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1994 FIFA WORLD CUP
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  1994 WORLD CUP
 

The 1994 FIFA World Cup took place in the United States from 17 June to 17 July 1994. 24 teams from 5 confederations participated in the final tournament: 13 from Europe (UEFA), 4 from South America (CONMEBOL), 2 from North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF), 3 from Africa (CAF), and 2 from Asia (AFC). Three teams made their first World Cup presentation (Greece, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia). Russia competed independently for the first time in the World Cups' history. The reigning champion Germany participated in a unified manner for the first time since the 1938 FIFA World Cup.

This World Cup was the first in which three points were awarded for a win. The defensive play shown in Italy encouraged FIFA to make this change to strengthen the offensive game. They had to change in somehow the mentality of "fear of losing". The system was first introduced in England in 1981; therefore, there was not a new experiment. This was a very successful World Cup which broke all record crowds (more than 1,300,000 tickets sold that in the previous world cup), and ended with Brazil celebrating their first world cup title since 1970. The 1994 FIFA World Cup saw also the end of Diego Maradona's World Cup career. Maradona was abruptly removed from world cup play after he failed a drug test which uncovered ephedrine, a weight loss drug, in his blood. Argentina was displaying a spectacular offensive football, when Maradona was surprised by the test. Since then, Argentina's performance declined significantly and was eliminated rapidly from the tournament.

The first round had some facts worth noting. In Group A, Romania, Switzerland, and United States advanced to the knock out stage. Romania finished on top of this group led by their gifted Gheorghe Hagi. There were two historical events in this group that should not be overlooked. The first was the game between USA and Switzerland that for the first time in the FIFA World Cup's history was played indoors, at the Pontiac Silverdome Stadium in Detroit. The second one was the murder of Colombian defender Andrés Escobar, who was shot and killed in Medellín on his return home. It is widely believed that he was murdered due to his own goal in the 1994 FIFA World Cup against United States, which supposedly would have caused gambling losses to several powerful drug lords. Brazil topped Group B ahead of Sweden, both semi-finalists of this World Cup. A remarkable note in this group was the Russian Oleg Salenko, who became the first player ever to score 5 goals in a World Cup. Russia finished defeating Cameroon 6-1 with Salenko's 5 goals. Cameroon's goal was no less important as was scored by Roger Milla, who broke his own record as the FIFA World Cup's oldest scorer – at 42 years. Germany and Spain progressed smoothly in the group C. After a Hollywood-style opening ceremony with Diana Ross failing miserably a penalty, the first match of the tournament was played at Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago: Germany beat Bolivia in rather unconvincing fashion. Group D produced one of epic moments in the World Cup's history. Diego Maradona, one of the greatest football players of all time, was abruptly removed from World Cup play after testing positive for ephedrine. Argentina had won the first two games playing very well, thanks to their stars as Gabriel Batistuta, Claudio Caniggia, Fernando Redondo, and Diego Maradona. Diego, with much more experience and with few pounds off, was showing his dominance in the field. In the third game, very touched by what happened to Maradona, Argentina played poorly and lost 2-0 against Bulgaria. Nigeria, Bulgaria and Argentina finished with the same points (6) and advanced to the next stage in that order on goal difference. The newcomer Greece lost all of its three games and was outscored for a bulky 10-0. Group E remains the only group in World Cup history in which all four teams finished with the same points (4). Mexico, Republic of Ireland, and Italy progressed to round of 16. The Group started with the Republic of Ireland's victory over Italy that finally escaped to the round of 16 as one of the best third-places teams. Norway had to go home. Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Belgium advanced in Group F. All three teams finished level on points (6). Belgium's campaign went the same way as Argentina's; finishing third despite winning their first two matches. Saudi Arabia not only survived the group stage, but also Saeed Al- Owairan scored one of the tournament's finest goal against Belgium.

The round of 16 brought few shocks. Germany defeated Belgium 3-2, Spain beat Switzerland 3-0, and Sweden defeated the debutant Saudi Arabia 3-1. In one of the surprises of this stage, the crestfallen Argentina was overcome by Romania 3-2. Despite of excellent football players as Batistuta, Caniggia, Redondo and Simeone, Argentina could not recover from Maradona's suspension. The Dutch defeated the Republic of Ireland 2-0. Brazil could not figure out United States in Stanford, but in the second half with a man down (Leonardo was sent-off) Brazil went on to win 1-0 thanks to a solitary goal of Bebeto. Mexico’s match with Bulgaria ended tied 1-1 after extra time, and then the Bulgarian side won 3–1 in a penalty shootout. In the last match of the round of 16, Italy was fortunate enough to beat Nigeria 2-1 after extra time. Nigeria were 90 seconds away from overcoming Italy (with a man down, given that Zola was sent-off in the 76th minute), when Roberto Baggio known as Il Divin Codino (The Divine Ponytail) scored the equalizer sending the game into extra time. Baggio was undoubtedly the hero on the field as he converted an extra-time penalty winner that sent the Italians to the quarter-finals.

In the quarter-finals, Brazil was fortunate enough to beat the Netherlands 3-2 in an exciting and one of the best matches of the tournament. Italy suffered more than necessary but ended up defeating Spain 2-1, thanks to a goal in the 87th minute from Roberto Baggio, one of the finest football player of all time. Bulgaria, the biggest surprise of the tournament and leaded by talented Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov, ended the hopes of Germany beating them 2-1. Matthäus opened the scoring for reigning champion Germany, but Stoichkov and Letchkov defined the match in less than three minutes apart. The Bulgarians had never won a FIFA World Cup match in 16 previous attempts and five World Cup finals, but now they were en route to the semi-finals. Sweden faced Romania in Stanford. The game ended tied 1-1 after regular time. The match went to extra time and one more goal was scored for each team. Sweden won 5-4 on penalties.

The first semi-final faced Italy, against the surprise of the tournament, Bulgaria. Baggio and Stoichkov against each other. Italy, showing that they wanted to be champions, defeated Bulgaria 2-1. Baggio (2) – Stoichkov (1). The other semi-final was contested by Brazil and Sweden in Los Angeles. Brazil advanced to the final beating Sweden 1-0, thanks to a goal in the 80th minute from Romário. Sweden had the consolation prize after beating in the third-place match to Bulgaria 4-0. Sweden was the team with most goals scored in this World Cup.

The 1994 FIFA World Cup Final was contested at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, before a crowd of 94,000 followers, for Brazil led by Romário and Bebeto, and Italy, led by Roberto Baggio. Two teams who had already collected three world cup titles each. The final itself was a disappointment. The match remained goalless after 120 minutes, and then Brazil won 3–2 in a penalty shootout. Brazil became the first nation to win four World Cup titles. It was also the first ever World Cup final to be decided by a penalty shoot-out. The Brazilian team dedicated their victory to the late triple Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest F1 drivers to have raced, who had died in a crash at Tamburello corner while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix two and a half months previously.

The top scorers (Golden Shoe) of the tournament were Oleg Salenko of Russia and Hristo Stoichkov of Bulgaria, who would go on to score six goals. Romário of Brazil had the honor of being elected the best player (Golden Ball) of the tournament. Marc Overmars of Netherlands was elected Best Young Player. Michel Preud’Homme of Belgium was elected best goalkeeper (Yashin Award). Brazil, on the other hand, received the FIFA Fair Play Award and the FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team.  

The names that people probably remember from those times are: Berti Vogts (German coach), Henri Mitchell (Cameroon coach), Carlos Alberto Parreira (Brazilian coach), Javier Clemente (Spanish coach), Arrigo Sacchi (Italian coach), Bora Milutinović (American coach), Thomas Nkono (Cameroon goalkeeper), Edwin Van der Sar (Dutch goalkeeper), Taffarel (Brazilian goalkeeper), Bodo Illgner (German goalkeeper), Thomas Ravelli (Swedish goalkeeper), Jorge Campos (Mexican goalkeeper), Tony Meola (American goalkeeper), Andoni Zubizarreta (Spanish goalkeeper), Michel Preud’Homme (Belgian goalkeeper and Yashin Award), Sergio Goycochea (Argentine goalkeeper), Gianluca Pagliuca (Italian goalkeeper), Andreas Brehme (German defender), Ronald Koeman (Dutch defender), Frank de Boer (Dutch defender),  Fernando Hierro (Spanish defender), Andrés Escobar (Colombian defender), Oscar Ruggeri (Argentine defender), Cafu (Brazilian defender), Jorginho (Brazilian defender), Márcio Santos (Brazilian defender), Paolo Maldini (Italian defender), Franco Baresi (Italian defender), Enzo Scifo (Belgian midfielder), Gheorghe Hagi (Romanian midfielder), Ray Houghton (Irish midfielder), Tab Ramos (American midfielder), Josep Guardiola (Spanish midfielder), Luis Enrique (Spanish midfielder), Lothar Matthäus (German midfielder), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigerian midfielder), Demetrio Albertini (Italian midfielder), Roy Keane (Irish midfielder), Marco Etcheverry (Bolivian midfielder), Frank Rijkaard (Dutch midfielder), Krassimir Balakov (Bulgarian midfielder), Claudio Reyna (American midfielder), Carlos Valderrama (Colombian midfielder), Freddy Rincón (Colombian midfielder), Diego Maradona (Argentine midfielder), Fernando Redondo (Argentine midfielder), Diego Simeone (Argentine midfielder), Dunga (Brazilian midfielder), Leonardo (Brazilian striker), Roberto Baggio (Italian striker), Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgarian striker and Golden Shoe), Oleg Salenko (Russian striker and Golden Shoe), Claudio Caniggia (Argentine striker), Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina striker), Toni Cascarino (Irish striker), Finidi George (Nigerian striker),  Roger Milla (Cameroon striker), François Omam-Biyik (Cameroon striker), Marc Overmars (Dutch striker and Best Young Player), Dennis Bergkamp (Dutch striker), Jostein Flo (Norwegian striker), Hugo Sánchez (Mexican striker), Jürgen Klinsmann (German striker), Rudi Völler (German striker), Julio Salinas (Spanish midfielder), Thomas Brolin (Swedish striker), Martin Dahlin (Swedish striker), Ilie Dumitrescu (Romanian striker), Florin Răducioiu (Romanian striker), Stéphane Chapuisat (Swiss striker), Adolfo Valencia (Colombian striker), Faustino Asprilla (Colombian striker), Saeed Al-Owairan (Saudi striker), Paul Caliguri (American striker), Eric Wynalda (American striker), Bebeto (Brazilian striker), Ronaldo (Brazilian striker), and Romário (Brazilian striker and Golden Ball).

   
     
QUICK FACTS
     
     
  Teams
  24
 
Adidas Questra
  When
  17 June 1994 to 11 July 1994
  
  Matches
  52
  Venues
  9
  Attendance
  3,587,538 (average 68,991)
  Goals Scored
  141 (2.71 per match)
     
     
BRAZIL 0-0 ITALY       Penalties: Brazil 5-3 Italy
  Champion
 Golden shoe
1
6
  Runner-up
6
  Third place
  Sweden
3
5
  Fourth Place
  Bulgaria
5
 
 Best young player
 Golden ball
1
 Fair play award
2
 Best goalkeeper
3
 
 Most entertaining team
 Brazil
   
   
  Antecedents
 

The United States was chosen to host the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup, at the FIFA Congress in Zürich, Switzerland, on July 4, 1988. Morocco and Brazil had also submitted the bid to host the tournament, but the United States was chosen ahead of the other two rivals. The United States had 10 votes in the first round of voting, Morocco 7 votes, and Brazil 2 votes. Thus, the United States was chosen to organize the World Cup for the first time.

FIFA's decision to hold the event in the United States evidently surprised many, primarily by the widespread perception that soccer was a sport that did not care to Americans. Basketball, baseball, hockey, and American football were much more important. The FIFA committee, however, favored the United States to organize the World Cup arguing this would lead to a growth of interest in the sport. They were also bidding to conquer soccer’s final frontier in the biggest and most demanding sports market in the entire world. Additionally, the FIFA committee imposed one condition: the creation of a professional football league, the Major League Soccer (MLS) that started play in 1996.

 

   

  Qualification
 
Participating countries:
147
Withdrew:
17
Qualified automatically:
2
Teams that played at least one qualifying match:
128
Matches:
497
Total goals:
1,446 (2.91 per match)

A total of 147 teams signed up to participate in the 1994 World Cup qualification rounds. These were the biggest World Cup qualifiers in 60 years. The United States, as the hosts, and Germany, as the defending champions, qualified automatically, leaving 22 spots open for competition. The reigning champion Germany will participate in the finals in a unified manner for the first time since the 1938 FIFA World Cup.

England, France, and Uruguay failed to qualify for the final tournament. Yugoslavia, on the other hand, was suspended from all international competition as part of United Nations sanctions imposed to the country in 1992 as a result of the Yugoslav Wars, fought throughout the former Yugoslavia from 1991 to 1995, and then again from 1998 until 2001. Czechoslovakia, dissolved in 1992, competed under the name Representation of Czechs and Slovaks but failed to qualify. Russia competed independently for the first time in the World Cups' history. Chile banned by FIFA does not participate in CONMEBOL qualifiers. The 22 available spots were distributed in continental zones as shown below:

 

Europe (UEFA): 13 spots. 38 teams (including Israel) competed for 12 direct places. Germany, as the defending champion, qualified automatically. Liechtenstein withdrew. Yugoslavia suspended by FIFA.
South America (CONMEBOL): 3.5 spots. 9 teams competed for 3 direct places. The winner of the 0.5 spot would progress to the international playoff against a team from CONACAF or OFC. Chile banned by FIFA does not participate in CONMEBOL qualifiers.  
North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF): 2.25 spots. 22 teams competed for 1.25 direct places. United States, as hosts, qualified automatically. The winner of the 0.25 spot would progress to the international playoff against a team from OFC. Cuba withdrew.
Africa (CAF): 3 spots. 40 teams competed for 3 direct places. Uganda, Libya, Sudan, Mauritania, Mali, Gambia, Sierra Leone (Togo took over fixtures), São Tomé and Príncipe (South Africa took over fixtures), Malawi (Benin took over fixtures), Burkina Faso (Namibia took over fixtures) all withdrew. Liberia withdrew after two games due to UN sanctions. Their matches annulled. Tanzania withdrew after three games. Their matches annulled.
Asia (AFC): 2 spots. 29 teams competed for 2 direct places. Myanmar withdrew.
Oceania (OFC): 0.25 spot. 7 teams competed for 0.25 spot. The winner of the 0.25 spot would progress to the international playoff against a team from CONCACAF. Western Samoa withdrew.

Canada, from CONCACAF, and Australia, from OFC, advanced to the CONCACAF/OFC Intercontinental Playoff. In the first game, Canada defeated Australia 2-1 in Edmonton, Canada, on 31 July 1993. In the second game, Australia defeated Canada 2-1 after extra time in Sydney, Australia, on 15 August 1993. The aggregate score was tied at 3-3 and Australia won 4-1 on penalties. Australia therefore advanced to the CONMEBOL/OFC Intercontinental Playoff.

In the first game of the Intercontinental Playoff, Australia drew with Argentina 1-1 in Sydney, on 31 October 1993. In the second game, Argentina defeated Australia 1-0 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 17 November 1993. Argentina qualified by the aggregate score of 2–1.

It is worth noting that the entire team of Zambia was killed in a plane crash. On 27 April 1993, a Zambian Air Force Buffalo DHC-5D which was carrying the team to Senegal for a 1994 World Cup qualification match crashed ditched into the Atlantic Ocean about 500 metres offshore from Libreville, Gabon, killing all 30 passengers, including 18 players and a number of coaches. Kalusha Bwalya was the only survivor, due to being in the Netherlands rather than on the flight.

     
  Squads                                                                             
 
 
  For a complete list of all squads that appeared in the 1994 FIFA World Cup, please, visit: 1994 WORLD CUP SQUADS
 
                     
1994 WORLD CUP STANDINGS
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Sum(P/Nt)
Title
Pt
Ap.
1
 Brazil
7
5
2
0
11
3
8
17
2.43
0.0417
24.00
C
15
2
 Italy
7
4
2
1
8
5
3
14
2.00
0.0833
12.00
F
13
3
 Sweden
7
3
3
1
15
8
7
12
1.71
0.1250
9.00
TP
9
4
 Bulgaria
7
3
1
3
10
11
-1
10
1.43
0.1667
6.00
FP
6
5
 West Germany
5
3
1
1
9
7
2
10
2.00
0.2083
3.00
QF
13
6
 Romania
5
3
1
1
10
9
1
10
2.00
0.2500
3.00
QF
6
7
 Netherlands
5
3
0
2
8
6
2
9
1.80
0.2917
3.00
QF
6
8
 Spain
5
2
2
1
10
6
4
8
1.60
0.3333
3.00
QF
9
9
 Nigeria
4
2
0
2
7
4
3
6
1.50
0.3750
1.50
2R
1
10
 Argentina
4
2
0
2
8
6
2
6
1.50
0.4167
1.50
2R
11
11
 Belgium
4
2
0
2
4
4
0
6
1.50
0.4583
1.50
2R
9
12
 Saudi Arabia
4
2
0
2
5
6
-1
6
1.50
0.5000
1.50
2R
1
13
 Mexico
4
1
2
1
4
4
0
5
1.25
0.5417
1.50
2R
10
14
 United States
4
1
1
2
3
4
-1
4
1.00
0.5833
1.50
2R
5
15
 Switzerland
4
1
1
2
5
7
-2
4
1.00
0.6250
1.50
2R
7
16
 Republic of Ireland
4
1
1
2
2
4
-2
4
1.00
0.6667
1.50
2R
2
17
 Norway
3
1
1
1
1
1
0
4
1.33
0.7083
1.00
1R
2
18
 Russia
3
1
0
2
7
6
1
3
1.00
0.7500
1.00
1R
8
19
 Colombia
3
1
0
2
4
5
-1
3
1.00
0.7917
1.00
1R
3
20
 Korea Republic
3
0
2
1
4
5
-1
2
0.67
0.8333
1.00
1R
4
21
 Bolivia
3
0
1
2
1
4
-3
1
0.33
0.8750
1.00
1R
3
22
 Cameroon
3
0
1
2
3
11
-8
1
0.33
0.9167
1.00
1R
3
23
 Morocco
3
0
0
3
2
5
-3
0
0.00
0.9583
1.00
1R
3
24
 Greece
3
0
0
3
0
10
-10
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
 Romania
3
2
0
1
5
5
0
6
2
 Switzerland
3
1
1
1
5
4
1
4
3
 United States
3
1
1
1
3
3
0
4
4
 Colombia
3
1
0
2
4
5
-1
3
   
   
Match 1
1-1
Switzerland  
Date: 18 June 1994 G. Bregy 39'
Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 
Venue: Pontiac    
Attendance: 73,425  
Referee: Francisco Oscar Lamolina (Argentina)  
   
Match 2
Romania
3-1
Colombia  
Date: 18 June 1994
F. Răducioiu 15', 89'
A. Valencia 43'
Stadium: Rose Bowl  
Venue: Pasadena    
Attendance: 91,856    
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)  
   
Match 3
4-1
Romania  
Date: 22 June 1994 G. Hagi 35'
Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome  
Venue: Pontiac
A. Knup 65', 72'
 
Attendance: 61,428  
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)  
   
Match 4
2-1
Colombia  
Date: 22 June 1994
A. Escobar o.g. 35'
A. Valencia 90'
Stadium: Rose Bowl  
Venue: Pasadena    
Attendance: 93,869    
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)  
   
Match 5
2-0
Switzerland  
Date: 26 June 1994  
Stadium: Stanford Stadium  
Venue: Stanford    
Attendance: 83,401  
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)  
   
Match 6
Romania
1-0
United States  
Date: 26 June 1994  
Stadium: Rose Bowl
 
Venue: Pasadena    
Attendance: 93,869  
Referee: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)  
First Round - Group B
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Brazil
3
2
1
0
6
1
5
7
2
 Sweden
3
1
2
0
6
4
2
5
3
 Russia
3
1
0
2
7
6
1
3
4
 Cameroon
3
0
1
2
3
11
-8
1
   
   
Match 7
2-2
Sweden  
Date: 19 June 1994 R. Ljung 8'
Stadium: Rose Bowl M. Dahlin 75'
Venue: Pasadena    
Attendance: 93,194  
Referee: Alberto Tejada Noriega (Peru)  
   
Match 8
2-0
Russia  
Date: 20 June 1994  
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Raí 52'
 
Venue: Stanford    
Attendance: 81,061    
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)  
   
Match 9
3-0
Cameroon  
Date: 24 June 1994  
Stadium: Stanford Stadium  
Venue: Stanford
Bebeto 73'
 
Attendance: 83,401  
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)  
   
Match 10
Sweden
3-1
Russia  
Date: 24 June 1994 O. Salenko 4'
Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
M. Dahlin 59', 81'
 
Venue: Pontiac    
Attendance: 71,528    
Referee: Joël Quiniou (France)  
   
Match 11
Russia
6-1
Cameroon  
Date: 28 June 1998
O. Salenko 15', 41', 44', 72', 75'
R. Milla 46'
Stadium: Stanford Stadium  
Venue: Stanford    
Attendance: 74,914  
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)  
   
Match 12
1-1
Sweden  
Date: 28 June 1998 K. Andersson 23'
Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome    
Venue: Pontiac    
Attendance: 77,217  
Referee: Sándor Puhl (Gungary)  
First Round - Group C  
     
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Germany
3
2
1
0
5
3
2
7
2
 Spain
3
1
2
0
6
4
2
5
3
 South Korea
3
0
2
1
4
5
-1
2
4
 Bolivia
3
0
1
2
1
4
-3
1
   
   
Match 13
1-0
Bolivia  
Date: 17 June 1994  
Stadium: Soldier Field    
Venue: Chicago    
Attendance: 63,117  
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)  
   
Match 14
2-2
South Korea  
Date: 17 June 1994 Hong Myung-Bo 85'
Stadium: Cotton Bowl Seo Jung-Won 90'
Venue: Dallas    
Attendance: 56,247    
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)  
   
Match 15
1-1
Spain  
Date: 21 June 1994 I. Goikoetxea 14'
Stadium: Soldier Field    
Venue: Chicago    
Attendance: 63,113  
Referee: Filippi Cavani (Uruguay)  
   
Match 16
0-0
Bolivia  
Date: 23 June 1994    
Stadium: Foxboro Stadium    
Venue: Foxborough    
Attendance: 54,453    
Referee: Leslie Mottram (Scotland)  
   
Match 17
3-1
Bolivia  
Date: 27 June 1994 E. Sánchez 67'
Stadium: Soldier Field
J. Caminero 66', 70'
 
Venue: Chicago    
Attendance: 63,089  
Referee: Rodrigo Badilla (Costa Rica)  
   
Match 18
3-2
South Korea  
Date: 27 June 1994
J. Klinsmann 12', 37'
Hwang Sun-Hong 52'
Stadium: Cotton Bowl Hong Myung-Bo 63'
Venue: Dallas    
Attendance: 63,998  
Referee: Joël Quiniou (France)  
First Round - Group D  
     
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Nigeria
3
2
0
1
6
2
4
6
2
 Bulgaria
3
2
0
1
6
3
3
6
3
 Argentina
3
2
0
1
6
3
3
6
4
 Greece
3
0
0
3
0
10
-10
0
   
   
Match 19
4-0
Greece  
Date: 21 June 1994
G. Batistuta 2', 44', 90'
 
Stadium: Foxboro Stadium  
Venue: Foxborough    
Attendance: 54,456  
Referee: Arturo Angeles (United States)  
   
Match 20
3-0
Bulgaria  
Date: 21 June 1994  
Stadium: Cotton Bowl  
Venue: Dallas  
Attendance: 44,132    
Referee: Rodrigo Badilla (Costa Rica)  
   
Match 21
2-1
Nigeria  
Date: 25 June 1994
C. Caniggia 21', 28'
S. Siasia 8'
Stadium: Foxboro Stadium    
Venue: Foxborough    
Attendance: 54,453  
Referee: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)  
   
Match 22
Bulgaria
4-0
Greece  
Date: 26 June 1994
H. Stoichkov 5', 55'
 
Stadium: Soldier Field  
Venue: Chicago  
Attendance: 63,160    
Referee: Ali Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates)  
   
Match 23
Bulgaria
2-0
Argentina  
Date: 30 June 1994  
Stadium: Cotton Bowl  
Venue: Dallas    
Attendance: 63,998  
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)  
   
Match 24
2-0
Greece  
Date: 30 June 1994  
Stadium: Foxboro Stadium  
Venue: Foxborough    
Attendance: 53,001  
Referee: Leslie Mottram (Scotland)  
First Round - Group E  
     
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Mexico
3
1
1
1
3
3
0
4
2
 Republic of Ireland
3
1
1
1
2
2
0
4
3
 Italy
3
1
1
1
2
2
0
4
4
 Norway
3
1
1
1
1
1
0
4
   
   
Match 25
Republic of Ireland
1-0
Italy  
Date: 18 June 1994  
Stadium: Giants Stadium    
Venue: East Rutherford    
Attendance: 75,338  
Referee: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)  
   
Match 26
Norway
1-0
Mexico  
Date: 19 June 1994  
Stadium: RFK Stadium    
Venue: Washington    
Attendance: 52,395    
Referee: Sándor Puhl (Hungary)  
   
Match 27
1-0
Norway  
Date: 23 June 1994  
Stadium: Giants Stadium    
Venue: East Rutherford    
Attendance: 74,624  
Referee: Hellmut Krug (Germany)  
   
Match 28
2-1
Republic of Ireland  
Date: 24 June 1994
L. García 42', 65'
J. Aldridge 84'
Stadium: Citrus Bowl    
Venue: Orlando    
Attendance: 60,790    
Referee: Kurt Röthlisberger (Switzerland)  
   
Match 29
1-1
Mexico  
Date: 28 June 1994 M. Bernal 57'
Stadium: RFK Stadium    
Venue: Washington    
Attendance: 52,535  
Referee: Francisco Oscar Lamolina (Argentina)  
   
Match 30
Republic of Ireland
0-0
Norway  
Date: 28 June 1998    
Stadium: Giants Stadium    
Venue: East Rutherford    
Attendance: 72,404  
Referee: José Torres Cadena (Colombia)  
First Round - Group F  
     
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Netherlands
3
2
0
1
4
3
1
6
2
 Saudi Arabia
3
2
0
1
4
3
1
6
3
 Belgium
3
2
0
1
2
1
1
6
4
 Morocco
3
0
0
3
2
5
-3
0
   
   
Match 31
1-0
Morocco  
Date: 19 June 1994  
Stadium: Citrus Bowl    
Venue: Orlando    
Attendance: 61,219  
Referee: José Torres Cadena (Colombia)  
   
Match 32
2-1
Saudi Arabia  
Date: 20 June 1994 F. Amin 18'
Stadium: RFK Stadium  
Venue: Washington    
Attendance: 50,535    
Referee: Manuel Diaz Vega (Spain)  
   
Match 33
Saudi Arabia
2-1
Morocco  
Date: 25 June 1994 M. Chaouch 26'
Stadium: Giants Stadium  
Venue: East Rutherford    
Attendance: 76,322  
Referee: Philip Don (England)  
   
Match 34
1-0
Netherlands  
Date: 25 June 1994  
Stadium: Citrus Bowl
 
Venue: Orlando    
Attendance: 62,387    
Referee: Renato Marsiglia (Brazil)  
   
Match 35
Saudi Arabia
1-0
Belgium  
Date: 29 June 1994  
Stadium: RFK Stadium    
Venue: Washington    
Attendance: 52,959  
Referee: Hellmut Krug (Germany)  
   
Match 36
2-1
Morocco  
Date: 29 June 1994 H. Nader 47'
Stadium: Citrus Bowl
B. Roy 77'
 
Venue: Orlando    
Attendance: 60,578  
Referee: Alberto Tejada Noriega (Peru)  
Ranking of third-placed teams  
   
   
Pos
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1
 Argentina
3
2
0
1
6
3
3
6
2
 Belgium
3
2
0
1
2
1
1
6
3
 United States
3
1
1
1
3
3
0
4
4
 Italy
3
1
1
1
2
2
0
4
5
 Russia
3
1
0
2
7
6
1
3
6
 South Korea
3
0
2
1
4
5
-1
2
     
     
Round of 16  
     
   
Match 37
3-2
Belgium  
Date: 2 July 1994
R. Völler 6', 40'
G. Grün 8'
Stadium: Soldier Field P. Albert 90'
Venue: Chicago    
Attendance: 60,246  
Referee: Kurt Röthlisberger (Switzerland)  
   
Match 38
3-0
Switzerland  
Date: 2 July 1994  
Stadium: RFK Stadium  
Venue: Washington  
Attendance: 53,121    
Referee: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)  
   
Match 39
Sweden
3-1
Saudi Arabia  
Date: 3 July 1994 F. Al-Ghesheyan 85'
Stadium: Cotton Bowl
K. Andersson 51', 88'
 
Venue: Dallas    
Attendance: 60,277  
Referee: Renato Marsiglia (Brazil)  
   
Match 40
Romania
3-2
Argentina  
Date: 3 July 1994
I. Dumitrescu 11', 18'
G. Batistuta 16'
Stadium: Rose Bowl A. Balbo 75'
Venue: Pasadena    
Attendance: 90,469    
Referee: Pierluigi Pairetto (Italy)  
   
Match 41
2-0
Republic of Ireland  
Date: 4 July 1994  
Stadium: Citrus Bowl  
Venue: Orlando    
Attendance: 61,355  
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)  
   
Match 42
1-0
United States  
Date: 4 July 1994
Bebeto 72'
 
Stadium: Stanford Stadium
 
Venue: Stanford    
Attendance: 84,147  
Referee: Joel Quiniou (France)  
  a.e.t.  
Match 43
2-1
Nigeria  
Date: 5 Jule 1994
R. Baggio 88', 102'
E. Amuneke 25'
Stadium: Foxboro Stadium    
Venue: Foxborough    
Attendance: 54,367  
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)  
  a.e.t.  
Match 44
Bulgaria
1-1
Mexico  
Date: 5 July 1994 A. García Aspe 18'
Stadium: Giants Stadium    
Venue: East Rutherford
Penalties
X
0-0
A. García Aspe
X
1-0
M. Bernal
X
2-0
J. Rodríguez
X
3-1
C. Suárez
Attendance: 71,030
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)
   
   
   
   
   
 
Quarter-finals  
     
   
Match 45
2-1
Spain  
Date: 9 July 1994 J. Caminero 58'
Stadium: Foxboro Stadium  
Venue: Foxborough    
Attendance: 53,400  
Referee: Sándor Puhl (Hungary)  
   
Match 46
3-2
Netherlands  
Date: 9 July 1994 D. Bergkamp 64'
Stadium: Cotton Bowl
Bebeto 63'
A. Winter 76'
Venue: Dallas
Branco 81'
 
Attendance: 63,500    
Referee: Rodrigo Badilla (Costa Rica)  
   
Match 47
Bulgaria
2-1
Germany  
Date: 10 July 1994 L. Matthäus 47'
Stadium: Giants Stadium  
Venue: East Rutherford    
Attendance: 72,000  
Referee: José Torres Cadena (Colombia)  
  a.e.t.  
Match 48
Sweden
2-2
Romania  
Date: 10 July 1994 F. Răducioiu 88', 101'
Stadium: Stanford Stadium  
Venue: Stanford    
Attendance: 83,500
Penalties
X
0-1
F. Răducioiu
1-2
G. Hagi
2-3
I. Lupescu
3-3
D. Petrescu
X
4-4 I. Dumitrescu
5-4 M. Belodedici
X
Referee: Philip Don (England)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Semi-finals
           
           
Match 49
2-1
Bulgaria  
Date: 13 July 1994
R. Baggio 21', 25'
H. Stoichkov 44'
Stadium: Giants Stadium    
Venue: East Rutherford    
Attendance: 74,110  
Referee: Joel Quiniou (France)  
   
Match 50
1-0
Sweden  
Date: 13 July 1994  
Stadium: Rose Bowl    
Venue: Pasadena    
Attendance: 91,856  
Referee: José Torres Cadena (Colombia)  
Third-place match  
     
   
Match 51
Sweden
4-0
Bulgaria  
Date: 16 July 1994  
Stadium: Rose Bowl  
Venue: Pasadena  
Attendance: 91,500  
Referee: Ali Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates)  
Final  
  a.e.t.  
Match 52
0-0
Italy  
Date: 17 July 1994    
Stadium: Rose Bowl
Penalties
X
0-0
F. Baresi
X
1-1
D. Albertini
2-2
A. Evani
3-2
D. Massaro
X
3-2 R. Baggio
X
Venue: Pasadena
Attendance: 94,194
Referee: Sándor Puhl (Hungary)
   
   
   
   
     
   
GOALSCORERS  
     
     
Player
Country
Flag
Goals
 H. Stoichkov  Bulgaria
6
 O. Salenko  Russia
6
 R. Baggio  Italy
5
 Romário  Brazil
5
 J. Klinsmann  Germany
5
 K. Andersson  Sweden
5
 M. Dahlin  Sweden
4
 G. Batistuta  Argentina
4
 F. Răducioiu  Romania
4
 D. Bergkamp  Netherlands
3
 T. Brolin  Sweden
3
 Bebeto  Brazil
3
 G. Hagi  Romania
3
 J. Caminero  Spain
3
 P. Albert  Belgium
2
 Y. Letchkov  Bulgaria
2
 A. Valencia  Colombia
2
 R. Völler  Germany
2
 C. Caniggia  Argentina
2
 Hong Myung-Bo  South Korea
2
 I. Dumitrescu  Romania
2
 E. Amuneke  Nigeria
2
 D. Amokachi  Nigeria
2
 F. Amin  Saudi Arabia
2
 W. Jonk  Netherlands
2
 J. Salinas  Spain
2
 L. García  Mexico
2
 A. Knup  Switzerland
2
 D. Baggio  Italy
2
 D. Radchenko  Russia
1
 R. Houghton  Republic of Ireland
1
 J. Lozano  Colombia
1
 Branco  Brazil
1
 H. Gaviria  Colombia
1
 S. Chapuisat  Switzerland
1
 Márcio Santos  Brazil
1
 Raí  Brazil
1
 A. Balbo  Argentina
1
 D. Maradona  Argentina
1
 H. Larsson  Sweden
1
 A. Sutter  Switzerland
1
 A. Escobar (Colombia) o.g.  United States
1
 E. Sánchez  Bolivia
1
 H. Mild  Sweden
1
 Hwang Sun-Hong  South Korea
1
 Seo Jung-Won  South Korea
1
 D. Petrescu  Romania
1
 T. Begiristain  Spain
1
 R. Yekini  Nigeria
1
 Luis Enrique  Spain
1
 M. Chaouch  Morocco
1
 S. Siasia  Nigeria
1
 F. George  Nigeria
1
 S. Al-Owairan  Saudi Arabia
1
 F. Hierro  Spain
1
 D. Borimirov  Bulgaria
1
 N. Sirakov  Bulgaria
1
 G. Bregy  Switzerland
1
 J. Aldridge  Republic of Ireland
1
 K. Rekdal  Norway
1
 S. Al-Jaber  Saudi Arabia
1
 J. Guardiola  Spain
1
 R. Ljung  Sweden
1
 I. Goikoetxea  Spain
1
 G. Taument  Netherlands
1
 R. Milla  Cameroon
1
 G. Grün  Belgium
1
 L. Matthäus  Germany
1
 M. Degryse  Belgium
1
 A. García Aspe  Mexico
1
 F. Omam-Biyik  Cameroon
1
 M. Bernal  Mexico
1
 B. Roy  Netherlands
1
 A. Winter  Netherlands
1
 K. Riedle  Germany
1
 D. Massaro  Italy
1
 F. Al-Ghesheyan  Saudi Arabia
1
 D. Embé  Cameroon
1
 E. Stewart  United States
1
 E. Wynalda  United States
1
 H. Nader  Morocco
1
 
   
 
  
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