1994 FIFA Men's World Cup • June 17 - July 17

United States 1994

The 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States marked a significant milestone for football, as it sought to win over a new audience in a country where the sport was not the primary national pastime. The tournament was record-breaking in terms of attendance, with stadiums across the vast American landscape filled with passionate fans, showcasing the sport's potential in the American market. It ended in dramatic fashion, with Brazil claiming their fourth title via the first-ever World Cup final decided by penalties, after a goalless draw with Italy. The missed final penalty by Italy's Roberto Baggio, one of the tournament's standout players, was a poignant moment that encapsulated the tension and high stakes of the event. The USA '94 World Cup is also remembered for the tragic murder of Colombian defender Andrés Escobar, the emergence of new football nations on the world stage, and the vibrant, if at times unconventional, American presentation of the tournament. The success of the event was a catalyst for the establishment of Major League Soccer (MLS) and contributed to the increasing popularity of football in the United States.

Winners and awards

Third place

Golden Ball (best player)
Silver Ball
Roberto Baggio
Bronze Ball
Hristo Stoichkov
Golden Boot (top scorer)
Oleg Salenko
Hristo Stoichkov
Golden Glove (best keeper)
Michel Preud'homme
Best Young Player
Marc Overmars

Top scorers

Hristo Stoichkov (6)
Oleg Salenko (6)
Jürgen Klinsmann (5)
Roberto Baggio (5)
Romário (5)
Kennet Andersson (5)
Gabriel Batistuta (4)
Florin Răducioiu (4)
Martin Dahlin (4)
José Luis Caminero (3)


Soldier Field
Chicago, United States • 65000
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, United States • 64000
Giants Stadium
East Rutherford, United States • 76000
Foxboro Stadium
Foxborough, United States • 54000
Citrus Bowl
Orlando, United States • 62000
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, United States • 94000
Pontiac Silverdome
Pontiac, United States • 78000
Stanford Stadium
Stanford, United States • 84000
RFK Stadium
Washington, D.C., United States • 53000

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