1994 World Cup

1994 World Cup and the Brazil team which played the finals against Italy. A Copa de 1994 foi quarto título da Seleção Brasileira.

What’s up, galera! Let’s learn more about football! Today we will discuss the 1994 World Cup, the Brazilian fourth title in this tournament. Let’s learn about the 1994 Brazil World Cup team players, like Ronaldo Nazário and Romário, and their coach, Parreira. Hear about another amazing match between Italy and Brazil during the 1994 World Cup!

Brazil in the 1994 World Cup

This tournament has a special taste for Brazil because the team was coming from long twenty-four years without any world title since the last one in 1970, in Mexico. The 1994 World Cup was hosted in United States from June 17th to July 17th, 1994. Despite the host nation’s lack of a national top-level football league, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history; it broke the World Cup average attendance record with nearly 69,000 spectators per game, a mark that still stands.

Groups and Countries

Group AGroup BGroup C
United StatesSwedenSouth Korea
Group DGroup EGroup F
BulgariaRepublic of IrelandSaudi Arabia

Notice that in this world cup there were 6 groups. The number of groups increased in the 1982 World Cup so it’s old news. But the 1994 World Cup had its own news. The number of points per victory changed to 3, which until 1990 each victory was worth 2 points. Also, there was a very technological improvement in the medical assistance system. An electric powered cart was implemented to help taking injured football players from the field.

Problems Before the World Cup

The 1994 World Cup was special for many different facts. Romário was the star of the team, main player and top scorer, but during the qualifying matches, he didn’t have a good relationship with the coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and his staff, so Romário wasn’t called during a long time. In the last qualifying match against Uruguay, the Brazilian team had to win, otherwise it would be out of the tournament.

Parreira saw himself pressured and obligated to call Romário who was doing a great season at his club, Barcelona. He scored two goals that qualified Brazil for one more World Cup, let’s see it:

Romário was considered the most important player in Brazilian team in the 1994 World Cup, scoring 5 goals in 7 matches.

The Road to the Title

After passing the group stage and eliminating the hosts United States at the round of sixteen, Brazil was the only South American team at the quarter-finals and consequently the only one left at the tournament. Beating The Netherlands at the quarter-final and Sweden at semi-final in two very emotional matches, Brazil met Italy at the finals one more time in the 1994 World Cup, just like 1970.

Brazil x Italy in 1994

The 1994 FIFA World Cup final took place on July 17, 1994, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, USA. The final was a highly anticipated and closely contested encounter. The game ended in a 0-0 draw after extra time, which led to a penalty shootout to determine the champion. The penalty shootout is particularly memorable because of the miss by Roberto Baggio, one of Italy’s star players. Baggio famously skied his penalty kick over the crossbar, and Brazil emerged as the winner in the shootout with a score of 3-2.

Brazil’s goals in the penalty shootout were scored by Romário, Branco, and Dunga, while Italy’s goals were scored by Franco Baresi and Roberto Baggio. Brazil’s goalkeeper, Claudio Taffarel, played a crucial role in the shootout by making key saves.

With this victory, Brazil claimed their fourth title against Italy in 1994 FIFA World Cup, solidifying their status as one of the most successful football nations. The 1994 World Cup final was intense because of the dramatic penalty shootout, and the emotions that surrounded Roberto Baggio’s miss, which became an iconic moment in World Cup history. It was also special because it was the first World Cup ever decided on penalty kicks. Let’s see how that was:

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1994 Brazil World Cup Team Players

Let’s remember that just like Pelé in 1958 World Cup, Ronaldo became a part of the team at 17 years old. He didn’t have the chance to play, but he could feel the vibe and get ready for tournaments to come. But this doesn’t mean the 1994 Brazil team was weak, oh no! The 1994 World Cup team from Brazil was a hell of a team, with names that kept marked in the history!

2Lateral direitoJorginho
3ZagueiroRicardo Rocha
5Meio campoMauro Silva
6Lateral esquerdoBranco
8Meio campoDunga
14Lateral direitoCafu
15ZagueiroMarcio Santos
16Lateral esquerdoLeonardo
17Meio campoMazinho
18MeiaPaulo Sérgio

Brazilian Games and Results

Group Phase

Brazil2 – 0RússiaRose Bowl Stadium
Brazil3 – 0CameroonStanford Stadium
Brazil1 – 1SwedenStanford Stadium


Brazil3 – 2NetherlandsCotton Bowl Stadium


Brazil1 – 0SwedenRose Bowl Stadium


Brazil0 – 0ItalyRose Bowl Stadium
Important to notice the final score was 3 – 2 penalties for Brazil.

Important Highlights During the 1994 World Cup

Bebeto and Romário Partnership: Bebeto formed a formidable attacking partnership with Romário, and their combination play was instrumental in Brazil’s success in the tournament. Bebeto and Romário were the best attack duo in Brazil, and perhaps in the world at that time.

Maradona’s Doping Scandal: Diego Maradona, one of football’s greatest players, was sent home from the tournament after failing a drug test. He tested positive for ephedrine, a banned substance. Maradona argued that he ingested the substance unknowingly, but regardless, his expulsion marked a controversial end to his World Cup career.

Andres Escobar’s Tragic Death: Colombian defender Andres Escobar scored an own goal during a group stage match against the United States, contributing to Colombia’s elimination from the tournament. Tragically, upon his return to Colombia, Escobar was shot and killed in Medellín. The motive was believed to be related to the own goal, emphasizing the intense emotions associated with football.

Hristo Stoichkov’s Golden Boot: Bulgarian striker Hristo Stoichkov was one of the standout players of the tournament. He won the Golden Boot as the top scorer, scoring six goals in total. Stoichkov played a crucial role in leading Bulgaria to the semifinals, their best-ever World Cup performance.

Oleg Salenko’s Goal-Scoring Feat: Russian striker Oleg Salenko had a remarkable individual performance in the 1994 World Cup. In a group stage match against Cameroon, Salenko scored five goals, setting a World Cup record for the most goals scored by a single player in a single match. Despite this achievement, Russia did not advance past the group stage.

First World Cup in the USA: The 1994 World Cup marked the first time that the tournament happened in the United States. It was a significant event for the growth of football in the country and played a role in popularizing it.

Now it’s your turn!

How about a quick exercise? Answer the questions according to the Dica:

  1. Onde foi realizada a Copa do Mundo de 1994?
  2. Por que Romário não havia sido convocado?
  3. Havia mais seleções da América do Sul além do Brasil nas quartas de final?
  4. Contra quem o Brasil jogou a final?
  5. O que de especial aconteceu na final?

That’s it! We learned about the fourth Brazilian 1994 World Cup Title. What did you think about the Brazil x Italy final game during the 1994 World Cup? Which player was your favorite from the 1994 Brazil team? Stay tuned for more Dicas subscribing at A Dica do Dia or following us at our Pinterest page.

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   Click on the links below and see more related Dicas
Brazil 1982: Best Team Ever
2002 World Cup
1970 World Cup
1962 World Cup


  1. Estados Unidos
  2. Ele não tinha uma boa relação com o treinador da seleção brasileira.
  3. Não. O Brasil foi a única seleção da América do Sul nas quartas de final.
  4. Itália.
  5. Foi a primeira final da história decidida nos pênaltis.

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