1994 FIFA World Cup Final

The 1994 FIFA World Cup Final was a soccer game that took place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, United States, on July 17, 1994, to determine the winner of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Brazil beat Italy 3–2 on penalties to claim their fourth World Cup title when the game finished 0–0 after extra time; this meant that Brazil surpassed Italy and Germany as the tournament's most successful nation.[2]

1994 FIFA World Cup Final
Rose Bowl stadium, the Final venue, photographed in 2018.
Event1994 FIFA World Cup
After extra time
Brazil won 3–2 on penalties
DateJuly 17, 1994
VenueRose Bowl, Pasadena, California
RefereeSándor Puhl (Hungary)
Attendance94,194
WeatherScattered clouds
100 °F (38 °C)[1]
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It was the first, and to date, only World Cup final to be scoreless both in regular and extra time and to be decided by a penalty shoot-out. Silver Ball winner Roberto Baggio missed the decisive penalty for Italy.[3] Brazil had previously beaten Italy in the 1970 final, marking the 1994 final as the second time that the same teams had met in two different World Cup finals, after Argentina and Germany met in 1986 and 1990.[4][5] Played at 12:30 local time, this was the most recent World Cup final to be played in a broad daylight.

FIFA awarded the final game of the tournament to the famous college sports stadium near Los Angeles on June 30, 1992; the Rose Bowl was the largest stadium used for the tournament.[6] With over 94,000 spectators, the 1994 Final is the most recent World Cup Final to have an attendance of 90,000 or more as of 2018.

The Brazilian team dedicated their win to the late triple Formula One motor racing world champion Ayrton Senna, who had died in an accident at that year's San Marino Grand Prix in Italy two and a half months before.[7] With Italy finishing as runners-up, Franco Baresi became the sixth player in history to win gold, silver and bronze medals at the FIFA World Cup.[8] Previously this result was attained in 1974 by five German players: Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer, Wolfgang Overath, Jürgen Grabowski and Horst-Dieter Höttges.


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