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1990 FIFA World Cup Qualification
Tournament details
Teams116 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played314
Goals scored735 (2.34 per match)
Top scorer(s)Belgium Marc Van Der Linden
South Korea Hwang Sun-Hong
(7 goals each)
1986
1994

The qualification competition for the 1990 FIFA World Cup was a series of tournaments organised by the six FIFA confederations. Each confederation — the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Confederation of African Football (CAF), CONCACAF (North America), CONMEBOL (South America), Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), and UEFA (Europe) — was allocated a certain number of the 24 places at the tournament. A total of 116 teams entered the competition, with Italy, as the host, and Argentina, as the holders, qualifying for the final tournament automatically.

The first qualification match was played on 17 April 1988 and qualification concluded on 19 November 1989. A total of 735 goals were scored in the 314 qualifying matches (an average of 2.34 per match).

Entrants

At the close of entries on 30 September 1987, a total of 116 football associations had entered the 1990 World Cup. This entry figure was five lower than those who originally entered the previous tournament, a then-World Cup record of 121 entries.

Three entries were rejected by FIFA: Belize, Mauritius and Mozambique due to their outstanding financial debts, taking the number of accepted teams down to 113. With both the hosts and holders qualifying automatically for the finals, 111 nations were therefore scheduled to compete in the qualifying competitions. Gabon, Oman and Pakistan were making their first appearance in the World Cup.

Seven teams withdrew during the qualifying process without playing a match: Bahrain, India, Lesotho, Maldives, Rwanda, South Yemen and Togo. Mexico were disqualified from the CONCACAF qualifying tournament before playing a game for fielding overage players in the qualifying stages for the 1988 Olympic Games. Libya withdrew during the CAF group stage, but had already (successfully) played in the first round. Therefore, the total number of teams playing at least one fixture during the 1990 World Cup competition was 105 (103 during qualifying).

Confederation qualification

AFC

Main article: 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)

First round, the 22 teams are divided into 6 groups, 4 groups of 4 teams and 2 groups of 3 teams. the winners advance to the final round. Final round, the 6 teams played each other once, the winner and runner up qualify

Korea Republic and United Arab Emirates qualified.

CAF

Main article: 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

Rwanda and Togo both withdrew. The remaining teams played playoff games on a home and away basis. The Winners advance to the group stage. Group stage, the 16 teams are divided into 4 groups of 4 teams. The winners advance to the final round. Final round, the 4 teams play playoff games on a home and away basis, the winners would qualify.

Egypt and Cameroon qualified.

CONCACAF

Main article: 1989 CONCACAF Championship

First round, the 10 teams played playoff games each other in a home and away basis the winners advice to the second round. In the second round, Mexico, who had a bye, were disqualified, allowing Costa Rica to proceed by walkover; the remaining 8 teams played playoff games each other on a home and away basis, the winners advance to the final round, Final round, the 5 teams played each other on a home and away basis, the winner and runner up qualify.

Costa Rica and United States qualified.

CONMEBOL

Main article: 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)

The 9 teams are divided into 3 groups of 3 teams

Group 1 - Uruguay qualified.
Group 2 - Colombia advanced to the Intercontinental Play-off.
Group 3 - Brazil qualified.

OFC

Main article: 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (OFC)

The 4 teams are divided into 2 groups of 2 teams. The winners advance to the final round. Final round, the 3 teams played each other twice. The winner advanced to an intercontinental playoff against a CONMEBOL member.

Israel advanced to the Intercontinental Play-off.

UEFA

Main article: 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

The 32 teams are divided into 7 groups, 4 groups of 5 teams and 3 groups of 4 teams each.

Group 1 - Romania qualified.
Group 2 - Sweden and England qualified.
Group 3 - Soviet Union and Austria qualified.
Group 4 - Netherlands and West Germany qualified.
Group 5 - Yugoslavia and Scotland qualified.
Group 6 - Spain and Republic of Ireland qualified.
Group 7 - Belgium and Czechoslovakia qualified.

Inter-confederation play-offs: CONMEBOL v OFC

Main article: 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL–OFC play-off)

The winning team of the OFC qualification tournament played the CONMEBOL group winner with the weakest record in a home-and-away play-off. The winner of this play-off qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Colombia  1–0  Israel 1–0 0–0

Qualified teams

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Final qualification status
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  Country failed to qualify
  Country did not enter World Cup
  Country not a FIFA member

The following 24 teams qualified for the 1990 FIFA World Cup:

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Streak Previous best performance
 Argentina Defending champions 29 June 1986 10th 5 Winners (1978, 1986)
 Austria UEFA Group 3 Runners-up 15 November 1989 6th 1 (Last: 1982) Third place (1954)
 Belgium UEFA Group 7 Winners 25 October 1989 8th 3 Fourth place (1986)
 Brazil CONMEBOL Group Winners 10 September 1989 14th 14 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970)
 Cameroon CAF Final Round Winners 19 November 1989 2nd 1 (Last: 1982) Group Stage (1982)
 Colombia CONMEBOL v OFC Play-off Winners 30 October 1989 2nd 1 (Last: 1962) Group Stage (1962)
 Costa Rica CONCACAF Championship Winners 16 July 1989 1st 1
 Czechoslovakia UEFA Group 7 Runners-up 15 November 1989 8th 1 (Last: 1982) Runners-up (1934, 1962)
 Egypt CAF Final Round Winners 17 November 1989 2nd 1 (Last: 1934) First Round (1934)
 England UEFA Group 2 Runners-up 15 November 1989 9th 3 Winners (1966)
 Italy Hosts 19 May 1984 12th 8 Winners (1934, 1938, 1982)
 South Korea AFC Final Round Winners 25 October 1989 3rd 2 Group Stage (1954, 1986)
 Netherlands UEFA Group 4 Winners 15 November 1989 5th 1 (Last: 1978) Runners-up (1974, 1978)
 Republic of Ireland UEFA Group 6 Runners-up 15 November 1989 1st 1
 Romania UEFA Group 1 Winners 15 November 1989 5th 1 (Last: 1970) Group Stage (1930, 1934, 1938, 1970)
 Scotland UEFA Group 5 Runners-up 15 November 1989 7th 5 Group Stage (1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986)
 Spain UEFA Group 6 Winners 11 October 1989 8th 4 Fourth place (1950)
 Sweden UEFA Group 2 Winners 11 October 1989 8th 1 (Last: 1978) Runners-up (1958)
 United Arab Emirates AFC Final Round Runners-up 28 October 1989 1st 1
 United States CONCACAF Championship Runners-up 19 November 1989 4th 1 (Last: 1950) Third place (1930)
 Uruguay CONMEBOL Group Winners 24 September 1989 9th 2 Winners (1930, 1950)
 Soviet Union UEFA Group 3 Winners 15 November 1989 7th 3 Fourth place (1966)
 West Germany UEFA Group 4 Runners-up 15 November 1989 12th 10 Winners (1954, 1974)
 Yugoslavia UEFA Group 5 Winners 11 October 1989 8th 1 (Last: 1982) Fourth place (1930, 1962)

Top goalscorers

7 goals
6 goals

Notes

References

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