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After Mexico in 1986, the 14th FIFA World Cup returned to Europe: to Italy, a mighty footballing nation where no expense was to be spared in making the FIFA World Cup a roaring success. Ten of the twelve FIFA World Cup stadiums were given a complete facelift and the other two (in Turin and Bari), were built from scratch especially for the event.
Even though fewer nations took part in the qualifying rounds than in 1986 (112 rather than 121), reaching the finals proved to be just as difficult. Among the teams that failed along the way were Denmark, Portugal and even France, the 1986 semi-finalists having named Michel Platini as coach to replace Henri Michel.
With the exception of the Costa Ricans, who reached the last 16 in their very first FIFA World Cup finals, the first round turned out much as expected. Three players, however - Roger Milla, Salvatore Schillaci and the Argentinean goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea - all set the crowds alight. Milla, who came out of retirement to play in the tournament, became at 38 years and 20 days the oldest goal-scorer in FIFA World Cup history when he hit the net against Romania (he extended his record in the 1994 FIFA World Cup). A few days later in the quarter-finals, the old "Lion" and his Cameroon team-mates were beaten at the death by England 3-2, after leading 2-1 with ten minutes to go. Cameroon's marvelous display, along with Egypt's excellent performance, did not go unnoticed, and meant that Africa would be able to field three - as opposed to two - teams in the next FIFA World Cup in 1994.
A virtually unknown quantity at the tournament's outset, Salvatore Schillaci, better known as "Toto" in his homeland, carried an Italian eleven which, though they played entertaining football, were lacking in finishing power. Schillaci, 25, who played his club football for Juventus, was in such tremendous form - he scored six goals and finished as the tournament's top goal-scorer - that he virtually lifted Italy into the semi-finals on his own. There, however, the Squadra Azzurra went out on penalties against Argentina, having only let in two goals in seven games.
Italy's tormentor was none other than the Argentinean goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea, who came into the side to replace the seriously injured Nery Pumpido (who had a double fracture in his shinbone). As the last man in an uninspired but ever opportunist Argentinean side, Goycochea proved to be the decisive element against Brazil in the last sixteen, and then again in the penalty shoot-out against Yugoslavia in the quarter-finals and Italy in the semis.
Recorded from SKY Sports as part of their series which featured World Cup Films from 1954 to 1990.
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=== File Information ===
File Name: World Cup 1990.avi
Duration: 01:39:32 (149,289 fr)
File Size: 848 MB (or 868,808 KB or 889,659,392 bytes)
=== Video Information ===
Video Codec: XviD
Video Bitrate: 1060 kb/s
Resolution: 608x464 (1.31:1) [=38:29]
frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
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