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  • The 1994 Italian National Soccer Team

    The 15th World Cup tournament was held in the United States in 1994. The finals showcased Brazil and Italy, two powerhouse soccer nations, battling to become the first to win 4 titles. Regulation and extra time was not enough to settle the outcome. The finals came down to penalty kicks and Brazil won 3-2 to claim their 4th title. This became the first final to be decided by penalty kicks. The format for the event was the same as the one used in 1990. You had 24 teams that qualified and they were divided into 6 groups with 4 teams in each group. The top two teams in each group advanced and the four best third place teams from the six groups also moved on to the knockout stage. In the first round Italy was placed in Group E with Mexico, Norway and the Republic of Ireland. All four teams finished 1 - 1 - 1. Tie breakers placed Italy third in Group E. The 6 third place teams were ranked and Italy squeaked into the Round of 16. Once in the knockout stage Italy defeated Nigeria, Spain and Bulgaria by the same score of 2 - 1 setting up the historic final against Brazil. One fact worth noting is that Gianluca Pagliuca became the first goalkeeper to be sent off in a World Cup Tournament match when he handled the ball outside his area. Below is list of the players that participated in the tournament, goals they scored and the results of each match the team played.

    No.NamePositionGoals
    11 Demetrio Albertini Midfielder  
    2 Luigi Apolloni Defender  
    13 Dino Baggio Midfielder 2
    10 Roberto Baggio Forward 5
    6 Franco Baresi Defender  
    3 Antonio Benarrivo Defender  
    14 Nicola Berti Midfielder  
    18 Pierluigi Casiraghi Forward  
    15 Antonio Conte Midfielder  
    4 Alessandro Costacurta Defender  
    16 Roberto Donadoni Midfielder  
    17 Alberigo Evani Midfielder  
    5 Paolo Maldini Defender  
    19 Daniele Massaro Forward 1
    7 Lorenzo Minotti Defender  
    8 Roberto Mussi Defender  
    20 Giuseppe Signori Forward  
    9 Mauro Tassotti Defender  
    21 Gianfranco Zola Midfielder  
    Goal Keepers
    No.NameRecord (W - D - L)Goals Allowed
    22 Luca Bucci    
    12 Luca Marchegiani * 2 - 1 - 0 2
    1 Gianluca Pagliuca 2 - 0 - 2 3
    * Luca Marchegiani replaced Gianluca Pagliuca in the 22' of the Group E game against Norway. Pagliuca was sent off for handling the ball outside his area. The score of the game at the time was still 0 - 0.
    Coach - Arrigo Sacchi

    Match Results
    Group E
    Italy0 - 1Republic of Ireland
     Goals ScoredRay Houghton 11'
    Italy1 - 0Norway
    Dino Baggio 69'Goals Scored 
    Italy1 - 1Mexico
    Daniele Massaro 48'Goals ScoredMarcelino Bernal 57'
    Knockout Stage - Round of 16
    Italy2 - 1Nigeria
    Roberto Baggio 88', 100'Goals ScoredEmmanuel Amuneke 25'
    Knockout Stage - Quarterfinals
    Italy2 - 1Spain
    Dino Baggio 25'
    Roberto Baggio 87'
    Goals ScoredJosé Luis Caminero 58'
    Knockout Stage - Semifinals
    Italy2 - 1Bulgaria
    Roberto Baggio 20', 25'Goals ScoredHristo Stoichkov 44''
    Knockout Stage - Final
    Italy0 - 0Brazil
     Goals Scored 
    Demetrio Albertini
    Alberigo Evani
    Penalties
    2 - 3
    Romário
    Branco
    Dunga
    Runner-up - 2nd Place Finish
    1990 World Cup 1998 World Cup
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