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1986 FIFA WORLD CUP
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The 1986 FIFA World Cup took place in Mexico from 31 May to 29 June 1986. The World Cup returned to Mexico for a second time after just 16 years. 24 teams from 5 confederations participated in the final tournament: 14 from Europe (UEFA), 4 from South America (CONMEBOL), 2 from North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF), 2 from Africa (CAF), and 2 from Asia (AFC). Three teams made their first World Cup presentation (Canada, Denmark e Iraq). The 1986 World Cup saw for the first time the appearance of the phenomenon dubbed the Mexican wave, which was later popularised world-wide.

Chris Bevan perfectly captured in a sentence the essence of this World Cup: “It was a World Cup that produced many memorable matches and a succession of stunning goals but, while there were many stars of Mexico '86, the tournament will only ever belong to one man: Diego Armando Maradona”.

The first round had some facts worth noting. In Group A, there was no surprise. Argentina, with its super star Diego Maradona, Italy and Bulgaria advance to the next stage. Maradona was playing at Napoli in those times where he reached the peak of his professional career. Maradona was undoubtedly an adored star among the Napoli's fans, as he elevated the team to the most successful era in its history. Mexico topped Group B ahead of Paraguay and Belgium. Mexico brought back Hugo Sanchez from Real Madrid to lead the attack. Hugol had emerged champion with Real Madrid and was the current pichichi in the Spanish league. Soviet Union defeated Hungary by a resounding 6-0 and won the Group C. Soviet Union impressed with a very good team and outstanding players as Igor Belanov, the 1986 European Player of the Year. France finished in second place. Brazil won all three games to finish first in Group D ahead of Spain. Brazil began beating Spain 1-0 in its first game, but the referee failed to validate a legal goal of Michel. In Group E, rookie Denmark was one of the pleasant surprises of the tournament by winning all three games of its group, including a win to Uruguay 6-1 and a victory over West Germany 2-0. Denmark based their offensive power in a formidable duo Michael Laudrup and Preben Elkjær. Denmark, West Germany and Uruguay advanced to the next stage. The other newcomer Morocco was another of the pleasant surprises of the Group F. Morocco topped Group F after drawing with England and Poland, and beating Portugal by a convincing 3-1. Morocco became the first African team to survive the first round by winning their group. Morocco, England and Poland advanced in Group F.

In the round of 16, Belgium beat the Soviet Union 4-3 after extra-time, despite a great hat-trick of Soviet Belanov, the third man to have scored a hat-trick yet finished on the losing side. France defeated the European champions Italy 2-0, while Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0. Denmark, one of the sensations of the first round, was defeated by Spain by a devastating 5-1. Emilio “The Vulture” Butragueño had a spectacular performance hitting four times. England beat Paraguay 3-0, Brazil did the same with Poland 4-0, and Mexico had no major problems to beat Bulgaria 2-0. Manuel Negrete from Mexico scored one of the best goals of the 1986 World Cup, a spectacular scissors-kick that was applauded by the entire audience.  Finally, West Germany progressed to the quarterfinals beating Morocco 1-0, thanks to a goal in the 87th minute from Lothar Matthäus.

In the quarter-finals, there was much excitement. Three of the four games were defined in penalties, and in the remaining game Argentina beat England 2-1 with two goals for the posterity from Diego Maradona, the infamous Hand of God goal, and the Goal of the Century just three minutes later. Maradona further infuriated the English by claiming the goal was scored “a little bit by the hand of God, another bit by the head of Maradona”. On the other hand, Diego Maradona's second goal against England has been voted the FIFA World Cup Goal of the Century. Two goals in three minutes. Two goals against England.  It is worth noting that the game was held four years after the Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom and this was present in the minds of all players. France’s L’Equipe newspaper aptly described Maradona as half-angel, half-devil. France, on the other hand, faced three-time world champion Brazil in Guadalajara. The game ended tied 1-1 after the French goalkeeper saved a penalty to Zico. The match went to extra time, and no more goals were scored. France ended the hopes of Brazil in a dramatic penalty shoot-out (4-3) after a marvellous quarter-final. West Germany and Mexico finished tied 0-0 after extra time in Monterrey. The Germans needed a penalty shoot-out to get past hosts Mexico (4-1). In the last game of quarter-finals, Belgium and Spain drew 0-0 after extra time in Puebla. Belgium defeated 5-4 Spain on penalties.

In the first game of semi-finals, West Germany beat France 2-0 and was in the final for the second World Cup in succession. In the other semi-final, Maradona scored twice for Argentina defeated Belgium 2–0. The third place match saw the victory of Italy over England 2-1.

The 1986 FIFA World Cup Final was contested at the monumental Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, before a crowd of 114,000 followers, for Argentina led by Diego Armando Maradona, and West Germany, led by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Lothar Matthäus. Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in normal time winning the second well-deserved World Cup title. Argentina began by winning the match 2-0, but the Germans, as always, would not give up and came back from two goals down to equalize in a six-minute spell. With seven minutes remaining, a delicate through-ball from the Napoli star gave Burruchaga the chance to score the winner for Argentina. Diego Maradona dominated the tournament in a way that arguably only Pele had done before (FIFA.com). Maradona proved that he was the best player of his generation, and maybe of all time. Diego scored five goals and created another five. He was directly involved in 10 of the 14 goals for Argentina. Maradona won unquestionably the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.

The top scorer (Golden Shoe) of the tournament was Gary Lineker of England, who would go on to score six goals. Lineker became the first ever English topscorer in a World Cup. Enzo Scifo of Belgium was elected Best Young Player. Brazil, on the other hand, received the FIFA Fair Play award. The names that people probably remember from those times are: Franz Beckenbauer (German coach), Carlos Bilardo (Argentine coach), Bobby Robson (English coach), Enzo Bearzot (Italian coach), Alex Ferguson (Scottish coach), Bora Milutinović (Mexican coach), Harald Schumacher (German goalkeeper), Andoni Zubizarreta (Spanish goalkeeper), Jean-Marie Pfaff (Belgian goalkeeper), Peter Shilton (English goalkeeper), Júnior (Brazilian defender), Manuel Amoros (French defender), Władysław Żmuda (Polish defender), Michel Platini (French midfielder), Lakhdar Belloumi (Algerian midfielder), Jean Tigana (French midfielder), Enzo Scifo (Belgian midfielder and Best Young Player), Míchel (Spanish midfielder), Lothar Matthäus (German midfielder), Michael Laudrup (Danish midfielder), Jan Ceulemans (Belgian striker), Diego Maradona (Argentine midfielder and Golden Ball), Sócrates (Brazilian midfielder), Zico (Brazilian midfielder), Falcão (Brazilian midfielder), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (German striker), Careca (Brazilian striker), Hugo Sánchez (Mexican striker), Emilio Butragueño (Spanish striker), Alessandro Altobelli (Italian striker), Bruno Conti (Italian striker), Jorge Valdano (Argentine striker), Paolo Rossi (Italian striker), Rudi Völler (German striker), Zbigniew Boniek (Polish striker), Włodzimierz Smolarek (Polish striker), Preben Elkjær Larsen (Danish striker), Ihor Belanov (Soviet striker), and Gary Lineker (English striker and Golden Shoe).

 
       
QUICK FACTS  
     
                                       
  Teams
  24
Adidas Azteca
  When
  31 May to 29 June 1986
  
  Matches
  52
  Venues
  12
  Attendance
  2,394,031 (average 46,039)
  Goals Scored
  132 (2.54 per match)
 
     
                                       
ARGENTINA 3-2 WEST GERMANY
  Champion
 Golden shoe
1
6
  Runner-up
2
5
  Third place
  France
3
5
  Fourth Place
  Brazil
5
 
 Best young player
 Golden ball
 Fair play award
 
 
                                     
                                     
  Antecedents
                                     

Colombia was chosen to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th staging of the FIFA World Cup, at the FIFA Congress in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 9, 1974. However, largely due to economic reasons, Colombia was not able to do so and officially withdrew in 1982. There were three new bids to host the 1986 FIFA World Cup: Mexico, Canada, and United States. Mexico won the bidding unanimously and was selected as the replacement hosts at the FIFA Congress in Zürich, Switzerland, on May 20, 1983. Thus, Mexico became the first country to organize the World Cup for a second time.

Eight months before the tournament, a strong earthquake jolted the Mexican capital and made everyone doubt if Mexico will be able to organize the competition. However, the stadiums were not affected and the work of the organization committee was excellent; therefore, the World Cup could be organized smoothly. The 1985 Mexico City earthquake had a magnitude 8.0 and caused the deaths of at least 10,000 people –experts agree that it could be up to 40,000- and serious damage to the greater Mexico City Area, more than 400 buildings collapsed and another 3,124 were seriously damaged in the city.
 

   

 
  Qualification
                                     
 
 Participating countries:
121
 Withdrew:
9
 Qualified automatically:
2
 Teams that played at least one qualifying match:
110
 Matches:
308
 Total goals:
801 (2.60 per match)
 

A total of 121 teams signed up to participate in the 1986 World Cup qualification rounds setting a new record number for the qualifying tournament. Mexico, as the hosts, and Italy, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 22 spots open for competition.

The 22 available spots were distributed in continental zones as shown below:

Europe (UEFA):13.5 spots. 32 teams competed for 12 direct places. The winner of the other 0.5 place would progress to the international playoff against a team from CONMEBOL. Italy, as the defending champion, qualified directly.
South America (CONMEBOL): 4 spots. 10 teams competed for 4 direct places.
North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 2 spots. 17 teams competed for 1 direct place. Mexico, as the hosts, qualified automatically.  Jamaica, Barbados and Grenada withdrew.
Africa (CAF): 2 spots. 29 teams competed for 2 direct places. Lesotho, Niger and Togo withdrew.
Asia (AFC): 2 spots. 27 teams competed for 2 direct places. Oman and Lebanon withdrew. Iran disqualified.
Oceania (OFC): 0.5 spot. 4 teams (including Israel and Chinese Taipei) competed for 0.5 spot. The winner of the 0.5 spot would progress to the international playoff against a team from UEFA.  

A total of 110 teams played at least one qualifying match, 308 qualifying matches were played, and 801 goals were scored establishing three new records.

     
  Squads                                                                             
  For a complete list of all squads that appeared in the 1986 FIFA World Cup, please, visit: 1986 WORLD CUP SQUADS
                                     
                                     
1986 WORLD CUP STANDINGS
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Sum(P/Nt)
Title
Pt
Ap.
1
 Argentina
7
6
1
0
14
5
9
13
1.86
0.0417
24.00
C
9
2
 West Germany
7
3
2
2
8
7
1
8
1.14
0.0833
12.00
F
11
3
 France
7
4
2
1
12
6
6
10
1.43
0.1250
9.00
TP
9
4
 Belgium
7
2
2
3
12
15
-3
6
0.86
0.1667
6.00
FP
7
5
 Brazil
5
4
1
0
10
1
9
9
1.80
0.2083
3.00
QF
13
6
 Mexico
5
3
2
0
6
2
4
8
1.60
0.2500
3.00
QF
9
7
 Spain
5
3
1
1
11
4
7
7
1.40
0.2917
3.00
QF
7
8
 England
5
2
1
2
7
3
4
5
1.00
0.3333
3.00
QF
8
9
 Denmark
4
3
0
1
10
6
4
6
1.50
0.3750
1.50
2R
1
10
 Soviet Union
4
2
1
1
12
5
7
5
1.25
0.4167
1.50
2R
6
11
 Morocco
4
1
2
1
3
2
1
4
1.00
0.4583
1.50
2R
2
12
 Italy
4
1
2
1
5
6
-1
4
1.00
0.5000
1.50
2R
11
13
 Paraguay
4
1
2
1
4
6
-2
4
1.00
0.5417
1.50
2R
4
14
 Poland
4
1
1
2
1
7
-6
3
0.75
0.5833
1.50
2R
5
15
 Bulgaria
4
0
2
2
2
6
-4
2
0.50
0.6250
1.50
2R
5
16
 Uruguay
4
0
2
2
2
8
-6
2
0.50
0.6667
1.50
2R
8
17
 Portugal
3
1
0
2
2
4
-2
2
0.67
0.7083
1.00
1R
2
18
 Hungary
3
1
0
2
2
9
-7
2
0.67
0.7500
1.00
1R
9
19
 Scotland
3
0
1
2
1
3
-2
1
0.33
0.7917
1.00
1R
6
20
 Korea Republic
3
0
1
2
4
7
-3
1
0.33
0.8333
1.00
1R
2
21
 Northern Ireland
3
0
1
2
2
6
-4
1
0.33
0.8750
1.00
1R
3
22
 Algeria
3
0
1
2
1
5
-4
1
0.33
0.9167
1.00
1R
2
23
 Iraq
3
0
0
3
1
4
-3
0
0.00
0.9583
1.00
1R
1
24
 Canada
3
0
0
3
0
5
-5
0
0.00
1.0000
1.00
1R
1
     
     
TOURNAMENT SUMMARY
   
   
First Round - Group A
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Argentina
3
2
1
0
6
2
4
5
2
 Italy
3
1
2
0
5
4
1
4
3
 Bulgaria
3
0
2
1
2
4
-2
2
4
 Korea Republic
3
0
1
2
4
7
-3
1
   
   
Match 1
1-1
Bulgaria  
Date: 31 May 1986 N. Sirakov 85'
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
 
Venue: Mexico City    
Attendance: 96,000  
Referee: Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)  
   
Match 2
3-1
South Korea  
Date: 2 June 1986
J. Valdano 6', 46'
Park Chang-Sun 73'
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Universitario  
Venue: Mexico City    
Attendance: 60,000    
Referee: Victoriano Sánchez Arminio (Spain)  
   
Match 3
1-1
Argentina  
Date: 5 June 1986 D. Maradona 34'
Stadium: Estadio Cuauhtémoc
 
Venue: Puebla    
Attendance: 32,000  
Referee: Jan Keizer (Netherlands)  
   
Match 4
Bulgaria
1-1
South Korea  
Date: 5 June 1986 Kim Jong-Boo 70'
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Universitario
 
Venue: Mexico City    
Attendance: 45,000    
Referee: Fallaj Al Shanar (Saudi Arabia)  
   
Match 5
3-2
South Korea  
Date: 10 June 1986
A. Altobelli 17', 73'
Choi Soon-Ho 62'
Stadium: Estadio Cuauhtémoc
Cho Kwang-Rae 82' (o.g.)
Huh Jung-Moo 83'
Venue: Puebla
 
Attendance: 20,000  
Referee: David Socha (United States)    
 
     
Match 6
2-0
Bulgaria    
Date: 10 June 1986    
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Universitario    
Venue: Mexico City
   
Attendance: 65,000    
Referee: Berny Ulloa Morera (Costa Rica)  
First Round - Group B
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Mexico
3
2
1
0
4
2
2
5
2
 Paraguay
3
1
2
0
4
3
1
4
3
 Belgium
3
1
1
1
5
5
0
3
4
 Iraq
3
0
0
3
1
4
-3
0
     
   
Match 7
2-1
Belgium  
Date: 3 June 1986 E. Vandenbergh 45'
Stadium: Estadio Azteca  
Venue: Mexico City
 
Attendance: 110,000  
Referee: Carlos Espósito (Argentina)  
   
Match 8
Paraguay
1-0
Iraq  
Date: 4 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Nemesio Díez
 
Venue: Toluca    
Attendance: 24,000    
Referee: Edwin Picon-Ackong (Mauritius)  
   
Match 9
1-1
Paraguay  
Date: 7 June 1986 J. Romero 85'
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
 
Venue: Mexico City    
Attendance: 114,600  
Referee: George Courtney (England)  
   
Match 10
2-1
Iraq  
Date: 8 June 1986 A. Radhi 59'
Stadium: Estadio Nemesio Díez  
Venue: Toluca    
Attendance: 20,000    
Referee: Jesús Díaz (Colombia)  
   
Match 11
Paraguay
2-2
Belgium  
Date: 11 June 1986
R. Cabañas 50', 76'
F. Vercauteren 30'
Stadium: Estadio Nemesio Díez
D. Veyt 59'
Venue: Toluca    
Attendance: 16,000  
Referee: Bogdan Dotchev (Bulgaria)  
   
Match 12
1-0
Iraq  
Date: 11 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
 
Venue: Mexico City    
Attendance: 103,763  
Referee: Zoran Petrović (Yugoslavia)  
First Round - Group C  
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Soviet Union
3
2
1
0
9
1
8
5
2
 France
3
2
1
0
5
1
4
5
3
 Hungary
3
1
0
2
2
9
-7
2
4
 Canada
3
0
0
3
0
5
-5
0
     
     
Match 13
1-0
Canada  
Date: 1 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Nou Camp
 
Venue: León    
Attendance: 65,500  
Referee: Hernán Silva (Chile)  
   
Match 14
Soviet Union
6-0
Hungary  
Date: 2 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Sergio León Chavez  
Venue: Irapuato  
Attendance: 16,500  
Referee: Luigi Agnolin (Italy)
L. Dajka 73' (o.g.)
 
     
   
Match 15
1-1
Soviet Union  
Date: 5 June 1986 V. Rats 53'
Stadium: Estadio Nou Camp
 
Venue: León    
Attendance: 36,540  
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)  
   
Match 16
Hungary
2-0
Canada  
Date: 6 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Sergio León Chavez  
Venue: Irapuato    
Attendance: 13,800    
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)  
   
Match 17
3-0
Hungary  
Date: 9 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Nou Camp  
Venue: León  
Attendance: 31,420  
Referee: Carlos Silva Valente (Portugal)  
   
Match 18
Soviet Union
2-0
Canada  
Date: 9 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Sergio León Chavez  
Venue: Irapuato    
Attendance: 14,200  
Referee: Idriss Traore (Mali)  
First Round - Group D  
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Brazil
3
3
0
0
5
0
5
6
2
 Spain
3
2
0
1
5
2
3
4
3
 Northern Ireland
3
0
1
2
2
6
-4
1
4
 Algeria
3
0
1
2
1
5
-4
1
     
     
Match 19
1-0
Spain  
Date: 1 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Jalisco
 
Venue: Guadalajara    
Attendance: 35,748  
Referee: Chris Bambridge (Australia)  
   
Match 20
1-1
Northern Ireland  
Date: 3 June 1986 N. Whiteside 6'
Stadium: Estadio Tres de Marzo
 
Venue: Guadalajara    
Attendance: 22,000    
Referee: Valeri Butenko (Soviet Union)  
   
Match 21
1-0
Algeria  
Date: 6 June 1986
Careca 66'
 
Stadium: Estadio Jalisco
 
Venue: Guadalajara    
Attendance: 48,000  
Referee: Rómulo Méndez (Guatemala)  
   
Match 22
2-1
Norhern Ireland  
Date: 7 June 1986 C. Clarke 47'
Stadium: Estadio Tres de Marzo  
Venue: Guadalajara    
Attendance: 28,000    
Referee: Horst Brummeier (Austria)  
   
Match 23
3-0
Northern Ireland  
Date: 12 June 1986
Careca 15', 87'
 
Stadium: Estadio Jalisco  
Venue: Guadalajara    
Attendance: 51,000  
Referee: Siegfried Kirschen (East Germany)  
   
Match 24
3-0
Algeria  
Date: 12 June 1986
R. Calderé 15', 68'
 
Stadium: Estadio Tecnológico
Eloy 70'
 
Venue: Monterrey    
Attendance: 23,980  
Referee: Shizuo Takada (Japan)  
First Round - Group E  
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Denmark
3
3
0
0
9
1
8
6
2
 West Germany
3
1
1
1
3
4
-1
3
3
 Uruguay
3
0
2
1
2
7
-5
2
4
 Scotland
3
0
1
2
1
3
-2
1
     
   
Match 25
1-1
West Germany
Date: 4 June 1986 K. Allofs 84'
Stadium: Estadio La Corregidora
 
Venue: Querétaro    
Attendance: 30,500  
Referee: Vojtěch Christov (Czechoslovakia)  
   
Match 26
Denmark
1-0
Scotland  
Date: 4 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Neza 86
 
Venue: Nezahualcóyotl    
Attendance: 18,000    
Referee: Lajos Nemeth (Hungary)  
   
Match 27
2-1
Scotland  
Date: 8 June 1986 G. Strachan 18'
Stadium: Estadio La Corregidora  
Venue: Querétaro    
Attendance: 30,000  
Referee: Ioan Igna (Romania)  
   
Match 28
Denmark
6-1
Uruguay  
Date: 8 June 1986
E. Larsen11', 67', 80'
E. Francescoli 45'
Stadium: Estadio Neza 86  
Venue: Nezahualcóyotl  
Attendance: 26,500  
Referee: Antonio Márquez Ramírez (Mexico)  
   
Match 29
Denmark
2-0
West Germany  
Date: 13 june 1986  
Stadium: Estadio La Corregidora  
Venue: Querétaro    
Attendance: 36,000  
Referee: Alexis Ponnet (Belgium)  
   
Match 30
Scotland
0-0
Uruguay  
Date: 13 June 1986    
Stadium: Estadio Neza 86    
Venue: Nezahualcóyotl    
Attendance: 20,000  
Referee: Joël Quiniou (France)  
First Round - Group F  
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Morocco
3
1
2
0
3
1
2
4
2
 England
3
1
1
1
3
1
2
3
3
 Poland
3
1
1
1
1
3
-2
3
4
 Portugal
3
1
0
2
2
4
-2
2
     
   
Match 31
Morocco
0-0
Poland  
Date: 2 June 1986    
Stadium: Estadio Universitario    
Venue: Monterrey    
Attendance: 19,900  
Referee: José Luis Martínez Bazán (Uruguay)  
   
Match 32
1-0
England  
Date: 3 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Tecnológico
 
Venue: Monterrey    
Attendance: 23,000    
Referee: Volker Roth (West Germany)  
   
Match 33
0-0
Morocco  
Date: 6 June 1986    
Stadium: Estadio Tecnológico    
Venue: Monterrey    
Attendance: 20,200  
Referee: Gabriel González (Paraguay)  
   
Match 34
Poland
1-0
Portugal  
Date: 7 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Universitario
 
Venue: Monterrey    
Attendance: 19,915    
Referee: Ali Bin Nasser (Tunisia)  
   
Match 35
3-0
Poland  
Date: 11 June 1986
G. Lineker 9', 14', 34'
 
Stadium: Estadio Universitario    
Venue: Monterrey    
Attendance: 22,700  
Referee: André Daina (Switzerland)  
   
Match 36
Morocco
3-1
Portugal  
Date: 11 June 1986
A. Khairi 19', 27'
Diamantino 79'
Stadium: Estadio Tres de Marzo  
Venue: Guadalajara    
Attendance: 28,000  
Referee: Alan Snoddy (Northern Ireland)  
Ranking of third-placed teams  
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Belgium
3
1
1
1
5
5
0
3
2
 Poland
3
1
1
1
1
3
-2
3
3
 Bulgaria
3
0
2
1
2
4
-2
2
4
 Uruguay
3
0
2
1
2
7
-5
2
5
 Hungary
3
1
0
2
2
9
-7
2
6
 Northern Ireland
3
0
1
2
2
6
-4
1
     
   
Round of 16  
   
   
Match 37
2-0
Bulgaria  
Date: 15 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Azteca  
Venue: Mexico City    
Attendance: 114,580  
Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)  
  a.e.t  
Match 38
4-3
Soviet Union  
Date: 15 June 1986 I. Belanov 27', 70', 111'
Stadium: Estadio Nou Camp  
Venue: León  
Attendance: 32,277  
Referee: Erik Fredriksson (Sweden)  
   
Match 39
4-0
Poland  
Date: 16 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Jalisco  
Venue: Guadalajara
Edinho 79'
 
Attendance: 45,000
Careca 83'
 
Referee: Volker Roth (West Germany)  
   
Match 40
1-0
Uruguay  
Date: 16 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Cuauhtémoc    
Venue: Puebla    
Attendance: 26,000    
Referee: Luigi Agnolin (Italy)  
   
Match 41
2-0
Italy  
Date: 17 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Universitario  
Venue: Mexico City    
Attendance: 70,000  
Referee: Carlos Espósito (Argentina)  
   
Match 42
1-0
Morocco  
Date: 17 June 1986  
Stadium: Estadio Universitario    
Venue: Monterrey    
Attendance: 19,800  
Referee: Zoran Petrović (Yugoslavia)  
   
Match 43
3-0
Paraguay  
Date: 18 June 1986
G. Lineker 31', 72'
   
Stadium: Estadio Azteca  
Venue: Mexico City    
Attendance: 98,728      
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)  
   
Match 44
5-1
Denmark  
Date: 18 June 1986
E. Butragueño 43', 57', 80', 89'
  J. Olsen 33'
Stadium: Estadio La Corregidora  
Venue: Querétaro    
Attendance: 38,500      
Referee: Jan Keizer (Netherlands)  
Quarter-finals
  a.e.t  
Match 45
1-1
Brazil  
Date: 21 June 1986 Careca 17'
Stadium: Estadio Jalisco    
Venue: Guadalajara
Penalties
1-0
Sócrates
X
2-1
Alemão
3-2
Zico
X
3-3
Branco
4-3 Júlio César
X
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Ioan Igna (Romania)
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
  a.e.t  
Match 46
0-0
Mexico  
Date: 21 June 1986    
Stadium: Estadio Universitario
Penalties
1-1
M. Negrete
2-1
F. Quirarte
X
3-1
R. Servín
X
4-1
   
Venue: Monterrey
Attendance: 41,700
Referee: Jesús Díaz (Colombia)
   
   
   
   
   
   
Match 47
2-1
England  
Date: 22 June 1986
D. Maradona 51', 55'
G. Lineker 81'
Stadium: Estadio Azteca    
Venue: Mexico City    
Attendance: 114,580  
Referee: Ali Bin Nasser (Tunisia)  
  a.e.t  
Match 48
1-1
Spain  
Date: 22 June 1986 J. Señor 85'
Stadium: Estadio Cuauhtémoc  
Venue: Puebla
Penalties
1-1
J. Señor
2-1
Eloy
X
3-2
Chendo
4-3
E. Butragueño
5-4 Víctor
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Siegfried Kirschen (East Germany)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Semi-finals
   
Match 49
2-0
France  
Date: 25 June 1986    
Stadium: Estadio Jalisco  
Venue: Guadalajara    
Attendance: 45,000  
Referee: Luigi Agnolin (Italy)    
   
Match 50
2-0
Belgium  
Date: 25 June 1986
D. Maradona 51', 63'
 
Stadium: Estadio Azteca
 
Venue: Mexico City    
Attendance: 114,500    
Referee: Antonio Márquez Ramírez (Mexico)    
   
Third-place match
  a.e.t  
Match 51
4-2
Belgium  
Date: 28 June 1986 J. Ceulemans 11'
Stadium: Estadio Cuauhtémoc N. Claesen 73'
Venue: Puebla  
Attendance: 21,000  
Referee: George Courtney (England)  
   
Final
   
Match 52
3-2
West Germany  
Date: 29 June 1986   K. Rummenigge 74'
Stadium: Estadio Azteca R. Völler 81'
Venue: Mexico City  
Attendance: 114,600  
  Referee: Romualdo Arppi Filho (Brazil)  
     
     
   
  STATISTICS
     
   
Goalscorers
     
 
Pos
Player
Team
Flag
Goals
1
 G. Lineker  England
6
2
 D. Maradona  Argentina
5
 Careca  Brazil
5
 E. Butragueño  Spain
5
5
 J. Valdano  Argentina
4
 E. Larsen  Denmark
4
 A. Altobelli  Italy
4
 I. Belanov  Soviet Union
4
9
 N. Claesen  Belgium
3
 J. Ceulemans  Belgium
3
 J. Olsen  Denmark
3
 R. Völler  West Germany
3
13
 J. Burruchaga  Argentina
2
 E. Scifo  Belgium
2
 Sócrates  Brazil
2
 Josimar  Brazil
2
 J. Papin  France
2
 Y. Stopyra  France
2
 M. Platini  France
2
 F. Quirarte  Mexico
2
 A. Khairi  Morocco
2
 R. Cabañas  Paraguay
2
 J. Romero  Paraguay
2
 R. Calderé  Spain
2
 K. Allofs  West Germany
2
26
 D. Zidane  Algeria
1
 P. Pasculli  Argentina
1
 J. Brown  Argentina
1
 O. Ruggeri  Argentina
1
 F. Vercauteren  Belgium
1
 E. Vandenbergh  Belgium
1
 D. Veyt  Belgium
1
 S. Demo  Belgium
1
 Edinho  Brazil
1
 P. Getov  Bulgaria
1
 N. Sirakov  Bulgaria
1
 S. Lerby  Denmark
1
 J. Eriksen  Denmark
1
 M. Laudrup  Denmark
1
 P. Beardsley  England
1
 J. Ferreri  France
1
 M. Amoros  France
1
 L. Fernández  France
1
 J. Tigana  France
1
 D. Rocheteau  France
1
 B. Genghini  France
1
 L. Détári  Hungary
1
 M. Esterházy  Hungary
1
 A. Radhi  Iraq
1
 Cho Kwang-Rae (S. Korea, o.g.)  Italy
1
 M. Negrete  Mexico
1
 R. Servín  Mexico
1
 H. Sánchez  Mexico
1
 L. Flores  Mexico
1
 Merry Krimau  Morocco
1
 N. Whiteside  Northern Ireland
1
 C. Clarke  Northern Ireland
1
 W. Smolarek  Poland
1
 Diamantino  Portugal
1
 Carlos Manuel  Portugal
1
 G. Strachan  Scotland
1
 Huh Jung-Moo  South Korea
1
 Park Chang-Sun  South Korea
1
 Kim Jong-Boo  South Korea
1
 Choi Soon-Ho  South Korea
1
 P. Yakovenko  Soviet Union
1
 S. Aleinikov  Soviet Union
1
 O. Blokhin  Soviet Union
1
 I. Yaremchuk  Soviet Union
1
 L. Dajka (Hungary, o.g.)  Soviet Union
1
 S. Rodionov  Soviet Union
1
 V. Rats  Soviet Union
1
 O. Zavarov  Soviet Union
1
 J. Señor  Spain
1
 Eloy  Spain
1
 A. Goikoetxea  Spain
1
 J. Salinas  Spain
1
 A. Alzamendi  Uruguay
1
 E. Francescoli  Uruguay
1
 L. Matthäus  West Germany
1
 A. Brehme  West Germany
1
 K. Rummenigge  West Germany
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
        
Overall top goal scorers
   
 
In gold the topscorers (golden shoe) of the tournament. The complete list is available at: Goleadores-1986
   
Pos
Player
 Team
Flag
Goals
WC-1
WC-2
WC-3
WC-4
1
 Gerd Müller  West Germany
14
70
74
   
2
 Just Fontaine  France
 
13
58
 
3
 Pelé  Brazil
 
12
58
62
66
70
4
 Sándor Kocsis  Hungary
11
54
 
5
 Helmut Rahn  West Germany
10
54
58
 
 Teófilo Cubillas  Peru
10
70
78
   
 Grzegorz Lato  Poland
10
74
78
82
 
8
 Vavá  Brazil
 
9
58
62
 
 Uwe Seeler  West Germany
 
9
58
62
66
70
 Eusébio  Portugal
9
66
 
 Jairzinho  Brazil
9
70
74
   
 Paolo Rossi  Italy
9
78
82
   
 Karl Heniz Rummenigge  West Germany
9
78
82
86
 
14
 Guillermo Stábile  Argentina
8
30
 
 Leônidas  Brazil
8
34
38
 
 Ademir  Brazil
8
50
 
 Oscar Míguez  Uruguay
8
50
54
 
18
 Oldřich Nejedlý  Czechoslovakia
7
34
38
 
 Hans Schäfer  West Germany
7
54
58
 
 Lajos Tichy  Hungary
 
7
58
62
 
 Johnny Rep  Netherlands
7
74
78
   
 Andrzej Szarmach  Poland
7
74
78
82
 
 Diego Maradona  Argentina
7
82
86
   
 
     
   
Scoring frequency by team  
   
Pos
Team
Flag
Tot
13
11
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Ch
 
1328
1
1
1
1
3
3
10
15
43
66
133
435
1
  Brazil
144
2
1
1
2
5
9
16
26
0
2
  West Germany
130
1
3
1
6
6
11
33
0
3
  Hungary
87
1
1
1
5
4
7
19
0
4
  Italy
79
1
1
3
4
7
30
0
5
  Argentina
77
1
1
1
2
4
8
22
0
6
  France
71
1
4
9
28
0
7
  Uruguay
59
2
2
4
6
17
0
8
  Soviet Union
49
4
1
5
20
+5
9
  Sweden
48
3
6
4
10
-1
10
  England
47
1
1
3
5
18
0
  Yugoslavia
47
1
4
6
19
-1
12
  Poland
39
1
1
2
1
2
12
-1
13
  Austria
38
1
1
2
4
14
-2
14
  Spain
37
1
2
3
18
+3
15
  Czechoslovakia
34
1
1
1
5
10
-1
16
  Netherlands
32
2
1
2
2
8
-1
17
  Switzerland
28
1
2
1
1
9
-1
18
  Belgium
27
3
4
10
+5
  Mexico
27
3
21
+1
20
  Chile
26
1
7
8
-3
21
  Scotland
21
3
15
-1
22
  Peru
19
2
1
7
-1
  Portugal
19
1
2
4
0
24
  Paraguay
16
6
4
0
25
  Northern Ireland
13
1
1
1
3
+2
26
  Romania
12
1
1
7
-2
  United States
12
1
8
-2
28
  Bulgaria
11
11
+1
29
  Denmark
10
1
1
3
  Turkey
10
2
1
2
-1
31
  Algeria
6
1
4
-1
32
  Colombia
5
5
-2
  Cuba
5
1
2
-2
  East Germany
5
1
3
-2
  Korea DPR
5
1
3
-2
  Morocco
5
1
3
+5
37
  South Korea
4
4
  Wales
4
1
2
-2
39
  Tunisia
3
3
-3
40
  Egypt
2
1
-3
  Haiti
2
1
-3
  Honduras
2
2
-3
  Iran
2
2
-3
  Kuwait
2
2
-3
  New Zealand
2
2
-3
46
  Cameroon
1
1
-2
  El Salvador
1
1
-2
  Iraq
1
1
  Israel
1
1
-2
  Norway
1
1
-2
 
        
        
Leagues that countributed players for national teams
   
 
The most important leagues that contributed players to the national teams are shown in the table below.

   
 
Pos
Team
Flag
NoP
1
 England
51
2
 Italy
38
3
 France
36
4
 Spain
28
5
 Belgium
26
 Brazil
26
7
 Mexico
24
24
 West Germany
24
10
 Iraq
22
 Soviet Union
22
12
21
13
 Bulgaria
20
14
 Hungary
19
15
 Argentina
18
 Poland
18
17
 Morocco
17
18
 Paraguay
15
19
 Scotland
14
20
 Algeria
11
21
 United States
10
22
 Uruguay
9
23
 Denmark
7
24
6
 Netherlands
6
26
 Switzerland
4
27
 Northern Ireland
3
28
 Canada
2
 Greece
2
30
 Turkey
1
   
   
Cumulative contributions
   
 
Pos
Country
Flag
Total
30
34
38
50
54
58
62
66
70
74
78
82
86
cha
 
4639
243
317
316
270
345
342
350
352
349
351
352
528
524
1
 England
299
22
29
55
21
22
22
12
15
50
51
1
2
 Brazil
288
24
15
22
22
22
22
22
22
22
27
22
20
26
-1
3
 Italy
281
22
22
22
22
6
25
29
24
22
22
27
38
0
4
 West Germany
238
22
13
22
18
21
19
20
24
30
25
24
0
5
 France
232
19
23
25
22
21
2
20
3
24
37
36
0
6
 Mexico
202
17
22
22
22
22
22
23
2
23
3
24
0
7
 Hungary
189
22
21
22
22
22
22
22
17
19
0
8
 Argentina
181
22
18
22
22
22
17
21
19
18
0
9
 Spain
174
22
22
1
21
20
7
24
29
28
2
10
 Belgium
169
16
22
23
22
25
2
6
27
26
2
11
 Uruguay
158
22
2
22
22
21
22
22
16
9
-2
12
 Czechoslovakiakia
147
17
22
22
22
22
21
21
-2
13
 Yugoslavia
138
13
22
22
22
22
20
17
0
14
 Switzerland
133
23
20
19
22
18
22
1
1
1
2
4
0
15
 Soviet Union
132
22
22
22
22
22
22
2
16
 Chile
124
19
21
22
22
18
22
-1
17
 Sweden
123
16
22
18
17
18
16
16
-1
18
 Austria
109
22
9
22
22
17
17
0
19
 Bulgaria
108
22
22
22
22
20
0
20
 Poland
103
22
22
21
20
18
0
21
 Netherlands
88
22
21
1
21
17
6
0
22
 Paraguay
82
22
22
22
1
15
2
23
 Peru
80
21
22
1
21
15
-1
24
 Romania
73
15
15
21
22
-1
 Scotland
73
15
17
10
7
10
14
1
26
 United States
65
16
19
17
3
10
0
27
48
22
1
1
24
4
28
 El Salvador
40
21
19
-1
29
 Bolivia
36
17
19
-1
 Morocco
36
19
17
14
36
15
21
18
32
31
22
3
6
-2
33
 Australia
27
22
5
-4
34
 Algeria
26
15
11
13
35
 Turkey
23
22
1
-3
36
 East Germany
22
22
-4
 Iran
22
22
-4
 Iraq
22
22
 Israel
22
22
-4
 Korea DPR
22
22
-4
 Kuwait
22
22
-4
 Zaire
22
22
-4
43
 Honduras
21
21
-4
 Norway
21
21
-4
45
 Haiti
20
20
-4
 Tunisia
20
20
-4
47
 Indonesia
17
17
-3
17
17
-3
49
16
16
-3
50
 Cuba
15
15
-3
 Egypt
15
15
-3
52
 Wales
9
9
-1
53
 Northern Ireland
7
4
3
-1
 Denmark
7
7
55
 Canada
3
1
2
-2
56
 Greece
2
2
57
 Cote dÍvoire
1
1
-4
 Saudi Arabia
1
1
-4
 Trinidad and Tobago
1
1
-4
 
        
Coaches contributed by country
   
 
Pos
Country
Flag
NoC
1
  Brazil
3
2
2
  West Germany
2
4
1
1
  Belgium
1
  Bulgaria
1
  France
1
  Hungary
1
  Italy
1
  Northern Ireland
1
  Paraguay
1
  Poland
1
1
  Scotland
1
1
  Soviet Union
1
  Spain
1
1
  Yugoslavia
1

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
Cumulative contributions (coaches)
   
Pos
Country
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
54
58
62
66
70
74
78
82
86
Ch
 
217
13
16
15
13
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
24
24
1
  Brazil
19
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
1
1
3
3
0
2
16
2
2
2
1
2
1
1
1
2
2
0
3
  Hungary
13
1
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
  Italy
13
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
0
5
12
2
1
1
3
1
1
1
1
1
0
  West Germany
12
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
+1
7
  Austria
10
2
1
2
1
1
2
1
-1
  Yugoslavia
10
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
+1
9
  France
9
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
0
  Spain
9
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
11
  Czechoslovakia
8
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
-2
  Scotland
8
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
+1
8
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
+1
14
  Chile
6
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
  Mexico
6
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
  Soviet Union
6
1
1
1
1
1
1
+2
17
  Belgium
5
1
1
1
1
1
0
  Poland
5
1
1
1
1
1
0
19
  Bulgaria
4
1
1
1
1
0
20
  Northern Ireland
3
1
1
1
+3
  Paraguay
3
1
1
1
+3
  Romania
3
1
1
1
-1
  Sweden
3
               
1
1
1
-1
3
1
1
1
-1
25
2
             
1
1
+2
  Netherlands
2
1
1
-2
2
1
1
+2
  Switzerland
2
1
1
-2
29
1
             
1
-2
  Bolivia
1
1
-2
  Cuba
1
1
-2
  East Germany
1
     
1
-2
  El Salvador
1
     
1
-2
  Haiti
1
             
1
-2
1
     
1
-2
  Iran
1
1
-2
  Israel
1
             
1
-2
  North Korea
1
1
-2
  Norway
1
1
-2
  Peru
1
1
-2
1
                   
1
  Tunisia
1
1
-2
  Wales
1
1
-2
 
     
Attendance
   
 
The total attendance at the World Cup as well as both the total and average attendance for each of the national teams is shown in the table below.

   
 
Pos
Flag
Team
Total
#M
Average
  
2,394,031
52
46,039
1
  Argentina
526,680
7
75,240
2
  Mexico
484,643
5
96,929
3
  Belgium
358,777
7
51,254
4
  France
334,460
7
47,780
5
  Bulgaria
320,580
4
80,145
6
  Germany
317,600
7
45,371
7
  England
279,208
5
55,842
8
  Paraguay
253,328
4
63,332
9
  Brazil
244,748
5
48,950
10
  Italy
218,000
4
54,500
11
  Spain
171,228
5
34,246
12
  Iraq
147,763
3
49,254
13
  South Korea
125,000
3
41,667
14
  Denmark
119,000
4
29,750
15
  Poland
107,515
4
26,879
16
  Uruguay
103,000
4
25,750
17
  Northern Ireland
101,000
3
33,667
18
  Soviet Union
99,517
4
24,879
19
  Algeria
93,980
3
31,327
20
  Canada
93,500
3
31,167
21
  Morocco
87,900
4
21,975
22
  Portugal
70,915
3
23,638
23
  Hungary
61,720
3
20,573
24
  Scotland
61,720
3
20,573
                                         
 
Cumulative attendance
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Total
#M
Average
Ch
 
15,933,792
412
38,674
1
  Brazil
3,100,760
62
50,012
0
2
  West Germany
2,851,371
61
46,744
0
3
  Italy
2,190,064
47
46,597
0
4
  Argentina
2,011,240
41
49,055
0
5
  England
1,674,525
34
49,251
0
6
  Mexico
1,408,262
29
48,561
+4
7
  Uruguay
1,378,366
33
41,769
-1
8
  France
1,242,444
34
36,542
+4
9
  Spain
1,173,002
28
41,893
-2
10
  Soviet Union
1,101,141
28
39,326
-2
11
  Belgium
1,018,235
21
48,487
+7
12
  Poland
987,941
25
39,518
+1
13
  Yugoslavia
966,892
28
34,532
-4
14
  Sweden
910,057
28
32,502
-3
15
  Hungary
850,165
32
26,568
-1
16
  Netherlands
764,298
16
47,769
-1
17
  Chile
733,866
21
34,946
-1
18
  Austria
701,938
23
30,519
-1
19
  Czechoslovakia
624,563
25
24,983
0
20
  Switzerland
601,673
18
33,426
0
21
  Bulgaria
567,005
16
35,438
+6
22
  Scotland
516,184
17
30,364
-1
23
  Peru
411,889
15
27,459
-1
24
  Portugal
407,155
9
45,239
0
25
  Paraguay
358,634
11
32,603
+5
26
  El Salvador
355,742
6
59,290
-3
27
  Northern Ireland
312,369
13
24,028
+1
28
  East Germany
287,965
6
47,994
-3
29
  Romania
254,753
8
31,844
-3
30
  Algeria
173,980
6
28,997
+9
31
  United States
162,701
7
23,243
-2
32
  Iraq
147,763
3
49,254
33
  South Korea
142,000
5
28,400
+17
34
  Morocco
126,678
7
18,097
+12
35
  Denmark
119,000
4
29,750
36
  Haiti
104,200
3
34,733
-5
37
  New Zealand
98,000
3
32,667
-5
38
  Korea DPR
94,875
4
23,719
-5
39
  Kuwait
94,743
3
31,581
-5
40
  Canada
93,500
3
31,167
41
  Zaire
90,200
3
30,067
-6
42
  Honduras
89,562
3
29,854
-6
43
  Wales
89,526
5
17,905
-6
44
  Australia
87,700
3
29,233
-6
45
  Iran
62,631
3
20,877
-5
46
  Tunisia
57,687
3
19,229
-5
47
  Cameroon
50,000
3
16,667
-5
48
  Bolivia
49,056
3
16,352
-5
49
  Turkey
49,000
3
16,333
-5
50
  Israel
40,168
3
13,389
-5
51
  Colombia
23,115
3
7,705
-4
52
  Cuba
22,000
3
7,333
-4
53
  Norway
19,000
1
19,000
-4
54
  Egypt
9,000
1
9,000
-3
  Indonesia
9,000
1
9,000
-3
     
      
  All-star team  
   
 
The All-Star Team is a team of the best performers at the respective World Cup finals.
 
   
   
   
   
  Cumulative participation by country  
   
Pos
Team
Flag
Tot
30
34
38
50
54
58
62
66
70
74
78
82
86
Ch
1
  Brazil
30
2
4
1
6
5
5
1
4
2
0
2
  Italy
20
6
6
1
1
2
4
0
3
15
7
5
1
2
 
0
4
  West Germany
14
       
2
1
2
2
5
1
1
 
0
5
  Hungary
9
2
6
1
0
6
8
2
1
4
1
0
7
  England
6
4
1
1
+1
  France
6
       
2
1
3
+4
6
4
2
0
10
  Spain
5
3
1
1
-1
11
  Czechoslovakia
4
1
1
2
-2
13
  Poland
3
                 
2
1
-2
3
3
-2
15
  Austria
2
1
1
-1
2
                       
2
  Chile
2
           
1
1
-1
  Northern Ireland
2
       
2
-1
  Sweden
2
1
1
 
-1
20
  Denmark
1
     
1
  Peru
1
1
-2
  Soviet Union
1
           
1
-2
1
1
 
-2
  Yugoslavia
1
1
 
-2
 
 
   
   
  
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