1994 World Cup

Last Modified Nov 25, 2022 19:06 IST

Where Was The 1994 FIFA World Cup Held?

United States, Brazil, and Morocco, all 3 bid for the hosting duties of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The vote was held in Zurich on July 4, 1988, and got over in just one round with United States receiving a little over half the votes by all members of the committee. FIFA thought letting United States host the FIFA World Cup would help increase the sports popularity.

Thus United States became the hosts of the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The games were played in 9 different stadiums across 9 different cities in United States. The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena was the most used stadium and hosted 8 different matches, including a Round od 16 game, a Semi-Final, the third place playoff and the final. The Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit on the other hand did not hold a single knockout game.

Pasadena, California(Los Angeles)Stanford, California(San Francisco)Pontiac, Michigan(Detroit)East Rutherford, New Jersey(New York/New Jersey)
Rose BowlStanford StadiumPontiac SilverdomeGiants Stadium
Capacity: 94,194Capacity: 84,147Capacity: 77,557Capacity: 76,322
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Dallas, Texas1994 FIFA World Cup is located in the United States
  • Pasadena
  • Pontiac
  • Stanford
  • East Rutherford
  • Orlando
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Foxborough
  • Washington, D.C.

Cotton Bowl
Capacity: 64,000
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Chicago, IllinoisOrlando, FloridaFoxborough, Massachusetts(Boston)Washington, D.C.
Soldier FieldCitrus BowlFoxboro StadiumRobert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Capacity: 63,160Capacity: 62,387Capacity: 54,456Capacity: 53,121
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Who Was The 1994 World Cup Winner?

Brazil won the 1994 FIFA World Cup tournament. Brazil were drawn into Group B along with Sweden, Russia, and Cameroon. Brazil beat Russia and Cameroon in the group stage with ease and drew their third game against Sweden. This helped Brazil finish on top of Group B with 2 wins and a draw. Brazil’s next opponent were the hosts of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, United States.

United States put up some good resistance against Brazil in the Round of 16 match but finally succumbed to a 72’ goal by Bebeto. Brazil’s next opponent was Netherlands in the Quarter-finals. This Quarter-final matchup was interesting to say the least. Brazil took a 2 goal lead over Netherlands, but goals by Bergkamp and Winter saw Netherlands make a comeback in the game.

An 81’ goal by Branco however saw Brazil take a 3-2 lead late into the game. This goal served as the winner and Brazil advanced to the Semi-finals stage. Brazil played Sweden in the Semi-final and once again got a narrow win, winning 1-0 owing to a 80’ winner by Romario. Brazil’s final opponent in the 1994 FIFA World Cup was Italy. Italy had finished 3rd in its group and was the team with the lowest points and goal difference out of those who qualified for the knockout stages.

They had barely managed to get through to the knockout stages but were now in the finals. Brazil were unable to score against Italy even after extra time, but owing to 3 penalty misses by Italy, Brazil won 3-2 in the penalty shoutout and won the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Which Teams Were In The 1994 World Cup?

AFC (2)

Saudi Arabia
South Korea

CAF (3)


OFC (0)

None qualified


United States (hosts)



UEFA (13)

Republic of Ireland

Who Was The Top Scorer In The 1994 World Cup?

Hristo Stoichkov and Oleg Salenko were the combined top scorers in the 1994 FIFA World Cup with 6 goals each. There was no criteria to determine who would win in case of a tie and so both the players were presented with the award. Stoichkov played as many games as those who reached the finals, and scoring 6 goals is impressive, but what is even more impressive is that Oleg Salenko scored 6 goals with just 3 games played.

Salenko was a Russian player and given the fact that Russia got eliminated in the group stages itself, Salenko ended up as the top scorer with just 3 games played. Salenko scored once against Sweden and scored a whopping 5 goals against cameroon, bring his total up to 6. Stoichkov on the other hand scored his 6 goals in 5 different matches, He scored 3 goals in the group stages, 2 against Greece and 1 against Argentina.

He then proceeded to score 1 goal each in the Round of 16, Quarter Final, and Semi Final, against Mexico, Germany, and Italy respectively.

Hristo Stoichkov

Oleg Salenko

What Was The 1994 World Cup Trophy?

The trophy awarded to Brazil for winning the 1994 FIFA World CUp was The FIFA World Cup Trophy. The tradition of giving the same trophy to the winning team every year since 1974 was carried forward once more and The FIFA World Cup Trophy was presented to Brazil.

What Was The Official 1994 World Cup Ball?

The official ball of the 1994 FIFA World Cup was called “Questra”. This was manufactured and produced by Adidas.