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1994 FIFA World Cup
World Cup '94
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1994 FIFA World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country Flag of the United States United States
Dates 17 June – 17 July (31 days)
Teams 24 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) 9 (host cities: 9)
Final positions
Champions Brazil
Runners-up Italy
Third place Sweden
Fourth place Bulgaria
Tournament statistics
Matches played 52
Goals scored 141 (2.71 per match)
Attendance 3,587,538 (68,991 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov
Flag of the Russian Federation (1997 proporsal) Oleg Salenko
(6 goals each)
Best player Flag of Brazil Romário
1990
1998

The 1994 FIFA World Cup was an international tournament that was held in the United States between June-July 1994. This was the first time that North America had held the FIFA World Cup and broke the average attendance record with nearly 69,000 people turning up for every match.

Qualification

Greece, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia qualified through to their first FIFA World Cup with Germany qualifying through to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1938 as an unified team. Norway would qualify through to their first World Cup in over 50 years while this was Bolivia first World Cup since 1950.

Seeding

The composition of the four pots was based on the FIFA World Ranking (established in 1993) and on the qualified teams' results in the three previous World Cups. The teams' pre-tournament rankings are shown in parenthesis.

Pot 1 (Top 5 plus hosts) Pot 2 (Africa + Americas) Pot 3 (Europe 1-6) Pot 4 (Europe 7–10 + Asia)

Group Stage

Group A

The opening game of Group A was the first ever to played indoors with the game being played at the Pontiac Siverdome. Victories against Colombia and the hosts put Romania on top of the group for the first time. The 4-1 lost in between meant that Switzerland would qualify through on the second automatic spot while the United States would be one of the four third placed teams.

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Romania Romania 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
Flag of the United States United States 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
Flag of Colombia Colombia 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
18 June 1994
11:30 EDT
Flag of the United States United States 1–1 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Wynalda Soccerball shade 45' Bregy Soccerball shade 39'
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac
Attendance: 73,425
Referee: Francisco Oscar Lamolina (Argentina)


18 June 1994
16:30 PDT
Flag of Colombia Colombia 1–3 Flag of Romania Romania
Valencia Soccerball shade 43' Răducioiu Soccerball shade 15'89'
Hagi Soccerball shade 34'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 91,856
Referee: Jamal Al Sharif (Syria)


22 June 1994
16:00 EDT
Flag of Romania Romania 1–4 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Hagi Soccerball shade 35' Sutter Soccerball shade 16'
Chapuisat Soccerball shade 52'
Knup Soccerball shade 65'72'
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac
Attendance: 61,428
Referee: Neji Jouini (Tunisia)


22 June 1994
16:30 PDT
Flag of the United States United States 2–1 Flag of Colombia Colombia
Escobar Soccerball shade 35' (o.g.)
Stewart Soccerball shade 52'
Valencia Soccerball shade 90'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 93,869
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)


26 June 1994
13:00 PDT
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 0–2 Flag of Colombia Colombia
Gaviria Soccerball shade 44'
Lozano Soccerball shade 90'
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto
Attendance: 83,401
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)


26 June 1994
13:00 PDT
Flag of the United States United States 0–1 Flag of Romania Romania
Petrescu Soccerball shade 18'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 93,869
Referee: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)

Group B

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Brazil Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7
Flag of the Russian Federation (1997 proporsal) Soviet Union 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 4
Flag of Sweden Sweden 3 0 3 0 4 4 0 3
Flag of Cameroon Cameroon 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
19 June 1994
16:30 PDT
Flag of Cameroon Cameroon 2–2 Flag of Sweden Sweden
Embé Soccerball shade 31'
Omam-Biyik Soccerball shade 47'
Ljung Soccerball shade 8'
Dahlin Soccerball shade 75'
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Attendance: 93,194
Referee: Alberto Tejada Noriega (Peru)


20 June 1994
13:00 PDT
Flag of Brazil Brazil 1–0 Flag of the Russian Federation (1997 proporsal) Soviet Union
Raí Soccerball shade 52' (pen.)
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto
Attendance: 81,061
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)


24 June 1994
13:00 PDT
Flag of Brazil Brazil 3–0 Flag of Cameroon Cameroon
Romário Soccerball shade 39'
Santos Soccerball shade 66'
Bebeto Soccerball shade 73'
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto
Attendance: 83,041
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)


24 June 1994
19:30 EDT
Flag of Sweden Sweden 1–1 Flag of the Russian Federation (1997 proporsal) Soviet Union
Brolin Soccerball shade 37' (pen.) Protasov Soccerball shade 62'
Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac
Attendance: 71,528
Referee: Joël Quiniou (France)

Brazil 1-1 Sweden USSR 3-0 Cameroon

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Ranking of third-placed teams

Knockout Stage

Round of 16

Quarter Finals

Semi Finals

Third Place play-off

Final

Goalscorers

Tournament Rankings

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