The Road to Italia’90

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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 (March 2020) working on UEFA qualifiers Group 5 and possibly also looking at our one outstanding 1989 friendly.

Next up:
– Angola v Sudan, August 1988 qualifier
– Belgium v Yugoslavia, May 1989 friendly
– France v Scotland, October 1989 qualifier
– Scotland v Norway, November 1989 qualifier

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NEW: Cyprus 1-2 Yugoslavia (Group 5)

28 October 1989, Athens: In the vast Athens Olympic stadium, there were almost eight seats available to each spectator present, and with sections of the sparse crowd gathered in just a few areas, there was the inevitable feeling that this game was played out in front of an empty arena. Would it affect the teams, though? Yugoslavia could probably be forgiven, at least from the outside looking in, for treating the fixture lightly, given the fact that they'd already won the group, albeit they'd not want to slip up against a team notoriously known for rarely winning qualifying matches. The Cypriots could probably find courage in the possible fact that the visitors were under-strength. Read more . . .

NEW: Yugoslavia 3-1 Scotland (UEFA Group 5)

September 1989, Zagreb: Vujadin Stanojković had been an ever-present in the qualification so far as right wing-back, but was relegated to the substitutes bench here as Osim evidently found that his position was surplus to requirements. Compared to the 5-4-1 he had fielded in the previous qualifiers, Osim sacrificed wing-back Stanojković to put an extra striker into the team. This additional forward would turn out to be Jakovljević, who recently has switched to Nantes in French football (as so many other Yugoslavian players at the time, and the club of Scottish star play Mo Johnston). Osim revealed to media that he had needed to contemplate whether to play Jakovljević or Savićević, but once again the latter needed to content with a place among the reserves – a status he had publicly announced he was unhappy with. Read more...

About 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).

This website,, is non-commercial and unofficial, and not affiliated to FIFA. Background image: The sky above Stadio Olimpico, and the area around the stadium (1989). Credit: Bob Martin/Allsport.



This website is open to improvements and corrections. We seek all knowledge available on the 1990 World Cup (incl. the qualification) and are interested in all possible stories and perspectives. Please get in touch if there is anything you would like to notify us about.