Brazil Defeats Italy on Penalty Shootout to Win Fourth World Cup Final
The United States staged a hugely successful 15th FIFA World Cup that became the best attended in history and ended with Brazil celebrating their first world title since 1970.
Forwards Romario and Bebeto were the Brazilians' star performers while Roberto Baggio shone equally brightly for Italy despite his penalty miss that concluded the first ever Final shoot-out. While Sweden finished third, the undoubted surprise package were their fellow semi-finalists Bulgaria.
The 1994 FIFA World Cup Final took place in Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, United States. Brazil won the World Cup against Italy on a penalty shootout after the score was 0–0. This was Brazil's fourth World Cup title. It was also the first ever World Cup final to be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Brazil was desperately in need of a title. 24 years without seeing the amarelinha shine was something of personal sadness to every Brazilian. And that year’s squad, with Parreira as coach and Zagallo as assistant, was a defensive one (which made everyone doubt its effectiveness), but also one with the star of Romário shining in the attack and key players such as Bebeto (who was in perfect tune with Romário), Branco (who came off the bench to save Brazil on a mind-blowing free kick against Netherlands), Dunga and Mauro Silva (who would stop everyone at the midfield), Jorginho (who was very effective on the right), and goalie Taffarel (who although got criticized and made some mistakes, saved Brazil on the final against Italy).
World Cup 1994