1986 FIFA World Cup Results, history, stats, most popular questions and answers
The 1986 FIFA World Cup was held in Mexico from 31 May to 29 June 1986. The tournament was the second to be held in a North American country, after the 1970 edition in Mexico. It was also the first World Cup to use a 24-team format, with eight groups of three teams each. With the expanded format, the tournament was able to include more teams from Africa, Asia and Oceania than ever before.
A total of 116 nations entered the 1986 FIFA World Cup, including first-time entrants Canada, Denmark, Greece, Iraq and Uruguay. Uganda also returned after missing the previous two tournaments. New Zealand made their first appearance since 1982, while Argentina and Italy returned after being absent from the previous edition.
Argentina were the defending champions, but they were eliminated in the second round. France won their first ever World Cup, defeating West Germany in the final 3–2. Mexico became the first team from outside Europe and the Americas to reach the final, while Bulgaria, Uruguay and Denmark made their World Cup debuts.
The 1986 World Cup is widely regarded as one of the best and most entertaining tournaments in history. The format of the tournament, as well as the large number of talented teams and players, made for some very exciting matches. The tournament also saw the rise of some new stars, such as Diego Maradona and Gary Lineker, who would go on to have successful careers at the club and international level.
The first group stage saw some surprises, with Canada and Iraq both progressing to the second round at the expense of more fancied opponents. Denmark also caused an upset by defeating Spain in their opening match.
In the second round, France emerged as the strongest team, topping their group with ease. They were closely followed by Brazil, who won all three of their matches, including a 7–1 victory over Poland. Argentina and Italy also progressed, but the latter were eliminated in the first round of the knockout stage by France.
The quarter-finals saw more upsets, with France defeating Brazil in a close match and Mexico defeating defending champions Argentina. In the semi-finals, France defeated West Germany in a thrilling match that went to extra time. The other semi-final saw Mexico lose to Denmark, meaning that for the first time in World Cup history, neither of the previous year's finalists would be taking part in the final.
In the third-place playoff, Mexico defeated West Germany 3–2, ensuring that they would finish the tournament as the highest-ranked team from outside Europe or the Americas.
The final was played between France and Denmark, with the French team emerging as 3–2 winners after extra time. It was the first time that a team from outside Europe or the Americas had won the World Cup, and it was also the first time that a team from Africa or Asia had reached the final.
The 1986 World Cup was a hugely successful tournament, both on and off the pitch. The expanded format allowed more teams to take part, and the quality of football on display was very high. The tournament also had a huge impact on the popularity of the game in Mexico, and it is widely regarded as one of the best World Cups of all time.
What happened World Cup 1986?
In 1986, the FIFA World Cup was held in Mexico. This was the first time the competition had been held in North America, and the first time it was held outside of Europe or South America. A total of 24 teams took part in the 1986 World Cup, with the host nation, Mexico, qualifying automatically. The format of the tournament saw the 24 teams split into six groups of four, with the top two teams from each group progressing to the knockout stage.
In the first round of group matches, some surprise results saw Algeria and Morocco qualify for the knockout stage at the expense of West Germany and England respectively. The second round of group matches saw more surprise results, with Denmark and Mexico qualifying for the knockout stage at the expense of Uruguay and Scotland respectively.
Who hosted the 1986 World Cup?
The 1986 World Cup was hosted by Mexico. It was the first time that the World Cup was held in North America, and the first time that it was held outside of Europe or South America. The tournament was won by Argentina, who beat West Germany in the final.
Who won the World Cup in 1984?
The 1984 World Cup was won by Brazil. This was their second World Cup victory, and they became the first team to win the World Cup on two different continents. They beat Italy 3-2 in the final, with goals from Zico, Socrates, and Falcao.
Which team was defeated in the quarter final of World Cup football in 1986?
The team that was defeated in the quarter final of World Cup football in 1986 was Argentina.
Who won the Golden Boot in 1986 World Cup?
The 1986 World Cup was held in Mexico, and the Golden Boot was awarded to Argentina's Diego Maradona, who scored five goals in the tournament. Maradona's teammate, Jorge Valdano, was second in the scoring with four goals, and West Germany's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was third with three goals.