germany faced Argentina in the final but unlike four years earlier, Germany triumphed over Argentina, avenging their defeat four years earlier and winning the World Cup 1990 tournament.

This would also mark Germany's third world cup title joining Italy and Brazil as three time Fifa World Cup champion earning the right of being one of the top soccer/football nations in the world.

Italian striker Salvatore "Toto" Schillaci, who did not score any goals for his Italian side prior to this world cup took all the headlines of this 1990 World Cup as well as the golden shoe with his 6 goals during this tournament.

Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga also set the record for not conceding a goal in total of 5 matches, or 517 minutes during this 1990 Football World Cup.

Maradona was the hero in Naples for helping Napoli win the Seria A title that year but he would also be considered a villain by the Italian people because he helped eliminate the host, Italy.

Cameroon came to this World Cup as the biggest surprise underdog advancing all the way to the quarter finals. First Cameroon upset came in the opening round against Argentina when Cameroon won against the reigning champion 1:0.

Cameroon's 38 year old Milla had to be pursued out of his retirement to come and represent his country in this 1990 world cup. He came out of retirement but could never imagine the impact he would have by playing in this World Cup tournament.

Milla came in as a substitute against Romania, where his two goals helped Cameroon advance into the second round. He was on fire and continued his goal scoring form against Columbia and England helping Africa achieve their first ever world cup quarter final.

Cameroon even had the chance to advance by taking the lead against England in the quarter finals. With only 10 minutes left Cameroon was leading England 2:1, however England made the impossible possible as they comeback and scored one goal to force the game into extra time and than a second goal during overtime to win the match 3:2 during the 1990 world cup.

1990 World Cup was a very memorable tournament for the African Lions.

Teams that participated in 1990 World Cup tournament were:

Cameroon, Egypt, Korea Republic, United Arab Emirates, Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, England, Germany FR, Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Scotland, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Yugoslavia, Costa Rica, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.

1990 World Cup in Italy - CHAMPIONS

1990 Champions: Germany FR

1990 Runner Up: Argentina

1990 Third Place: Italy

1990 Fourth Place: England

1990 World Cup in Italy - TOP GOALSCORERS

ITA Salvatore SCHILLACI 6
CZE Tomas SKUHRAVY 5
ESP MICHEL4
ENG Gary LINEKER4
GER Lothar MATTHAEUS4

1990 World Cup in Italy - STATISTICS

Number of teams 24
Number of games 52
Total Goals scored 115
Average per game 2,2
Total attendance 2,517,723
Average attendance 48,571
Final attendance 63,000
Golden ball Salvatore SCHILLACI (ITA)
Golden shoe Salvatore SCHILLACI (ITA)
Best young player Robert PROSINECKI (CRO)
Fair play award England

1990 World Cup in Italy - Group A

Italy vs Austria 1-0
Czechoslovakia vs USA 5-1
Italy vs USA 1-0
Czechoslovakia vs Austria 1-0
Italy vs Czechoslovakia 2-0
Austria vs USA 2-1

Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Italy 3 3 0 0 4 0 6
Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 4
Austria 3 1 0 2 2 3 2
USA 3 0 0 3 2 8 0

1990 World Cup in Italy - Group B

Cameroon vs Argentina 1-0
Romania vs Soviet Union 2-0
Argentina vs Soviet Union 2-0
Cameroon vs Romania 2-1
Argentina vs Romania 1-1
Soviet Union vs Cameroon 4-0

Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Cameroon 3 2 0 1 3 5 4
Romania 3 1 1 1 4 3 3
Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 2 3
Soviet Union 3 1 0 2 4 4 2

1990 Fifa World Cup in Italy - Group C

Brazil vs Sweden 2-1
Costa Rica vs Scotland 1-0
Brazil vs Costa Rica 1-0
Scotland vs Sweden 2-1
Brazil vs Scotland 1-0
Costa Rica vs Sweden 2-1

Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 1 6
Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 3 2 4
Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 3 2
Sweden 3 0 0 3 3 6 0

1990 World Cup in Italy - Group D

Colombia vs United Arab Emirates 2-0
Germany FR vs Yugoslavia 4-1
Yugoslavia vs Columbia 1-0
Germany FR vs United Arab Emirates 5-1
Germany vs Colombia 1-1
Yugoslavia vs United Arab Emirates 4-1

Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Germany FR 3 2 1 0 10 3 5
Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 6 5 4
Colombia 3 1 1 1 3 2 3
United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 2 11 0

1990 World Cup in Italy - Group E

Belgium vs Korea Republic 2-0
Uruguay vs Spain 0-0
Belgium vs Uruguay 3-1
Spain vs Korea Republic 3-1
Spain vs Belgium 2-1
Uruguay vs Korea Republic 1-0

Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Spain 3 2 1 0 5 2 5
Belgium 3 2 0 1 6 3 4
Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 3 3
Korea Republic 3 0 0 3 1 6 0

1990 Fifa World Cup in Italy - Group F

England vs Republic of Ireland 1-1
Netherlands vs Egypt 1-1
England vs Netherlands 0-0
Republic of Ireland vs Egypt 0-0
England vs Egypt 1-0
Republic of Ireland vs Netherlands 1-1

Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
England 3 1 2 0 2 1 4
Republic of Ireland 3 0 3 0 2 2 3
Netherlands 3 0 3 0 2 2 3
Egypt 3 0 2 1 1 2 2

1990 World Cup in Italy - Round of 16

Cameroon vs Colombia 2-1 after extra time
Czechoslovakia vs Costa Rica 4-1
Argentina vs Brazil 1-0
Germany vs Netherlands 2-1
Republic of Ireland vs Romania 0-0 after extra time, 5-4 after penalties
Italy vs Uruguay 2-0
Yugoslavia vs Spain 2-1 after extra time
England vs Belgium 1-0 after extra time

1990 Soccer World Cup in Italy - Quarter Finals

Argentina vs Yugoslavia 0-0 after extra time, 3-2 after penalties
Italy vs Republic of Ireland 1-0
Germany vs Czechoslovakia 1-0
England vs Cameroon 3-2 after extra time

1990 Football World Cup in Italy - Semi Finals

Argentina vs Italy 1-1 after extra time, 4-3 after penalties
Germany FR vs England 1-1 after extra time, 4-3 after penalties

1990 Fifa World Cup in Italy - Third Place

Italy vs England 2-1

1990 Soccer World Cup in Italy - Final

Germany FR vs Argentina 1-0

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