The 1990 World Cup was won by West Germany, the third time they won the tournament.
- At the qualifier between Nigeria and Angola in 1989, a crowd of 80,000 attended the match in the 60,000-capacity stadium in Lagos on 12 August 1989. Tragically, 13 fans and a Nigerian player were affected by the stifling conditions and died.
- Mexico was banned from participating in the 1990 World Cup as it had deliberately fielded three overaged players in a FIFA international youth tournament.
- Costa Rica, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates made their first appearances in the finals
- In the 1990 Semi-Final between Italy and Argentina, absent-minded referee referee Michael Vautrot from France added 8 minutes of injury time to the first half of extra-time as he forgot about the time. Fortunately no goal was scored during the 40 minutes of extra-time. Argentina won 4-3 on penalty shoot-out.
- The goal scored the latest during a game was by David Platt of England, in their second round match against Belgium in 1990 - he scored after 119 minutes.
- The coach of the winning German team was Franz Beckenbauer, who became the first person to win the World Cup as Captain (1974) and then as coach.
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