Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Five names to have at your fingertips ...
by Mike Woitalla, May 28th, 2014 8:54PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[WORLD CUP RETRO: 1994] Want to be a World Cup expert and impress your friends with your knowledge of the 1994 World Cup? Here are five names to have at your fingertips about the 15th World Cup, hosted by the USA and won by Brazil.

Silverdome. Some soccer purists around the world objected to a World Cup in a country without a great soccer history -- a nation that didn’t even have a national pro league. U.S. media, on the other hand, wrote much about the violent soccer fans they expected. But it was a peaceful, friendly festival. More than 3.5 million attended the 52 games -- 1 million more than the previous best-attended World Cup and still a record today, even though the last four World Cups had 64 games. The host played its first game, a 1-1 tie over Switzerland, at the Pontiac Silverdome, on natural grass crated in for the first World Cup game played in an indoor stadium.



Oleg Salenko. Russia exited in the first round but Oleg Salenko shared the Golden Shoe with Bulgaria Hristo Stoichkov on six goals. Five of Salenko’s goals came in a record-setting performance in Russia’s 6-1 win over Cameroon. Another record was set in that game as Roger Milla, 42, became the oldest player to score a World Cup goal.

Previous Editions of "Five Names":
Uruguay 1930 | Italy 1934 | France 1938 | Brazil 1950 | Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958| Chile 1962 | England 1966 | Mexico 1970 | West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 | Spain 1982 | Mexico 1986 | Italy 1990

Earnie Stewart. The USA had not reached the second round of a World Cup since 1930. It faced pre-tournament favorite Colombia in its second game at the Rose Bowl in front of 93,000 fans. In the 35th minute, John Harkes hit a low cross that Andres Escobar stabbed into his own net. Early in the second half, Alexi Lalas smacked the ball into the Colombia net but the AR raised his flag for offside, although TV replays proved he had been onside. In the 52nd minute, Tab Ramos sent a perfect pass for a streaking Earnie Stewart to finish for the decider of a 2-1 victory. Colombia midfielder Gabriel Gomez was kept out of the game after receiving death threats and Escobar was murdered outside a Medellin nightclub upon his return to Colombia.



Romario. Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira dropped Romario, whom he considered undisciplined, before qualifying play but brought him back for the decider against Uruguay, against which Romario scored twice in the final 20 minutes to keep Brazil’s streak alive as the only team reach every World Cup. At USA 1994, Romario paired up front with Bebeto and they scored four and three goals, respectively, as Brazil reached the final in quest of a record fourth World Cup title. On the way, Brazil eliminated the USA with a 1-0 round of 16 victory on the Fourth of July. Romario now serves in Brazil’s congress and has been a major critic of the nation’s handling of the 2014 World Cup hosting.



Carlos Alberto Parreira. Italy reached the final thanks to Roberto Baggio’s heroics. But the final was a dour ending to a good tournament – the goal average jumped back to up to 2.71 after 2.2 in 1990 -- with Brazil winning on PKs after a 0-0 tie. Baggio sent his penalty kick high over the crossbar. Brazil was deserving champion but played with much less flair than while lifting its previous three World Cup titles. “I did it my way,” said Parreira, who was on the coaching staff of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup-winning team and was head coach at World Cups in 1982 (Kuwait), 1990 (UAE), 2006 (Brazil again) and South Africa (2010). He coached MLS’s MetroStars in 1997. He now serves as Brazil’s assistant to Luiz Felipe Scolari.

1994 World Cup final highlights:



2 comments
  1. Barry Thomas
    commented on: May 29, 2014 at 11:23 a.m.
    My second WC game was Russia vs. Cameroon, which was not exactly expected to be a classic match. To the joy of all attendees, we were treated to two World Cup records that are unlikely to ever be broken. A truly memorable day!
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: May 29, 2014 at 1:37 p.m.
    You forgot Leonardo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30rSHY9aFBI

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Another convincing win for Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund    
Borussia Dortmund completed its second perfect week in a row when it beat Freiburg, 3-1, to ...
NWSL: Reign and Flash fight for final playoff berth    
The Seattle Reign, winner of the 2014 and 2015 NWSL Shield as regular-season champion, still has ...
NWSL: Edwards to retire after three pro titles    
Orlando Pride midfielder Becky Edwards, 28, will retire after Saturday's Pride game against FC Kansas City ...
This week in men's college soccer    
No. 1 Syracuse is off to its best start in school history -- starting out 8-0-0 ...
MLS Countdown: Lions and Kreis face crucial test at RFK    
A Saturday game between D.C. United and Orlando City matches teams with identical 7-9-13 records and ...
NASL owners remain 'undaunted' amid turmoil    
In response to reports of its potential unraveling, the six-year-old North American Soccer League issued a ...
What They're Saying: Eddie Rodger    
"They didn't just burn bridges with the local soccer community, they nuked them. It's disgraceful. They ...
MLS Moves: Pomykal will wear No. 19 in Rhine's memory    
Five years after former FC Dallas midfielder Bobby Rhine died suddenly and the team unofficially retired ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"I know that some football Einsteins -- football is full of Einsteins -- I know that ...
Video Pick: The Dancing Announcer of Leipzig    
Leipzig stadium announcer Tim Thoelke takes the field and adds some flair to the lineup announcement ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives