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United States 1994 World Cup Betting

1994 FIFA World CupYear: 1996

Participants: 24

Countries: Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Germany, Greece, South Korea, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, USA, Sweden, Switzerland

Championship: Brazil 1, Italy 0 (3-2 on penalty kicks)

Top goal scorer: Oleg Salenko, Russia and Hristo Stoitchkov, Bulgaria (6)

MVP: Romario, Brazil.

Soccer in the United States? Doesn't sound like a perfect match, but in 1994, the world's biggest soccer event invaded America for the first time.

One of FIFA's goals under president Joao Havelange was to expand the world scope of the sport. Bringing the World Cup to the United States naturally followed that policy, in hopes that interest in the game would finally catch on in the world's greatest economic power. Another factor that didn't hurt America's cause was the results from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. More than 100,000 jammed in the Rose Bowl to watch a third-place game between Yugoslavia and Italy. If fans would come out for that.

Italy's pony-tailed Roberto Baggio had the World Cup as his stage in 1994. A year earlier, he had been named FIFA player of the year, and now he was expected to lead this Italian team to greatness. Italy struggled in the first round -- as it did in 1982, when it won its third World Cup -- but Baggio came alive in the elimination rounds.

Baggio scored two goals to help Italy avoid an upset against Nigeria in the round of 16, scored in the game-winner in the 88th minute against Spain in the quarterfinals, and scored twice more in the semis against Bulgaria.

But if the 1994 tournament was the rise of Baggio, it was the fall of Diego Maradona. The Argentine star had been recalled to the national team to rescue it in the qualifying stages, and he showed some of his old brilliance in the first round.

But after Argentina's second game, Maradona tested positive for a banned substance. He was banned from the rest of the tournament, ending a great World Cup legacy, and Argentina promptly lost its next two games.

One of the great surprises of the tournament was the play of the U.S. team, which advanced to the second round before losing to Brazil. In pool play, the U.S. had shocked Colombia, one of the favorites to win the tournament. But sadly, euphoria for the U.S. meant tragedy in Colombia. Andres Escobar, who had scored an "own-goal" in the U.S. game, was shot in Colombia in a dispute that may have been related to his mistake.

The championship featured Brazil and Italy, two nations chasing a record fourth world championship. Brazil had one of its most powerful teams ever, and its "beautiful game" was led by superstars Romario and Bebeto. But the Brazilian attack was countered by a strong Italian defense, and the game ended 0-0 and had to be decided by penalty kicks.

The game came down to Baggio, who needed to convert his penalty kick to keep Italy alive. It sailed high, and Brazil had its "tetra" -- the fourth title.

World Cup USA 1994 Schedule and Results

Group 1 Results
United States vs Switzerland 1-1 (June 18, Pontiac Silverdome)
Colombia vs Romania 1-3 (June 18, Rose Bowl)
Romania vs Switzerland 1-4 (June 22, Pontiac Silverdome)
United States vs Colombia 2-1 (June 22, Rose Bowl)
United States vs Romania 0-1 (June 26, Rose Bowl)
Switzerland vs Colombia 0-2 (June 26, Stanford)
Group 1 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Romania 3 2 0 1 5 5 6
Switzerland 3 1 1 1 5 4 4
United States 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Colombia 3 1 0 2 4 5 3

 

Group 2 Results
Cameroon vs Sweden 2-2 (June 19, Rose Bowl)
Brazil vs Russia 2-0 (June 20, Stanford)
Brazil vs Cameroon 3-0 (June 24, Stanford)
Sweden vs Russia 3-1 (June 24, Pontiac Silverdome)
Russia vs Cameroon 6-1 (June 28, Stanford)
Brazil vs Sweden 1-1 (June 28, Pontiac Silverdome)
Group 2 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Brazil 3 2 1 0 6 1 7
Sweden 3 1 2 0 6 4 5
Russia 3 1 0 2 7 6 3
Cameroon 3 0 1 2 3 11 1

 

Group 3 Results
Germany vs Bolivia 1-0 (June 17, Soldier Field)
Spain vs Korea Republic 2-2 (June 17, Cotton Bowl)
Germany vs Spain 1-1 (June 21, Soldier Field)
Korea Republic vs Bolivia 0-0 (June 23, Foxboro Stadium)
Bolivia vs Spain 1-3 (June 27, Soldier Field)
Germany vs Korea Republic 3-2 (June 27, Cotton Bowl)
Group 3 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Germany 3 2 1 0 5 3 7
Spain 3 1 2 0 6 4 5
Korea Republic 3 0 2 1 4 5 2
Bolivia 3 0 1 2 1 4 1

 

Group 4 Results
Argentina vs Greece 4-0 (June 21, Foxboro Stadium)
Nigeria vs Bulgaria 3-0 (June 21, Cotton Bowl)
Argentina vs Nigeria 2-1 (June 25, Foxboro Stadium)
Bulgaria vs Greece 4-0 (June 26, Soldier Field)
Greece vs Nigeria 0-2 (June 30, Foxboro Stadium)
Argentina vs Bulgaria 0-2 (June 30, Cotton Bowl)
Group 4 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Nigeria 3 2 0 1 6 2 6
Argentina 3 2 0 1 6 3 6
Bulgaria 3 2 0 1 6 3 6
Greece 3 0 0 3 0 10 0

 

Group 5 Results
Italy vs Ireland 0-1 (June 18, Giants Stadium)
Norway vs Mexico 1-0 (June 19, Rfk Memorial)
Italy vs Norway 1-0 (June 23, Giants Stadium)
Mexico vs Ireland 2-1 (June 24, Citrus Bowl)
Italy vs Mexico 1-1 (June 28, Rfk Memorial)
Ireland vs Norway 0-0 (June 28, Giants Stadium)
Group 5 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Mexico 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
Ireland 3 1 1 1 2 2 4
Italy 3 1 1 1 2 2 4
Norway 3 1 1 1 1 1 4

 

Group 6 Results
Belgium vs Morocco 1-0 (June 19, Citrus Bowl)
Netherlands vs Saudi Arabia 2-1 (June 20, Rfk Memorial)
Saudi Arabia vs Morocco 2-1 (June 25, Giants Stadium)
Belgium vs Netherlands 1-0 (June 25, Citrus Bowl)
Morocco vs Netherlands 1-2 (June 29, Citrus Bowl)
Belgium vs Saudi Arabia 0-1 (June 29, Rfk Memorial)
Group 6 Standing
Team GP W D L GS GC P
Netherlands 3 2 0 1 4 3 6
Saudi Arabia 3 2 0 1 4 3 6
Belgium 3 2 0 1 2 1 6
Morocco 3 0 0 3 2 5 0

 

Round 16 Results
Spain vs Switzerland 3-0 (July 2, Rfk Memorial)
Germany vs Belgium 3-2 (July 2, Soldier Field)
Saudi Arabia vs Sweden 1-3 (July 3, Cotton Bowl)
Romania vs Argentina 3-2 (July 3, Rose Bowl)
Brazil vs United States 1-0 (July 4, Stanford)
Netherlands vs Ireland 2-0 (July 4, Citrus Bowl)
Nigeria vs Italy 1-2 A.E.T (July 5, Foxboro Stadium)
Mexico vs Bulgaria* 1-1 A.E.T (July 5, Giants Stadium)

 

Quarter-Finals Results
Italy vs Spain 2-1 (July 9, Foxboro Stadium)
Netherlands vs Brazil 2-3 (July 9, Cotton Bowl)
Romania vs Sweden* 2-2 A.E.T (July 10, Stanford)
Bulgaria vs Germany 2-1 (July 10, Giants Stadium)

 

Semi-Final
Bulgaria vs Italy 1-2 (July 13, Giants Stadium)
Sweden vs Brazil 0-1 (July 13, Rose Bowl)

 

3rd. / 4th. Placing
Sweden vs Bulgaria 4-0 (July 16, Rose Bowl)

 

Final
Brazil* vs Italy 0-0 A.E.T (July 17, Rose Bowl)

 

Statistics:
World Cup Champions: Brazil
Runners Up: Italy
Highest Scoring Game: Russia vs. Cameroon 6-1 (Group B)
Total Goals Scored: 141
Av. Goals Per Match: 2.71
Top Scorer: Oleg Salenko, Russia Hristo Stoitchkov, Bulgaria-6 Goals
Best Scorers in 1 game: Oleg Salenko, Russia-5 Goals
Highest Attendance: 94.194 (Brazil-Italy, Final)
Total Attendance: 3.587.088
Average Attendance: 68.982
Debut Appearance: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Greece
Stadiums Used: Pontiac Silverdome, Stanford, Cotton Bowl, Giants Stadium, Rose Bowl, Soldier Field, Foxboro Stadium, Rfk Memorial

 


Hosts Brazil continue to head the betting for the 2014 World Cup finals, best price 9/2 to win their sixth World Cup and their first as the host nation. Argentina are also well fancied whilst reigning champions Spain are slightly on the drift following Barcelona and Real Madrid's defeats at the semi-final stage of the Champions League to German opposition, with Germany now around 11/2 with the bookies as a result.

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Ends: 2014-07-13:00.000

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