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USA 1994 Soccer Cup - Your Memories Of Gloryland?  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3823 posts, RR: 51
Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3459 times:

I recently came across this video from 1994 and it made me remember one of the best summers in my life. Being in 6th grade then, the 1994 Soccer World Cup was the first time I really experienced and appreciated a Soccer world Cup, watched all the games, traded cards with school mates and so on.

Watching this video and especially listening to the theme song makes me shiver, even 15 years later. Gee has it been that long?

Funny how the 1994 World Cup didn't help a lot to promote soccer in the USA. Before and after, nobody really cares about it...  Smile
(Things are very different in women's soccer though)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47wEiz-378o

So what are your memories of that glorious summer of 1994?

Soren  santahat 


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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

Ahh, nostalgia! As a five years old in 1994 (going for six), after 15 yrs I still can remember some final match sequences.

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
Soccer World Cup

I prefer calling it Football. LOL Big grin

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
Funny how the 1994 World Cup didn't help a lot to promote soccer in the USA. Before and after, nobody really cares about it...  

Yeah... too bad.

Fatmir



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

I went to the Italy-Bulgaria semi. OMG next to when Italy won in 06' def one of the best times. Baggio scored some awesome goals.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL


User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3449 times:

For some reason this song doesnot ring a bell. Isn't this the tournament when Iran faced the US after a long time?? (Of course Iran won) or was it the next one??

I have great memories from that time, I loved football even though I didn't know much about it. I loved the theme that used to be played between the halves. The matches were late at night (Pakistan time), used to have school the next day (I too was in 5th or 6th grade at the time). The sneaking into the living room and watching the match with very low volume when permission was not granted, I felt soooo part of that atmosphere the game creates. In that respect those two world cups were the greatest of my childhood. Then things went a little crazy and the next world cup I was able to get time for was the 2002 tournament.

Boy was I in for a disappointment, I seriously thought I have grownup and those past feelings were nothing more but a child's excitement. It was the worst world cup ever.

Then I whole-heatedly participated in-fact cursed myself for not started the thread 'Thank You Germany' right after the 2006 world cup, because it came during probably the best year of my life and top of it it brought back the memories and the excitement of 90s in a way I did not expect. I didn't mention it to anyone since I thought it must only have been me, but now I think I might not have been the only one.

Anyway those were good days. Between those two world cups, names like Roberto Baggio, Romario, Emmanuel Petit, Azizi, still send chills down my spine.

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
Gee has it been that long?

It has, we are old old men now.


User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2765 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3441 times:



Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
Funny how the 1994 World Cup didn't help a lot to promote soccer in the USA. Before and after, nobody really cares about it...  

I wouldn't say that. MLS was created to satisfy FIFAs requirement that we form a top league within a couple of years of hosting the World Cup. If the World Cup hadn't been awarded to the United States, we probably still would not have a league anywhere near as prominent as MLS (yes, it can get more obscure than MLS).

After some tough years, MLS is now looking much stronger and expanding. Seattle joined this season, Philadelphia will join next year, and Portland and Vancouver will be added in 2011. The league is talking of further expansion in the future too.

On the hosting front, the US Soccer Federation is applying to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. It will get one of the two. The 1994 event remains to this day the best attended World Cup, and FIFA loves money so they will send either 2018 or 2022 this direction.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2827 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3431 times:

I was 15 and France was not participating. It's not really enjoyable to watch when your country is not participating. I have better memories of 1998, first because it was in France and second because we won!  Wink


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User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3871 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3422 times:



Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 4):
The 1994 event remains to this day the best attended World Cup

Interesting bit of trivia that I'm glad someone picked up on. Of course, it helps when all of the matches were scheduled in stadiums with 60,000+ seating capacity.

I was lucky enough to go to a game--saw Brazil-Netherlands at the Cotton Bowl. I was only 8, but it was a crazy (fun) experience. I'd do it again, even though that has so far been the only time that I have seen a professional soccer match.


User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2765 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3398 times:



Quoting Us330 (Reply 6):
Interesting bit of trivia that I'm glad someone picked up on. Of course, it helps when all of the matches were scheduled in stadiums with 60,000+ seating capacity.

That's why the US was considered to be the backup if South Africa couldn't be ready for next year's event. We've build enough 45,000+ stadiums since 1994 to host the World Cup without using a single stadium from that event.



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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2820 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3390 times:



Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 2):
Baggio scored some awesome goals.

I'm pretty sure he also missed a sitter of a penalty in the final against Brazil!  Wink The ball ended up in about Row 80! Proper spooned shot! lol

I remember that World Cup, i was in the USA for a month in April/May 1994 and they were mad promoting it. I have various Footix Mascot stuffed toys from the trip. Lol. I was 9 at the time.

Chris



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User currently offlineRGElectra80 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3375 times:



Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 8):
I'm pretty sure he also missed a sitter of a penalty in the final against Brazil! Wink The ball ended up in about Row 80! Proper spooned shot! lol

The best part is that he also missed a PK in a shootout against France four years later... Big grin
I never liked Baggio...

Quoting Bravo45 (Reply 3):
Isn't this the tournament when Iran faced the US after a long time?? (Of course Iran won) or was it the next one??

That was the next one in 1998.

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 4):

Spot on, man...

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
So what are your memories of that glorious summer of 1994?

I still lived in Brazil then and I was in 7th grade, so it was the first major sporting event I really remember. It was a tough year for Brazil: the death of Ayrton Senna a few months earlier was still fresh in people's minds and our entire monetary system was getting a complete overhaul that no one knew what would really happen after that.

No one had faith in Parreira's defensive ways and completely eschewing the flair that Brazilian football was always known for. The whole country held their breath when the U.S. played one of their best games of that tournament and then got eliminated on a late goal, the next game against the Netherlands where there was 5 minutes of extra time (longest 5 minutes of my life until then...) that semi-final against Sweden (Romario scoring on a header over giant Kenneth Andersson) and of course, that final...

Good times, I get a little misty-eyed thinking about it...

2002 was also good for us of course, but I think there wasn't nearly as much drama behind that Cup for the Brazilians and it was kind of expected that we'd win.

And as for 1998...what 1998? That didn't happen.  Wink



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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3375 times:



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 5):
I was 15 and France was not participating.

I think you mean they didn't qualify didn't you?  biggrin 

Quoting RGElectra80 (Reply 9):
And as for 1998...what 1998? That didn't happen.

If your from Brazil you sure think that year didn't happen!


User currently offlineBravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3367 times:



Quoting RGElectra80 (Reply 9):
That was the next one in 1998.

Thanks, I wasn't sure either way. But those two world cups were great for me, from the perspective of a neutral.

Quoting RGElectra80 (Reply 9):
And as for 1998...what 1998? That didn't happen. Wink

lol


User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2765 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3365 times:



Quoting RGElectra80 (Reply 9):
And as for 1998...what 1998? That didn't happen.  

 checkmark 

I'll be happy to forget that World Cup too!

My best memories of the 1994 World Cup are the win against Columbia. The own goal, the crazy hair of Carlos Valderrama, the delightfully tacky US jerseys. You know the ones that weren't quite dark enough blue and wound up looking like denim with big white stars. That was a fun World Cup.



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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2827 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3364 times:



Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 10):
I think you mean they didn't qualify didn't you?

Yes, that's what I meant. Sorry for my bad English.

We did not qualify in 1990 and 1994. An struggling to qualify for 2010  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3823 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 3354 times:

I love the official logo. So simple yet extremely stylish.



Soren  santahat 



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 3347 times:

Me and 3 other buddies drove from Toronto to Chicago for the opening match. I remember Germany winning 1-0 and Oprah breaking a leg during the opening ceremonies.

BUT!!, the best was going to watch the Germans train just north of Toronto just before the tournament started. The security was incredibly low. I was behind the training nets fetching balls for the German national team!!. I was throwing balls to Koepke, kahn, klinsman, Lothar....and the rest, i then i got their autographs and shock their hands, what a great experience!!



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 3346 times:

I recall watching the second round match Germany vs Belgium with a few classmates during our fieldtrip to Sylt. It was a real party, we were still only fifth graders, but during the match, it was like being with friends at someone's apartment or a bar, minus the beer.

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13120 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3335 times:

I remember going by Giant's Stadium in New Jersey (on the bus to go to work in NY City) when 2 of the games were played there. It was kind of cool to have one of the world's greatest sporting events take place here. I remember watching the final game for the Cup on TV.

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3330 times:

Sure, Sweden overpreformed, Henrik Larsson played yesterday against Portugal and also played 15 years ago, seem like a timewarp.

User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3320 times:

I went to my first professional soccer game at MLK to watch Spain v. Switzerland during that world cup and it was awesome. Fond memories.

User currently offlineRleiro From Venezuela, joined Jan 2006, 499 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3320 times:

I remember to watch the Italy vs. Spain match in quarter finals, especially when Tassotti broke the nose of Luis Enrique Big grin

I also remember when Roberto Baggio missed the penalty and the eventual win of Brazil.

Saludos,

Roberto.



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25532 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3314 times:

I remember it well from working inside the terminals at LAX at the time, and the mess it created.

From all the added last minute charter flight activity, to all the noisy crowds chanting with flags etc.



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User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2441 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3266 times:



Quoting Rleiro (Reply 20):
I remember to watch the Italy vs. Spain

You remind me such a great players such as two GK, Pagliuca and Zubizarreta, then Baggio, Albertini and Luis Enrique.

Here's short video of that match
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rAu9HjQHDY

IIRC, the top scorer was Stoichkov, Bulgarian national player.

Fatmir



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User currently offlineJfkspotter From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 448 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3214 times:

I went to Argentina vs. Bulgaria in Dallas, the day after the whole Maradona drug scandal was revealed. A little disappointed I didn't get to see him play, but still one of the most exciting events I've been to. The energy and enthusiasm was awesome.

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 12):
delightfully tacky US jerseys. You know the ones that weren't quite dark enough blue and wound up looking like denim with big white stars. That was a fun World Cup.

And don't forget the white jerseys with the red stripes!


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3211 times:



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 13):
We did not qualify in 1990 and 1994. An struggling to qualify for 2010

Actually word around the campfire was I think France was knocked out of qualifying for the 04' Cup by Bulgaria. Then in the semi versus Italia there was a French ref and there was some questionable calls in the second half. Hristo Stoichkov berated the ref late in the game with a bunch of expletives. Good times.



Quoting Rleiro (Reply 20):
I remember to watch the Italy vs. Spain match in quarter finals, especially when Tassotti broke the nose of Luis Enrique

Awesome game, the breakaway goal was awesome.

Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 22):
You remind me such a great players such as two GK, Pagliuca and Zubizarreta, then Baggio, Albertini and Luis Enrique.

Costucurta was the best player on that team. He saved their ass with this defense many a time.

Quoting FatmirJusufi (Reply 22):
IIRC, the top scorer was Stoichkov, Bulgarian national player.

Yep he got the Golden Boot


25 FatmirJusufi : What about football (soccer) in the U.S.? Is becoming more popular or it's just like before?
26 Us330 : I think it's becoming more popular. Of course, "more popular" is relative simply because it will never dethrone the big two--football and baseball, a
27 AirPortugal310 : I remember going to the Saudia Arabia vs Greece match at Foxboro Stadium here in MA I was 10. Good times! Crazy fans
28 ArmitageShanks : Especially with the very young kids aged 7-15. I'd bet more kids that age are involved in parks and rec soccer than baseball or basketball. One thing
29 Us330 : It's always been more popular with younger kids, at least as long as I've been alive (born in 85). Soccer at the local YMCA started at 4 years old, t
30 Continental : I do remember this World Cup quite well. I was still living in Florida, and a bunch of families got together at our friend's house and watched the ga
31 STT757 : I remember being on vacation in Orlando during Spring Break 1994 and they were promoting the World Cup like crazy, the airport (MCO) had special displ
32 PPVRA : Most intense soccer moments I've ever watched. . .I thought I was gonna have heart attack, and I was in elementary school!! Good times. The moment I
33 Post contains links CPH-R : My best memory of it, is how the Danish team failed to qualify. It all came down to a single match against Spain in the fall of 1993, where the spanis
34 Falstaff : I watched at lot of the World Cup games in 1994. I was working as a bar tender (19th hole) at Meadowbrook Country Club, in Suburban St. Louis, Missour
35 Signol : England too Everyone here was supporting Ireland - who#d have thought it?! signol
36 CPH-R : I've always found it somewhat peculiar that England seem to have a final round complex. Either you don't make it there in the first place, or you ten
37 Post contains links GrahamHill : And I remember like yesterday how France failed to qualify as well! Here is the story: On October 13th, 1993, we lose against a poor side: Israel. 2-
38 CPH-R : Ow, the dreaded 2ML (2 minutes left) struck again. I know the pain all to well, from the 90/91 UEFA Cup season. My team, Brøndby IF, had taken out E
39 GrahamHill : Confirmed in 1992 by your victory at the Euro!
40 CPH-R : IIRC most of the squad at Euro 1992 were playing in Brøndby during the 90/91 season. The following season was disastrous, as an investment strategy
41 Post contains links Sovietjet : These were my absolute most memorable football memories! For obvious reasons . Bulgaria has never gotten so far in world cup until then and it was abs
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