HomeWorld CupWorld Cup 1990: Match Highlights And Fond Memories Of Italia 90 [VIDEO]World Cup 1990: Match Highlights And Fond Memories Of Italia 90 [VIDEO] Noel Agnew January 16, 2014 World Cup 17 Comments Pages 1 2 3 Tweet Pin It About The Author Noel Agnew17 Comments Len F January 16, 2014 My first exposure to the World Cup was 1982. PBS had a show every weekday during the tournament that showed a match condensed to 60 minutes. Sometimes it was from the same day and sometimes it was from the previous day.The first live match I saw was on ESPN as they showed both the West Germany v France and Italy v Poland semis. ABC Wide World of Sports showed the final (though I can’t remember if it was live). Reply rick January 16, 2014 World Cup in the 1980’s was on the Mexican channel. The final was on ABC. Soccer has come a long way in the States from reading the scores in the Sunday paper. Reply Geo January 16, 2014 The 1990 WC was actually shown live on TNT of all networks. They took commercial breaks before every goal-kick and ended up missing Italy’s goal against Ireland in the quarterfinals. Reply rory January 16, 2014 Yeah they had Ernie Johnson as studio host and Bob Neal calling games. I guess Charles Barkley wasn’t available! Reply Che Mark January 17, 2014 “It’s the World Cup live on TNT!” –Ernie Johnson.“One citizen with lots of Citizens. Fat citizen. Thin citizen. Now that’s some citizen!” –Citizens watch commercial.“The bill’s twice as big as usual.” “Because honey, you ate twice as much!” “Tums, tu-tum-tums.” –Tums commercial.“Italians lust after anything american.” –Old Spice commercial.“They’re dancing in the streets of west central Africa!” –Announcer after Cameroon went up 2-1 vs England.First World Cup for me, too (I kind of watched the ’86 final). I was 15. My dad pulled me out of the last day of school in Camp Lejeune, NC to watch the June 5 opener. (I was born in Argentina, to US military and American mother.)For the Argentina/Italy semi, we were in an on-base hotel (“hostess house”) as my dad was retiring and we were moving out. With Italy up 1-0, my family went to our friends’ house to watch the rest of the game. I couldn’t stand the prospect of being around others with Argentina losing, so I stayed at the hotel alone. Happiest soccer day of my life watching Argentina win it!We were in podunk Indiana for the final, at my dad’s cousin’s house. I had to watch the game on Univision (my first exposure to home satellite TV). Worst soccer day of my life. I still think that penalty was a load of bull. Reply IanCransonsKnees January 16, 2014 Best world cup ever, none since have matched it for me. Reply Che Mark January 17, 2014 Agreed. Except for the final game for me. Probably mostly for sentimental reasons, but no other WC has had that magic. I guess when you grown up, that stuff mostly dies.I’l tell you though, the USA goal versus Algeria in South Africa–I still get chills (and even a tear or two sometimes) when I watch that one. You watch the 5 minutes leading up to the goal, then the goal–what a rush. I guess there are glimmers of that magic still. Reply Smokey Bacon January 16, 2014 In hindsight, other than England’s surprise performance and the emergence of Cameroon, a very disappointing World Cup. Too many dull defensive games.That said, it was great to be English for those few weeks. We struggled through the group. It only came alive with Platts last minute goal against Belgium. The nail biter against Cameroon followed by the heroic defeat to Germany,.I was a student back then, just sat my finals. Always remember Des Lynam introduce the Germany game with the words, “good evening. There are just three teams left in this years World Cup finals. Argentina, Germany,…….and England”. Straight into Nessun Dorma.Nobody on the streets. Everyone in front of a TV. Great times. Reply Taylor January 17, 2014 Agreed. Very defensive. A lot of teams were really disappointing: Holland, Soviet Union, Sweden and Scotland, Belgium, Spain and Brazil. Reply Pakapala January 16, 2014 One of the worst World Cup I’ve seen in my lifetime. To top it off, the refs handed the match to England after Cameroon played them off the park. Reply Smokey Bacon January 16, 2014 Cameroon played well, no doubt, but they were both clear penalties that saw England through. For Lineker to put them away under intense pressure just shows what a great player he was. Reply brn442 January 16, 2014 Well said Smokey. The final was a shambles that matched the overall defensive mood of the tournament.England, Columbia, and Cameroon were entertaining, so were Klinsman, Caniggia, Baggio, Schillici and Roger Milla. Maradona did have a moment of brilliance against Brazil, with that pass to Caniggia.TNT’s coverage was spotty, between the commercials and explaining what a corner kick is. I ended up watching it mostly on Univision. My brother and I taped most of it.Fox, before they were right wing loons, had a Saturday night reporting show – a poor man’s 60 mins. They did a segment on the spectre of British hooliganism invading Italia ’90 and God forbid USA ’94, thank god for Ron Atkinson I guess. Reply Smokey Bacon January 16, 2014 Things gave obviously come a long way over in terms coverage since 1990. ESPN last time out reached a level that I had only ever seen on the BBC. I can’t wait for June, it’s going to be awesome as they say over here. Reply Che Mark January 17, 2014 But TNT covered it at least. Well, not all the games. Not even all the 2nd round games if I remember correctly.The other part of the final that was shambles was the PK call. I still get mad thinking about it (not that I’m biased or anything).And Maradona, BTW, also put in the free kick that Caniggia headed in versus Italy.Also, everyone criticized Argentina for their ugly defensive tactics. But, come on, they had the best player in the world out there getting slaughtered by the other team. Their offensive brilliance was hacked and fouled out of the games, so what were they supposed to do? Reply Huw Roma January 17, 2014 For me it will always be my favorite WC, followed by 1982 and 1986. The WC hadn’t had the same magic since. Yes the scoring average at Italia 90 was the lowest ever, but there was a great atmosphere and a ton of drama. You can’t say it’s the worst WC now, not after the jokes that were 02, 06 and 10. Those suggest the WC has run its course as a really viable product. Italia 90 was the last of the old style cups where empty stands were commonplace and teams really were products of their nations, when foreigners still weren’t as common in any given league. There’s just something about Italia 90 that always makes it the best for me. In New Zealand in 1990 you could only see it on SKY Tv in Auckland, meaning only one city had access to live coverage. Therefore I missed most of it. Pretty pathetic. Reply Christopher Harris January 17, 2014 Personally I have a lot of very fond memories of the 1990 World Cup, but most of them were off-the-pitch memories. I was in the UK at the time to soak up England’s incredible run, the beautiful hot weather that summer and New Order being all of the radio and television.There were memorable games, but if you weren’t an England supporter, I can imagine it would have been a tougher tournament to love. But I certainly enjoyed it. Reply brn442 January 17, 2014 It was indeed, if you were an England supporter, the very essence of English Football was on trail because of Heysel and the rise of the more technical Serie A.It’s amazing the scrutiny Peter Shilton got for being 40 back then. Few would blink an eye at a top notch keeper playing at that age these days. Sports fitness has come a long way. ReplyLeave a Reply Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.