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World Cup: History of. Final parts

Mexico 1970, Spain 1982, Mexico 1986, USA 1994 and Korea/Japan 02. Poonam rounds up all the rest of the articles on the World Cup

Mexico 1970

Brazil took the Jules Rimet trophy home for good after beating Italy in the final of the ninth World Cup with a wonderful display of attacking football.

Once again the majestical Pele played a major part as Brazil dealt comfortably with the heat and altitude to lift the trophy for a third time.

Holders England had a difficult build up to the tournament.

They were labelled "thieves and drunks" by the Mexican press and defensive lynchpin Bobby Morre was arrested on trumped-up shoplifting charges in Colombia.

He was bailed to play in the tournament and turned in his usual cool displays, but England's challenge ground to a halt in the quarter-finals against West Germany.

Portugal, Hungary, France, Spain and Argentina all failed to qualify, but Morocco became the first African nation in a post-war finals with Israel also making their debut.

In the group stages England lost 1-0 to Brazil in a match which saw Gordon Banks pull off a save from Pele that is rated as possibly the best ever seen in the World Cup.

Despite the defeat they qualified for the quarter-finals, where they faced a rematch against West Germany.

England had beaten the West Germans in the final four years earlier, but the tables were turned after manager Alf Ramsey made a tactical blunder.

At one point England led 2-0 but Ramsey took off Bobby Charlton and the Germans secured an extra-time winner.

West Germany came up against Italy in the last four, with Franz Beckenbauer forced to play with his arm in a sling.

His courage went unrewarded and the Italians ran out 3-2 winners in extra-time to earn their first final appearance for 32 years.

Both the Italians and Brazil, who had knocked out Peru in the quarter-finals and Uruguay in the semis, were chasing their third World Cup victory.

But, when it came to the match, there was only ever going to be one winner.

Brazil were unstoppable and stormed to a 4-1 win with goals from Pele - in his third and final World Cup appearance - Gerson, Jairzinho and skipper Carlos Alberto.

Group 1 results:
Mexico 0-0 USSR
Belgium 3-0 El Salvador
USSR 4-1 Belgium
Mexico 4-0 El Salvador
USSR 2-0 El Salvador
Mexico 1-0

Group 2 results:
Uruguay 2-0 Israel
Italy 1-0 Sweden
Uruguay 0-0 Italy
Sweden 1-1 Israel
Sweden 1-0
Italy 0-0 Israel

Group 3 results:
England 1-0 Romania
Brazil 4-1 Czechoslovakia
Romania 2-1 Czechoslovakia
Brazil 1-0 England
Brazil 3-2 Romania
England 1-0

Group 4 results:
Peru 3-2 Bulgaria
West Germany 2-1 Morocco
Peru 3-0 Morocco
West Germany 5-2
West Germany 3-1 Peru
Bulgaria 1-1 Morocco

Quarter-finals results:
Brazil 4-2 Peru
West Germany 3-2 England (aet)
Uruguay 1-0 USSR (aet)
Italy 4-1 Mexico

Semi-finals results:
Brazil 3-1 Uruguay
Italy 4-3 West Germany (aet)

3rd/4th place play-off:
West Germany 1-0 Uruguay

World Cup Final:
Brazil 4-1 Italy


West Germany 1974

Hosts West Germany beat the total footballers of Holland in a dramatic final after the losers had taken the lead in the opening minute.

The West Germans had some great players, including Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller, but it was Holland's Johan Cruyff who emerged as the player of the tournament.

Off the pitch there was little harmony among the West Germans and their players were constantly at loggerheads with the authorities over player bonuses.

Bad feeling remained after the final and the team's victory celebrations were spoiled when several players walked out of the banquet after officials barred their wives.

England failed to qualify for the finals, and were joined on the sidelines by Hungary, Spain and France.

East Germany, Haiti, Australia and Zaire all made the finals for the first time.

The East Germans pulled off the shock of the first round, beating the hosts in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history and causing a mutiny among the West German players.

The East Germans battled their way through to the second round but lost out as Holland topped the group.

Brazil, who were struggling to adjust to life after Pele, claimed the runners-up spot and went into the third/fourth place play-off, which they lost 1-0 to Poland.

West Germany edged out the Poles in the other group to set up the final against Holland.

Despite their stylish play and early goal, the Dutch could not keep the Germans at bay.

Paul Breitner levelled matters with a penalty and Muller, playing his last match for West Germany, pounced for his 68th international goal to give the hosts the new World Cup trophy.

It was Muller's 14th goal of the tournament and took him past French legend Juste Fontaine's previous best of 13 World Cup goals.

Group 1 results:
West Germany 1-0 Chile
East Germany 2-0 Australia
Chile 1-1 East
West Germany 3-0 Australia
Australia 0-0 Chile
East Germany 1-0
West Germany

Group 2 results:
Brazil 0-0 Yugoslavia
Scotland 2-0 Zaire
Yugoslavia 9-0 Zaire
Scotland 0-0 Brazil
Scotland 1-1 Yugoslavia
Brazil 3-0

Group 3 results:
Sweden 0-0 Bulgaria
Holland 2-0 Uruguay
Holland 0-0
Bulgaria 1-1 Uruguay
Holland 4-1 Bulgaria
Sweden 3-0

Group 4 results:
Italy 3-1 Haiti
Poland 3-2 Argentina
Poland 7-0 Haiti
Argentina 1-1
Argentina 4-1 Haiti
Poland 2-1 Italy

Final round - Group A results:
Holland 4-0 Argentina
Brazil 1-0
East Germany
Holland 2-0 East Germany
Brazil 2-1 Argentina
Holland 2-0 Brazil
Argentina 1-1 East Germany

Group B results:
West Germany 2-0 Yugoslavia
Poland 1-0
West Germany 4-2 Sweden
Poland 2-1 Yugoslavia
Sweden 2-1 Yugoslavia
West Germany 1-0

3rd/4th place play-off:
Poland 1-0 Brazil

World Cup Final:
West Germany 2-1 Holland


Argentina 1978

Some 48 years after reaching their first final, Argentina won their first World Cup, but the event was shrouded in controversy both on and off the pitch.

The country was ruled by a military dictatorship and there was a huge amount of opposition to Argentina hosting the event.

And, when a leading tournament official was assassinated en route to his first press conference, the doubts only intensified.

On the pitch, there were allegations of match rigging and the hosts' eventual victory was certainly not celebrated abroad.

Scotland qualified but England failed to reach the finals for the second tournament in a row.

There were threats of a major boycott in protest at General Videla's totalitarian regime.

But many of the top footballing nations - and first-timers such as Iran and Tunisia - ended up going.

The Scots may have wished they had not turned up as they were humiliated.

After grandiose and premature claims of title glory, the Tartan Army went out of the tournament after the first round, having lost to Peru and drawn against Iran.

France, who had not qualified since 1966, also fell at the first hurdle.

Holland - without the great Johan Cruyff, who had decided to stay away - waited until the second phase to show what they could do.

They made it to their second successive final by defeating Austria 5-1 and Italy 2-1, and drawing 2-2 with champions West Germany.

Argentina and Brazil battled it out in the other second-round group.

The hosts had to win their last game, against Peru, by four clear goals to pip Brazil on goal difference and go through to the final.

It did not prove a problem as they put six past the Peruvians, with Mario Kempes scoring twice.

Kempes went on to score two more in the final as Holland were beaten 3-1 after extra-time.

The odds had been stacked against the Dutch, who were made to wait by their hosts before the game, and were then on the wrong end of some dubious refereeing decisions.

Group 1 results:
Argentina 2-1 Hungary
Italy 2-1 France
Argentina 2-1 France
Italy 3-1 Hungary
Italy 1-0 Argentina
France 3-1 Hungary

Group 2 results:
West Germany 0-0 Poland
Tunisia 3-1 Mexico
West Germany 6-0 Mexico
Poland 1-0 Tunisia
West Germany 0-0
Poland 3-1 Mexico

Group 3 results:
Austria 2-1 Spain
Sweden 1-1 Brazil
Austria 1-0 Sweden
Brazil 0-0 Spain
Spain 1-0
Brazil 1-0 Austria

Group 4 results:
Peru 3-1 Scotland
Holland 3-0 Iran
Scotland 1-1 Iran
Holland 0-0 Peru
Peru 4-1 Iran
Scotland 3-2 Holland

Final round - Group A results:
West Germany 0-0 Italy
Holland 5-1 Austria
Italy 1-0 Austria
West Germany 2-2 Holland
Holland 2-1
Austria 3-2 West Germany

Group B results:
Brazil 3-0 Peru
Argentina 2-0 Poland
Poland 1-0
Argentina 0-0 Brazil
Brazil 3-1 Poland
Argentina 6-0

3rd/4th place play-off:
Brazil 2-1 Italy

World Cup Final:
Argentina 3-1 Holland (aet)


Spain 1982

The star of the show was Paolo Rossi, who collected the Golden Boot as he helped Italy win their third World Cup.

Rossi had been banned in a match-fixing and bribery scandal, but he went from villain to hero as Italy beat West Germany to lift the title.

This was the first tournament with 24, rather than 16, teams and there were concerns before the event that many of the smaller nations would struggle to compete.

In the event most acquitted themselves admirably, and Northern Ireland pulled off one of the results of the tournament.

They beat hosts Spain 1-0 and topped their group in the opening stage.

The most bizarre incident, though, came when Kuwait walked off the pitch in their game against France in Valladolid after a row over whether the referee had blown his whistle to stop play.

They were ordered back on by Prince Fahid and France eventually won the match 4-1.

Scotland failed to reach the second stage and, although both Northern Ireland and England qualified, with Bryan Robson getting the fastest goal in World Cup history against France, that was as far as either team went.

England, back for the first time in 12 years, finished second to West Germany after two draws, while Northern Ireland finished bottom of their section as France topped the table.

The Germans had suffered the ignominy of being on the wrong end of the shock of the tournament, going down 2-1 to Algeria in the opening round.

X-rated challenge

But they made it through to the second phase after victory over Austria and the Germans, and went on to meet the French in the last four in a match that produced one of the most controversial incidents in World Cup history.

With the scores level at 1-1, France were denied a likely goal when German keeper Harald Schumacher took out Patrick Battiston with an x-rated challenge.

The French midfielder was carried off on a stretcher but Schumacher escaped a red card.

France took a 3-1 lead but Germany fought back to level the scores, before winning the match in a penalty shoot-out.

In the other semi-final, Rossi scored both goals as Italy beat Poland 2-0, and he was on target again in the final.

After Antonio Cabrini had become the first man to miss a penalty in a World Cup final, Rossi put the Italians ahead.

Marco Tardelli and Alessandro Altobelli made the game safe for the Azzurri, and Paul Breitner's late reply was little consolation for the Germans.

Group 1 results:
Italy 0-0 Poland
Peru 0-0 Cameroon
Italy 1-1 Peru
Poland 0-0 Cameroon
Poland 5-1
Italy 1-1 Cameroon

Group 2 results:
Algeria 2-1 West Germany
Austria 1-0 Chile
West Germany 4-1 Chile
Austria 2-0 Algeria
Algeria 3-2 Chile
West Germany 1-0

Group 3 results:
Belgium 1-0 Argentina
Hungary 10-1 El Salvador
Argentina 4-1
Belgium 1-0 El Salvador
Belgium 1-1 Hungary
Argentina 2-0
El Salvador

Group 4 results:
England 3-1 France
Czechoslovakia 1-1 Kuwait
England 2-0
France 4-1 Kuwait
France 1-1 Czechoslovakia
England 1-0 Kuwait

Group 5 results:
Spain 1-1 Honduras
Yugoslavia 0-0 Northern Ireland
Spain 2-1
Honduras 1-1 Northern Ireland
Yugoslavia 1-0
Northern Ireland 1-0 Spain

Group 6 results:
Brazil 2-1 USSR
Scotland 5-2 New
Brazil 4-1 Scotland
USSR 3-0
New Zealand
USSR 2-2 Scotland
Brazil 4-0 New Zealand

Second round - Group A results:
Poland 3-0 Belgium
USSR 1-0
Poland 0-0 USSR

Group B results:
West Germany 0-0 England
West Germany 2-1
Spain 0-0 England

Group C results:
Italy 2-1 Argentina
Brazil 3-1
Italy 3-2 Brazil

Group D results:
France 1-0 Austria
Austria 2-2 Northern Ireland
France 4-1 Northern Ireland

Semi-finals results:
Italy 2-0 Poland
West Germany 3-3 France (aet)
West Germany win 5-4 on penalties)

3rd/4th place play-off:
Poland 3-2 France

World Cup Final:
Italy 3-1 West Germany (3-1)

Mexico 1986

The Mexico World Cup was dominated by one man in a way no one had managed since Pele.

Argentina's Diego Maradona proved beyond doubt that he was the best player of his generation, and maybe of all time.

He scored one of the finest goals ever seen as he steered the South Americans to the final and, although he was not at his most influential, Argentina still won a thriller 3-2.

However, his glittering tournament also contained one of the most contentious on-pitch moments in World Cup history.

Playing against England in the quarter-finals he punched the ball past Peter Shilton to give Argentina the lead.

Three of the home nations qualified for Mexico, but only England made it through the group stages.

Northern Ireland and Scotland, who failed to beat 10-man Uruguay, both missed out on the last 16.

England struggled initially but a Gary Lineker hat-trick against Poland sent them through to play Paraguay in the second round.

Lineker went on to win the Golden Boot as the tournament's leading scorer with six goals.

England's 3-0 win set up a quarter-final against Argentina, with the memory of the Falklands War still fresh in the minds of people in both countries.

Maradona gave Argentina the lead with his infamous "Hand of God" goal and, before the England defenders could recover their composure, the maverick Argentine ran from his own half to score arguably the greatest World Cup goal of all time.

Lineker pulled one back for England as substitute John Barnes tormented the South Americans' defence, but Argentina held on.

A gifted French team, with Platini, Giresse and Tigana in midfield, beat Brazil on penalties after a marvellous quarter-final, but they lost to West Germany in the last four.

Argentina cruised past Belgium in the other semi to set up a potentially great final, and it turned out to be a classic.

The Germans came back from two goals down to equalise with less than 10 minutes remaining.

However, a defence-splitting pass from Maradona set up Jorge Burruchaga to clinch a 3-2 victory and secure Argentina's second World Cup.

Group 1 results:
Bulgaria 1-1 Italy
Argentina 3-1 South
South Korea 1-1 Bulgaria
Italy 1-1 Argentina
Argentina 2-0 Bulgaria
Italy 3-2 South Korea

Group 2 results:
Mexico 2-1 Belgium
Paraguay 1-0 Iraq
Mexico 1-1 Paraguay
Belgium 2-1 Iraq
Mexico 1-0
Paraguay 2-2 Belgium

Group 3 results:
France 1-0 Canada
USSR 6-0
France 1-1 USSR
Hungary 2-0 Canada
USSR 2-0 Canada
France 3-0

Group 4 results:
Brazil 1-0 Spain
Algeria 1-1 Northern
Brazil 1-0 Algeria
Spain 2-1 Northern
Brazil 3-0 Northern Ireland
Spain 3-0

Group 5 results:
Denmark 1-0 Scotland
Uruguay 1-1 West
Denmark 6-1 Uruguay
West Germany 2-1 Scotland
Scotland 0-0 Uruguay
Denmark 2-0
West Germany

Group 6 results:
Morocco 0-0 Poland
Portugal 1-0 England
England 0-0 Morocco
Poland 1-0 Portugal
Morocco 3-1 Portugal
England 3-0

Second Round results:
Belgium 4-3 USSR (aet)
Mexico 2-0 Bulgaria
Brazil 4-0 Poland
Argentina 1-0 Uruguay
France 2-0
West Germany 1-0 Morocco
England 3-0
Spain 5-1 Denmark

Quarter-finals results:
France 1-1 Brazil (aet)
France win 4-3 on penalties)
West Germany 0-0 Mexico (aet)
West Germany win 4-1 on penalties)
Argentina 2-1 England (2-1)
Belgium 1-1 Spain (aet)
Belgium win 5-4 on penalties)

Semi-finals results:
West Germany 2-0 France
Argentina 2-0

3rd/4th place play-off:
France 4-2 Belgium (aet)

World Cup Final:
Argentina 3-2 West Germany


Italy 1990

Italia 90 was dominated by negative, defensive football and the final was probably the worst in World Cup history.

It was won by West Germany, who beat Argentina 1-0 thanks to a dubious Andreas Brehme penalty.

The South Americans were a shadow of the side that had lifted the trophy four years before.

They were lucky even to make it past the first stage after losing to nine-man Cameroon in the opening game.

The Indomitable Lions were every neutral's favourites before finally losing to a mightily relieved England in the last eight.

The English went on to reach the last four for the first time since 1966, before losing to Germany on penalties.

The match in Turin produced one of the most vivid images of the tournament as Paul Gascoigne burst into tears after a booking which meant he would miss the final if England beat the Germans.

Luciano Pavarotti, who sang the tournament anthem Nessun Dorma, became a global celebrity, but, with the exception of Roger Milla and his Cameroon team-mates, there were too few stars on the pitch.

The Republic of Ireland were making their first appearance in the final stages of a World Cup.

They drew 1-1 with England in their group match, a result which helped both teams go through.

In the last 16, Ireland beat Romania on penalties, while England overcame Belgium courtesy of a dramatic David Platt volley in the last minute of extra-time.

That brought them up against Cameroon in the last eight and the Africans gave England an almighty shock.

With 38-year-old Roger Milla once again excelling as a second-half substitute, Cameroon took a 2-1 lead before two Gary Lineker penalties helped England through, again after extra-time.

A solitary goal from the prolific Toto Schilaci saw Italy beat Ireland to move into the last four, where they played Argentina in Naples, while England faced their old rivals.

Both matches went to penalties, with Germany and Argentina winning to set up a re-match of the 1986 final.

England lost the third-place play-off 2-1 to the hosts, but Germany gained revenge for their defeat by Argentina four years before.

Brehme coolly converted the decisive penalty in the 85th minute to win the Germans their third title.

Argentina became the first side not to score in the final and to have not one, but two players sent off.

Group 1 results:
Italy 1-0 Austria
Czechoslovakia 5-1 United States
Italy 1-0 United States
Czechoslovakia 1-0 Austria
Austria 2-1 United States
Italy 2-0

Group 2 results:
Cameroon 1-0 Argentina
Romania 2-0 USSR
Argentina 2-0 USSR
Cameroon 2-1 Romania
USSR 4-0 Cameroon
Argentina 1-1 Romania

Group 3 results:
Brazil 2-1 Sweden
Costa Rica 1-0
Scotland 2-1 Sweden
Brazil 1-0 Costa Rica
Costa Rica 2-1 Sweden
Brazil 1-0

Group 4 results:
Colombia 2-0 UAE
West Germany 4-1 Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia 1-0 Colombia
West Germany 5-1 UAE
Yugoslavia 4-1 UAE
West Germany 1-1 Colombia

Group 5 results:
Belgium 2-0 South Korea
Uruguay 0-0 Spain
Spain 3-1 South Korea
Belgium 3-1 Uruguay
Uruguay 1-0 South Korea
Spain 2-1 Belgium

Group 6 results:
England 1-1 Rep of Ireland
Holland 1-1
England 0-0 Holland
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Ireland 0-0 Egypt
England 1-0
Rep of Ireland 1-1 Holland

Second round results:
Czechoslovakia 4-1 Costa Rica
Cameroon 2-1 Colombia (aet)
West Germany 2-1 Holland
Argentina 1-0 Brazil
Rep of Ireland 0-0 Romania (aet)
(Rep of Ireland win 5-4 on penalties)
Italy 2-0 Uruguay
England 1-0 Belgium (aet)
Yugoslavia 2-1 Spain

Quarter-finals results:
Argentina 0-0 Yugoslavia (aet)
Argentina win 3-2 on penalties)
Italy 1-0 Rep of Ireland
West Germany 1-0 Czechoslovakia
England 3-2 Cameroon (aet)

Semi-finals results:
Argentina 1-1 Italy (aet)
Argentina win 4-3 on penalties)
West Germany 1-1 England (aet)
West Germany win 4-3 on penalties)

3rd/4th place play-off:
Italy 2-1 England

World Cup Final:
West Germany 1-0 Argentina


USA 1994

The 1994 World Cup saw Brazil become the first team to win the tournament four times as they beat Italy on penalties.

Despite initial concerns about taking the event to the United States, huge crowds ensured the tournament was a great success.

The hosts did their bit on the pitch by reaching the second round, where they lost 1-0 to the eventual champions, and they were not the only lesser side to distinguish themselves.

Sweden and Bulgaria both reached the last four, with the Scandinavians beating Bulgaria 4-0 to finish third.

However, there was a shocking postscript to the match between Colombia and the United States when Andres Escobar was murdered on his return to the troubled South American country.

Escobar had conceded an own goal in a surprise 2-1 defeat.

Diego Maradona was banned mid-tournament after taking illegal, performance-enhancing drugs, and none of the British teams even made it as far as America.

The tournament saw far better football than the dour play that affected Italia 90 and it got off to an entertaining start in the group stages.

The Republic of Ireland scored a notable 1-0 win over Italy courtesy of a Ray Houghton goal, and the Italians were lucky to scrape through the group stages.

Arrigo Sacchi's constant tactical changes unsettled the team, and the eventual finalists were also fortunate to beat Nigeria to reach the quarter-finals.

Ireland fell in the last 16, losing 2-0 to Holland, but Europe dominated the last eight, with seven teams reaching the stage for the first time since 1958.

Carried the flag

South American giants Argentina, unable to cope without Maradona, missed out after losing 3-2 to Romania.

The only non-European side to make the quarter-finals were Brazil, who eased past the hosts in the last 16, and they carried the flag for the rest of the world by beating Holland 3-2.

The shock of the round came when Bulgaria came back from a one-goal deficit to beat Germany 2-1 through goals from the legendary Hristo Stoichkov and Iordan Letchkov.

In the semi-finals, Brazil squeezed past an inspired Swedish team thanks to a single Romario goal to set up a final against fellow three-time winners Italy.

The Azzurri beat Bulgaria 2-1 with a brace from Roberto Baggio.

The "Divine Ponytail" was Italy's best player throughout the tournament, but the final was to be a bitter disappointment for the skillful Italian.

The two sides had an audience of 94,000 fans at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, but they produced a poor match that was out of keeping with the rest of the tournament.

It finally became the first World Cup to be decided on penalties.

After Franco Baresi and Daniele Massaro had missed for Italy, and Marcio Santos had failed for Brazil, Dunga stroked the ball home to put the pressure on Baggio.

If he missed, it was all over for Italy. And he shot it into the crowd to hand Brazil their record-breaking fourth title.

Group 1 results:
United States 1-1 Switzerland
Romania 3-1 Colombia
Switzerland 4-1 Romania
United States 2-1 Colombia
Romania 1-0 United States
Colombia 2-0 Switzerland

Group 2 results:
Cameroon 2-2 Sweden
Brazil 2-0 Russia
Sweden 3-1
Brazil 3-0 Cameroon
Brazil 1-1 Sweden
Russia 6-1 Cameroon

Group 3 results:
Germany 1-0 Bolivia
Spain 2-2 South Korea
Germany 1-1 Spain
South Korea 0-0 Bolivia
Spain 3-1 Bolivia
Germany 3-2 South Korea

Group 4 results:
Argentina 4-0 Greece
Nigeria 3-0 Bulgaria
Argentina 2-1 Nigeria
Bulgaria 4-0 Greece
Nigeria 2-0 Greece
Bulgaria 2-0

Group 5 results:
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Ireland 1-0 Italy
Norway 1-0 Mexico
Italy 1-0
Mexico 2-1 Rep of
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Ireland 0-0 Norway
Italy 1-1 Mexico

Group 6 results:
Belgium 1-0 Morocco
Holland 2-1 Saudi
Saudi Arabia 2-1 Morocco
Belgium 1-0 Holland
Holland 2-1 Morocco
Saudi Arabia 1-0

Second round results:
Germany 3-2 Belgium
Spain 3-0 Switzerland
Sweden 3-1 Saudi Arabia
Romania 3-2 Argentina
Holland 2-0 Rep of Ireland
Brazil 1-0 United States
Italy 2-1 Nigeria (aet)
Bulgaria 1-1 Mexico (aet)
Bulgaria win 3-1 on penalties)

Quarter-finals results:
Italy 2-1 Spain
Brazil 3-2 Holland
Bulgaria 2-1 Germany
Sweden 2-2 Romania (aet)
Sweden win 5-4 on penalties)

Semi-finals results:
Brazil 1-0 Sweden
Italy 2-1 Bulgaria

3rd/4th place play-off:
Sweden 4-0 Bulgaria

World Cup Final:
Brazil 0-0 Italy
Brazil win 3-2 on penalties)


France 1998

The World Cup of 1998 was lit up by the best football team France has ever produced.

The final itself was anti-climactic thanks to the Brazilians' subdued performance, caused by Ronaldo's fit the night before the game.

But that did not detract from the achievement by Zinedine Zidane and his team, who swept all before them on home soil.

England went out in the second round after David Beckham was sent off against Argentina, while Scotland once again failed to make it past the opening stage.

Scotland had played in the World Cup's opening match, doing their reputation no harm as they went down 2-1 to Brazil.

But a 1-1 draw with Norway and a crushing 3-0 defeat to Morocco left Craig Brown's team bottom of Group A and on the first plane home.

England progressed to the second round, victories over Tunisia and Colombia sufficient to overcome the disappointment of defeat to Romania.

Glenn Hoddle's team went through as runners-up, behind Romania, but that pitched them against their nemesis, Argentina.

A 2-2 draw included one of the best English World Cup goals ever, by Michael Owen, and one of the most infamous incidents in the shape of Beckham's red card for a kick at Diego Simeone.

The game went to penalties, David Batty missed and British interest in the competition was over.

France had to rely on a golden goal - the first in the World Cup's knockout stage - from Laurent Blanc to see them through their second-round game against Paraguay.

And, when penalty kicks settled their quarter-final against Italy, it looked like fate was smiling on Aime Jacquet's team.

Croatia, easy victors over Germany in the quarter-finals, were despatched at the semi-final stage and Paris braced itself for the mother of all parties.

Brazil had required penalties to get past Holland - themselves victors over Argentina - in their semi-final and the game had taken its toll.

Mystery surrounds the "convulsion" Ronaldo suffered the night before the game.

But he was first left off the team-sheet and then reinstated after rushing to the Stade de France when a hospital check-up gave him the all clear.

He played but was clearly not fit and France punished Brazil's dithering with a simple 3-0 win, two goals coming from captain Zidane and one from Emmanuel Petit.

Croatia beat Holland in the third-place play-off and their star striker Davor Suker won the Golden Boot with six goals.

Group A results:
Brazil 2-1 Scotland
Morocco 2-2 Norway
Scotland 1-1 Norway
Brazil 3-0 Morocco
Scotland 0-3 Morocco
Brazil 1-2

Group B results:
Italy 2-2 Chile
Cameroon 1-1 Austria
Chile 1-1 Austria
Italy 3-0 Cameroon
Italy 2-1 Austria
Chile 1-1 Cameroon

Group C results:
Saudi Arabia 0-1 Denmark
France 3-0 South Africa
South Africa 1-1 Denmark
France 4-0 Saudi Arabia
France 2-1 Denmark
South Africa 2-2 Saudi Arabia

Group D results:
Paraguay 0-0 Bulgaria
Spain 2-3 Nigeria
Nigeria 1-0 Bulgaria
Spain 0-0 Paraguay
Spain 6-1 Bulgaria
Nigeria 1-3

Group E results:
South Korea 1-3 Mexico
Holland 0-0 Belgium
Belgium 2-2 Mexico
Holland 5-0 South Korea
Belgium 1-1 South Korea
Holland 2-2 Mexico

Group F results:
Yugoslavia 1-0 Iran
Germany 2-0 USA
Germany 2-2
USA 1-2 Iran
Germany 2-0 Iran
USA 0-1

Group G results:
England 2-0 Tunisia
Romania 1-0 Colombia
Colombia 1-0 Tunisia
Romania 2-1 England
Romania 1-1 Tunisia
Colombia 0-2

Group H results
Argentina 1-0 Japan
Jamaica 1-3 Croatia
Japan 0-1 Croatia
Argentina 5-0 Jamaica
Japan 1-2 Jamaica
Argentina 1-0

Second round results:
Italy 1-0 Norway
Brazil 4-1 Chile
France 1-0
Paraguay (aet)
France won on golden goal)
Nigeria 1-4 Denmark
Germany 2-1
Holland 2-1 Yugoslavia
Romania 0-1 Croatia
Argentina 2-2 England (aet)
Argentina won 4-3 on penalties)

Quarter-final results:
Italy 0-0 France (aet)
France won 4-3 on penalties)
Brazil 3-2 Denmark
Holland 2-1 Argentina
Germany 0-3

Semi-final results:
Brazil 1-1 Holland (aet)
Brazil won 4-2 on penalties)
France 2-1 Croatia

3rd/4th place play-off:
Holland 1-2 Croatia

World Cup Final:
Brazil 0-3 France

Korea/Japan 2002


The finals’ first round got a shocking ball rolling with some vivid examples of a football world in flux. The opener pitted holders France against upstart Africans Senegal, and in a hint of things to come, the new boys grabbed the only goal in a heated contest. Along with the Lions of Teranga, co-hosts Japan and Korea both won their respective groups after long, cold legacies. The United States too pulled off a great shock, graduating to the Round of 16 at the expense of fancied Portugal. And while the meek were inheriting the earth, the favourites faltered profoundly. Both France and Argentina never found their legs, tumbling ignominiously out of the first round in shame, without explanation.


France flop, Denmark and Senegal hit the mark
The finals’ opener saw the Lions of Teranga hand their old colonial masters the shock of a lifetime.
Senegal went on to confirm their place among the tournament’s finest revelations, finishing second. The holders never quite looked themselves, with talismanic Zidane out for Les Bleus’ first two matches. Uninspired and unlucky they returned home barren and shame-faced. Denmark proved themselves well worthy, winning the group with flashes of panache to complement their rugged, tactical style, while South American side Uruguay offered little save for.

Spain silence old ghosts, young Slovenia slip
‘La Furia’ began a finals full of surprises by winning all of their group matches for the first time since 1950. The youthful Slovenians, far from being the cheerful, homespun darlings of the finals, gave way under the weight of bitter bickering. The side’s only true star Zahovic was sent home in disgrace in a poor first finals. Paraguay, led by a rounder, Chilavert, proved themselves a side to be reckoned with, finishing second with some fine outings from Roque Santa Cruz, as Jomo Sono’s ‘Bafana Bafana’ sent a nation into ecstasy when South Africa earned themselves a first-ever win at the finals.

Brazil romp as billions cry for tiny China
With Ronaldo back to his best after eons of injury woes, Brazil ran out easy winners in a group swimming with minnows, stumbling only once in their first match with the rogue Turks.
Turkey, at the finals for the first time in half a century scrapped their way into the second round after a foul-littered first. Central American sophomores Costa Rica did well for themselves earning four points in a respectable campaign, while tiny China couldn’t find a point, or even a measly goal, as magic man Bora was unable to conjure up anything of any consequence as a billion Chinese watched on.

‘Red Devils’ run riot, U.S. sneaks by
The U.S. pulled a shock for the ages as they put fancied Figo and his
Portugal down by three early in the opener. Though the Iberians hit back at Poland in their second match, they died an ugly, foul-littered death in their finale with the hosts. Korea won their first ever finals match after years of trying, and won the group courtesy of a direct, honest attacking approach. In their last match with Portugal a brilliant bit of Park Ji Sung magic put both Korea and a grateful U.S. through to the second round. Poland, for their part, proved another Eastern European flop, out after two matches.

Klose encounters but Germany win through
Germany's astonishing win in the group's opening match against Saudi Arabia set the tone for a tough-looking group. And with a headed hat-trick, Klose banished concerns over missing players. While Germany never looked back, Saudi Arabia never recovered. Their finishing deserted them, and they failed to score. The Republic of Ireland proved they had formidable team spirit despite the sending home of captain Roy Keane with two comebacks in their opening two matches. The Indomitable Lions, fancied to go far, disappointed at key moments, finally painting a sorry picture against Germany.

Group of Death proves fatal for favourites
The "Group of Death" promised a victim but few expected
Argentina to fall. Sweden, sure in defence and speedy in attack, proved the upstarts while the South Americans, with a pocketful of stars, appeared unable to dig deep enough to find the ones that sparkled. Sven-Goran Eriksson added Swedish caution to England's traditional tendency to attack masterminding victory in the grudge match against Argentina and instilling belief and heart into the Three Lions. Nigeria sparkled and fizzed at times but failed to pop the cork in the final third, disappointing in the finals once again.

Mexico get diviner inspiration
Mexico made the knockout stage for the third finals in a row with security and style. Much fancied Italy began with a clinical assurance but regressed to their more familiar trepidation of opening rounds, needing a splash or two of holy water as their forwards suddenly fired blanks. It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance by Croatia. They sparkled against Italy but then disappointed, unable to find the right blend of old hands and young starlets. Stage fright struck Ecuador in their debut at football's greatest stage but they finally found their lines battling and learning from the experience.

Japan's rising sons shine
The co-hosts ran out sporting space age haircuts in the futuristic Saitama stadium. Under a frenzy of expectation,
Japan faltered, but the rising sons quickly recovered and fed off the crowd's energy with a high-tempo style. Always tough nuts, Belgium were the only ones that didn't wilt under the Asian sun with their exceptional captain Wilmots living up to his nickname with a goal a game. Russia lacked creativity and punch without Mostovoi, while Tunisia led the African challenge in the group, but despite bits of pretty football and a handsome goal, they had little to offer.

Sudden death strikes as 16 become eight
After a wild group ride, the first brush with unforgiving, head-to-head competition proved equally raucous as shock results reigned yet again. Timid hosts
Japan tumbled out to ice-cold Turkey, while the high-flying Danes fell uncharacteristically flat against England. The upstart U.S. managed to pull off a shock against neighbors Mexico as Korea kicked up a ruckus downing fancied Italy. And all the while sexy Senegal extended their magical mystery tour with a golden-goal shocker over Death group survivors Sweden

Cut to eight, big boys hit back late
With only eight teams left, some normality returned as
Brazil and Germany charged into the semi-finals. The Seleçao downed a lackluster England with brilliance from rampaging Ronaldinho, while Germany needed a bit of luck and stingy net minding from ‘Olli’ Kahn to sneak past the plucky Americans by the slimmest of margins. As the big names battled back, two minnows swam upstream to the semi-finals. Tough Turkey shocked sassy Senegal with a truly golden goal, while irresistible hosts Korea kept a dream alive, putting luckless Spain on a homebound plane.

History has her say in the semi-finals
Just as it seemed the football world was in a profound state of flux, the more things changed the more they stayed the same. Giants
Germany shook Korea violently from their dreamy slumber in Seoul with a late Ballack surge. And in Saitama, four-times champions of romantic football, Brazil, ended truculent Turkey’s fairytale fantasy. The FIFA World Cup™ has not seen a final without Germany or Brazil since 1950, save one. Now for the first time, the two sides will meet in a bitter battle for global bragging rights.

Tough Turkey take “Taeguk” Warriors to task
A fairytale football romance came to an abrupt end as truculent
Turkey handed Korea her second finals defeat deep in the heart of Daegu. Hakan Sukur finally roused from his barren nightmare, getting the ball rolling with a goal after only 11 seconds – the fastest in finals history. Rapacious Turkey were never overawed by their hosts or their boisterous band of supporters. They brought with them their own sprawling red flag, and finished an amazing third in their first trip to the finals for over a full half-century. But both ambitious minnows were winners on the day.

A five-star Final for Brazil
After a tournament of torrid shocks, the final proved a showcase for football’s two most-visible stars. And at the end of 90 minutes in
Yokohama, Ronaldo – the brightest light in the night sky - earned a fateful fifth star for the Seleçao. With over a billion people watching the world over, the “Phenomenon” earned himself a place among world football’s pantheon of greats and a bit of vindication after a half-dead sleepwalk through the final at France 98. Germany’s bastion ‘Ollie’ Kahn faltered only for a moment, and with his rotten luck came Ronaldo’s profound rebirth.

Group A results:
France 0-1 Senegal
Uruguay 1-2
France 0-0
Denmark 1-1
Denmark 2-0 France

Senegal 3-3 Uruguay

Group B results:
Paraguay 2-2 South Africa
Spain 3-1
Spain 3-1 Paraguay

South Africa 1-0 Slovenia
South Africa 3-2 Spain


Group C results:
Brazil 2-1 Turkey
China 0-2 Costa Rica
Brazil 4-0 China
Costa Rica 1-1 Turkey
Costa Rica 2-5 Brazil
Turkey 3-0 China

Group D results:

Korea 2-0 Poland
USA 3-2 Portugal
Korea 1-1 USA
Portugal 4-0 Poland
Portugal 0-1 Korea
Poland 3-1 USA

Group E results:

Ireland 1-1 Cameroon
Germany 8-0
Saudi Arabia
Germany 1-1
Cameroon 1-0
Saudi Arabia
Cameroon 0-2
Saudi Arabia 0-3 Ireland

Group F results:

England 1-1 Sweden
Argentina 1-0
Sweden 2-1
Argentina 0-1 England
Sweden 1-1
Nigeria 0-0 England


Group G results:

Croatia 0-1 Mexico
Italy 2-0
Italy 1-2 Croatia

Mexico 2-1 Ecaudor
Mexico 1-1 Italy
Ecuador 0-0 Croatia

Group H results:

Japan 2-2 Belgium
Russia 2-0
Japan 1-0
Tunisia 1-1 Belgium
Tunisia 0-2
Belgium 3-2

Second round results:

Denmark 0-3 England
Brazil 2-0 Belgium

Sweden 2-1 Senegal AET
Japan 0-1 Turkey

Germany 0-1 Paraguay
Mexico 0-2
Spain 1-1 Ireland Penalty Shoot Out
Korea 2-1 Italy AET

Quarter Finals results:

England 1-2 Brazil
Germany 1-0
Spain 0-0 Korea PSO: 3-5
Senegal 0-1 Turkey AET

Semi Finals results:

Germany 1-0 Korea

Brazil 1-0 Turkey

3rd/4th place play-off:

Korea 2-3 Turkey

World Cup Final

Germany 0-2 Brazil




Compiled by

Poonam Doolhur


Credits to:

BBC Sports

FIFA World Cup


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