In 1990, Italy became the second nation to hold the World Cup Finals for a second time
Italia 90 was a World Cup remembered for it's stalemates and important games decided by penalties; both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks and in the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.
World Cup History - Italy 1990
West Germany played in a World Cup final for the third time in succession and, having lost the last two finals, were determined not to do it again.
A repeat of the previous World Cup final lineup, in Mexico 86, the only thing that separated the two teams this time was Andreas Brehme's penalty.
The dullest World Cup victory of all time meant that West Germany finally joined Brazil and Italy, as an elite member of countries to have won the World cup three times.
The tournament's leading goalscorer was Italy's Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci although the most remarkable performance probably came from Roger Milla (still going strong and scoring at 38 years old) and his Cameroon team-mates, who beat the World Cup Champions, Argentina (1:0) on the opening day of the tournament.
In the Naples quarter-final, Cameroon came back from (0:1) down at half time to lead England by two goals to one, as the game approached the final ten minutes.
England relieved their large travelling contingent of fans by leveling the scores to take the game into extra-time and end the match as eventual (3:2) winners.
Group 1 (0:1) (0:1) (2:1).
Group 6 (1:1) (0:0) (0:1).
Group 3 (0:1) (2:1) (0:1).
Group 5 (0:2) (1:3) (0:1).
Group 3 (1:2) (1:2) (1:2).
Group 4 (0:2) (1:5) (1:4).
Group 1 (1:5) (0:1) (1:2).
Group 2 (0:2) (0:2) (4:0).
First Round - Group Stage
Rome: Italy vs Austria (1:0)
Florence: Czechoslovakia vs United States (5:1)
Rome: Italy vs United States (1:0)
Florence: Czechoslovakia vs Austria (1:0)
Florence: Austria vs United States (2:1)
Rome: Italy vs Czechoslovakia (2:0)
Italy and Czechoslovakia make it to the Last 16.
Milan: Cameroon vs Argentina (1:0)
Bari: Romania vs USSR (2:0)
Naples: Argentina vs USSR (2:0)
Bari: Cameroon vs Romania (2:1)
Bari: USSR vs Cameroon (4:0)
Naples: Argentina vs Romania (1:1)
Cameroon, Argentina and Romania make it to the Last 16.
Turin: Brazil vs Sweden (2:1)
Genoa: Costa Rica vs Scotland (1:0)
Genoa: Scotland vs Sweden (2:1)
Turin: Brazil vs Costa Rica (1:0)
Genoa: Costa Rica vs Sweden (2:1)
Turin: Brazil vs Scotland (1:0)
Brazil and Costa Rica make it to the Last 16.
Bologna: Colombia vs UAE (2:0)
Milan: West Germany vs Yugoslavia (4:1)
Bologna: Yugoslavia vs Colombia (1:0)
Milan: West Germany vs UAE (5:1)
Bologna: Yugoslavia vs UAE (4:1)
Milan: West Germany vs Colombia (1:1)
West Germany, Yugoslavia and Colombia make it to the Last 16.
Verona: Belgium vs South Korea (2:0)
Udine: Uruguay vs Spain (0:0)
Udine: Spain vs South Korea (3:1)
Verona: Belgium vs Uruguay (3:1)
Udine: Uruguay vs South Korea (1:0)
Verona: Spain vs Belgium (2:1)
Spain, Belgium and Uruguay make it to the Last 16.
Cagliari: England vs Rep. of Ireland (1:1)
Palermo: Holland vs Egypt (1:1)
Cagliari: England vs Holland (0:0)
Palermo: Rep. of Ireland vs Egypt (0:0)
Cagliari: England vs Egypt (1:0)
Palermo: Rep. of Ireland vs Holland (1:1)
England, Holland and Ireland make it to the Last 16.
Second Round - The Last 16
Bari: Czechoslovakia vs Costa Rica (4:1)
Naples: Cameroon vs Colombia (2:1 aet)
Milan: West Germany vs Holland (2:1)
Turin: Argentina vs Brazil (1:0)
Genoa: Rep. of Ireland vs Romania (0:0 aet) (5:4 pens)
Rome: Italy vs Uruguay (2:0)
Bologna: England vs Belgium (1:0 aet)
Verona: Yugoslavia vs Spain (2:1 aet)
Quarter-Finals - 30th June & 1st July, 1990
Florence: Argentina vs Yugoslavia (0:0 aet) (3:2 pens)
Rome: Italy vs Rep. of Ireland (1:0)
Milan: West Germany vs Czechoslovakia (1:0)
Naples: England vs Cameroon (3:2 aet)
Semi-Finals - 3rd/4th July, 1990
Naples: Argentina vs Italy (1:1 aet) (4:3 pens)
Turin: West Germany vs England (1:1 aet) (4:3 pens)
Third Place - 7th July, 1990
Bari: Italy vs England (2:1)
How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.
World Cup Finals
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Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.
W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.
South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.
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