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1990 Italy World Cup
Runners-Up
Argentina
Third
Italy
Fourth
England
Goals scored
115
Qualified Team
24
Matches Played
52
Attendance
2,516,215
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The 1990 World Cup witnessed the lowest goals-per-game average, a deluge of sendings-off and arguably the worst final ever seen.

Just 115 goals were scored from 52 games at an average of 2.21 per game. There were 16 red cards and 164 bookings at an average of 3.46 per match, another record.

In addition penalty shootouts were routine -- four in total -- including both semi-finals. Argentina advanced at the expense of Italy and West Germany beat England.

Appropriately it was a penalty, by Andreas Brehme for the Germans, that decided a sorry final which included two sendings off for the Argentines. It was West Germany's third World Cup win.

Argentina's performance was typical of the tournament. They reached the final despite winning only two games and scoring five goals in total. Maradona finished the final in tears.

Cameroon, inspired by the veteran Roger Milla, reached the quarter-finals, while the unheralded Toto Schillaci hit six goals for Italy to finish top scorer.

Adding to everyone's woes were the hooligans. Some 300 were expelled by the Italian police with England fans prominent in several ugly brawls which nonethless weren't as bad as had been feared before the finals.

1990 WORLD CUP LEGENDS

Lothar MATTHAEUS

Germany:b. 1961

Captain and midfield general behind West Germany's success at Italia 90. The archetypal German footballer, combining power, pace and skill with a ruthless eye for goal.

Scored brilliant individual goal against Yugoslavia and added three more as West Germany deservedly lifted the trophy in 1990.

England fans will remember his sporting arm around the shoulder of Chris Waddle after the latter's penalty miss gave West Germany victory in a thrilling semi-final shootout.

Was also in the West Germany side that reached the 1986 final -- his goal saw off Morocco in the second round -- and was captain again at USA 94.

In total he played in five World Cups -- more than other outfield player -- and holds the record for World Cup matches played (25).

Enjoyed great success with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, though his return to Bayern Munich was marred by off-field clashes with team-mates and officials. He retired shortly after Germany's poor showing in Euro 2000, with a record 150 caps and 23 goals.

Jurgen KLINSMANN

Germany: b. 1964

Blond striker who proved West Germany's key attacker throughout the 1990s. Strong both in the air and on the ground, with searing pace and immense courage.

Earned reputation for diving earlier in his career, but won over many of his English critics during a hugely successful if short spell with Tottenham in 1994-95.

He flicked in a clinical winner in a quarter-final grudge match against Holland in 1990, and was a constant menace throughout for opposing defences.

Scored five goals in as many games for Germany at USA 94, and inherited captaincy from Lothar Matthaus, which he retained for his country's victorious Euro 96 campaign.

Retired from international football after the 1998 World Cup and settled in the United States. Klinsmann was appointed coach of the German national team in 2004 and guided his homeland to third place at the 2006 finals.

Roger MILLA

Cameroon: b. 1952

Aged 38, he had a stunning impact on the 1990 finals in Italy, catching the eye as much for his celebratory tangos with the corner flag as for his goalscoring exploits.

Having made some 80 appearances for his country, Milla was persuaded out of retirement for Italia 90 and promptly helped Cameroon become the first African country to reach the quarter-finals.

He purportedly changed his name to Milla from Miller because he thought it sounded more African.

Milla's opportunism saw him score four times, twice each against Romania and Colombia respectively, in the process becoming the oldest player to score in the World Cup finals.

Incredibly, he bettered that feat in the 1994 finals when, aged 42, he came on as a substitute to score against Russia in a 6-1 defeat.

1990 WORLD CUP TOP SCORERS

Salvatore Schillaci (ITA) 6

Thomas Skuhravy (CZE) 5

Gary Lineker (ENG) 4

Michel (ESP) 4

Roger Milla (CMR) 4

Lothar Matthaus (FRG) 4

1990 WORLD CUP TRIVIA

- Chile were banned after goalkeeper Robert Rojas pretended he had been struck by a flare thrown from the crowd during a qualifying match against Brazil. Chile, who needed to win 2-0 to qualify, were losing 1-0 with 20 minutes left when the incident occurred, and Chile's players refused to play on.

- As in 1982, holders Argentina were beaten in their opening game. This time they lost 1-0 to Cameroon when goalkeeper Nery Pumpido fumbled a leaping header from Omam Biyick. The Africans also had two men sent off.

- Cameroon's Russian coach Valeri Nepomniaschi was unable to communicate with his team without use of an interpreter. It didn't stop the Africans marching into the quarter-finals.

- United Arab Emirates' Khaleel Mubarak became the 50th player to be sent off in World Cup finals when given his marching orders in the 4-1 defeat to Yugoslavia.

- Cameroon's Roger Milla, at 38, was the surprise find of the tournament, but even he needed a helping hand in the second round from Colombia's madcap goalkeeper Rene Higuita. In George Best mode, Higuita tried to dribble over the half-way line but lost the ball to Milla who rolled the ball gleefully into the empty net.

- Blubbing Paul Gascoigne was England's star as they marched into the semi-finals. There an ill-timed tackle against West Germany meant he was out of the final -- if England reached it -- and Gazza burst into tears at the prospect.

- Another sobbing superstar was the hero of 1986, Diego Maradona. He led an ultra-negative Argentina side into the final despite scoring only five goals and winning two games. When they had two players sent off in losing the final to West Germany, Maradona wept unashamedly.

- Toto Schillaci followed in the footsteps of Paolo Rossi in 1982 when he emerged as Italy's unexpected goal hero. The feisty little Sicilian was the last player named in the Italian squad, but finished top scorer with six strikes.

- The finals produced the the lowest goals-per-game average ever -- just 2.21. There were 16 red cards and 164 bookings at an average of 3.46 per match, another record.

- Penalty shootouts peppered the finals -- there were four in total, with both semi-finals decided this way for the first time.

1990 WORLD CUP WINNING SQUAD

West Germany

Goalkeepers: Raimond Aumann, Bodo Illgner, Andreas Kopke

Defenders: Klaus Augenthaler, Thomas Berthold, Andreas Brehme, Guido Buchwald, Jurgen Kohler, Hans Pflugler, Stefan Reuter, Paul Steiner

Midfielders:Uwe Bein, Pierre Littbarski, Lothar Matthaus (capt), Thomas Hassler, Gunther Hermann, Andreas Moller, Olaf Thon

Forwards: Jurgen Klinsmann, Franck Mill, Karlheinz Riedle, Rudi Voller

Coach: Franz Beckenbauer

TeamGPWDLGFGAPTS
Italy3300406
Czechoslovakia3201634
Austria3102232
USA3003280
1990 Italy World Cup Matches
Friday 08 June
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
Group B, 08 Jun 1990 - 18:00 Local time
Saturday 09 June
Renato Dall Ara, Bologna
Group D, 09 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Group A, 09 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Sunday 10 June
Comunale, Florence
Group A, 10 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
Group D, 10 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Monday 11 June
Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
Group C, 11 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Sant Elia, Cagliari
Group F, 11 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Tuesday 12 June
Marc Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
Group E, 12 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Della Favorita, Palermo
Group F, 12 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Wednesday 13 June
Dacia Arena, Udine
Group E, 13 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
San Paolo, Naples
Group B, 13 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Thursday 14 June
Renato Dall Ara, Bologna
Group D, 14 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Group A, 14 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Friday 15 June
Comunale, Florence
Group A, 15 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
Group D, 15 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Saturday 16 June
Stadio delle Alpi, Turin
Group C, 16 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Sant Elia, Cagliari
Group F, 16 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Sunday 17 June
Della Favorita, Palermo
Group F, 17 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Marc Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
Group E, 17 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Monday 18 June
Stadio San Nicola, Bari
Group B, 18 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Tuesday 19 June
Renato Dall Ara, Bologna
Group D, 19 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Comunale, Florence
Group A, 19 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Wednesday 20 June
Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
Group C, 20 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Thursday 21 June
Marc Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
Group E, 21 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Sant Elia, Cagliari
Group F, 21 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Saturday 23 June
San Paolo, Naples
Round of 16, 23 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Stadio San Nicola, Bari
Round of 16, 23 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Sunday 24 June
Stadio delle Alpi, Turin
Round of 16, 24 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
Round of 16, 24 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Monday 25 June
Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
Round of 16, 25 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Round of 16, 25 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Tuesday 26 June
Marc Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
Round of 16, 26 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Renato Dall Ara, Bologna
Round of 16, 26 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Saturday 30 June
Comunale, Florence
Quarter-finals, 30 Jun 1990 - 17:00 Local time
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Quarter-finals, 30 Jun 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Sunday 01 July
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
Quarter-finals, 01 Jul 1990 - 17:00 Local time
San Paolo, Naples
Quarter-finals, 01 Jul 1990 - 21:00 Local time
Tuesday 03 July
San Paolo, Naples
Semi-finals, 03 Jul 1990 - 20:00 Local time
Wednesday 04 July
Stadio delle Alpi, Turin
Semi-finals, 04 Jul 1990 - 20:00 Local time
Saturday 07 July
Stadio San Nicola, Bari
Match for third place, 07 Jul 1990 - 20:00 Local time
Sunday 08 July
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Final, 08 Jul 1990 - 20:00 Local time