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The aim of this website is to collect all knowledge and analyse every aspect of Italia'90. The site is a work in progress, with also published material being continuously revised. We will only begin publishing match reports from the 1990 World Cup tournament when all qualifiers have been covered. We are currently (February 2019) commencing work on UEFA qualifiers Group 5, with the group's second fixture between France and Norway currently being reviewed. To receive updates on twitter, follow (kaltz) and (domizio).


NEW: Scotland 1-1 Yugoslavia

19 October 1988, Glasgow: The early sequences of play indicate what is at stake. Neither side appears willing to relinquish anything in terms of initiative to the opponent, and there's some ferocious battles for possession. Both teams seem quite direct, although they opt for different means of approach: Scotland are certainly not afraid of hoisting long balls in the forward direction, where in particular Johnston among the strikers is keen on working the channels, while the Yugoslavians seem to have greater emphasis on quick breaks which involve several players. Not that any of this is rocket science; it is exactly what they're both known for. Read more...

RECENT: France 1-0 Norway

28 September 1988, Paris: The hosts seem to have a wish to move the ball around at pace between themselves. They'd been criticised recently, so they would need to regain the trust of their fans. The fact that today's squad was being compared to illustrious editions only a few years earlier did hardly do them any favours, but nevertheless there were players in the French select which were highly capable of fine individual as well as collective efforts. They went about in order to dictate the pace of the game, and in the centre of these endeavours was their obvious playmaker: Number 10 - Gérald Passi. Read more . . .

Previously: Czechoslovakia v Switzerland (1989 qualifier)

Previously: Wales v Netherlands (1989 qualifier)

From the news archives

One of the last qualifiers covered at italia1990.com is Iceland v Soviet Union (31 August 1988) from UEFA Group 3, provided by our writer kaltz. In addition, we give you the front page of the Icelandic newspaper Tíminn on 1 September 1988: Its headline was not so much the result of the game, as the naked person who entered the field. This is allegedly the first time this phenomenon was witnessed on a sporting venue on the island. Insular innocence stolen.

(Thanks to @WC1930blogger for notifying us.)

From the archives

Group 7 Quiz

Who was Belgium's regular libero in the 1990 qualifiers? And who's the player in the middle in the picture to the right? Test your UEFA qualification group 7 knowledge with our new group 7 quiz. Difficulty level: Difficult . . .

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Italia1990.com is a website dedicated to the 1990 FIFA World Cup. With the aim to collect all knowledge and analyse every aspect of Italia'90, this website will for a considerable time be a work in progress. The website publishes everything worth to know not only about the World Cup tournament itself, but also its build-up, including the qualification stage. While match info and statistics are important, this website will also stress match reports, anecdotes and analyses. Two writers are currently engaged in the project, kaltz (@1990qual) and domizio (@1990worldcup).

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