1990 FIFA World Cup

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1990 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country  Italy
Dates 8 June – 8 July
Teams 24
Venue(s) 12 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  West Germany (3rd title)
Runner-up  Argentina
Third place Italy Italy
Fourth place England England
Tournament statistics
Matches played 52
Goals scored 115 (2.21 per match)
Attendance 2,516,348 (48,391 per match)
Top scorer(s) Italy Salvatore Schillaci (6 goals)
Best player Italy Salvatore Schillaci
1986
1994

The 1990 FIFA World Cup was a football (soccer) sporting event that was held in Italy from 8 June to 8 July 1990. 24 teams took part from many countries. Germany won the trophy after beating Argentina in the final.

The 1990 FIFA World Cup had the lowest amount of goals, and had 16 red cards handed out. However, the 1990 FIFA World Cup was one of the most watched sporting events of all time. This was also the last World Cup that had 2 points for a win in the Group Stage.

Qualification[change | change source]

24 teams qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Costa Rica, Republic of Ireland and the United Arab Emirates qualified for the first time.

Team Qualified as Appearance
in finals
Qualifying
Streak
Past best performance
 Argentina Champions 10th 5 Winners (1978, 1986)
 Austria UEFA Group 3 Runners-up 6th 1 (Last: 1982) Third place (1954)
 Belgium UEFA Group 7 Winners 8th 3 Fourth place (1986)
 Brazil CONMEBOL Group Winners 14th 14 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970)
 Cameroon CAF Final Round Winners 2nd 1 (Last: 1982) Group Stage (1982)
 Colombia CONMEBOL v OFC Play-off Winners 2nd 1 (Last: 1962) Group Stage (1962)
 Costa Rica CONCACAF Championship Winners 1st 1
 Czechoslovakia UEFA Group 7 Runners-up 8th 1 (Last: 1982) Runners-up (1934, 1962)
 Egypt CAF Final Round Winners 2nd 1 (Last: 1934) First Round (1934)
 England UEFA Group 2 Runners-up 9th 3 Winners (1966)
 Italy Hosts 12th 8 Winners (1934, 1938, 1982)
 South Korea AFC Final Round Winners 3rd 2 Group Stage (1954, 1986)
 Netherlands UEFA Group 4 Winners 5th 1 (Last: 1978) Runners-up (1974, 1978)
 Republic of Ireland UEFA Group 6 Runners-up 1st 1
 Romania UEFA Group 1 Winners 5th 1 (Last: 1970) Group Stage (1930, 1934, 1938, 1970)
 Scotland UEFA Group 5 Runners-up 7th 5 Group Stage (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986)
 Spain UEFA Group 6 Winners 8th 4 Fourth place (1950)
 Sweden UEFA Group 2 Winners 8th 1 (Last: 1978) Runners-up (1958)
 United Arab Emirates AFC Final Round Runners-up 1st 1
 United States CONCACAF Championship Runners-up 4th 1 (Last: 1950) Third place (1930)
 Uruguay CONMEBOL Group Winners 9th 2 Winners (1930, 1950)
 Soviet Union UEFA Group 3 Winners 7th 3 Fourth place (1966)
 Yugoslavia UEFA Group 5 Winners 8th 1 (Last: 1982) Fourth place (1930, 1962)
 West Germany UEFA Group 4 Runners-up 12th 10 Winners (1954, 1974)

Participants[change | change source]

Africa[change | change source]

Asia[change | change source]

Europe[change | change source]

North and Central America[change | change source]

South America[change | change source]

Results[change | change source]

Round 1[change | change source]

A win would earn the team 2 points, a draw would earn them 1 point, and a loss earn's them no points.

Group A[change | change source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4 6
 Czechoslovakia 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 4
 Austria 3 1 0 2 2 3 –1 2
 United States 3 0 0 3 2 8 –6 0
9 June 1990
Italy  1 – 0  Austria
10 June 1990
United States  1 – 5  Czechoslovakia
14 June 1990
Italy  1 – 0  United States
15 June 1990
Austria  0 – 1  Czechoslovakia
19 June 1990
Austria  2 – 1  United States
Italy  2 – 0  Czechoslovakia

Group B[change | change source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Cameroon 3 2 0 1 3 5 –2 4
 Romania 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
 Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
 Soviet Union 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 2
8 June 1990
Argentina  0 – 1  Cameroon
9 June 1990
Soviet Union Soviet Union 0 – 2  Romania
13 June 1990
Argentina  2 – 0  Soviet Union
14 June 1990
Cameroon  2 – 1  Romania
18 June 1990
Argentina  1 – 1  Romania
Cameroon  0 – 4  Soviet Union

Group C[change | change source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Brazil 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 6
 Costa Rica 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1 4
 Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2
 Sweden 3 0 0 3 3 6 −3 0
10 June 1990
Brazil  2 – 1  Sweden
11 June 1990
Costa Rica  1 – 0  Scotland
16 June 1990
Brazil  1 – 0  Costa Rica
Sweden  1 – 2  Scotland
20 June 1990
Brazil  1 – 0  Scotland
Sweden  1 – 2  Costa Rica

Group D[change | change source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 3 2 1 0 10 3 +7 5
 Yugoslavia 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 4
 Colombia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
 United Arab Emirates 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
9 June 1990
United Arab Emirates  0 – 2  Colombia
10 June 1990
West Germany  4 – 1  Yugoslavia
14 June 1990
Yugoslavia  1 – 0  Colombia
15 June 1990
West Germany  5 – 1  United Arab Emirates
19 June 1990
West Germany  1 – 1  Colombia
Yugoslavia  4 – 1  United Arab Emirates

Group E[change | change source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 5
 Belgium 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 4
 Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
 South Korea 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
12 June 1990
Belgium  2 – 0  South Korea
13 June 1990
Uruguay  0 – 0  Spain
17 June 1990
Belgium  3 – 1  Uruguay
Korea Republic  1 – 3  Spain
21 June 1990
Belgium  1 – 2  Spain
Korea Republic  0 – 1  Uruguay

Group F[change | change source]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
 Republic of Ireland 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
 Netherlands 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
 Egypt 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
11 June 1990
England  1 – 1  Republic of Ireland
12 June 1990
Netherlands  1 – 1  Egypt
16 June 1990
England  0 – 0  Netherlands
17 June 1990
Ireland  0 – 0  Egypt
21 June 1990
England  1 – 0  Egypt
Ireland  1 – 1  Netherlands

Ranking of Third Placed Teams[change | change source]

Group Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
B  Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
D  Colombia 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 3
F  Netherlands 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
E  Uruguay 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1 3
A  Austria 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2
C  Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 2

Round 2[change | change source]

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
24 June – Milan            
  West Germany  2
1 July – Milan
  Netherlands  1  
  West Germany  1
23 June – Bari
    Czechoslovakia  0  
  Czechoslovakia  4
4 July – Turin
  Costa Rica  1  
  West Germany  1[4]
26 June – Bologna
    England  0[3]  
  England  1
1 July – Naples
  Belgium  0  
  England  3
23 June – Naples
    Cameroon  2  
  Cameroon  2
11 July – Rome
  Colombia  1  
  West Germany  1
25 June – Rome
    Argentina  0
  Italy  2
30 June – Rome
  Uruguay  0  
  Italy  1
25 June – Genoa
    Republic of Ireland  0  
  Republic of Ireland  0[5]
3 July – Naples
  Romania  0[4]  
  Italy  1[3]
26 June – Verona
    Argentina  1[4]   Third place
  Spain  1
30 June – Florence 10 July – Bari
  Yugoslavia  2  
  Yugoslavia  0[2]   Italy  2
24 June – Turin
    Argentina  0[3]     England  1
  Brazil  0
  Argentina  1  

Games with the brackets "[ ]" were decided on a penalty shootout.

 1990 FIFA World Cup 

West Germany
3rd title

References[change | change source]