1986 FIFA Men's World Cup • May 31 - June 29

Mexico 1986

The 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico is enshrined in football lore, a tournament where the sublime skill of Diego Maradona was on full display, leading Argentina to their second World Cup triumph. Held at high altitudes and in the sweltering heat, the competition was a test of endurance and skill, producing some of the most memorable moments in World Cup history. Maradona's infamous "Hand of God" goal and his breathtaking "Goal of the Century" against England in the quarter-finals underscored his complex genius. The tournament was also characterized by its high-scoring matches and the attacking flair of teams like Belgium and France. The final in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, where Argentina overcame West Germany 3-2, was a fitting climax to a World Cup that had vibrancy and drama in abundance.

Winners and awards

Third place

Golden Ball (best player)
Diego Maradona
Silver Ball
Harald Schumacher
Bronze Ball
Preben Elkjær
Golden Boot (top scorer)
Gary Lineker
Silver Boot
Emilio Butragueño
Diego Maradona
Best Young Player
Enzo Scifo

Top scorers

Gary Lineker (6)
Careca (5)
Diego Maradona (5)
Emilio Butragueño (5)
Alessandro Altobelli (4)
Preben Elkjær (4)
Ihor Belanov (4)
Jorge Valdano (4)
Nico Claesen (3)
Jan Ceulemans (3)


Estadio Jalisco
Guadalajara, Mexico • 71000
Estadio Tres de Marzo
Guadalajara, Mexico • 30000
Estadio Sergio León Chavez
Irapuato, Mexico • 31000
Estadio Nou Camp
León, Mexico • 31000
Estadio Azteca
Mexico City, Mexico • 115000
Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Mexico City, Mexico • 72000
Estadio Tecnológico
Monterrey, Mexico • 34000
Estadio Universitario
Monterrey, Mexico • 44000
Estadio Neza 86
Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico • 35000
Estadio Cuauhtémoc
Puebla, Mexico • 46000
Estadio La Corregidora
Querétaro, Mexico • 39000
La Bombonera
Toluca, Mexico • 33000

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