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1994 FIFA World CupUnited States 1994

A superb FIFA World Cup™ marred only by a disappointing final which Brazil won on penalties after a goalless draw with Italy. There were plenty of goals, excitement, drama and surprises. Bulgaria, who had never won a FIFA World Cup match in 16 previous attempts, were the biggest upsets beating Germany en route to the semi-finals.

There was drama when Diego Maradona, Argentina's hero of 1986, tested positive for drugs and was expelled from the tournament, and there was tragedy too when Colombian Andres Escobar was murdered days after returning home from scoring an own goal against the United States.

The hosts were not disgraced, going out to Brazil in the second round. The Brazilians were the best team in the tournament and were deserved winners, even if the nature of their final victory left a hollow taste for many.

Official FIFA World Cup™ Awards

Winner Brazil
Second Italy
Third Sweden
Fourth Bulgaria
adidas Golden Shoe winner Hristo STOICHKOV (BUL) 6
Oleg SALENKO (RUS) 6
adidas Golden Ball winner ROMARIO (BRA)
FIFA Fair play award Brazil
FIFA Award for the Most Entertaining Team Brazil
Yashin Award for the Best Goalkeeper Michel PREUD’HOMME (BEL)

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